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Race to zero

Uses two spinners and a grid board containing numbers 119 to 0. Players take turns to spin both spinners and decide which to use, subtracting the amount from their current position. Players explain where they need to move their counter to and explain their thinking. If their partner agrees, they move the counter to the corresponding position. The aim is to move their counter from 119 to zero.

Additional details

Year level(s) Year 1, Year 2
Audience Student, Teacher
Purpose Teaching resource, Student task
Format Video
Keywords games, subtraction, fluency, reasoning, understanding, place Value, explicit teaching

Curriculum alignment

Curriculum connections Numeracy
Strand and focus Number, Build understanding
Topics Place value, Addition and subtraction
AC: Mathematics content descriptions
ACMNA026 Investigate number sequences, initially those increasing and decreasing by twos, threes, fives and tens from any starting point, then moving to other sequences
ACMNA031 Recognise and represent multiplication as repeated addition, groups and arrays
National numeracy learning progression Quantifying numbers - QuN7
Additive strategies - AdS4, AdS5, AdS6

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