Fun and Easy Math Game

Don't you love when you have an activity for your class that creates independence, reviews a concept, and there is NO prep?  Well I know I do!  I am a busy mom so I like it when I find something to do in my classroom that requires little or no prep.

We have been working very hard on learning addition and subtraction.  I wanted to give my students some time to practice these concepts independently (well almost independently...they were working in pairs).

For this, I used a structure called Rally Coach.  The students worked with a partner.  The only materials they needed where whiteboards, markers, and some math manipulatives (we used linking cubes).

One student (the coach) wrote an addition or subtraction problem on the board (2 + 3 =).

The other student would use their linking cubes to find the answer while counting out loud so the coach could help if needed.

Then they would write the correct answer on the board.

I make both the students read the entire number sentence out loud when they are finished.  (2 + 3 = 5)

After that, the partners will switch roles.

Another great thing about this activity is that it can be as short or as long as you would like.  You could have your students only addition problems or only subtraction problems, or even a combination of both.

Do you have a math review activity that you love to do with your class?  I would love to hear all about it!


  1. Awesome idea! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Such a great review warm up activity. I like to play pairs bingo using a laminated number strip, dice and counters. My Little Learners would just get what they need to play and find a space in the room to play with a partner. Easy, reusable and fun.
    Happy Tuesday.
    Julie :-)
    Mrs Stowe's Kinder Cottage