## Friday, January 25, 2013

This is a little game that can be used several ways.  The children can count out items and place them on the jar card, and then record it on their recording sheet, but I rotate quickly, so we only had time to draw a card and record that number and dots on the sheet.  This took two days to complete. (my tubs only last about 5 minutes)
Sorting is another thing we are working on as a TEAM.  They are to sort together and then count each group and decide which group has the most, least, and if any have the same.

Teen tic tac toe is a favorite.  It is not Common Core, but my students need to practice writing numbers so we do!
We are still working on making five.  I am hoping that soon they will have these facts in their head and it will all make sense.  We will see! The link I included is different than this one pictured, but this one I mentioned in my last post.

And we do it here . . .

And here . . .  And here is the link to this lesson. (thanks for the blackline Laura, what a great idea!)

Beans are used for two things, to quickly show the student the beans in your hand and to ask them how many are there (without counting!) and you can use the spray painted beans as addition problems.  Just have the children spill the number you are working on, onto the table and write the math sentence.

Subitizing -  You can find these in this great find.  You can play all sorts of games with these, go fish, memory, matching, etc.

And I found this link for these - it has ALOT of great things!

These are just cards I use at a math tub, the adult at this table just flashes these daily trying to teach the students "tricks of the trade" on how to quickly figure out the dot card number equivalent.

And I have written about the bowl game and then I found this!   Just a great extention of great game.

We needed a little work on One More - she here is a little game.  The children just roll a die, add one more to their rolled number, and put their color piece on the board.  They are trying to get four in a row.

## Monday, January 7, 2013

### Happy New Year - ways to make numbers

MAKING NUMBERS

Well, this new Common Core has been very different than the way I have done things in several years, so readjusting Math Tubs has been quite a challenge.  Sorry for the delay and slow post this year, I am just trying to find the best way to teach several concepts with the least amount of steps.  So here I go . .

I made this to work with combinations of numbers.   I wanted children to organize their thoughts so that they will be able to find ALL the combinations possible without question.  I hope this makes sense to you!  I created a sheet that has five squares.  I had the children put their name and numbers on the sheet first.  Name at the top and then they numbered the lines of squares 0 - 5 on the left hand side.  Pencils down and then they glued a purple square in the left corner and a green square in the right corner ( I also did this with circles and we used bingo markers and they used the two colors I gave them)  The squares are just to help them remember what they are doing.  So now they have a 0 under the purple square meaning NO purples go there, so what goes there?  Well ALL green, then the next row has a 1, telling us 1 purple, and the rest are green and so on.  When they finish that all the way down the paper, they then write the numbers down the right side of the paper.  They count the green squares now and write that number on the right side.  So they should have the numbers going backward 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 0.
After a couple weeks of doing this, I have explained to my higher children how to use those numbers to  make a number sentence under each one.

I have been doing this for several weeks now, I moved to the number 6 last week and I think my students have finally caught on to the pattern that I have tried to create.

This is the start of the paper.
This student is putting on her squares.
This student is counting her green squares and writing the numbers beside.

I am surprised by one thing - not one of my students have just automatically written their numbers down the right side.  Now some of them have written them without counting - but not just as a set up tool, I have waited to see, but no one yet!

On this occasion, I picked the colors, the place to put them and how it was to be done.  Since this activity, the students have had the opportunity to pick their color choice and how they arrange their color choices.

These are old AIMS cards that I picked up years ago.  I just laminated them and put the cards on rings and the children read the cards and "sketch" out their pictures and write their answers.  This math tube was teacher directed, and has now become independent.  The only thing I might do to change this is to write the number under the number word, but my students have learned to use the resource in the room to figure it out, so I will not change this now. :)

I still love this website, I have saved it on the desktops under my log in and I can quickly pull this up and the students do not log off, they just walk away when the bell rings to change.

They are now up to game number 4, add.  The students are given a math problem, and they make the first number on the ten frame, then they make the second number on the second ten frame, and then they put the two numbers together.  The students then types in the correct number to answer the addition problem.  LOVE this game

I have also found this great book to help with Story word problems.  I do these mainly whole group, and I have the students use white boards to show their answers.  It quickly shows how some are catching on and others, well not so much.  I am always surprised when some of my top kids get tricked by some of the problems.  I love how this books starts WAY back at the beginning, sometimes we as educators jump in assuming the children know how many legs a bug has, or even a hen for that matter!

I am still working on making teens with some of these activities from last years blog, and I am using story mats, and  the bowl game.

## Thursday, November 29, 2012

Wow, I think it has been over a month!!

I took a little time off to assess last quarters goals, and then just to wrap my mind around all of this addition at this point in the year and how to make this work.  I will show you a few things that I have been trying, I am struggling with this because I am suppose to introduce addition, but I still have several children that do not have a true grasp of a number.  So now I have to teach them how to break down a number???  This is crazy, so I am trying daily to do something that will make sense to all of my friends.

I am using Domino Math and the Bowl Game.  Both of these I have used in the past, so I will put the link here.

I am also using a an old AIMS activity called Solve It!

Here is a cute teen bingo game that I will use to help reinforce our teen numbers.

This is from last year.  Here is the link to the file and here is the link to my blog.

I started addition with these story boards,  I started with little stories like "Sam saw two flies on the long, three more flew in, how many flies on the log?"  And this week we have bumped it up to "There were two logs in the forest, one log had three flies on it, the other log had the same, how many flies are on both logs?"  And then next week I think I will bump it up to one more or one less on the second log, etc.

Tic tac toe using teen numbers

Roll a teen number (this link is to the 1-6, but I just used the same form and copied it front and back and changed the numbers to 2-12 since I am using two die now)
Making teen numbers and here is link to last years blog.

And this download comes with a black line copy for the students to glue and a color copy that you can use the manipulative.  You could run them front and back and just use one with color that is very easy and then the one on the back all blank and it makes it a little harder.

I also use this cute song from You Tube between math tubs or before or after so I can set up or put away.

I will continue to post slowly as I am trying to grasp all of these new changes!

## Saturday, October 13, 2012

### Common Core Catch up. More or Less, comparing attributes and positional words

Since positional words kind of sneak their way in with shapes, I decided to pull out this little game.  Mister Mouse is a cute little game that just has the children put their bear on the picture of what they draw from the stack - like the mouse may be under the pumpkin, or above the pumpkin.

Jack be Nimble is a game working with matching sets.

And I am thinking about using this game I found a long time ago, for counting.   When they land on a number they have to count to that number.

Since Comparing Attributes is this week, I like to start with sorting.  I think I will sort things by color in a couple groups, like boats and bears.  Then the next day I will have the students sort by shape using my spaceships and then on the third day I will have them sort by size.  After they have this mastered, I will introduce these leaves to sort  I use baskets for the students to place these tags in front of and they sort together as a team.

The more or less game is a favorite of mine to teach and for the students to play.  They LOVE it, and it is so simple.  All you need is a mat (piece of felt), tape down the middle, unifix cubes and a cube with the words more and the word less on it.  Each student has a stick of 10 unifix cubes and they place it on their laps.  They say together, "One, two, three, break, one, two, three, show" and they place their pieces on the board.  Each child says what they have. "I have more, I have less" and then the person with less rolls the dice.  What ever word it lands on wins all the cubes on the board.  And they play again.  When they are all out of cubes or out of time, they lay all that they have on the board and say "I have more, I have less" And the one with less rolls and that roll determines who wins the games.

One of the new skills in Common Core is to count objects and to record the number.  So I decided to tie in shapes with this skill.  I filled brown bags with various shapes and made a check sheet that I will change each day.  Each bag has a label on it so the students will know how which bags they have counted.  Here is the sheet that I made up to go with this activity.  I hope this makes sense??

Geometry task cards are just a higher level thinking activity to secure their knowledge of shapes.
Enjoy!!  Lots to do, only three weeks left in this first quarter.

## Friday, October 5, 2012

### Understanding numbers

I have a student this year (well, we really have at least one like this every year) but she only recognizes number 1 and 2.  She does not have an understanding of 2 consistently or any number up to ten.  I send home a note explaining my concern (we have been working with numbers for six solid weeks!) and her mom said she was so shocked and she knew that this little girl knew how to add and subtract.
It really bothers me that parents truly do not understand the importantance of a basic KNOWledge of numbers.

Anyway . . . enough of that.  This week we will be working more with showing a number (0-10) in various ways.  We will also continue exploring and understanding shapes.

Here is an activity that will go with the Ratuki game I have later on in this blog.  The children will sort a number, tally marks, and hands that go together.  I need to cut these apart, but I wanted to show you the game.  I will just have the students work on this as a team.

Fall Leaf Bump - Just like the Rainbow Rump, this game will just be played with a roll, cover and bump if you roll the same as your friend.  If you have two unifix cubes on the same spot, you are locked in and no one can knock you off.

I found this last year on Heidi songs blogspot.  It is just a cute quick assessment that the students will color after a teacher has checked that they can make a set for that number.  It takes several days to do, but you do have something to show for it when you finish.
Pete the cat BUMP game - just something different.  I always hate using the same game board so I like to switch it up so they don't get bored.  Same concept, just a different look.
Same game, but on this one they will play it by themselves and roll and color and not cover.  I ran this for the class for the beginning of the year, but I am just now getting to them.

This is an easy game to show a number several different ways.  I made the number rubs by punching out numbers out of posterboard and mounting them on a square piece of poster board.  The children are instructed to place the number under the piece of paper and rub it with a "naked" crayon.  Then they draw a line up, down, and off to the right and left.  Then they come up with four different ways you can represent the number.  Here I drew a dice, tally marks, a hand and four hearts.  They also could draw a domino, write the number word, or maybe even an addition problem.  They LOVE doing this and it is really great for number representation and sets.

Snake Ten Frame game - I think I will use this game as a gameboard and just have the students roll a dice and move to that spot and then tell the number the ten frame represents - quickly.  You can use unifix cubes for your pieces and dice can be bought at the Dollar Tree.

My students have really gotten into the Ratuki game.  I don't play it exactly like the directions, but here is what we do.  Each child gets a stack of cards, they take 3 cards off the top and hold them in their hands.  I put down a number one or something representing a one to start the game.  The next child lays down a card one number greater or one number less than the number down.  What a great higher level of thinking!  So the next person will put down a 2 or something representing 2.  You may also play a Ratuki card and then put down a number you would like to start with.  If a child does not have the card they need, then I just had them draw and continue to add to their hand until they had something to lay down.  The hardest thing with this game is that they are use to playing uno, and laying down cards that are the same.  The deck also has number word cards.  I left them in for the first couple of times, it was really neat to see some of the children use the word cards correctly.  I might take them out the next game.

## Tuesday, October 2, 2012

### Numbers, Numbers and shapes

I am moving this week to more sets and numbers.  We are still working on a number book in small groups in the morning, they are learning the poems and the correct way to write the number.  I am down to only three children who do not recognize all their numbers, so it is time to move on to sets!
I posted alot of items in my last blog, some of which I am still introducing this week, so I only have a few things new for this week.

I found this cute game on Pinterest and the students did really well yesterday with this game.

Show me the number game

O.K.  I try to teach math one day a week or every two weeks, whole group.  This gives me an opportunity to teach a new concept.  I also use my Morning Meeting time to review various skills.   Here all the children have a set of card like those below (I made them with index cards and rings- all found at Walmart)  The children have the numbers 0-9 on their ring and I have a piano.  I tap out three keys and the children are to show me their number card three.  I continued this mixing the numbers up, sometimes fast and some slow.  This is a great activity because the children really have to listen and the room is very quiet. :)  Last week I did only this, now this week I hope to add manipulatives. The children will show me the number card and then they count out the number with the manipulative on their table.

Now here is a link back to last week, I am still using several of those activities.  And if you did not follow last year, I will also be throwing in some of the activities from this blog.  Enjoy your week!