Superhero Subtraction and Building Words

I was frequenting Michael's that I LOVE so very much and I found some superhero goodies in the dollar bin!  My students have been talking about superheroes because of the new Avengers movie that is out, so I decided to tap into their excitement and transition it into subtraction and building words!

Here is what I found at Michael's Craft store: 4 mini tin lunch boxes, superhero pencils, and stickers.

I immediately thought I could use the stickers to do a subtraction lesson.  In our math book, we are practicing crossing out different groups to show that we are "taking away," so I thought we could "take away" the superheroes!  I made a little subtraction worksheet that could be used with the stickers.

They had to place the stickers in the rectangle.

 (They were very particular in which sticker they chose...I didn't think that would take so long!  But I think it was their favorite part...)

The next step, was to cross out one of the stickers and fill in the subtraction sentence in the lightening bolt.

It was fun to see my kinders get excited about math!  The next thing we did with the superhero theme, was we practiced making words.  I put laminated letters into the lunch boxes and gave them a recording sheet to write down words they could make with the letters.

I had them work in pairs during center time to make as many words as they could with the letters.  If you would like to do this with your students, you can click on the picture and download it for free at my TPT  store!  The only thing that you need to buy are superhero stickers! (you could have them draw them though!)

Please leave a comment at my TPT store if you pick one up for FREE! :)


  1. This is super cute!!! It's amazing what cute creations teachers can come up with items from the dollar bin! Thanks so much for sharing. :)

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  2. This is SOOOO cute!! I have 13 boys in my class this year and they would absolutely love this!!

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  3. These are such great and creative ideas!! I love dollar sections of stores :) haha I always find myself buying more things for my classroom. The subtraction is too low for my students, but the making words with the tins would be so fun for my kids!! Thanks or a great idea!!

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  4. Thanks so much for the freebie. You always have such great ideas. I will be on the look out for those superhero tins. I also wanted to say thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a made my day : )


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