Busy, busy, busy! It is hard to believe it is already October and our first week is of the month is finished! Students are having fun and learning lots each and everyday.
We are so excited to be buddied up with Tamra and Sarah from First Grade Buddies! This is the first time Aylin and I have done pen pals with our little ones and they are so excited. It is funny because there are still a few no matter how many times (and different ways) we try to explain they just don’t quite understand. I have one little boy who is still convinced it is his cousin writing to him. I have another student who was simply confused saying “but this isn’t mine…” Besides our confused friend, they are all beyond thrilled to have new friends in a new state! They were so excited to see that they had similar favorite colors and liked doing the similar things at school!
|This little girl was super excited to find out that they both LOVE Pizza and the same color!|
Students have been working with ten frames to help them better understand numbers. Many of my first graders are now recognizing numbers with only a glance which is quite exciting! They can look at a ten frame and tell me how many there are, how many more to make 10, and give me a simple number sentence saying “5 and 2 more is 7” again all by glancing at ten frame card!
|Students playing ten frame “war” or “top it!”|
|Organizing and sorting ten frames, numbers, and number words!|
Ten frames are an important part of helping students to see numbers in many different ways. By looking at a ten frame students can see an addition sentence “5 and 3 more is 8” or see it as “8 and 2 more is 10.” Knowing and understanding numbers as different parts helps students to build a strong sense of numbers. To see these centers and many more click here or on the picture below!
As we work to build a strong foundation, my friends have been busy breaking down numbers into many different parts/combinations. This was a quick and easy center that students loved. Using “Do-a-Dots” students demonstrated their knowledge of addition sentences. The task varied depending on their ability level. The way I differentiated this task was as follows:
1. Some students were asked to show an addition sentence using their do-a-dots (I created the number sentence for them.)
4. Addition number hunt
We also went on an addition number hunt this week! Students were detectives as they quietly searched for each of their clues around the room. They found number sentences everywhere-on the walls, on the file cabinets, on the whiteboard-you name it they were there! My firsties are loving being able to walk around the room and search for number cards. Once finding a new card students write the addition fact, solve the problem and head off to find their next number sentence!
There are so many games out there to help students practice basic addition as well ten frames! Here a just a few of the ones we have been using this past week. Click on the picture and it will take you directly to the games…