This game is perfectly differentiated for number recognition and fluency. If you’d like to learn more about this game, check out my blog post
This activity will help your students with number fluency and counting objects. It’s subitizing at its best. There are three playing mats for differentiating each for numerals, ten frames, tally marks, and dice. Mat 1 covers numbers 1-5, Mat 2 covers numbers 0-10, and Mat 3 covers numbers 11-20. Choose a mat based on the readiness of your students. Sit the mat in the middle of your playing space. Take the thematic number, ten frames, tally marks, dominoes, and/or dice cards and stack them face down in a centrally visible location. You can either have students take turns turning over the playing cards or have a card turner. When the card is turned over, students quickly count the number of objects on the card and then locate that number on the playing mat (there may be several of the same numbers on the mat). The first person to point to the correct number and say “Yatta” (pronounced yacht-ta), gets to keep the card. When all the cards have been played, students count up all their cards to see who has the most. That person gets to be the card turner next.
Please note that the border color of each set of cards will help keep games sorted and organized.
Mat 1: Blue border: 1-5
Mat 2: Yellow border: 1-10
Mat 3: Red: 0-20
Teacher Tip: Your game will last for years if you print on cardstock and laminate before cutting the pieces out.