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 .
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.
We have been having fun identifying our coins, their values , counting by 5s using the coin touch points, combining coins to make our calendar number of the day cents style and were ready to combine coins to trade up. We started with trading up to a quarter and many moved onto trading up for a dollar.
We get to practice combining coins, trading up, spending calculating our change etc. weekly with the store as well. See more about the store here.
We started the game whole group racing to beat the teacher then broke into teams to play with partners.
We ended the integrated math/science pumpkin unit of study by examining and answering questions of graphs I generated using student data. They enjoyed seeing who had the most/least seeds, heaviest/lightest etc. They were surprised that the size of the pumpkin did not determine the number or weight of seeds.
Once the children examined the graphs, they were asked to organize their data into a popplet. This simple app called Popplet allows a student to create Graphic Organizers ( G.O. Charts) using pictures, drawings or type written information. It is very visual and organized. They were given back all their completed worksheets in a stapled book as a resource to complete this final project. It was a motivating way for the children to look at all they had learned about their pumpkin . I was also able to print these popplets for display as well.
Edmodo is a teacher app where I can load content, quizzes, assignments and ask questions to check for understanding. Think of a very restricted Face Book type platform with no ads and only the students and I communicate. Using Edmodo I can break the children in smaller targeted groups. For this month I have been using it for math. For my math group we have been watching short lessons done by Math Antics where I ask a basic conceptual question and then they complete a worksheet that is related. Math Antics is very visual and uses son effects the kids really like.
Math Antics is a web based tutorial program that breaks down some basic mathematical content into small lessons the children can watch as many times as needed.
We played a trading ( regrouping) game to review the concept of regrouping. We began trading in 3 Town with the mayor as the trader. Everything in 3 town came in threes and the mayor would only trade if the student got three of any one color.
Basically, a player rolls the dice and asks the mayor for that number of YELLOW ( ones) chips to place on their board. Every time they roll, they must start with YELLOW chips. When a player gets 3 yellow chips they can trade in for 1 blue ( tens). When they get 3 blue, they can trade for 1 green ( hundreds) , and then 3 green for 1 red. You are the winner if you get to red first. We then repeated this game trading on 5 getting to red to win.
We then began using a place value chart with a 10 frame to trade and learned the word 'regroup'.
This game prepared us for regrouping and carrying over in multi digit addition and subtraction and was a nice review after our summer break.
There are several fun apps that help teach coin recognition, value, combinations, spending and making change. The concepts of earning , saving while incorporating basic math skills in a game format is engaging and fun practice to the skills & concepts taught in class.
My favorite 2 are
World of Cents- FREE This game has 3 levels of difficulty. The children get to choose a character and play a 3 in a row matching game. The children can switch between worlds and spend their earned money to build a magical play ground. They can watch their earnings go up and down and make decisions on what to buy. Each playhouse costs money and needs to be maintained Some of their playgrounds were beautiful!
Cash Cow- This is another themed puzzle game that's based around the mathematics of money. The children help Buck save his farm by combining coins, earning power ups and earning special pieces. In order to clear coins from the board, you need to connect smaller denominations and merge them into larger denominations. For example, connecting five nickels makes a quarter -- but so does connecting a dime, two nickels, and five pennies. The strategy is all in the numbers.