She really enjoyed her Math U See Alpha lessons. One of the games that she LOVED was called "Race to a Hundred" from Lesson 15. We have played this game before many times using a 100 board or chart, but it was a nice change playing it with the Math U See bars. Furthermore, we played this game using place value or base ten blocks. Alyssa would trade in the unit blocks for ten blocks also known as rods until the 100 flat was filled.
We played this particular game several times in a row with playing cards, but a die or number cards can easily be used. The first time we played it by adding the bars to the 100 square. She would draw a card and choose the bar that represents the number flipped over. This bar was placed on the hundred square. The idea was to even out each horizontal line or row making combinations of ten. We started off playing the game the way it was intended to be played, but then we just practiced her addition facts after Alyssa played a six bar vertically.
|My 100 square board - I tried hard to show bars that were equivalent to 10.|
|Can you tell she likes playing this game?|
She asks to play this game quite frequently. She even wants to play this game with her father. It is a great way to make combinations of 10, review addition facts, recognize bars, work on subtraction, and more.
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