The Game of Chips

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Create a positive learning experience for young mathematicians with this hands-on integers instructional activity. Working in pairs, young scholars take turns rolling dice to create addition number sentences, using colored chips to model the concept of zero pairs as they find the sum for each problem.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Integrate this lesson into an upper-elementary or middle school math unit on integers
  • Adapt this lesson to teach not only about adding integers, but subtracting them as well
Classroom Considerations

  • This lesson calls for the use of colored plastic chips, but any other colored manipulatives can be used as well
  • Strategically pair students for the game based on their strengths and learning needs

  • Includes graphic organizers and printable number lines for students to use while playing the game of chips
  • Provides teachers with questions to ask during each phase of the lesson to support student learning
  • Lesson points out common misconceptions to address while teaching students to add integers

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