I adapted the Apple Literacy Game we played a few days ago, so M could practice his addition and subtraction skills as well. We used the same tree I painted on our sliding glass door, using tempera paint, and the same apple templates printed off onto red cardstock. Instead of writing a sight word, or a letter onto the apples, I left them blank so M could use them as counters.
Playing the Apple Math Game
I started by writing an addition problem, beside the painted apple tree, using washable window markers I had purchased from Michael’s. I left the answer blank and highlighted the addition sign, explaining to M that it meant to add more on. For example, for the equation 6+4= ? I told M there are 6 apples on the tree, how many more apples do we need to add? He responded with 4, and added 4 more to the tree. Then I asked him how many apples are there in all? So M counted the apples and derived at the answer 10.
After performing a few more addition problems, we moved onto subtraction. This time I highlighted the subtraction sign and explained to M that it meant to get rid of, or to take away. For example, for the equation 5-4=? I asked M how many apples are on the tree to start with? He replied with 5, and attached 5 apples to the tree. Next I told him that he needed to pick/ take away four of the apples. When he was finished picking the apples, I asked him how many apples are left? After counting the remaining apples left on the tree, M responded with the answer 1, and wrote the number 1 after the equals sign.
I’m pretty sure M’s favourite part about this game was being able to write on the window!
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