Saturday, October 24, 2015

Halloween Math Centers

Friends~We had so much fun this week with our Halloween Math centers! We are working on number bonds and addition facts to 10.  

ALERT!  Please keep in mind that I am not in my regular classroom.  Our new school is being built as I type (Please hurry!) and I am at a local church.  I also move in every Monday and out every Friday so I have had to be pretty creative with my classroom.
~Oh, and I can't hang anything on the walls except Post it chart paper.  
~My classroom is totally mobile.
~All centers are on small carts on wheels.
~#Survival Mode

I wanted to share (FREEBIES) what I have in my math "CART" center for the Halloween season:
Pumpkin Tens Frame Odd or Even Sort
(Pumpkin Ice Cube Trays and Candy Pumpkins)
Skulls and Bones Number Sheet
(Candy at $ Store or HERE)
Spider Number Bonds
(Plastic Spiders from $ Store)
Eye Ball Greater Than or Less Than
(Eyeballs erasers from Target and candy corn for symbol)

Currently, I am running 4 stations so that my 4 tables can rotate through.  

I always grab the skulls and bones candy at the $ Store every year and my kiddos work on representing numbers with them.  Be sure to grab the freebie above!

The pumpkin trays make perfect tens frames and I teach my kiddos that they only need one.  They identify the number in the ones place and make that number with candy pumpkins in the the trays.  They then use dry erase markers to write the numbers in the correct side of their Tchart.  (Simply laminate the freebie above!)

The eyeball greater than, less than is so simple with candy corn as your symbol.  You could use any manipulative but eyeballs are super fun!

With the plastic spiders, my kiddos represent each part of the number bond with different colored spiders and then the whole is a combination of 2 colors.  SOOO FUN!

I am crazy excited about my math next week!  It is based off the book BONE Soup!  Check out my file below! It is on sale until the 27th!

We are going to be making BONE SOUP!!!!!!
I am so excited!  It is going to take the place of my Witch's Brew activity so that all my students can participate.  No worries about food allergies:)

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Number Bond FUN!

Friends~I LOVE number bonds! This year, we are using Math in Focus which is a math program centered around Singapore Math.  I am still working my way through the program but I am thrilled with the results so far. 

My students have spent the week working with numbers to 10 and creating 2 and 3 part number bonds.  It has been so exciting to see them decompose numbers.  

Number bonds are simple.  The are made up of parts and wholes.  (Think fact family!)  The parts are the numbers added and the whole is the sum.  Math in Focus uses basic unifix cubes to represent number bonds in trains.  I also use base ten cubes and paper plates for my students to explore. 

Notice that the paper plates are different colors.  I have them use the green to represent the parts and the pink to represent the wholes.

This app is awesome for number bonds and for challenging those higher level students!  We will be using it next week in centers! 
We played the best game with number bonds last week.  All you need are some paper plates, 2 different colored markers, and some unifix cubes.  

Directions: Create number bonds by writing the parts on individual plates in one color and the whole on the other.  

*Place plates number side down
* Students then go off and choose a plate.  
*They must find their other part and then their whole.
*Students head to the unifix cubes to represent their bond. 
(When they were done, I had them come to me for a check. If they were correct, I took the plates and put them back out.  The students broke apart their bond and moved on to the next one.)

Example: 3,7,10 would be 3 red cubes, 7 blue cubes in a unifix tower/train that equals 10.
 I am also soooo obsessed with this number bond scale! It totally helped my students see how the numbers work together!  Click the picture to check it out on Amazon!

We are finishing up our number bonds next week and heading into the BIG world of addition.  I am super excited to see how these number bond help my students with more traditional algorithms! 

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Friday, October 9, 2015

Halloween: Where's My Mummy

Friends~I just love Halloween and Fall is my favorite season!  Where's My Mummy by Carolyn Crimi is one of my all time, most loved books for the season!  It is filled with vivid illustrations and fun alliteration!  I love the pictures of the Baby Mummy and Bones cracks me up.  

It is the one book that is NEVER in my library because it is usually in a student's reading bag.  I usually read it in class as a read aloud but this year, I decided to take it to a much more exciting level.  

I am planning to start with this online reading by Jennifer Fourcade on Youtube!  I love how she changes her voice with the characters. 

I will also be reading the book in class with the students.  You can grab a copy of the book by clicking below. 

When we read, my students will be listening for alliteration.  I am going to pass out these fun mummies and when they hear an example of alliteration the will be able to hold up their mummy!

We are also going to make this super simple mummy craft.  I plan to supply the class with paper plates and ask them to color in their faces.  I will then give them a supply of white strips of paper to paste over their face to create a mummy.  The students will then hide their mummy and write directions to where it is located in our classroom.  
I have so much more planned like my Where's My Mummy Vowel game! I'l be sure to post a video when we play so that you can check it out.  

If you are interested in any of the activities above or you want to check out my literature unit for Where's My Mummy, you can click the image below.  I am off to get printing!  I have a ton of mummies cards to make:)

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