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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Math Number Sense Fun

Have your students catch Number Sense!!

Number sense, numeration, and numbers need to be caught (not taught), explored, and investigated. It can be done with easy, fun activities.

Search the Room, Oh Yeah!

One of my favorite is Search the Room. I hide small cards around the room. The students walk around with a recording sheet to find matches. The students must count the dots, color the match, and then search for a new match. It is amazing to see the students that need to count the same number of dots over and over ( I can also quickly assess one to one counting)...then the ones that begin to add independently.
Then I make it fun by changing the solid blue squares into apples, pumpkins, turkeys, and presents depending on the month. The most important part is that the students get the chance to practice and catch number sense. It takes a lot of time and practice.

Recording sheet that focuses on subtizing.

Walk Down the Number Path

Click on picture for free copy.
Another fun activity is Number Path;think of a concrete representation of a number line. A number path should be use for K-2 learners instead of a number line because it shows an image instead of a space, which can be difficult for concrete learners.

Here a student is practicing counting while pointing to the number

I print the picture on card stock and cut in into groups of 5 to hang on my white board. I also make a copy for the students to cut into groups of 5 and take home to practice counting. By keeping the 5's connected, subitizing and work with 5's and 10's becomes concrete.

Students cutting apart number chart for home practice.

Adding to 5.
  I make the 1-5 path bigger with a document camera and the students used the number path to "show" how to solve addition and subtraction word problems. 
Number in order matching.

 I, also, cut apart a second sample for ordering practice. Match the individual number to the ordered set. The groups of 5 make this activity much easier than separate numbers.

Get Things Rolling!

 Rolling Dice games makes subitizing,  number id, and counting fun. We roll a dice, throw a bean bag to identify the number rolled, and hop to the number. Then turn and count backwards to hop back to 0. So many skills covered. To keep all the students involved, we record the number rolled and create a graph worksheet. Once everyone has a turn, we discuss the number that was rolled more and the number that was rolled less.  Counting again.
Click pict, to see Apple theme dice.

Sometimes we just roll a dice and fill in the graph! A great way to change it up is to use different colored dice. Keep the sheet the same! Students think it is new and fun, but they actually can do it themselves. This is one that is requested again and again by the students,

Fun Resources

So many fun things to do with numbers! Here are the resource I use. Click on the pictures to find the resources.

Here are some great books to develop Number Sense.
1,2,3 Peas by Keith Baker
Chicka Chicka 1,2,3 by Bill Martin Jr.
Splash! by Ann Jonas (counting)
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (counting)
How Do Dinosaurs Count to 10? by Jane Yolen
Number Everywhere by Elliot Kaufman
10 Black Dots by Donald Crews
How Many Bugs in a Box? by David Carter
How Many Snails? by Paul Giganti, Jr.
Ten Sly Piranhas by William Wise
None the Number by Oliver Jeffers
Zero the Hero by Joan Holub
More or Less by Stuart Murphy
Tally O’Mally by Stuart Murphy

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

4 Fun Reading Strategies

How do you use reading strategies to help young readers learn?
I love The Reading Strategies Book by Jennifer Serravallo. It really is "your everything guide to developing skilled readers." Cracking the code to reading is not the most important part of reading. You need to develop vocabulary, discuss thoughts and connections to become engaged readers that love books! I love the following strategies I found in this book.

 Supporting Print Work-Increasing Accuracy and Integrating Sources of Information

This part of reading always worries me the most! It seems so difficult for some students.
 Check the Picture for Help helps the child to not only read what is happening but see what is happening as well. They can double check to make sure that word makes sense in the sentence before moving on and getting more confused. I think many students need to be taught this skill. The discussion in the group can't skip this step that seems so easy to some.
 Try, Try,  Try Again is probably the most important strategy every reader should remember. It is especially difficult with some students.  I like to fact that you actually teach it to the students, not just expect it. Teach the students to use all the things they have in their toolbox.

  • You know how to read words from left to right.
  • You know how to check the picture to see if it makes sense.
  • You know how to think about what is going on in a story, and how that can help you choose the right word.
  • You know how to look for parts of words you know inside of a larger word.

Teaching Fluency-Reading with Phrasing, Intonation,and Automacity

 Think, "Have I Seen It on the Word Wall?" What a great idea as a warm up, to read the words on the word wall! I have done this in writing but what a great connection to do it with reading as well to hep develop automaticity with sight words. Just have the students read the word wall words as warm up! Then remind them to use those words in reading.

 Warm-Up and TransferI love to do this with students when they just begin reading. I always did it for confidence but I love the idea to use with strategies. I love the use of "As you read, I want you to be aware of how you let your eyes go ahead of the word you are reading now, how you scoop up many words at a time in a phrase, how you read it based on how the character is thinking in an easy book, then try it in a just right book."

Be sure to check back to find more as I keep reading!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

1917 Teacher Rules!

Be sure to check out my blog post from Conversations from the Classroom to read the rules for teacher conduct from 1917. You may also want to find out why I will stop complaining about too many students my kindergarten classroom!
Click picture to go to CFTC.