Have any space enthusiasts? While I don’t exactly teach about aliens or little green martians, we do embrace fun and imagination, and I love adding some fun themes to our math stations. This alien addition sort is a hit with my kids, mainly for the little green creatures and spaceships. It’s a hit with me because they are practicing their facts and having fun too!
Alien Addition Sort
Making this printable game is fairly simple – just print the download (below), laminate, and cut apart. You can then place it in a basket or bin for an easy to grab math game or math center.
The aliens have addition facts to 10 on them, and the spaceships have sums from 2-10. You can decide how many aliens and spaceships to put out. Depending on your kids, you may want to start with just a few, or sums to 5, and then gradually increase the amount.
My kids and I played by first setting out the spaceships in order from 2-10. Then, we took turns picking up an alien card and solving the problem. We are becoming more fluent in addition so we used strategies such as counting on, and even our fingers sometimes. However, you could choose to provide manipulatives or a number line if needed.
Once we solved the problem on the alien card, we matched them up to their home or “mother ship” as we liked to call them!
We kept adding and matching until all the aliens were matched up. It was a great way to review addition facts in a different, engaging way through a playful game!
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