The children have been working with fact families for some time using dice, cards with a house. We then learned a haunted house fact family song. They would hum it and enjoyed the funny numbers. So we made our own haunted house with a twist. We added arrays. This allowed me to visually differentiate and teach how an array, addition & multiplication could be represented. The children would count rows and columns to count total boxes and write the corresponding multiplication or addition math sentences on ghosts . Pumpkins were for division or subtraction math equations .
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.
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!
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.
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.
The children were given differentiated time task cards to complete around the room. Some children practiced reading the clock to the hour and half hour while others solved elapsed time problems. Once completed and based on their answers, each student was asked to shop for their pumpkin parts and create their pumpkin. These cheerful pumpkins brightened up room 24! Enjoy.
This hands on integrated unit incorporated Language Arts, Math and Science. This was an engaging and hands on way to include many standards in a fun and meaningful way . The children were engaged and learning!
Day 1 Observations, Adjectives and Predictions. We even named our Pumpkins!
Day 2 Measuring
Day 3- Messy Weighing Day
Day 4 Counting seeds by 5s or 10s and making a poster.
What Pumpkin was the Heaviest? Lightest? Had the most seeds?... and more questions were answered as we built this chart together.