Many people often ask me what my classroom looks like during our math block. I thought today I’d give you a brief tour around our room during a typical math block.
The past 2 weeks we have been working hard at decomposing numbers, writing our numbers correctly, addition, and teen numbers. Our three warm up games this week were:
1.Writing our numbers using a chalkboard.
2. Playing the “bank game”
(For this game I set up a bank of golden tens and ones across the room. I would give each student a teen number and they had to collect the correct number of beads from the bank. This really encouraged my students to think in terms of tens and ones. I have seen this pay off ten fold in my classroom! I highly encourage you to play this game with your students!)
After they made the number, they counted their beads to make sure they were correct and then wrote it on their clipboard!
3. Make a Number
For this game I gave each student a set of number cards from 0-9 and had them put them in order and then create their teen numbers using the numbers.
After our brief warm up, we practiced a skill together. One day we worked on decomposing numbers using number bonds and chips.
Another game we played this week was “War!” This is always a hit in my classroom. For this game I put my Thanksgiving War cards in a cup and had each student pull out one card and then figure out what their number was. This really helped with 1-1 correspondence, addition, and number sense!
Whoever had the largest number got to keep all the cards!
Another game we played this week was matching our scarecrow cards in the sensory table. For this game the scarecrow cards had three different things on them. One set had the numbers 10-19, another set had the matching ten frames for those numbers, and the last set had the expanded notation of the teen numbers.
My students worked together to find the correct matches and did SO very well with this game!
While I was playing these games with my small groups, my other students played these games:
“Put the Numbers In Order”
“Beware of the Bear” (a favorite this week!)
“Cover Your Mat”
and Play Dough Teen Numbers
If you are looking for simple lesson plans for your guided math groups, all of these lessons and small group activities are found in my Quarter 2 Kindergarten Guided Math Lesson Plans.
If you are looking for engaging math centers that your students can play independently, you can purchase my November Math Bins to get the games found on this blog post.
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