It is hard to believe we are over halfway done with the month of October. In October, things always start to pick up pace because our first graders are finally in routine. October also means that the kids are counting down the days to one of their favorite holidays-Halloween!
I love the excitement I see in my little friends’ faces when they see we are doing a center with pumpkins, bats or even spiders! We continue to work on the concepts and skills that need to be taught or that need reinforcement but we bring a little extra “pizzaz” in by captivating student interest in something they simply can’t get enough of (Halloween!)
Here are a few of the common core standards I was hitting during centers this week:
CCSS.Math.Content.1.OA.C.6 Add and subtract within 20, demonstrating fluency for addition and subtraction within 10.
CCSS.Math.Content.1.OA.B.3 Apply properties of operations as strategies to add and subtract.2Examples: If 8 + 3 = 11 is known, then 3 + 8 = 11 is also known. (Commutative property of addition.) To add 2 + 6 + 4, the second two numbers can be added to make a ten, so 2 + 6 + 4 = 2 + 10 = 12. (Associative property of addition.
CCSS.Math.Content.1.NBT.A.1 Count to 120, starting at any number less than 120. In this range, read and write numerals and represent a number of objects with a written numeral.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.1.2 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
1. Counting, Counting and more Counting.
If I asked my students to count to 100, the majority of them are able to. However, if I start on a random number (i.e. 53) it is much more difficult for them to get to 100 (let alone 120.) With common core, starting at 1 and counting to 120 isn’t enough-we much continue to dig deeper…it is not about memorizing numbers from 1-100 but instead knowing and understanding number patterns so you can count starting on any number (and in first grade go to 120.)
This center was fun for the kids as they got to search for numbers and put them on the pocket chart. I like this center because kids are not starting at one but instead figuring out where numbers go based on the numbers they already have in place. It got my students thinking and communicating about numbers, number patterns, and number sequence.
Students got their number cards from 1-120 and were off!
2. 2 and 3 addend addition match
As I introduced this center, I made sure to let students know spiders are not typically allowed in the classroom but these spiders are ok because they were happy, smiling spiders (not creepy, crawling ALIVE ones!) Students are working on using the associative property to add more than one addend together. In this center, students worked together to help the spiders find their webs (their sums.)
3. Boo! Who?
This is a fun project my students really enjoyed! We first read a couple of books where the author’s gave us “clues” to figure out different kinds of animals or things. After gaining a better understanding of what a clue is students wrote their own clues…
We passed around these goofy glasses and each student took a picture with them on.
4. Mystery Picture (Freebie)
We are working on reading, writing and representing numbers to 120. Students used markers and colored to find their “mystery picture” amongst all of their numbers. One of my students who was about halfway done (most of his paper was orange) he said, “Mrs. Zanchelli I know what it is…a ghost!” I couldn’t help but to laugh-it most certainly was not an orange ghost but instead a jack-o-lantern (he eventually figure it out!) To grab your copy of this freebie click here of on the picture below.
5. Halloween Math Websites
Technology, technology, technology! There are many fun, engaging, and challenging games for students to play that helps reinforce specific skills. Students have been enjoying these games on the SmartBoard as well as on their laptops.
|This website allows students to practice: addition, subtraction, multiplication or division.|
|These number patterns are a challenge as they are not the typical number patterns kids ordinarily see and/or count by.|