Math Partner Game-“Addition Top-It”

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I have gotten so many ideas for “Jivey’s Workshop Wednesdays!”  If you haven’t had a chance to check it out click here to see all of the “Workshop Wednesday” links.  Today I excited to be linking up with Jivey for Math Partner Games that Use Cards.  As the year progresses some students are taking off in their fact fluency and others are moving at a slower (but steady!) pace.  Differentiation has been key to helping my first graders be successful in math.  
CCSS.Math.Content.1.OA.A.1 Use addition and subtraction within 20 to solve word problems involving situations of adding to, taking from, putting together, taking apart, and comparing, with unknowns in all positions, e.g., by using objects, drawings, and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.

Sometimes when we have a few extra minutes (not often too often can I say we have extra time!) we will grab out some number cards, our whiteboards, and play “Addition Top-It.”  

1.Students place all of the cards in the middle.  
2.Each student grabs 2 cards and adds the numbers together.  
3. Students write their addition sentences on the whiteboard.  (Partner gives them a “thumbs up” if they are correct.)  
4. The student with the highest sum gets to keep all of the cards.

Super simple-the kids love it and they practice their fact fluency! We use math cards from our old math series but playing cards, flashcards, or any other kind of number cards can be used!  It is is also nice because as a teacher it is easy to differentiate.  I can give students lower numbered cards to practice basic addition.  Or I can give students larger number cards to really get them thinking!  I can also have students pull 3 cards instead of just 2 to differentiate.  

Students begin by each grabbing two cards and adding the numbers together to find out the sum.  
Students use lower number cards to help them practice basic addition.
Students work with adding 10 to a number.  
Happy Wednesday!
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