Throughout the month of January, our students have been exploring the concept of graphing by
"collecting objects and data and making representations of their observations, using concrete graphs". (Ontario Full-Day Early Learning Kindergarten Program, Ministry Expectations, DM 5.2)
My students love to learn using manipulatives and by playing games. That's why I enjoy teaching them how to play a variety of games during our whole group math lessons so that they can go back and play it with their friends during Thinking and Learning Time.
We played "Race to the Top" a couple of weeks ago and it's been very popular at our Math Centre ever since!
Here's how you play:
- Group your students (or individuals) into colour teams (green, yellow, blue and red)
- Have one player from each turn roll both dice. One die has "+" and "-" symbols and the other has numbers 1-3.
- That students will add or subtract that many counters to the correct colour column
- Play turns to the next team and continues until one team reaches the top
While playing, you can stop and ask the students what they notice:
"Which colour is more? less? same?"
"How many more (red) do you need to make it to the top?"
An easy to make and set-up game for your students to continue working on graphing skills!
You can download your copy for FREE by clicking on the picture below.
If you have a Bright Links board, have students colour/erase on it.
We used 2 large plastic dice that enable you to place your own cards inside, but if you don't have those you can easily make dice.
All of the templates are included in this download.