Ocean Fish Number Line Game
If you are doing an ocean theme, this math activity is perfect for you!
Whether your students are just learning numbers or working on addition and subtraction, this game will have them moving and learning while have a blast!
In my experience, when I add movement to an activity, students retain even more of what they are learning and they enjoy it so much more too.
This activity is one that they will want to play again and again.
Differentiated Ocean Theme Math Activity
This math activity isn’t just fun and games though. It is effective too. Easily differentiate for the varying needs of your students.
Work on single digit numbers or numbers 11-20. Students can practice number recognition and counting or learn addition and subtraction facts.
Setting Up the Number Line Game
- The Ocean Fish Number Line Game printables (link to download at the bottom of this post)
- A fish toy or stuffed animal OR the included printable fish
- Painters tape if you would like to adhere the cards to the floor a bit (optional)
- Print the number line cards and the fish (if you plan to use it).
- Cut the number line cards out.
- Put the cards in order on a long table or on the floor. You may want use painter’s tape or sticky tack to keep them in place. Make sure that whatever you use to adhere them is removable from the surfaces you are using them on.
Playing the Ocean Number Line Game
There are several different ways to play the ocean number line game.
In all of the options, you can choose whether to have the students only move themselves through the number line or to move a fish (or other ocean animal) along the number line.
My kids liked pretending to be fish that moved through the number line, but they also enjoyed holding the fish and moving him along too.
Option 1 – Students roll a dice and move that many spaces along the number line. This continues until each student gets to the end of the number line.
Option 2 – Students roll two dice, add them together and move that many spaces.
Option 3 – Students roll one dice and move that many spaces. Then roll again and add that many or subtract that many by going forwards and backwards down the line.
Option 4 – Use addition and subtraction facts flashcards or index cards with math facts written on them. Students grab a card and solve the equation by moving forward or backward on the number line.
I am sure you can think of even more ways to use the number line game in your classroom.
What do you think? Are you ready to give it a try with the kids you teach? I am sure they are going to have a blast with this fun ocean fish number line game!