Happy Tuesday everyone! I know most of you are probably thinking, its the winter time and its freezing so why is she posting something about beach balls? Well, the answer is simple, its EASY, its FUN, and the kids LOVE it! I got this idea from my mom so I'm giving all of the credit to her!
All you need is a beach ball and a permeant marker. I like to grab beach balls when they go on sale i the fall. I grabbed some at Michaels last year for 75% off.
Using a permeant marker, write numbers all over the ball. Have your students make a circle and you stand in the middle. Toss the ball. When they catch it they have to add the two numbers their thumbs are touching (or closest too.) I make them say the whole math fact. Here they added 6 + 6 = 12
Then they toss the ball back to me and the game continues. If you teach older grades this can be used for multiplication facts as well. We normally play this on Fridays or any time we have a few minutes and I need a quick filler.
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