# More Math Stations and an Addition Freebie!

## October 27, 2013

I have been on a math kick lately. I think it is because my kids are strugglingggg with basic math concepts lately and it’s killin’ me! We have been learning addition strategies and practicing addition within 20 for two weeks now and my class has just started to pick up their momentum.

They are drawing, using cubes, using counters, their fingers, ANYTHING to show me how they got their answers and we are still working on their explanations. We are all about “proving it” in my classroom. My students know they can’t just spit out an answer – they have to prove it and defend it.

During math work stations on Friday, I had most of my students practice adding 2 numbers together using cubes. They did this with a little free addition center I created, called “Build it!”

I had saved the cards for “Build it!” and I thought I would offer them as a freebie! Click on the image to download this free addition activity.

I simply printed them, laminated them and put them in a bucket with 30 connecting cubes (15 of one color, 15 of the other). It will stay in our math centers for the next few weeks.

My low group is still working on identifying and representing numbers within 20, so they practiced pulling a number and covering that many pumpkins on a little pumpkin sheet I made.
My higher group started an independent work station and completed a few pages of their “My Little Book of Story Problems.” I was so impressed with their work!

Proud teacher 🙂

For more fun, hands-on math, check out my year-long first grade math workshop curriculum below:

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• What a great freebie, just what I need for my firsties. Thanks for sharing!

• These are absolutely stellar ideas my dear friend. So running with BOTH of these next week. Miss you. Love you. Okay . . . peace out!

• I love these so much! I had to go immediately to purchase your pumpkin math unit! 😀

• Every time I come to your blog (which is a lot), I always end up pinning every picture! I love that cube math center. I love how simple it is to set up and understand. It's so great for the kids to have those fun, hands on opportunities to practice skills (yet very little prep for the teacher-ha!). It's perfect! Thanks so much for sharing it. I also love that little book of story problems. Cute!
Sarah

• Wow, both these math activities look great. Thanks for the freebie.

• Thank you so much for the freebie! My students are struggling with addition/subtraction as well!

• Neat stuff! Thanks for sharing the freebie and your other product is already in my cart.

• Wow this is great! Thanks so much for the freebies. I will definitely be using these in my classroom.

• LOVE this idea!! Can't wait to get these and use them with my firsties!

• I LOVE the "Build It Addition" cards! I know that my firsties will enjoy them during centers! I was wondering if your "Build it Subtraction" cards were available.. I didn't see them on your tpt store or see a link to them on blog..

• Thank you, thank you, thank you for the Build It. It's so perfect! I'll print and laminate and use these the first month of school with my 2nd graders!

• Thankyou so much! Will definitely be using these in my class this week!

• I downloaded your addition build it and my first graders love to use it as an independent practice activity when they are finished their morning math facts. Do you have a subtraction version available? I would love to have a copy of it if you do. Thanks!

• Thank you so much for sharing this. It's just what I need for the last activity in my Maths Rotations tomorrow with my Grade 1s. 🙂

• Robert says:

Like this concept for number building, is there anyway you’d consider an addition center to just 5 for beginning kinders? Ready kinders who have skills could use this center, buy kids who aren’t counting just need to focus on number sense to 5. Hope you’ll consider doing this.
Thanks!

• Chanda says:

Thank you for this freebie. My kindergarten students are working on joining(addition) and separating (subtraction). I can use as a center for my students.

• Blanca says:

These activities are great! Can’t wait to use them with my students.

• Karen says:

Love this! Can’t wait to use this!

• Fathimah says:

Wow!! Great idea. Thanks for it.

• Lisa says:

This would be perfect for our math center. Thank you

• Kristina says:

Love it

• Donna Autet says:

Thank you for sharing this freebie!!

• Jenn says:

These look great! I am excited to use these with my kids.

• Taneesha R Bales says:

Awesome idea! I love how it can used for multiple levels of kids

• Shani says:

So excited to try this

• Tammi says:

Thank you

• Angela says:

These are great!

• Della Orcutt says:

I thinnk this will be a great activity for my classroom.

• Tammy Davis says:

• Cathy says:

Great freebies!

• Velma says:

These look great!! Thank you for sharing.

• Vero says:

• Anna Paige Williams says:

Love this freebie!

• Brenda Morales says:

Lovely activity. I teach first grade this would work for my class. Thank you!

• Rachel says:

Thanks for this great freebie!

• Kisha says:

These are great. My students always want to play with math tools, now they can and learn at the same time.

• Susan A. Beach says:

thank you!

• Curly says:

This is work wonders in my classroom

• Curly says:

This is work wonders in my classroom with my Austin’s students

• Liz says:

Looking forward to this resource!

• suzan says:

Thank you so much!

• Michelle says:

Found this in Pinterest and children would love this

• wendy says:

Thank you!

• Sandy Dickerson says:

Great reinforcement for math facts to be used in centers or stations.

• Michelle says:

tHANKS!

• Sheila says:

Thanks so much. Can’t wait to use it!

• Katelyn says:

Would love to use these in my first grade classroom ♥️♥️

• Kathryn says:

Thank you!

• anastasia says:

thanks

• Melissa says:

These are great!

• Pamela Seal says:

I am interested in the math addition.

• Abigail says:

Great ideas!

• Marisol says:

I was searching for easy math centers. Thank you so much.

• Chloe Elizabeth Harding says:

Looking forward to using this with my firsties!

• Amal says:

Great idea love the game

• amal says:

very helpful resource, i am sure my students are going to enjoy it

• amal says:

very nice activity

• Susan says:

I can’t wait to introduce this activity to my kinders!

• naomi says:

i interest to teach my child