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The Big Yellow Bus – A Fun School Bus Game

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Based on This Game:

Print out Lesson Plan

Practice using Picture-based Math (online)

  * Big Yellow Bus
  * Big Yellow Bus Version 2

Practice using standardized test simulation

  * Adding Numbers to 18
  * What Number is Missing in the Addition Equation?
Print Worksheet (s)
  * The Big Yellow Bus Assessment
  * The Big Yellow Bus Assessment Version 2
  * Which Equation is True?
  * Adding 1-12
Common Core Alignment
Age Appropriateness/Rationale

The Big Yellow Bus Common Core Alignment

Age Appropriateness/Rationale

All of the kids are in the wrong seats on the bus and it is a wild scene. The bus cannot make it to school in this condition. You must re-arrange the kids so they are in the correct seats. But the seats don’t have numbers they have math problems! Drag and drop the kid to their correct seats in 90 seconds. The quicker you can accomplish the goal, the quicker the bus gets to school and the better your medal will be. Students may need to be taught how to drag and drop before playing this game. For younger kids, the number of students correctly dragged to their seats can be a benchmark. For older kids, the amount of time left over after dragging the kid to their correct seats can be the benchmark.

The Big Yellow Bus is perfect for kids ages 4-7, Grade Levels: 1.0 – 2.5 (apx.)


Scoring Breakdown and Grade Level Equivalency

Students placed Grade Level Equivalency
8 1.0
9 1.4
10 1.8
11 2.2
12 2.6 (mastery)


Skills Reinforced:

Adding to 12
Quick addition


Students can print out a certificate similar to the one below for completing the game. Gold, Silver, or Bronze medals depend upon the speed in which they correctly place all 12 students.