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Five in a Row: Addition and Subtraction and more!

October 12, 2021 | Rebekah Lowe

We have playing many math games in second grade!

One of the standards that we address is “Fluently add and subtract within 20 using mental strategies.”  One of the ways we meet this standard is by practicing fact cards, which all of the students have been cutting out and practicing in school.

Another way is by playing games.  Two games we play is “Five in a Row with Four Cards: Addition” and “Five in a Row with Three Cubes: Subtraction”. Both games allow students to draw a card or roll dice in order to practice an addition/subtraction fact.  By playing these games, these facts are being recalled quickly to achieve fluency.

Another activity introduced recently is called “Enough for the Class.”  There are lettered bags with different amounts of cubes inside.  Students have to decide if there are enough cubes in the bag for everyone in the class to have 1 cube.  This is a great visual and tactile activity for students to practice adding and subtracting with numbers.

Ask your child which math activity they have been enjoying most!

Rebekah Lowe

Teacher, Grade 2 Meadows Class

Rebekah Lowe knew that she wanted to be a teacher ever since middle school when she was inspired by an English teacher who developed interactive games and creative acronyms for many of the topics that were discussed. Because of her teachers, Ms. Lowe attended the education program at the College of New Jersey, where she experienced a variety of classroom environments, and earned a teaching degree. She was also a part of the Education Honor Society. After graduating, Ms. Lowe taught English in South Korea, and during this time, she was able to travel around Asia and experience new cuisines and cultures. Her love of travelling increased, and she hopes to travel more in the future! She began her teaching career in the United States at Mustard Seed School in 2018 as a second and third grade teacher in the Meadows class. She’s excited to be a part of the school community and share her many experiences with her students.

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