Are you ready for Monster Truck Mania ! ? !

Are you ready for a Monster Truck Rally?
Let me hear you scream !
Yes, my friends, that is how I started math this week.  My students have been losing their minds and begging to do math.  But get this... they are begging to do HOMEWORK! Can we do monster truck homework too !?!
So, what is all this excitement about? This unit! 

It has 10 plus days of fabulous double digit addition practice. This unit helps them practice with and without regrouping.

Just in case you think your girls might not dig this… I give you “ladybug truck” below. They get 2 minutes to decorate their truck before beginning. All pages come in full color seen above and black line master seen below.

I teach double digit addition using a flag. The flag is a SUPER helpful math tool when they are just learning. It's like training wheels. They use it a while then ditch it when they are ready to fly.  They divide the ones and tens place with the flag pole. To provide a visual cue on where to carry a flag is drawn. I provide the flags on the paper for the kids at the beginning of the unit but at the end of the unit the child must draw them if they still need them.

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Monster Mania first roundCapture 1
After 6 days of practice we move on to the “DEMOLITION DERBY”.
If you have never been to a derby, it is really fun ( in a smash a beer with your forehead  kind of way) . Every summer my dad took me to a derby so I have fond memories. This is what a derby looks like. The last car standing, wins money and hopefully avoids an ambulance ride.

I set up our white board to look like this.

Monster Mania derby
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Here is how the Demolition Derby works: The kids solve and circle if they regroup.  The car's side with the most regrouping wins. 
Teacher to the Core Monster Trucks (2)
The winning car gets the winners cup and the losing car gets pulled off the whiteboard and put into the auto body shop.  My students were losing their minds as we did this !!! They have never had so much fun!
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This has my kids engaged, excited, and happy these last few weeks!
Cue the angels singing!
Then they got to make their own trucks and make a HUGE Demolition Derby Bulletin Board!!! Their little heads were about to explode! I love the orange chevron lettering. It’s the small things that make me happy! You’ll be happy too because the lettering is included in the unit.
 Monster Trucks Demolition Derbey
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 The kids were dying over who was crashing into who.  I cared the most about the math that is found underneath.  This has been 2 solid weeks of learning and fun! I can’t wait to do this again next year!
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