FERN'S FREEBIE FRIDAY ~ BACK TO SCHOOL MIXED ADDITION AND SUBTRACTION CENTER GAMES

Looking to add some excitement to your center time? These highly engaging center games, Back to School Mixed Addition and Subtraction, are quick and easy to prep!
FREE Back to School Mixed Addition and Subtraction Center Games! #FernSmithsClassroomIdeas

FREE Back to School Mixed Addition and Subtraction Center Game! #FernSmithsClassroomIdeas

These centers are quick and easy to prepare, they can be used for a variety of games... concentration, match game, go fish, gin rummy, scoot, read the room, they are self checking, and even perfect for assessments. Once your students play with this deck, many of my other Quick and Easy to Prep centers can be used for different skills and seasons. Your center time will run smoothly and with very little prep from you! 

This Quick and Easy to Prep Mixed Addition and Subtraction Center Game is Perfect for a Review for Back to School. Perfect for a "Make It, Take It" Activity for Meet the Parents, Open House, Math Night, etc.
This math resource includes:
A center cover
A math center sign
Four pages of playing cards
Student directions

With today's post, I'm going to share with you some different ways to use these simple games in your math rotations. Research shows that teachers have to spend too much classroom time SHOWING and TEACHING their students how to play different center games. 

Changing up different types of center games each week leads to two different outcomes.

1. The students learn how to play a new game, but they don't play it enough to learn and review the SKILL that was the original intent of the game. Remember the first time you played Clue or Monopoly? You spent A LOT of time learning the GAME, the RULES, but not the problem solving that goes with those game. After 3 or 4 times playing the game, you LEARNED how to focus on the problem solving, the WINNING of the game, since you finally know the routine and the rules. Same with changing the type of center each week for our students. 

2. It takes so much time to teach new games each week that teachers interviewed stated that they simply did not have time. So those teachers tend not to do math stations, math centers. In the long run, their students lose the life skills that come from games. Cooperation, good sportsmanship, strategic planning, problem solving, independence, critical thinking skills, etc. AND teachers lose out on having quality small group time with their students.

I've created most of my center games to be easy to print, cut, laminate {if desired} and store in their classroom. Pieces are easy to cut, either square shaped, or rectangular, perfect for a paper slicer. 

FREE Back to School Mixed Addition and Subtraction Center Games! #FernSmithsClassroomIdeas
Different Ways to Use My Center Games In Your Classroom
Keep one page as a game board, do not cut out the individual playing cards. Then, cut out the matching cards. It doesn't matter if you cut out the problems and keep the answers as the game board, like the picture shows, or cut out the answers and keep the problems as the game board. Your students will get practice either way.
If printing is no problem, you can create two different centers, one with the problem page as the game board and another one with the answer page as the game board.

FREE Back to School Mixed Addition and Subtraction Center Games! #FernSmithsClassroomIdeas
Different Ways to Use My Center Games In Your Classroom
Another way to play is to cut out all the cards, answers and problems and mix them all together. This pictures shows one way to differentiate this game. It only has the subtraction problems and answers at the center. 

FREE Back to School Mixed Addition and Subtraction Center Games! #FernSmithsClassroomIdeas
Different Ways to Use My Center Games In Your Classroom
This picture has just the addition problems and answers for a different skill review. If a little background noise doesn't bother, I use to teach my students how to use a timer at the beginning of the year. The owl in this picture is a timer, if center time is 10 minutes in your class, teach them to set it for 9 minutes. When the timer rings, they will know to clean up because they will be rotating in a minute. If you have 15 minutes for small group, teach them to set it for 14 minutes. They love using a timer, it makes them feel grown up! :)

FREE Back to School Mixed Addition and Subtraction Center Games! #FernSmithsClassroomIdeas
Different Ways to Use My Center Games In Your Classroom
You can use this ONE center still another way, for your higher group or for later in the year. This picture has ALL of the addition and subtraction problem and answer cards all mixed up for a bit of a longer challenge.

FREE Back to School Mixed Addition and Subtraction Center Games! #FernSmithsClassroomIdeas
Different Ways to Use My Center Games In Your Classroom
If space is at a premium in your classroom, and you don't have set center areas, storing the center in a folder lets the students take it back to their seat, under their seat on the floor, or a quiet corner in the room and have a "CENTER" all ready to use. This becomes even lower prep for you once you teach them where to get the center and the expectations when using that center. 
As you already know, two pocket folders are dirt cheap during the back to school sales. I know I have been on teams where we NEVER used the pocket folders that the school or district supply list at Wal*Mart had for our grade level. 
This way, using them for centers makes me feel a little better about the parents spending money on them. Also, in the past, I have asked parents for these folders when the stores had them marked down to ten and five cents.

FREE Back to School Mixed Addition and Subtraction Center Games! #FernSmithsClassroomIdeas
Different Ways to Use My Center Games In Your Classroom
Another way that I really liked, and one that worked well with my third graders, was to keep everything in a gallon Ziploc baggie. The older students can handle the zipper at the top and you will end up with less missing pieces. Once, when I had a very small classroom, center time and silent reading time was the only time they were allowed UNDER their desks, we called it our forts to make that time special. Ziplocs work really well for students moving the center from one location to another for use.

FREE Back to School Mixed Addition and Subtraction Center Games! #FernSmithsClassroomIdeas
Different Ways to Use My Center Games In Your Classroom
When using a gallon Ziploc, I put the cover in so that it was showing on one side, and then the directions showing on the other side. Most all of my Quick and Easy to Prep Centers will have a "cover" and a direction page. Then I taught the students that they did not have to pull out those pages. 
This works well if laminating is costly and not easily available at your school. Those two pages will keep well in the baggie. 

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More Games Using My Center Games

MATH CENTER SNAP!

THE OBJECT OF THE GAME
The goal is to win all or most of the cards.

DEAL
Deal five cards face down, one at a time, to each player. Each player puts their cards in a pile, face down in front of them.

HOW TO PLAY
The youngest student gets to go first. They turn over the top card of the pile and puts it face up starting a pile of cards next to the extra face down card pile. The next player to the left does the same and so on around the table, clockwise.

When someone turns up a card that matches a card already face up, the first person to notice the two matched cards calls out “Snap!” and wins the cards. This player displays the two matching cards in front of them.

During the game, if a player runs out of cards in their face-down pile, they pick up five new cards from the extra card pile, or less than five if the pile is running low. 

The winner has the most pairs of cards at the end of center time.


MATH CENTER GO FISH!

THE OBJECT OF THE GAME
The goal is to win all or most of the cards.

DEAL
Deal five cards face down, one at a time, to each player. Each player puts their cards in their hand so they can read them.

HOW TO PLAY
The youngest student gets to go first. They ask another student, "do you have 12-8= 4?" They may ask this question if they have the answer card or the problem card. Teach this at the beginning of the year, so they mentally work the math out and SPECIFICALLY gain practice with the math.... ultimately the objective of all your math center games.

The other student will give them the card or if they do not have that card, "Go Fish" and the asking student will pull a card for the extra card pile. If they get their exact match, they may go again, from their friend or the extra pile. If not, it is the next student's turn.

The winner has the most pairs of cards at the end of center time.
FREE Back to School Mixed Addition and Subtraction Center Games! #FernSmithsClassroomIdeas
Ways to Use My Games For One Student
To play Match Game or Concentration, the student turns all the cards over face down / problem and answer side down and lays them out on the floor or table. 
This works really well with colored card stock so they can not see thru the cards. My picture was just regular copy paper for a photo example and you can peek and see the answers. ;)

During the game, the student keeps all matching pairs and the object is to collect the most pairs by the end of center time. This can also be a two or three player game by taking turns.

FREE Back to School Mixed Addition and Subtraction Center Games! #FernSmithsClassroomIdeas
Ways to Make the Center Self-Checking
To play a very basic center game, when you prep your card deck, use different color Sharpie Markers to make matching symbols on the back of matching cards. 
Then the student turns all the cards face up / problem and answer side up and lays them out on the floor or table. They work the math, mentally, or with a white board, and then flip the two pairs over to see a matching symbol on the back to know it is the correct pair.
For remediation of your low babies, you can do like my photo example and just do three or four pairs of problems at your small group time. This will allow them fewer answers to select from and be more successful in reviewing their facts. 


FREE Back to School Mixed Addition and Subtraction Center Games! #FernSmithsClassroomIdeas
Ways to Make the Center Self-Checking
This is just like the above directions only when you prep your card deck, use cute little stickers to make matching pictures on the back of matching cards. I know when I buy stickers for my planners, I always have a lot of those little-bitty stickers left over after I use the big, fun ones! Those stickers are perfect for this. 


FREE Back to School Mixed Addition and Subtraction Center Games! #FernSmithsClassroomIdeas
Prepping Center Games
I know I said that two pocket folders are inexpensive, but I wanted to share this folder I found, it's front cover is all glittery and it was worth the little extra expense for a little sparker at my center! I also created some with red card stock so that the students in my small group remediation group felt like it was a different {a new} center just for them with fewer cards. Just one more little tip, but the possibilities are endless! 
FREE Back to School Mixed Addition and Subtraction Center Games! #FernSmithsClassroomIdeas
Storing the Center Games

I like to store my center games in a filing cabinet, both the folder option and the baggie option fit nicely into your files. I have spent most of my career in primary education, which is usually seasonal, so I keep all my files by month, August at the front and working my way back to June! I hope some of these suggestions help you with your small group time by having some engaging games for your other students at centers. 


Common Core Standards
2.OA.B.2, K.OA.A.2, K.OA.A.5, 1.OA.C.6


JUST FOR FUN, HERE'S TWO MORE FREEBIES FOR THESE STANDARDS FOR YOU!

Quick and Easy to Prep Mixed Subtraction Basic Facts Center Freebie! CLICK HERE!

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Rounding to Estimate Differences Color By Numbers Printables

Third Grade Go Math 1.8 Color By Numbers Rounding to Estimate Differences
This terrific Color By Code Resource is for Third Grade Chapter One 1.8. Perfect for the beginning of the year for third or fourth grade. Your students will adore these Color Your Answer worksheets while learning and reviewing important skills at the same time! You will love the no prep, print and go ease of these printables. As always, answer keys are included. FIVE Color Your Answers Printables that are made to be an additional resource for any math series. 

Third Grade Go Math 1.8 Color By Numbers Rounding to Estimate Differences

Use them for your math center, small group, RTI pull out, seat work or homework. Color By Number Rounding to Estimate Differences Printables.

Just Published ~ Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Rounding to Estimate Differences - Color Your Answers Printables with Answer Keys.
The concept of this one is Rounding to Estimate the Difference for both TEN and HUNDRED.
Just Published ~ Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Rounding to Estimate Differences - Color Your Answers Printables with Answer Keys.

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Just Published ~ Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Rounding to Estimate Differences - Task Cards
Just Published ~ Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Rounding to Estimate Differences - Center Games and Printables
I also have a freebie for you too!
 FERN'S FREEBIE FRIDAY ~ ROUNDING TO ESTIMATE DIFFERENCES COLOR BY NUMBERS

Click here to see my entire post on teaching Rounding to Estimate the Difference, complete with tips, tricks, lessons and resources.

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Tuesday Teacher Tips: Social Committee's Lunch Bunch

During the 2020 - 2021 Covid-19 school year, this might not work at school. But it can also be used at home with your family members, so that everyone can meal plan for the work week with this great idea!
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Tuesday Teacher Tips: School Social Committees
Every Tuesday I love to publish a Teacher Tip, sometimes it will something from an older post that I've updated, something it will be brand new. Join me every Tuesday and pin the post so you can start yourself a Pinterest Board of Terrific Teacher Tips to refer back to when you need them! This week's tip is about having a weekly Lunch Bunch.

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Tuesday Teacher Tips: School Social Committees

I love Lunch Bunch and I've been lucky enough to be a part of it at three schools now!

Hopefully this post will help you start your own Lunch Bunch and I am more than happy to answer any questions you might have! 

Directions for a School Lunch Bunch:
Every Wednesday two people make lunch for 12 people. TWELVE PEOPLE!! I know, you are thinking it is a crazy idea already ~ but keep reading. 
You and a friend make enough food for 12 people this Wednesday, for example. A crock pot of chili, a pan of lasagna, club sandwiches, whatever your specialty is that most people will enjoy for lunch. You also provide some sides, like fruit, bread and cookies. Then, for the next four weeks you do nothing on Wednesdays but show up to eat! Fabulous Right?!?!
We usually work on a five week cycle of 10 people cooking. Then, person number 11 and person number 12 eating are the principal and assistant principal...they eat for free! 
It is a lovely way to kiss up
Did I say that out loud? But seriously, they already do so much for us!

So your month would look like this:
Wednesday, September 2nd ~ Fern and Lilly
Wednesday, September 9th ~ Andrew and Calvin
Wednesday, September 16th ~ Heather and Anna
Wednesday, September 23rd ~ Jaret and Billie
Wednesday, September 30th ~ Ben and Jerry
Wednesday, October 7th ~ Fern and Lilly {Repeat the schedule.}

So ~ Pros:
* You wake up and not worry about cooking for 4 Wednesdays in a row!
* You get to try new and exciting foods and desserts!
* You learn new recipes for your family dinners!
* One less day a week you are staring at a cardboard box of frozen food!
* It develops a nice sense of getting to know each other and having something, other than school, to talk about at lunch while you share your recipes!

Cons:
* One Wednesday every 5 weeks you are lugging food to school, a spouse that might go to work at a later time is a wonderful help for this day.
* Even with signs saying "Lunch Bunch Only, Do Not Eat" people will sometimes eat your food. {To avoid this have the first person coming to lunch set it out and then the last person to eat take the stuff back to their classroom.} OR you can all meet up in one classroom if you are a large team and have the same lunch time.
   
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Goldilocks and the Three Bears for Kindergarten Week 3, Small Group, Seatwork & Centers Freebie!

Hello and Welcome to the third week of Kindergarten! 
If you are looking for resources and have found this post to downloaded this freebie, CONGRATULATIONS! You have survived the first two weeks! J
For your favorite traditional version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Write “3” and “three” on the board or an anchor chart and explain that this is WEEK THREE and that you will be studying all the exciting things related to 3… Goldilocks and  The Three Bears, The Three Little Pigs, the number 3, triangles, etc. Review your expectations for small group and have the students transition to their first new group. The items in this freebie are to help you on your first day, usually the Monday of Week Three to have a consistent theme related to Goldilocks and The Three Bears Freebie on TeacherspayTeachers.  #FernSmithsClassroomIdeas
Week Three is a wonderful time to introduce your expectations and behaviors during small groups. 

Traditionally, the first two weeks of Kindergarten needs to focus on procedures, rules, expectations and all of the other joyful things that your students need to become a productive school citizen!

But week three, week three I really love, you are getting to know your little friends better and this resource will help you stay focused on academics, but enjoy getting to know your students better while explaining and modeling small group procedures.


Start your morning reading your favorite traditional version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Write “3” and “three” on the board or an anchor chart and explain that this is WEEK THREE and that you will be studying all the exciting things related to 3… Goldilocks and The Three Bears, The Three Little Pigs, the number 3, triangles, etc. Review your expectations for small group and have the students transition to their first new group, using your classroom chart, a PowerPoint, a wheel chart, whatever you use.
 Goldilocks and the Three Bears Kindergarten Week 3 Small Group & Centers Freebie
The items in this freebie are to help you on your first day, usually the Monday of Week Three to have a consistent theme related to Goldilocks and The Three Bears.

Directions for Each Page
Use these for your first small group meeting. Lay out the four cards and go around the table, one student at a time telling about their favorite character and why. Talk, teach and review that at the small group table when one student talks, the others show respect by listening and that they will each have a turn. Next, have them take turns talking about their favorite part of the story. The point of this 15 to 20 minute small group time isn’t so much about what they learned from the Three Bears, but more about you getting to know your students and your students getting to know what behavior is expected when “we” work together at the small group table.


 Goldilocks and the Three Bears Kindergarten Week 3 Small Group & Centers Freebie #FernSmithsClassroomIdeas
This page and the answer key are for your students who are working at “Seatwork” for the 15 to 20 minutes of your literacy small group time. Many teachers allow their seatwork students to all sit together to help each other, some teachers prefer students only working in pairs, and some teachers like their small group seatwork time to be an independent time, so that the students are not chatty.  Your choice and each year you might do something different based on the behavior of the group you have that year.
Fern's Freebie Friday - Goldilocks and the Three Bears for Kindergarten Week 3, Small Group, Seatwork & Centers Freebie!

Use these sorting cards for your third group, your literacy station, your reading center, your workstation, whatever you want to call this third group. I have found if you only allow this group to be on your classroom "gathering" rug it helps with crowd control and the minute you see one student getting carried away and moving off of the rug, you can quickly redirect them. 


There are a variety of ways you can use these cards, the boys and girls can stretch them out on the floor in order, or you can have them place the cards in order in a pocket chart. You can print one, two or three separate sets of the same cards and split your third group into smaller groupings of 2, 3, or 4 students in a group. Also included is a center game cover for your folder, envelope or Ziploc baggie.


For your next round of small group lesson time, I’ve included three different math ideas to practice small group time during your math block. This first set of cards can be used for a simple math lesson of sorting items while still discussing Goldilocks and The Three Bears.

1. Lay out only the bear cards, ask questions like, “How many bears were in our story?” “Does the order in which I lay out the cards matter?” “Will we still have 3 bears if I place the cards down with Mama Bear first, then Baby Bear second and finally Papa Bear third?” etc.
2. You can continue this lesson with “How many chairs?” “How many beds?” “How many bowls of porridge?” reviewing over and over “3” “three” and “first, second, and third.”
3. Next you can have the students work together to match up each bear with their respected items.
4. Now, introduce the Goldilocks cards and what she did to each item. If time, you can also continue to use these cards for sequencing, beginning, middle, and ending, as well as story order and character traits.

 Goldilocks and the Three Bears Kindergarten Week 3 Small Group & Centers Freebie
This page and the answer key are for your students who are working at “Seatwork” for the 15 to 20 minutes of your math small group time. Many teachers allow their seatwork students to all sit together to help each other, some teachers prefer students only working in pairs, and some teachers like their small group seatwork time to be an independent time, so that the students are not chatty.  Your choice and each year you might do something different based on the behavior of the group you have that year.
Fern's Freebie Friday - Goldilocks and the Three Bears for Kindergarten Week 3, Small Group, Seatwork & Centers Freebie!


Use these sorting cards for your third group that is at your Math Center. Like your reading rotations, if you only allow this group to work on your classroom rug, it helps with crowd control and the minute you see one student getting carried away and moving off of the rug, you can quickly redirect them. There are a variety of ways you can use these cards, the boys and girls can stretch them out on the floor in order, or you can have them place the cards in order in a pocket chart. You can print two sets of the cards and lay them upside down on the rug for a Match Game. You can print one, two or three separate sets of the same cards and split your third group into smaller groupings of 2, 3, or 4 students in a group. Also included is a center game cover for your folder, envelope or Ziploc baggie.


Other items you might like for Week Three

 Goldilocks and the Three Bears Syllable Sort Center Games
 Alphabet Matching Centers With a Three Little Pigs Theme
Goldilocks and the Three Bears Syllable Sort Center Games Alphabet Matching Centers With a Three Little Pigs Theme
 Color By Number For Math Remediation Numbers 1 to 5 with The Three Little Pigs
 Alphabet Cards and Worksheets for Mystery CVC Word Fun Center
Color By Number For Math Remediation Numbers 1 to 5 with The Three Little Pigs Alphabet Cards and Worksheets for Mystery CVC Word Fun Center
 Student Binder Covers - Goldilocks and the Three Bears Student Work Folder Cover
 Three Little Pigs Place Value Math Center Games
Student Binder Covers - Goldilocks and the Three Bears Student Work Folder Cover Three Little Pigs Place Value Math Center Games

I hope you enjoy this freebie {click here to download it} and that it is something that you will be able to use for many years!
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