Bean Bag Addition and Subtraction

Grade 4, Grade 5

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Math & Movement

Activity Instructions

Have a student toss two bean bags onto the mat. Then, have the student add or subtract the numbers. To make this activity easier, make sure they toss the bean bags in the same column (only halves or only fourths). To make this activity more difficult, have them toss one bean bag on the halves column and one on the fourths column and find the common denominator to solve. Have them write their answer both as a fraction greater than one and a mixed number.

Using small whiteboards or paper on a clipboard is a great way to have students solve their problems while interacting with the floor mat.


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