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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!

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 Sarah's First Grade Snippets

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!

Thank you so much for offering the number cards as a freebie. I saw the idea on pinterest and instantly loved it! I am glad I clicked through to your blog! Thanks! Alison Teaching Maths with Meaning

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!

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!

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.

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Terri Brown

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

Whitney

Great ideas!

Kelley Dolling

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

Wendy Gilbert

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

Jess

I found this via Pinterest! I can't wait to use these in centers with my kids! Thanks so much!

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Sarah Paul

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

Sarah's First Grade SnippetsBecky

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

Becky

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Amy

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

teachtrue2

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

MR T

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

Jennifer Lingle

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

Courtney Crossley

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..

Mrs. Yazzie's Classroom News

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!

Alison Hislop

Thank you so much for offering the number cards as a freebie. I saw the idea on pinterest and instantly loved it! I am glad I clicked through to your blog!

Thanks!

Alison

Teaching Maths with Meaning

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Thank you!

Ben Baxendine

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

Michelle Bouchard

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!

Erika

Thanks for this!!

Gerry

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

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

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

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

Karen

Love this! Can’t wait to use this!

Fathimah

Wow!! Great idea. Thanks for it.

Lisa

This would be perfect for our math center. Thank you

Kristina

Love it

Donna Autet

Thank you for sharing this freebie!!

Jenn

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

Taneesha R Bales

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

Haley Lawson

I want this for my kiddos

Shani

So excited to try this

Tammi

Thank you

Angela

These are great!

Della Orcutt

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

Tammy Davis

I would like to receive the math stations and addition freebie

Cathy

Great freebies!

Velma

These look great!! Thank you for sharing.

Vero

Absolutely brilliant!!! Love your ideas.

Reem

Good

Anna Paige Williams

Love this freebie!

Brenda Morales

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

Rachel

Thanks for this great freebie!

Kisha

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

Susan A. Beach

thank you!

Curly

This is work wonders in my classroom

Curly

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

Liz

Looking forward to this resource!

suzan

Thank you so much!

Michelle

Found this in Pinterest and children would love this

wendy

Thank you!

Sandy Dickerson

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

Michelle

tHANKS!

Sheila

Thanks so much. Can’t wait to use it!

Katelyn

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

Kathryn

Thank you!

anastasia

thanks

Melissa

These are great!

Pamela Seal

I am interested in the math addition.

Abigail

Great ideas!

Marisol

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

Chloe Elizabeth Harding

Looking forward to using this with my firsties!

Amal

Great idea love the game

amal

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

amal

very nice activity

Susan

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

naomi

i interest to teach my child

Ladeen E Krueger

I teach summer school and feel this would be a good project for my littles that need addition help.

Taylor Halcro-Voth

Thank you 🙂

Sophie

These activities look great!

Julie Bowers

These would be perfect for my firsties!

Susan

Thanks

Lauren Miller

Love these! Can’t wait to use them with my kids!

Lauren

Love these! Can’t wait to use them with my kids!

Lauren

Love these!

Vivian

Love your freebie!!!

Amy

Thank you!

Emily

These math freebies look like they would be perfect for my SPED classroom

Odila Orozco

I will love to get your freebies! I am a special education teacher.

Liliam Negrelli

Can’t wait to use them! THANK YOU! 🙂

cortney manning

Thanks!

kaylin

great freebie!

Yolanda Capuchino

Looking for great Math activities students can use to practice skills independently

Marie

Thank u

myhoa

I like how simple yet effective this is at reinforcing math basics. Better yet it can be done independently!! Can’t wait to use this for homeschool.

Mari Carmen

Thank you for such a great resource

Amanda L Wallace

Thank you!! I found this on Pinterest! Can’t wait to use this week!

Cindy

Can’t wait to use

Balbona Margaret

Thank you! My students are in the same place with facts.

Sandra

I’m a first grade teacher. Thank you for your amazing work.. love it! ❤️

Kris

I can’t wait to get these!

Tina Wecht

these look like great hands on math centers

Sydney Gonzalez

Love this.. thank you

Anna

Love it

Theresa

Excited to use this freebie

Dyhesha

I have a student who struggles with addition. Need some ideas to help my student.

becky

Cute activities!

Alicia Van Dijk

Can’t wait to try this with my children, thank you!

Madison Pence

Thank you!

Kanika Kohli

Hi. I would like to have this resource please. thanks

Laura Arbour

i would love to use this for my math center this morning with my grade 1s.

Jenny

This would be great for our self contained room

Catherine

These resources would be great for my grade ones!

Anne-Marie Mowat

This is perfect for helping my students understand addition vocabulary. Thank you!

Rylan

Love this idea!

Liza

I absolutely love these. I can’t to use them.

Liza

I love these. I can’t to use them.

Audrey Hall

i will use these maniplatives!!!I tve been looking fo these.

Jackie

Thanks for sharing.

Inez Gregor

I love task cards!

Wendy

🧡freebies

Wendy

Thanks

Karla

So excited to get these made and let my students have fun!

Darcy

Thanks cool idea

Lisa Y

Love this idea!

Jennette

Thank you

Christina

Great resource!

Leandra Ottman

Can’t wait to use this freebie with my students this week!

Gina

Your centers look amazing!

Nikki Salvatico

Such wonderful work- great for Responsive Classroom Activities! thank you!

Nikki Salvatico

Such wonderful work- great for Responsive Classroom Activities!

Barbara

Love math centers. Please send me the free packet.

Thanks

keri

Thank you!

Kara Maldonado

thank you

Jennifer Quintanilla

I work with students in the 1st and 2nd grades. As I was looking at your blog the game building u, was interesting.

Ticoya

Thank you, my little 1 and I are getting started right now. HAPPY MONDAY

Heather McCain

Awesome

Kaila Belding

I love the build it game

Stephanie Waldon

Thanks for sharing!! You have great ideas.

Christie

Please send me your free math center idea.

Thank you.

Rael

Great ideas

George Ann Barker

This is my first year as an interventionist, grades K-5.

These ideas will help me so much. Thanks for sharing!

Jill Tepe

Thank you!!!

Jo

Thanks so much!