Have you ever handed out a math worksheet and watched your student’s eye glaze over?
“Why do we have to do this!”
“We did this last week!”
“I know how to do this already!”
And yes, unless you’re just beginning to teach your class how to regroup with subtraction, they probably do know what to do – most of the time.
Often little mistakes start to creep into their work – working from left to right (subtracting the hundreds first), forgetting to decompose the number first, confusing the sequence of regrouping with addition to that of subtraction.
Often when you leave a concept too long before you revise it again, kids forget or get confused.
But do we really want to give out math sheets to help them revise the concept? All the time!
Math games are so much more engaging and slot perfectly into math rotation time.
Use Math Games to consolidate subtraction with regrouping
Games are a perfect way to make consolidating concepts such as subtraction with regrouping fun.
Students answer the math problem they have spun.
By using accountability sheets you can see the working out and gain a clear idea of who understands the concept and who doesn’t, making it ideal for assessment.
Because the answers are already on the game board if the answers don’t correlate students need to check their work to find where they made the mistake.
This is where considering how you group students in your math centers is important.
When a child can’t find out where they went wrong when completing an equation, often their partner can if you have mixed skills in the group. This makes it perfect for peer teaching – something that isn’t possible when students are all independently answering problems on a worksheet.
Definitely a good reason to ditch the worksheet and use games in the classroom.
You can find subtraction with regrouping games in my TpT store. Just click on a picture below.