Helping students master number concepts is an integral step in providing a strong foundation for Math.
At the beginning of every year I always have to remind myself to start SLOW. I have to give myself little pep talks to remind myself to take the time and build on small concepts.
Each year I designate the first two-four weeks of school for teaching expectations, behavior, and the foundation of all that we teach in first grade. To rush through these important concepts is a mistake.
As “back to school” is quickly approaching, I began by thinking through all the small things I have to teach and reteach my students when it comes to math. We want our students to really grasp what a number is and how we use numbers every day. I got myself organized and put all of these first steps into a series of small group lessons, large group lessons, and independent practice for my first graders.
I then bought this way cute filing box from Target. This hot number has been calling my name since last April when I first saw it. When I got it home, it did not let me down!
I use a variety of games at the beginning of the year that serve as working assessments for me. While teaching the expectations on how to use our math manipulatives, I play many games that help me assess where my students are with their number skills. We practice skills such as counting, estimating, forming numbers, writing numbers, making five and more. I put all of these activities into a packet that is so easy to use. Each activity has an activity page that explains how to play the game.
I also included 3 weeks of progressions that I would use while I teach different number concepts. I show what I would do during my whole group time, my small group time and then what students would work on independently.
Congratulations, Robin!! You are the winner of the pack!