We began the monster tournament as you know in Oct working on addition with and without regrouping. Once Snowy our December elf arrived he challenged us to level to adding with or without regrouping using decimal points and money.. a BIG hit I might add. Now as we come to that end of our daily practice with repeated addition , drawing and reading arrays, singing and dancing to our skip counting (multiplication tables) we are ready for our multiplication and division tournaments. We began this last week but needed to review division. ## Screen shot of video counting by 4s.## Sample song below but turn it UP! I suspect your child will stop if they hear it and start singing. | ## You can order a book to print lyrics as well as this DVD. |

We began with a simple but fun way to conceptually understand that sharing is division by reading the book titled, The Doorbell Rang. There were many groans and giggles as I read the book aloud slowly. The children were asked to make predictions, solve the math problem each page presented and draw the diagrams for each visitor which we were able to turn into a math equation. We then began working on cookie worksheets that eventually led to to some 'leftovers' . (Which are remainders actually and prepare the children for long division) Let the Tournaments Begin! | |

We ended the year with fact families, number bonds, ten frames, place value and basic multiplication operations for a given number. The child's individual work was carefully placed on an ornament and put on our large tree. Next, the children were given their own tree , a set of dice and completed their personal trees at their math skill level. I loved the ways we incorporated the gifts ten frames, place value and expanded notation wrapping. This was a nice way to review, practice and hum ... yes the children hummed, tapped & sang the multiplication songs! They are very catchy and the kids sing them during math often lately. Cute. We have learned them all from 1-6 , & 10s. We will return to the 7s, 8s, 9s and 12s! The new year brings in the remaining tables, division and fractions. Of course you know fractions, division and subtractions are best friends... right? |

This week we worked on subtraction word problems that were especially tricky. Our classroom's elf chipped in with another problem. ( see more elf help here ) Using our number line and manipulatives we were able to help Snowy and solve our daily word problems this week! |

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Rounding is a hard skill to teach and grasp . So we began with blocks and visuals of course. The children then practiced using their 3 assigned numbers. They built their own towers, placed them in order and completed their math worksheet . Then some were asked to make a puppet pal video reading their script. This number talk script uses a variety of important vocabulary terms and concepts. We will be using these words and concepts for further rounding tasks. Here are a few videos the children made. ## A.T.M.M. | ## Y.A.## D.L. |

Solving word problems is a lot more fun and easier to understand the key words that tell us what operation to use when using story mats and blocks or pictures. So, we kicked off this big unit and on going focus with some frogs hoping into or out of a crowded pond. Some had to add , subtract or multiply for these problems. Soon they will be writing their own word problems! |

It was clear we needed some reteaching and review of using our place value blocks to regroup for addition. So, I brought out the cards to build some 2-3 digit numbers and my magic wand. Using place value charts that increased in digit length we eventually added and zapped our way out of the ones and carried over a ten. The students all giggled and laughed their way through zapping and snapping those ones to make a ten and moving it over. Naturally we watched several videos adding to the fun with singing and some foot tappin'. | |

Writing a number to show the value of each digit is an important concept in math and we have been singing, rolling and expanding our understanding of this skill. It often takes sequential practice that builds upon one another. Once number sense is solid to 20. We begin expanding our understanding of place value. This month aside from the rolling dice worksheets , singing, playing the mystery number game and dancing we made a monster that EXPANDS. This was differentiated and children expanded their monsters from two to 5 digit digit numbers! Enjoy. | ## The children then demonstrated their knowledge making a simple teaching puppet pal with a number they rolled using their lego pal as th teacher. Enjoy. |

## A.H. | ## A.T. |

## D.L. | ## J.D. |

## O.Q. | ## H.W. |

Y.A. | ## M.M. |

The children BEG for a tournament daily. Seriously they love this game format. So 3-4 times a week we practice addition with regrouping which will then be followed by multiplication skills between two monsters. They also practice using a class favorite math app called Sushi Monster. This is a fun way to practice basic addition and multiplication math facts! Some also use an addition or multiplication chart to help with this game. |