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Math Centers and Games (Click on any image to see a larger version of that image.) 10s Go Fish - This game is played just like "Go Fish."
For a long time, young children learned shapes by sight, without regard to attributes (characteristics). An octagon looked like a stop sign, by golly, and any 8-sided figure that didn't look like a stop sign must not be an octagon. Standards today, whether they are common core or our Texas TEKS, emphasize defining shapes based on attributes. ANY 8-sided polygon is an octagon. An octagon is defined as such because it is a polygon with 8 sides. Period.
So I found these cute little egg pans at Walmart a while back for only 97 cents a piece and I knew I had to do something with them, but what? I think there are about a 1000 ideas that ran through my head, but in the end I decided to make a little differentiated math activity for my upcoming change in math stations. I know that one of the strategies for differentiating is using different kinds of materials so I'm always looking for new and interesting ways to use items I find. Probably just like everyone else out there. Since my kinders are working on subtraction, I wanted to make a BUMP-like subtraction game.
The Rekenrek You can purchase the Rekenrek or make your own. 3 reasons to make your own:
These are little books I made for a follow up to our measurement unit. You can have students record on the second page what they are measuring with a picture. You can see below how I labeled the objects with masking tape and letters of the alphabet. The math curriculum my school uses is TERC Investigations. The students trace their footprints and during math time, they measure each others footprints. In this picture the child is measuring masking tape on the table.
The Number Rack facilitates the natural development of children’s number sense. Rows of moveable, colored beads encourage learners to think in groups of fives and tens, helping them to explore and discover a variety of addition and subtraction strategies. Learn More... Also Available as a Web App The free, web app version of the Number Rack works on all modern browsers, including Internet Explorer 9. Number Rack Web App
To review all of the numbers, colors and shapes we learned as we went through our Letter of the Week curriculum , I made some fun review games! Note: If you missed it, don’t forget to do the A-Z Review also! Number Review : Clothespin Number Review: Write numbers on mini-clothespins and then have your child clip them on to the correct number of dots!
Illustrated Standards Count to 100 by ones and by tens. (see illustrations)
Students place markers on the numbers 2-12. Students toss two 6-sided dice, find the sum and remove a marker from that number, if there is still one. The first player to remove all markers wins the game. This game can be used as addition practice or as an introduction to the probability of the different outcomes of rolling two dice. This game was developed by a Monmouth University student for the Probability Fair.