05 November 2012

Subtraction Bowling

We've been really working on our subtraction skills!  
Here's a *quick* and super fun activity to do with your kiddos.  

Subtraction Bowling!

Dixie Cups
Tennis or bouncy ball
Recording Sheet

1.  Have your students set up 10 Dixie Cups against a wall {5 cups, then 4, then 3, then 2, and then 1}.
2. The first player rolls the ball toward the Dixi Cups.
3. The first player counts how many pins were knocked over and records that number on their recording sheet.
4. Using one of the strategies we've practiced {counting back, number line, draw a picture}, they find out how many pins were not knocked down {It's their partner's job to make sure they don't *cheat* and just count the pins not knocked over and actually subtract}.
5. The student can check their answer by counting how many pins were not knocked down.
6. Now it's player two's turn! Keep taking turns until each player has had 10 turns.

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  1. Love this! Thanks! Love your blog by the way :)

  2. I love your blog and have gotten tons of great ideas from you! Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge.

  3. I'm going to try this with my class. I know they will LOVE it!!
    Connie Anderson:)

  4. What a great idea and so easy to set up, not to mention fun!
    Emma Farrell :)

  5. I know my students will love this, too. Fun way to practice!

  6. Good idea! I saw a little bowling set at Dollar Tree and didn't snag it...I kick myself every time. This is a great idea. Thanks so much.

    You Might Be a First Grader...

  7. What a fun and creative idea!! Thanks so much for sharing!!

    First Grade and Fabulous

  8. Thanks for the idea, I just nabbed my daughters foam bowling pins before she put them in the garage sale box. I knew I would use them, I just didn't know what for until now. : D

    Kelly @ I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

  9. My kiddos are going to love doing this! It's so fun and perfect! Thank you so much for sharing! Have a great week!
    The Connected Teacher

  10. This is such a great idea! I will have to try this with my first graders :) Thanks for sharing!
    Pure Joy

  11. LOVE, love, love this idea! Such a fun way to practice subtraction. Thanks!
    Sarah's First Grade Snippets

  12. I agree with the other 16 people above me... GENIUS idea! Sounds like something I need to do on that short week before Thanksgiving!

    T.G.I.F. (Thank God it's First Grade!)

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  14. Thanks for this game! I used it in my class!


  15. I love this idea. Thanks for share it. I'll use it :-)