## Thursday, November 27, 2014

### Playing with Cards

Today I am sharing a quick little math group warm up with you. I love using playing cards, and so do my students. This pack is a set from a 500 game... the numbered cards go from 2-13 and Ace becomes one. To keep them tidy and organised, I like using one of the tiniest Sistema containers I can possibly get. A little bit more expensive than other storage systems, but they seem to be practically indestructible, come in great colours and when on sale they are way more affordable:
Sitting in a semi circle, I go round the circle giving the students cards, and they need to answer as quickly as they can. The questions vary: * What is your number (you can give them two cards to make a two digit number etc) *What comes before your number *What comes after your number Once they have a set (maybe 5-ish cards)... *Put your cards in order from smallest to biggest *Put your cards in order from biggest to smallest Swap sets between the children so they have a different set to work with. Next we switch into a bit of teamwork. I take a set of 1-13 cards and give them out to the children face down. We then need to work TOGETHER to put them in order (ascending or descending) and the children just love this.
Lastly we go to work on some strategy. It is important to note that we have done ALOT of work with manipulatives by now, and are trying to count forwards and backwards in our heads to solve number problems. I write the equation symbols out in the book, and the children take turns to fill in the numbers with playing cards. Then we use our strategy to solve the problem.
Last time we did this, the group asked to take the book and cards away to "play teacher" and practise by themselves! How cute!

## Sunday, November 9, 2014

### Icecream Everydays!

Went for a trawl through the local dollar store on the weekend and found some goooorgeous ice-cream shaped bowls so simply just HAD to buy them.I scored these ones ages ago:
from an op shop and they got an absolute thrashing. We use them with pom poms or plastic beans (JELLYbeans so I am told), and create number problems involving ice-cream sundaes with sprinkles on top. However I only had four, and this seriously limits my group sizes for using this equipment. We want the children to be engaged, and using the manipulatives themselves right? So I bought three sets of these bad boys...
...and we can now all have a go at using the bowls! Much excitement!

## Wednesday, November 5, 2014

### Social Media Giant

Time to get back into this little project of mine, and I am kicking off by creating a Facebook page. Facebook is so much a part of my life now, I think it will be easier to put little snapshots etc up there. So try searching for The Destitute Teacher on Facebook, or follow this link. Wish me luck!

## Monday, November 3, 2014

### Now I know it... now I don't

We have been working hard on improving our recognition of numbers on tens frames recently. It seems that sometimes we know it... and sometimes we don't! I put together some resources and activities to help to develop instant recognition. These include... * Good, old fashioned flashcards. In a group we play tens frames speed (flip a card over, first to read it correctly gets it and the winner is the person with the most at the end). Handy hint... enlarge the tens frames, laminate and attach a magnet on the back for whole class work on the whiteboard.
* Roll and Cover Tens Frames games. I made two versions of this game (apologies as I made the clipart, it could do with some refinement). One version is for a 1-6 die, the other is for a 10 sided die (if your die has a '0', use a fine permanent marker to turn it into a ten). Just click here to go to my GoogleDrive and download the PDF file. * Tens frames timed powerpoint. My children love this one. I made a powerpoint presentation with tens frames representations, one on each page. I then adjusted the transition time so there was only 3 seconds between each slide. We watch the powerpoint and record the numbers that we see on our whiteboards. We then recap and look for patterns (e.g. 5 and 1) that could help with faster recognition. *Friday I will introduce them to Tens Frame Memory. Just match the frame representation with the correct digit card. I will share this file once it is student approved. We are going a little tens frames crazy. The games will go into the pattern making box on our Math Tumble and the children will continue to re-enforce their knowledge while we move on to the next topic. Fingers crossed it works!