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7 Great Ways to Use Pawn Game Pieces

Pawn Manipulatives Teacher Created Resources

Pawn Game Pieces are versatile and make learning fun! You can use manipulative pawn pieces in and out of the classroom. It perfect for fun summertime learning! Prevent summer slide and use Pawn Game Pieces for the math activities below:

Have children count out each number to be added and then combine the amounts. They can use two different-colored pawn pieces to represent the two numbers.

Have children use the pawn pieces to practice the concept of subtraction. They can do the problems on paper first and then use the pawn pieces to check their Arithmetic.

Multiplication and Division
If multiplying, children should pre-group their pawn pieces. For example, if they are working on multiplying by 3, have them make several groups of 3 pawn pieces each. If dividing, they should separate the number into groups the size of the number being divided. For example, if dividing 12 by 4, they should separate the 12 into groups of four.

Place Value
Children can group pawn pieces into piles of ten. Then they can practice using numbers both in the ones place and the tens place. When they are ready, they can stop grouping them and just use one pawn piece in a different color to represent ten.

Put some pawn pieces of different colors in a group. Have students record how many pawn pieces were used total and how many are of each color. Explain that the total number of pawn pieces makes the denominator while the pawn pieces of one color make the numerator. Have them practice writing the numbers in fraction form.

Ask children: “If you put 10 red pawn pieces, 5 purple pawn pieces, 3 green pawn pieces, 2 blue pawn pieces and 1 yellow pawn piece in a jar and then pull one out without looking, what is the probability you will pull out the yellow pawn piece?” Have them explain their answers and then try it out. You can have them record their results. You can also ask them to write their results in fraction form. When they are done, see if their results matched their predictions, or if they came close. They can go through this process more than once.

Negative Numbers
You can use a pawn piece of one color to represent positive numbers and another color to represent negative numbers. Students can add negative pawn pieces to positive ones, grouping each negative with a positive to avoid confusion.

For example, if you have the problem

4 + -3, count out 4 pawn pieces of one color to make positive 4. Then count out three pawn pieces of another color and place each one next to the other pawn piece, showing that a negative number cancels out a positive number. You can also move them off to the side. There will be one positive pawn piece remaining.

You can use all different manipulative and counters. For more fun math learning activities, see math manipulative games.

What’s Inside Your Heart? A Valentine’s Day Classroom Activity

Each year on February 14th, people exchange cards, candy, gifts or flowers with their special “valentine.” Your students can use this pattern to make a special valentine for a friend or family member. Download the pattern from our book Celebrating Holidays.

Valentine card activityAll you need is white drawing paper, red or pink tissue paper, glue, scissors, a pencil, and a marker.

Valentine materials


Step 1: Fold the piece of white drawing paper in half. Draw half a heart onto the paper.

fold and trace heart

Step 2: Cut out the shape. Unfold it so you have a whole heart. Place the heart onto the tissue paper and trace around it. Cut out the tissue paper heart, then set it aside.

Tracing on tissue paper

Step 3: On the white paper, write a message in the center of the heart shape for a friend or family member.

writing on heart

Step 4: Glue the top parts of the hearts together, with the tissue paper on top. Give the message to a friend or family member.

gluing heartsYou can also use the rest of the white drawing paper and any leftover tissue paper to create another valentine. Just glue the tissue to the back of the drawing paper to cover the heart-shaped hole, then write a message on the front of the paper.


be my valentine

From Teacher Created Resources Celebrating Holidays Grades 3-4

Chinese New Year Activity: Message of Good Fortune

Chinese New Year Teacher Created Resources 2
Celebrate multicultural holidays in your classroom! Chinese New Year is an important holiday. It honors household gods and ancestors. The holiday is also known as Spring Festival. This activity will introduce students to the traditions of Chinese New Year.

Read a Chinese New Year passage about the history and traditions of the holiday. Then follow the instructions to make a Chinese scroll. One way people celebrate Chinese New Year is by writing and displaying messages of good luck. Sometimes they write on scrolls. They put the scrolls on the doors to their houses. Sometimes they write good-luck messages with brushes on diamond-shaped pieces of red paper. They display them in homes or businesses. We wish people “Happy New Year!” People in China also greet one another at the new year. They want to wish people good fortune.


  • 1 piece of white or red drawing paper
  • red crayon or colored pencil
  • scissors
  • tape or glue
  • two pencils or sticks


  1. Fold a piece of white drawing paper in half lengthwise.
  2. Write a good-luck message on one side of the paper. Consider using one or more of the sayings below.
    Popular Chinese New Year’s Greetings:
    -Much happiness and prosperity to you
    -Fortune will smile on you-Get wealthy quickly
    -Success is on its way
  3. Place a pencil or stick at the top of the paper. Fold over the paper and tape it in place.

Follow this same step for the bottom of the paper.

For more Chinese New Year Lessons & Activities, see Celebrating Holidays.

Mitten Match Vocabulary Activity

Teacher Created Resources Vocabulary Activity

This mitten match vocabulary activity is a great winter-themed lesson that will help students identify vocabulary words and will teach them about pairing opposites.  This activity is based on The Mitten by Jan Brett.

Mitten Match Activity by Teacher Created Resources Mitten Activity Teacher Created Resources Materials Needed:
Mitten Accents
Glitter Clothespins
Lime Chevron Border Trim

Vocabulary Word List

List 1

List 2


  1. Write a vocabulary word from List 1 on a left mitten accent.
  2. Write down the opposite vocabulary words from List 2 on the right mitten accent.
  3. Hang border trim up on a bulletin board or lay flat on a table. Set aside clothespins.  Students will need the clothespins to hang the mitten accents.
  4. Mix up all the mitten word accents and have the students identify two vocabulary words that are opposites.
  5. Have the students hang the two opposite mitten word accents on the border trim using clothespins.

Download the free Sample Pages of A Guide for Using The Mitten in the Classroom here. See more winter activity ideas here.