## Sunday, February 24, 2013

### Number Bond Story Mats

I have been trying to figure out the best way to transition from addition fluency to 5 to subtraction fluency to 5. After a lot of thought, I believe using number bonds (thinking addition to figure out subtraction) is the way I am going. I'll let you know if it works out.

Anyways, I created these Number Bond Mats to help with this transition of addition to subtraction... plus we need to work on story problems. Click the pictures below to go to my TPT store to purchase for \$1.50

Some of the mats have a key word part to help students with math vocabulary (in all, all together, left....)

There are also different formats to fit with your teaching style.

Let me know what you think.
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## Monday, February 18, 2013

### Ways to make 5 Freebies

Last week in math I started with fluency to 5 but introduced it as ways of making 5. I saw this cute idea from The Littlest Scholars and ran with it.

First I just reviewed the rainbow with no number sentences. I wanted them to just remember what numbers went together before we put them into number sentences.

Then we would play a game where I would say 1 and they would say "1 and 4 makes 5". We continued on with that game. I would then cover up two numbers with my hands and they would have to tell me what two numbers go together to make 5.

At my small group table I made number cards 0-5 and they put them in order. Then we practiced whole body movement of covering the numbers with our hands and saying the numbers  (0 & 5, 1 & 4, 2& 3) then we would say them backwards (3 & 2, 4 & 1, 5 & 0). I loved how they were able to practice remembering the numbers but also saw a pattern to where they are at on a number line. Again someone would cover two numbers and we would guess whats under the hands.

We then went on to putting them into number sentences. We played memory with number sentences and "Oh, No!".

Then I made a making 5 puzzle game that I can put it into a station for students to match and write the addition sentence.

This week we will be working on the other facts to 5. Hope these freebies will work for you in :)

## Sunday, February 3, 2013

### Cause and Effect Differentiated Card Game

Hope everyone is enjoying the SUPERBOWL. Honestly, I just watch it for the commercials. How about everyone else?

Well we woke up this morning to a little bit of snow here in Tennessee and the kids were beyond excited. Unfortunately, it will be gone by lunch.

I have been searching for a good cause and effect game to play with my kinder kiddos and decided to make my own. I used graphics From the Pond (love them Mel) and fonts from Rowdy in Room 300. If you like it click on the picture to purchase it from my TPT store :)

Click the game board above for a freebie﻿
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## Saturday, February 2, 2013

### Valentine's Day Build and Measure

We have been working on measurement and I needed a really fun activity to explain WHY it is important to measure correctly. So the wheels were turning and I thought with Valentine's Day coming up, why not have them make something using measurement.

This is what I came up with... Students will create a picture frame for a loved one but they will have to measure using a "Lovebird Ruler" and then build or glue it together ;)

I also included a quick measurement card activity and an idea of measuring students- they LOVE that part. Click on the picture below to purchase it from my TPT store. Thanks for looking!