## Monday, September 10, 2012

Welcome back to 2012-13!  Sorry for the delay, but the beginning of the school year always wears me out!!  For the past 10 days, we have been just "exploring" in math tubs.  The students have enjoyed checking out all of my math manipulatives and they are even choosing various ones during play centers.  Well, as much as they enjoy exploring - I do not. :)  I feel like I am wandering aimlessly around the room, I guess I like more of a purpose.  So here we go!  Today was amazing, the volume went down tremendously and I could really see weaknesses in my group ( and strengths) :)

I started a group at the SMART board just using a quick game I made - I will load it soon to SMART exchange, but I can't seem to do it on a Mac. :( The students simply roll the die, move the chips into the ten frame to make the number and then write the number.  (BIG weakness in this group is writing numbers)

I found this activity on the Pocketfulofcenters.blogspot.com.  I can't seem to put my finger on it, but I scanned it.  The children pick a number, circle all of that number they can find and then count how many they could find.  (my assistant monitored and checked this table as needed)

I found these on Pinterest (oh how I love it).  The children simply identify the number and clip clothespins to the dots as a one to one correspondence.  Click here for the link.

Now this is cute and fast.  The children place these little puzzles in order.  They have them 1-5 and 1-10.  I used the 1-5 today, but I did need to throw in a 1-10 for a couple students that needed a little more.  Here is the link.

We have done a lot of Pete the Cat stuff these last 10 days, so I thought we would work with buttons on Pete.  I found this cute activity that the students LOVED.  All they do is draw a card, identify the number and place the correct number of buttons on the shirt.  Simple but fun.  Here is this link.

So, we will continue this week using these math activities, I will change out a couple to help the students stay engaged all week.  I will also need to do a whole group math one day to introduce geoboards and making numbers and shapes.   I am also working on a shape book in my morning groups with my assistant.  They are saying the poems and cutting and glueing shapes.

I added one additional activity to help with number id.  Here it is (I believe it is on page 48)