Saturday, 19 July 2014

No Prep Addition Game

Hi friends!

I want to share with you a bright idea for addition. It will help with students learning to move from the concrete building and merging of two groups, to more abstract visualisation and 'counting-on'.

Students play in pairs. Each has a plastic divided plate. A regular plastic or disposable plate can be used, just draw lines to divide it into three. 

The plate will be used as a write'n'wipe board.

The pair will also need a marker each and a standard six sided die (use different dice to differentiate the game).

The first student rolls and records the number.

Followed by the second student....

Both students roll again, add another number to their plate and find the total. 

The student with the largest number wins, and may take a token. The first player to collect 5 tokens is the winner (adjust the number of tokens to suit your time allowance).

Students simply wipe the plates clean with a tissue to play a new round. 

And there you have it! Simple to prep and explain to students, but best yet, your students will be learning essential skills without any fuss. This is perfect math center, small-group activity, or for those little pockets of time that you need to fill!

Alphabet Directed Drawing

Hi there friends,

 I have had a crazy busy end to the week and started back in the classroom on Friday. Loved it! We are still in Winter here in Australia, and although it's a little chilly, the skies have been big and blue - and the sunshine has been bright.

I had 'one of those moments' in the playground (yard) on Friday - you know the ones where you think 'I must go home and write that down and remember it forever' - but then you forget to write it down...

Well, 'adorable little man' ran up to me in the playground, full of enthusiasm and excitement. I looked down at him with the 'yes, I am listening' look, and said hello.

He blurted out "It's amazing that we are having this summer in winter isn't it?"

Straight out like that. No introduction. No time for chit chat.

"Well, why yes it is" ... I answered.

"I mean, its quite cold in the morning, but then, all of a sudden, it's summer again" he concludes with a muffled chuckle + shoulder shrug before running off, back to his game of soccer. Somehow, my first day back at work, just became a whole lot better. It warmed my heart. 

And that is why I love my job. The variety of personalities is just precious. 

I hope you have had a great week!

I wanted to share a free sample with you today, from my new Alphabet Directed Drawing file. 

Here is the page for 'a' - it features an ant and step-by-step illustrations to help your little ones learn to draw. 

You can download this one page free sample, HERE

There are 26 different directed drawings in this file, one for each single beginning letter sound. 

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Thank you so much for stopping by!