Wednesday, 15 June 2011

At the moment, I can't get enough of.....

1. Peppermint Tea - piping hot with a dash of sugar, it is warming up my cold winter from my top to my toes
2. A couple of wonderful, inspirational colleagues who help me to stay sane....he he :) After 11 years teaching I treasure, respect and admire the teachers that have always acted with dignity and professionalism. Caring, happy, kind and fair. You think it would be a pre-requisite for the job wouldn't you ;)
3. - my little treasure-muffins and I are LOVING this site! Great to have some interactive stories and games with an Australian accent :)
4. FREE stuff on TeacherspayTeachers - click here to see just one of the many cute maths activities I found tonight 
5. Teaching Blogs. Need I say any more!
6. Peppermint Freddos - chocolate fundraising boxes are out in force at school, and well.....they are the perfect accompaniment to my current favourite tea
7. Zog by Julia Donaldson 
8. My gorgeous daughter 'Miss 4", who can't stop "reading" me LOVING watching her literacy skills grow and flourish....and she is doing so much of it all on her own. And I still love the way she says 'crotodile' instead of 'crocodile'.

Comparing Groups Again

I have revised the free file that I posted on Monday for comparing groups. After using them in the classroom, I found a few glitches :) If you would like an updated version, click here. I have changed the orientation of a few of the numbers, so they are all consistent and so that they are suitable for beginning to teach groups of two.

Teaching the children to "see" the cards as groups of two will also help for when you want to start teaching odd and even numbers.

I used the large cards to model how to compare numbers. Hold two different number cards up and ask the students to tell you which card shows more. Then ask them to tell you how they could tell you how many more. Encourage a range of students to tell you how they would find out. Show the students how to hold up the two cards in front of one another to clearly show how many more squares are on one card. Repeat this a few times with a range of different cards.

Here is a worksheet to help your students consolidate their learning.