Adding with Dominoes and Playing Cards

  • First Grade
  • Math
  • 55 minutes
  • Standards: 1.OA.A.1
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August 21, 2015
by Linda F. McGrue

Double dominoes! Get your students excited to add with dominoes and playing cards. This lesson is a fun way to help your students continue to learn to add.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to write number sentences and add one digit numbers.

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Lesson

Introduction (5 minutes)

  • Gather the students, and let them know that they will be adding, using different objects such as dominoes and playing cards.
  • Pass around the dominoes and playing cards for the students to see and touch.

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)

  • Draw a domino shape horizontally on the board, and choose a domino from the stack.
  • Ask one student to come up and count the circles she sees on the first half.
  • Draw that number of circles in that space on the board, and do the same with the other half.
  • Have the students count the number on both sides, and write those numbers under the domino on the board.
  • Ask the students what symbol goes between the two numbers to show addition.
  • Write in the plus sign.
  • Ask them what symbol comes after the second number.
  • Write in the equal sign.
  • Add the two numbers, and write the answer on the board.
  • Select another domino and repeat these steps.

Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)

  • Place the students in groups of four to five depending on the number of students in your class.
  • Give each student a domino and paper.
  • Instruct your students to count the dots on their dominoes and write addition sentences with the sum.
  • When addition sentences have been written for each group member's domino, have them bring their papers and dominoes back to the circle.

Independent Working Time (15 minutes)

  • Ask a student to select two playing cards.
  • Have the student read both numbers from the cards.
  • Write an addition sentence to go with the numbers.
  • Give each student 10 playing cards.
  • Have your students write 5 number sentences and complete the Domino Addition assignment.

Extend

Differentiation

  • Enrichment: Add in the Ace cards, which are worth 11 points in the game.
  • Support: Give your students the dominoes to work with during the card activity. Have them add smaller numbers and identify the sum instead of writing the entire number sentence.

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Review

Assessment (10 minutes)

  • Check the students' papers, and give them the Domino Fact Families worksheet for homework.
  • If the students wrote complete and correct addition sentences, have them move on to adding two digit numbers.

Review and Closing (5 minutes)

  • Go back and review how to add, using the cards and dominoes.
  • Have the students tell what they did to complete the assignment.

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