Shamrock Addition Game

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This glittery shamrock addition game is a fun way to work on double digit number recognition, addition and expanded form in first grade. Everything is more magical with a hint of sparkle!

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Shamrock Addition Game

Getting Ready

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!

Shamrock Addition Game

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.

Shamrock Addition Game

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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