Teacher to Teacher: Travel the World: An Addition Game

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  • 1 University of Akron, Akron, OH 44325
  • 2 Discovery Middle School, Madison, AL 35758

This article introduces the “whole-number machine” and describes its use as an odometer in an addition game. This device was created for use with middle school students and can be used as a hands-on display as students review place-value concepts, practice computation of whole numbers, and explore large-number values and number names. The addition game described here has been tested with fifth-grade students whose motivation to play the game was influenced by the use of the “whole-number machine” as a calculating and recording device.


Katherine Owens interests include field-based work with preservice and practicing teachers in middle-grades mathematics and science education.

Richard Sanders professional interests include school multimedia facility planning, effective learning applications, and research on motivating reluctant learners.

Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School


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