Double Dare Addition!

Double Dare Addition! lesson plan

Play a cool double dare game! Students figure out addition doubles on dry-erase boards.

  • 1.

    Finding addition doubles is an especially mind-bending math challenge. What’s an addition double? When two of the same numeral are added together, the sum is called an addition double. For example, 8 is an addition double because 4 + 4 = 8.

  • 2.

    Here’s one way students can play Double Dare Addition. Each player uses an individual dry-erase board with a Crayola® Dry-Erase Marker. You can get the class started, and then let students take turns leading the game. The leader says the sum of an addition double (such as 4).

  • 3.

    All players write the addition double that makes up that sum (2 + 2). Erase with a tissue and play again. Repeat with different doubles until everyone can solve LOTS of problems.


  • LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher led) with diverse partners on grade level topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • MATH: Represent and solve problems involving addition and subtraction.
  • MATH: Add and subtract within 20.
  • MATH: Use place value understanding and properties of operations to add and subtract.
  • VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.


  • Working in small groups, encourage students that have mastered simpler problems to pose more challenging problems, such as adding or subtracting a single digit from a double digit, such as 13-5=8 or 19+5=24. Encourage students to do the math mentally.