Today I’m sharing one of my favorite games to build math fluency. If you’re not familiar with Shut The Box and it’s many variations, you are going to want to tune in (and snag it for FREE at the end!)
How To Play:
- Player 1 rolls 2 dice, adding them together to find the sum.
- If their sum was 9, the player can cover up ANY combination of numbers that equal 9, using each number only once!
- 4 + 5
- 6 + 3
- 2 + 3 + 4
- you get the idea
- Player 2 rolls 2 dice, adding them together to find the sum. Then player 2 may cover up any combination of numbers that equals their sum.
- Each player continues taking turns flipping numbers over to equal their sums. However, they may not reuse any previously covered numbers for their current roll. If they cannot make their sum with their remaining numbers, you can impose one of two rules
- Give each student 3 strikes before being considered “out”
- Students will just lose their turn, and will try again on their next roll
The first student to flip over all of their numbers WINS!
- Although you can grab the actual board game from various vendors on Amazon, not all of us can afford it! I have found that a paper version works equally as well. I just slip it into a sheet protector, give my students some dry erase markers and voila!
Variation & Differentiation
Kindergarten- Number Identification
I loved using Shut the Box with my first grade intervention group! There are two (and probably many more) quick ways to make this option work for you:
Use a deck of ten frame cards with representations of numbers 1-10 instead of dice. Have students match the card they flip to their game board.
Use a spinner with numbers 1-10. Have students match their spin to the ten frame representation on their cards.
1st & 2nd Grade- Addition & Subtraction
- Player 1 rolls 3 dice and find the sum.
- 10 + 6 – 2
- 3 + 4 + 7
- you get the idea!They may use any combination of numbers with addition AND/OR subtraction to create that sum. If a player rolls a 14
Player 2 continues in the same fashion as in previously explained version
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I hope you have enjoyed a peek into this amazing game! If you have a different way that you play this game in your classroom, I would LOVE to hear more about it! Thank you for stopping by!
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