Monday, October 17, 2011

Ten Little Pumpkins: Subtraction Center

The following is a subtraction math center activity.
*Special Note:Students have the choice to display Jack o' Lantern OR turn it around for a Pumpkin.* 
This math activity is used to reinforce subtraction.  Read, Five Little Pumpkins as an introduction to activity.  If you are unable to find the Pumpkin Cupcake toppers, use orange, craft POM POMS (from any Craft Store). 

1.  Place 1 pumpkin in each section.
2.  Roll the die or dice. (Read on for the kind of dice I use.)
3.  Take away that number of pumpkins.
4.  Write the number sentence and mark out the correct number of pumpkins on the recording sheet.
-Pack of Jiffy Strips or if you can find an ice cube tray that has 10 sections(find Jiffy Strips in the flower section at Wal-Mart)
-Dirt, Coffee or beans
-Pumpkin Cupcake Toppers (Party City)
-Dice (Special Note: I make my own dice out of 1 inch foam cubes.  This way, I could write in permanent marker any number I want.  For this center, I write numbers 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 and use 2 dice.  That way, the student will not roll 12, since there are only 10 pumpkins.)
-Subtraction Recording Sheet (click on link below)

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