Thursday, January 10, 2013

I popped in to a 1st grade classroom today and saw a warm-up activity that I just HAD to share.  Check this out.

Part of the daily routine is to show the number of the day (which is the number of days in school) using ten-frames.  Each day a student gets to add another dot to the ten-frame.  It was actually very cool that you can tell the kiddos draw the dots instead of just putting a sticker on.  Mrs. Rodricks put adhesive magnet squares on the back of the ten-frames (which you see on the board), so the kiddos can move them around.  When I walked in, the students were showing different ways to make 83 using two addends. See how Mrs. Rodricks recorded their expressions on the mini white board?  The friends just slide the ten-frames into two columns to show the two addends.  Brilliant, right?  Then the class counts aloud each addend (practicing counting by tens) and confirms that the expression is correct.

THEN, the class moved on to three addends!  Just awesome.

Best question of the day: "So, class, no matter how we move the numbers around, what number will we always have?"  EIGHTY-THREE!

Do you need a ten-frame template?  Just click here to grab one that prints two to a page.

 Close-up of the Number of the Day poster.  It's based on a Kim Sutton idea.

1. I like it! Thanks for sharing! Do you happen to know what all was on the "Checklist" at the top of the board in the first pic?

1. Great question! I do, but I don't have an electronic copy at home. I'll get one and add a link to it on this post tomorrow!

2. Thanks for sharing! Great ideas!
Erin
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3. Even though we are at day 97 I started today. Great way to review what we have done already. Def. going to start earlier next year! Thanks again. - Ashley (original poster)

4. Awesome, guys!! So glad you like the routine! :)

2. May I make a suggestion for second grade teachers - instead of counting up, count back! Boy, do the subtraction light bulbs start going off for second graders then. :)
barb :)

1. Sounds great, Barb! Thanks for the suggestion. :)

3. Thanks, I have been looking for ways to add CCSS to my Math Their Way calendar routine. This & counting by 10s (4, 14, 24, etc.) will help! Elizabeth

1. Absolutely, Elizabeth! Always nice to have new activities to add to the mix.

4. Thanks for your blog. The only thing that is that the zig zag backround really makes it hard for me to concentrate reading your blog! It is distracting and makes me a bit dizzy! I was not able to read the post you had today from trying not to focus on the zig zags :(

1. Oh no! I love the zig zags! I'm so sorry they bother you. :(

5. Hoping you will change them some time so I can enjoy reading your posts :)