Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Teen Numbers Freebie and More

Have a look at what Colby's been up to lately, and don't forget to grab your freebie on the way by!

We've continued to work with Lavinia Pop's fabulous winter-themed Math Skills packet.  To see more about this in our previous post, click here.

Colby really enjoyed the Build-A-Pattern activity!  It's just one of eleven fantastic skill-building activities included in the unit.  Click here to check it out on TpT!


We've also been working our way through these Kindergarten Winter Math Worksheets by United Teaching.

Colby really likes the cut-and-paste activities, and these were a life saver when I wasn't feeling well and needed something quick and easy!

We've continued to work with Rita Mitchell's Letter Match: Uppercase, Lowercase, and Beginning Sound Centers.  We love them.  To see our previous post on this, click here.

Colban loves adding mini-books to his "Colby library"!  We have quite a collection already, and it's growing all the time.  This is one of Maria Manore's super cute Interactive Sight Word Readers.  

Check out "Winter is Here", and while you're at it take a look at the others.  We've purchased several, and at only $1.00 apiece I'm sure we'll be getting more!

We've been working on the "teen" numbers for a while, and while Colby has had no trouble with the counting (except for forgetting "15"!), I wanted him to have a better understanding of why these numbers look the way they do.  Because the English language has some very odd names for some of these numbers, it's easy to miss the pattern when you're first learning.

I'd seen something similar to these mats floating around Pinterest, but none of the links seemed to lead to an actual product I could get my hands on.  I whipped up my own version, with one mat for numbers 11-15, and another for 16-20.

First, I let Colby explore the base 10 blocks, as this was our first time using them.  We discovered how many little blocks it takes to equal one stick, and how every stick represents 10 blocks.  Next, Colby "filled in" the mats with blocks.

When he'd completed them, I gave him a dry erase marker and asked him to write down how many sticks and how many small blocks were in each column.  Then I asked him if he noticed anything, and of course he realized that the the numbers at the tops of the columns matched the numbers he'd written at the bottom.  It was really exciting to watch him making the connection on his own, and then blurting out, "That's what 'sixteen' means!  Ten, and six more!  And 'twenty' is two tens and none more!"

We continued to talk about place value and used the blocks to show some larger numbers, and I was thrilled to see the understanding he'd gained.

And of course we spent some time building with the blocks . . . 

just because. :)

I got these amazing Add to Decompose activities as part of the Moore Relief Effort Bundle, a Teachers Notebook fundraiser for the tornado victims of Moore, Oklahoma.

Colby uses one-inch squares of colored paper to show the addition problems.

He really enjoys these activities, and they are a wonderful way to promote number sense.  They're one of my favorite products (out of almost 600!) that I received in the fundraiser bundle, and I highly recommend them.  I also got the subtraction version, which I can't wait to use!  Check them out on Teachers Notebook, or visit the same seller on TpT.  She's also the creator of the Interactive Sight Word Readers I mentioned earlier!  

Maria Manore of Kinder-Craze donated her fabulous products to help people in need.  Please take the time to check out her shops!

Awesome freebie alert!  Check out these Penguin Upper and Lowercase Clip Circles by Teaching With Nancy.

Aren't they adorable?  We use so many of her creations!

Super cute Sound Sorts!

We love these cut-and-paste sorting activities by Andrea Knight; we do two a week.

We've been having a lot of fun with All About Penguins: Math, Literacy, and So Much More by Caitlin Clabby of Kindergarten Smiles.  This Sneaky Seal Addition activity is just one of over 30 included in the 162-page packet!

When coloring the seals on the recording sheet, Colby liked finding the perfect colored pencil to exactly match the shade of the cardstock seals.

He also completed this number sequencing activity (one of several that can be completed using that adorable deck of penguin number cards) . . .

and had fun with Skating Subtraction!  He was thrilled to have another opportunity to match the colors to his recording sheet.

Subtraction is relatively new to Colby, so we got down on the floor with our penguin counters.

He enjoyed working out the problems himself, and rarely needed any help.

These penguin counters are part of a math activity set from Learning Resources.  You can see it here:

Here's a closer look at the completed Skating Subtraction activity.  We'll be using a lot more activities from this packet, and will be able to continue to use it next year as well!  In case you missed the link above, to check out this penguin unit from Kindergarten Smiles, click here.

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Fun with Multiplication and Coordinate Pairs

Here's a quick peek at some of the enrichment activities we've been doing to supplement Hunter's math curriculum:

Is there a better way to practice using coordinate pairs than playing Battleship?  I think not.

Hunter completed his awesome Multiplication Mastery program a few weeks ago, and we're back to working in the DK Math Made Easy workbook.

To help reinforce the introduction to coordinate pairs, Daddy played Battleship with Hunter.  It was a lot of fun for both of them, and gave Hunter a much more concrete understanding of how coordinate pairs can be used to give a location on a two-dimensional grid.

This Multiplication Concept Chart is a freebie, perfect to use after watching this Study Jams video:

The video explains multiplication as repeated addition, and introduces the terms "factor", "product", and "properties".  To find the video, click the pic!

This Multiplication Fold and Learn activity is one of the many fantastic products we've purchased from Lita Lita.  It's only $1.50!

As Hunter completed each of the times tables in the Multiplication Mastery program, he also completed the page for this booklet.

When he'd learned the times tables 0-10, we put it all together to show his work and for future practice.  I love how it came out!

My boys like math, and they really like Skittles!  I was thrilled to find this packet of math activities that brings the two together!  Check out Skittles Math Printables for the Upper Grades by Teaching With a Mountain View.

Hunter really enjoyed the Skittles Arrays activity.

Knowing that he got to keep and eventually eat the Skittles he used encouraged him to make larger, more complex arrays than he might have otherwise.  We both really look forward to using the other activities in this packet, which go all the way up to the 6th grade level!

This "Everyday Arrays" project was inspired by this fantastic post at E is for Explore!, one of my favorite blogs.  Hunter took the camera on a hunt for arrays around the house, taking photos of the ones he found.  (A few of the photos were really blurry, so we found replacements online.)  Some examples of what he found are the drawers of his father's toolbox, my eyeshadow compact, a Lego, an ice cube tray, and a muffin tin.

We printed the pictures and glued them to the poster paper.  He colored the title and stamped the equations in the frames, and then cut and glued those on as well.  It came out great!  If you'd like free copies of the title  (blank, to be colored by the student) and equation frames (2 sizes), you can download them here:

For many more multiplication freebies and ideas, try our Pinterest board:

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