Foxes Boxes


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Value of Playing Foxes Boxes:

Level: Grades 1-3

Recommended # of Players: 2

Materials: Foxes Boxes game board, 1 set of orange Foxes Boxes cards, 1 set of blue Foxes Boxes Cards

Math Skills: Part-whole relationships, addition of 4 numbers

Mathematical benefits

Foxes boxes asks students to add four numbers (0-9) to make larger numbers (6, 15, 24, 5, and 19).  Students take turns drawing one card off of their deck and placing it on the board.  With each draw students must consider the best placement for their card, without knowing the cards that will come next or those of their opponent.  To be successful at this game, children must think about the hierarchical inclusion aspect of numbers. That is, all of the numbers smaller than a number are included in that number. So, for example, 5 is included in 6; however, 6 is not included in 5. This game provides many opportunities for children to reason about part-whole relationships in numbers as they decide where to place each number and develop strategies. For example, it is not a good idea to put a 5 in the 6 column because then the only numbers that can successfully finish that column are 1 and 0.   Students are also constantly adding numbers in their heads to evaluate the possible placements.  This helps to support mathematical reasoning and mental math skills.   


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