Rainbow Addition and Subtraction Mats Digital Activity
Are you running low on prep time? Or maybe you want an interactive way for your students to learn using technology? Either way, these rainbow addition and subtraction fact digital mats are the perfect solution! Your students won’t need flash cards or manipulatives for this activity, just a device and a positive attitude!
Although this digital math activity doesn’t use physical manipulatives, students will still be working on their number facts in a hands-on way by dragging and dropping the digital rainbow number pieces to solve the addition and subtraction problems to 10.
As they practice, they’ll learn more about math equations, sums and differences, and will apply mental computation skills as they solve the problems.
This digital math fact activity is developmentally appropriate for students in kindergarten and first grade. However, it can be used to differentiate with learners in preschool or even second grade.
Setting Up the Rainbow Addition and Subtraction Activity in Google Slides
Students may use Google Slides™ to do this activity.
The download file includes a detailed guide with instructions and pictures on how to use this activity with your students, but it is quite simple to do.
If you are an instructor or teacher, you will want to copy the Google Slides assignment to your Google Drive and save it as a master copy.
Make sure that you click the dropdown next to the attachment. Pick the “Make a copy for each student” option.
Setting Up this Rainbow Addition and Subtraction Activity in Seesaw
Students can also use this activity in Seesaw, if you would like.
You will click the Seesaw specific link in the download file. When you arrive at the activity, you will need to click the “Save Activity” button. Then you will assign the activity to your students.
Math Fact Mastery
As students work with this digital rainbow fact activity, they’ll practice solving addition and subtraction problems with sums and differences to 10. There are 5 different mats in all, 2 addition, 2 subtraction, and 1 mixed facts mat. Each mat has 9 different equations, so students will have 45 opportunities to practice and apply their math skills.
To play the digital math game, students will choose an equation to solve first. They’ll use a problem solving strategy that words best for them or mental computation to find the sum or difference. You can have students use a ten frame, draw a picture, model with manipulatives, count on, or use a number line to help them solve.
Next, they’ll find the corresponding rainbow number piece on the side of the screen to match to the number problem, completing the equation.
After all of the rainbow pieces have been used and all of the equations are covered, the mat is complete. Students can then move on to the next mat or check their work, giving them another opportunity to work with each math fact.
Ways to Differentiate the Rainbow Activity
With digital rainbow mats for addition, subtraction, and mixed practice, differentiation is easy to do. You can assign addition mats, subtraction mats, or all of the mats depending on your students’ needs. If a student needs to work more on addition, have them complete those first before moving on to subtraction and finally mixed practice. As students’ skills grow, they can eventually complete them all.
Another option is to use these rainbow mats for small groups during your math block or math center rotations. You can split your students into groups depending on the math skill they need to work on and the level they’re at. This gives them the practice they need to master those skills.
You can also challenge students by reading an addition and subtraction word problem and have them find the equation that matches. Then, they’ll find the answer. You can do this the opposite way as well and have students come up with a word problem to match their equation. This gives them additional fact practice and helps them think even deeper.
These rainbow addition and subtraction mats can be used in a variety of ways, such as:
- whole group math instruction practice activity
- math centers
- small groups
- digital math stations
- distance learning
- early finisher activity
- morning work
- exit ticket
- math fact assessment
- spiral review
- spring-themed unit activity
- a Bingo game
This spring is going to be full of rainbow-colored addition and subtraction practice as your students master their math facts with these digital rainbow addition and subtraction mats.
If you’re looking for even more interactive learning activities to engage your learners, check out our collection of fun activities for kids!
Click the button below to grab your copy of the FREE Rainbow Addition and Subtraction Mats for Google Slides and Seesaw.