To prep this addition game, I printed off the shamrock cards (below) on thick cardstock for durability.
Additionally, you may want to consider laminating them if you have a classroom full of six and seven year-olds!
After getting the cards laminated and cut out, I printed off a stack of recording sheets. My first graders tend to complete their favorite math centers more than once, so I always have extras!
Shamrock Addition Game
Math work stations have endless benefits, and as a teacher, I’m constantly introducing my kiddos to new games to keep them excited about math.
Instead of simply showing my students the latest and greatest choice for math, I decided to mix things up!
I invited my first graders to our classroom carpet and asked if anyone wanted to come up to the front to “be the teacher.” As expected, hands flew up immediately.
I held up the shamrock addition game. “How do you think this game works?” I asked.
A student raised his hand. “I bet we’ll need to match up the shamrocks and fill it on the record sheet,” he suggested.
Then, I called on students for a few more comments. One student even suggested a great extension activity – playing the game “memory” with the shamrock cards!
Their enthusiasm and ideas for this new addition game was great to see. Furthermore, it looks like I have a set of future teachers (and mathematicians) on my hands!
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