Mentally adding and subtracting tens is a math skill that leads to greater success with addition and subtraction and with place value, too! Here’s a fun way to practice that skill while celebrating the fun of International Talk Like a Pirate Day!
Learning is always more fun when it comes in the form of a game! Small group games and center games are probably already a part of your teaching day. Here’s a whole class game to try!
Here’s an “I Have…, Who Has…?” game that will bring pirate fun to your math lessons, especially when you encourage your students to use their pirate voices when they read the cards! Aaargh, am I right, me mateys?!?
This resource includes 25 cards, enough for most classes. If you have more than 25 students, have a few students buddy up to share a card. Less than 25? Ask for volunteers who are willing to take more than one card!
Just for fun (and, of course, more practice!), after your class finishes a round of the game, have them leave their cards where they are and switch to another spot in the room to use a new card for Round Two!
When it seems that most of your learners are confident in playing this game, try shaking it up even more by getting out your stopwatch. Time their first round. Now, can they beat their own time? This is super motivating – most classes beg to play again, just to try to beat their previous time! (Hint: You might want to leave a few 100 charts out so that those who feel that they might need that extra bit of support can grab one!)
Enjoy playing Pirate I Have Who Has! Click here to find more fun math activities for Talk Like a Pirate Day!