I saw this game at the Dollar Tree and had to buy it....just wasn't sure what I was going to do with it...That is until Debbie Diller's new Math Stations book came in the mail! Whoo Hoo!
I opened this fabulous book and there was an idea to use with this game...it was Devine Intervention of the best kind! All I had to do was create some quick math fact cards to go with the gameboard. We're working on addition facts to 18 this week, so I quickly made some of those using index cards this morning. The idea is the kids have to solve the math fact first. They use the sum of the two numbers to tell them how many spaces to move.
We played it in small group rotations today during math stations and they loved it. I kept the cards very simple for the first group using related addition facts to try to get them to quickly recall the facts. I could tell the ones that have really been using XTRA Math as they were recalling the facts much faster without using their fingers! That made me excited!! We also had to do a lot of counting out the number of squares as I still have children that are not counting with one to one correspondence for game boards...funny little things!