Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Math is Fun!

Numbers and counting come alive in Room G1!
Check out some of the activities that we have been doing!

Number Talks

For Number Talks, we have been working with rekenreks.
Check out my pin on pinterest for directions to make one at home with craft supplies.
I made a complete class set for under $10!
We use these to show quantities and to make groups of 10 (and soon, up to 20).
Click this video to see how to effectively use a rekenrek to build number sense.
These friends showed us three and six.

Ten Frames

In our curriculum Investigations we use ten frames all the time! I purchased this ten frame stamp from Really Good Stuff and it is worth every penny! For this activity, I gave the children a triangle shape with a ten frame stamped in one corner. I wrote a numeral in the center of each triangle. Their job was to represent the number in three ways:
color the ten frame to match
draw dots to represent the amount
draw a picture to match the quantity
Check out some of our samples!


Number Lines

As part of the Common Core integration for math we are talking more about number lines. The children absolutely LOVE making and using number lines. They learned the word "infinity" when we discussed the arrows on our number lines! They thought it was really cool that there are 26 letters, but numbers keep going and going!
First we played a class favorite game called "I notice". In this game I show the children an image. It could be a numeral, a ten frame with dots, or in this case, a number line. The children observe and raise their hands to share what they "notice". I record their answers on a chart. We refer back to the chart many times to build understanding. This is an example of our "I Notice" chart for Number Lines.
Check out the number lines we made!
We talked in depth about "how do you know what number comes next or before?"

Today's Question

Each day at arrival time students come in and record their answer to our "Today's Question" on a two columned chart. At math time, we compare the data using words like "more, less, same".
We also ask Higher Order Thinking questions, or HOTS, like "what would happen to our data if more people answered yes or no". This is an example of our Today's Question Chart. I bought this one from Lakeshore Learning. It would make a great holiday gift to have at home to build understanding of comparing data.

Please check out my Math pinterest board for activities that you can do at home to build your child's math understanding. Please let me know if you ever have any questions! Comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can! Thank you for taking the time to check out our blog today!





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