In my last blog post about math, I shared what we did in our math class as the students learned about creating addition and subtraction problems. As I have mentioned in my earlier posts, my students learn through “play” or use materials that make learning fun and enjoyable. Below, you will see magnets of various things and people you’ll see at a beach (people, starfish, sail boats, crabs, fish, etc.) used as manipulatives during my math class. These manipulatives were as equally entertaining to my students as they were with the magnetic vehicles. I use these vehicles in my math curriculum to keep the students engaged and to keep them motivated. I told them we were playing a game where they can choose what magnets they wanted to use to create an addition or a subtraction equation.
I began the math game by creating an addition equation. I modeled what I expect the students to do. After I created an equation, the students wrote the equation and solved it. The students then took turns creating their own subtraction or addition equation by choosing the magnet manipulatives of choice (see below). The other students then wrote down the equation and solved it.