We have started working on additions where the children are given two numbers and they have to find the totals without having any accompanying pictures. We talked about how to work out the total in these situations. We concluded that you can use your fingers, use blocks, buttons or other objects to count with or to draw circles on a piece of paper depicting the individual numbers. We have been using the last two of these methods in class and tried to apply them to interesting situations as well as to their workbooks.
Last Friday, the children played bowling in small groups in class. They had two turns each and then had to count how many bowling pins they dropped in total. Today we played a board game in which some children were called out to spin two spinners. They added the numbers on the spinners to see how many paces they could move forward. I suggest that if you play any board games with your children during the Easter holidays, you can encourage them to add up the totals themselves. Below is the scoresheet we used for the bowling game. You can use as a scoresheet for any game in which the children need to add two numbers together.
Here is how we use it. You would need to put in the two numbers you want to add in the boxes underneath the ovals. Then: