Thursday, March 13, 2014

Leaping Leprechauns!

Today in math we had some fun with 10s and 1s while playing Leaping Leprechauns.
Whoa!  Look what the Leprechauns left in our room while we were at lunch!

It's so much fun teaching first graders.  They pretty much believe whatever goofy little story you tell them about things like this.  I converted my PDF game into a SMARTBoard game while they were out for lunch and left this up when they came back in.  I told them the leprechauns were getting ready for St. Patrick's Day by leaving things in the room for them.  Yep, they bought it.

Anyway, the whole idea is that they spin the tens spinner, spin the ones spinner, and tell what the number is.  Not every number they can spin will be on the board, and if they spin one that is not on the board, oh, well, too bad, so sad, better luck next time.  After that, it is played like bump.  One chip on a number can be bumped off by the opposing team, but two chips locks it down.


Here's a short, about 3 minute video of my kids using the game.  I especially love all the chatter and interaction as we constantly reinforce the idea of 10s and 1s.  I especially don't love my voice, but it is what it is.  My kids were so into this game, and they are highly competitive, as you can tell by the cheers and jeers. But in the end, they were good sports, shaking hands and telling each other good game. 

This game is part of my Leaping Leprechauns package available in my store.  If you think you would like it, you can go to my store by clicking the picture below.

A package of four bump-style games that focuses on four skills:
addition and subtraction to 12
addition and subtraction to 20
place value (tens and ones)
three digit addition
It also includes the SMARTBoard versions of each game.

If you'd like to try out Leaping Leprechauns on the SMARTBoard with your group, click on the picture below to download it for free!  Have fun!
Click here to download your SMARTBoard game.

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