Friday, October 3, 2014

Mali-Boo Math Spiders

                                   We are getting ready for Halloween in Mali-Boo!
Today our first graders reviewed addition and subtraction facts by making Scary Math Spiders.
We divided the project into two parts.  Before lunch our students cut out their spider bodies, attached eight legs, and glued a number to the middle of the body( we used 7, 8, or 9). Then they glued on colorful circles around the body equal to that number. Last, they drew on their own unique face. While they were drying, they left the spiders on their desks during lunch break.

After lunch, the class brainstormed math facts for 7, 8, and 9.  Students then wrote four different addition facts on four strips of paper and four different subtraction facts on the remaining four strips. Students glued on the strips to create their legs. We hung the spiders above our desks with white yarn to decorate for Halloween and show off our fabulous knowledge of math facts.

We have a template for a spider and instructions available at our TPT Store or by clicking here.  We changed the shape of the body a little and added the dots this year to allow students to use the circles to help them brainstorm addition and subtraction facts.  In the past we have made all the spiders black but this year we changed it up and made purple, gray, and black spiders.  The kids had a great time and were very successful!  Some of our more advanced students wrote an addition fact and related subtraction fact on each leg!  They have made our room very colorful and ready for Halloween!