Teaching Resource

One More, One Less Board Game

PDF | 3 pages|Grades: Pre-K - 1

Practice identifying one more and one less up to 6 with this board game.

This board game is best used in a math center or guided small group to practice counting 1 more and 1 less than a given number up to 6.

The resource includes:

  • a game board
  • a ‘one more than’ and ‘one less than’ spinner (and accompanying number line)
  • an instruction card.

How The Game Is Played

Print the Board Game and spinner page on cardstock for durability. Cut out the arrow and attach it to the spinner (leaving the spinner on the page – because the number line at the bottom of the page will be a helpful scaffold!) Or you might like to just use a large paper clip for the spinner. Students place the paper clip in the center of the spinner and secure it with the lead side of their pencil. Then, they thump the paper clip, allowing it to spin around the spinner until it lands on one of the sides.

Students take turns rolling a die and spinning the spinner to determine how many spaces they move their counter. If they roll a 4 with the die and spin ‘one more’, they must move their counter 5 spaces. If they roll a 4 with the die and spin ‘one less’, they must move 3 spaces. Each time a student moves their counter, the other players evaluate whether the counter has been moved the correct number of spaces. The winner is the first person to move through the board and land directly on the ‘Finish’ star.

Encourage students to refer to the number line if they need assistance to work out one more or one less.

Other Ways to Use This Resource

This resource could be used in a number of different ways.

Counting Forwards and Back

Help your students practice counting sequences by slipping the game board into a dry-erase sleeve and having them start at a specific number and count forwards or backward by __. The student will write the numbers in the squares of the board.

One More, One Less With Larger Numbers

If you would like your students to work on one more, one less with larger numbers, abandon the game board and simply use the spinner along with 2 six-sided dice. Students can either use the sum of the two numbers or rolled, or create a two-digit number using the two digits rolled.

Remember to have manipulatives handy for those students who require the extra scaffolding of concrete objects to count.

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