I love the creativity of elementary teachers! One notable project I found was First Grader At Last
I will reproduce their idea below and then show you a variation of how it could be used for teaching higher level math.
Here is a recap of their project
|From First Grader...At Last|
“Today during math stations, the kids went bowling for addition facts...without the real pins and bowling balls, but still pretty fun! This is a partner game, and each player gets a bowling mat and a handful of colorful chips (I call them mini bowling balls). The players take turns rolling 2 dice, then adding the sums of the numbers rolled. When one of the players rolls a number found on one of their pins, they "knock over" that pin with a chip. The first player to have all pins knocked over wins the game! “
Here is a variation of the game that would allow you to teach adding and subtracting integers.
Using red and white dice (red =negative numbers, white = positive numbers)
The new bowling mat would look something like
|New Bowling Answer Sheet For Integers|
Roll Both Dice
Red = 5
White = 2
-5 + 2 = -3