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Don't Be a Turkey!

Second graders are expected to add and subtract within 20 fluently. This is no easy task, but this game helps them master the 9s trick!

Don't be a turkey! My students LOVE this turkey themed game for practicing the +9 trick! There's a freebie so you can try it out!

I find, once the kids catch onto the tens trick, the nines trick is easy! I first use a number grid like THIS ONE to show them how easy it is to do "ten more". From there, it's pretty easy to figure out "nine more". 


Once they have a good understanding of the 9 more trick, they're ready to play Turkey Nines!  It works like "Old Maid", so they pair off all the addends and sums with nines, and one of your little turkeys will end up being the "Thanksgiving Turkey".

This is one of those games that "even the losers are winners" because there's something about cooking a turkey that makes the little ones giggle.  Plus, they're getting better at that mental math!

When they've mastered the plus nines up through 20, there's a more challenging version of the game to work on this standard: Turkey Nines:


Have fun practicing mental math, and don't be a turkey!  (At least, don't be a cooked turkey!) 

Here's a little movie about how the game works:

Don't be a turkey! My students LOVE this turkey themed game for practicing the +9 trick! There's a freebie so you can try it out!


  1. PERFECT!!!! we are sooo struggling with this right now ... Thank you sooo much :-)

  2. This is a darling game. Thanks so much for sharing. I just found your blog through the Math Coach's Corner (Bagels and Blogs). It's great.

    I'm your newest follower. Hope you have a chance to stop by my place real soon!

    Granny Goes to School

  3. Donna,

    Thanks so much! I love Bagels and Blogs!


  4. Cindy,

    I seem to have found your blog just in time for you giveaway! I hope I win!


  5. Thanks so much for a valuable activity that is actually FREE!


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