Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Halloween Subtraction {FREEBIE}

Happy October everyone! I was at Walmart the other day and I found this adorable book called Ten Timid Ghosts. It's a story about ten ghosts who get scared from their house one by one, which I thought would make for excellent practice with counting back and subtraction. I modified one of my October centers to go along with this story to give away as a FREEBIE!

For this activity, you will need manipulatives, such as ghost erasers packing peanuts, or white beans...get creative!

To play, students choose a card, place it on the mat, model the subtraction problem with their "ghosts" and then write their equation on the recording sheet. You could also have them model the story as they read, going in order starting from ten and subtracting one each time until they reach zero. Click the image to download. Have fun with it!


12 comments:

  1. I love this story! I used it last year for math!

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  2. I don't know this story. I'll have to go get it! Thanks for the freebie!
    Rowdy in First Grade

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  3. OM GOODNESS! This is my daughter's all time FAVORITE halloween book. I have read it a thousand times. Now, I read it to my class every year. Thank you so much for the activity. I can't wait to use it!

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  4. nice blog.. it would have been more good if there were a couple of photos!
    cool math 4 kids

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  5. This is adorable! I'm featuring this post in Bagels and Blogs tomorrow.

    Donna
    Math Coach’s Corner

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  6. Great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. I just picked up the book too. Thank you for the activity.
    Tammy
    Primary Paradise

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  8. Thanks for the freebie! Cute Idea!!

    didifang@aol.com

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  9. thanks for sharing this.The book is always a favorite with my students. I also use this story for addition~ compliments of ten. I use a worksheet with ghosts in the house and ghosts out of the house and the number sentence.

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