Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Fun Maths Activities: Teen Numbers

 Teaching teen numbers can be tricky for young students. They often struggle with the concept of 'more than 10', parts of the whole and where to place the 1 (in front or behind).

It can be hard to make maths interesting for kinder kids so here are 6 fun differentiated maths activities to introduce and reinforce teen numbers.
1. Kids love a puzzle and this one is no exception! Match the number to the symbol to the tens frame (look you've just shown me 3 ways to represent that teen  number!). 

2. "Show me 14!", "Now show me the two parts that make 14?", these flip and fold number strips allow all students to show they can tell you two parts of the whole. To differentiate this task for higher students give them two different parts of the teen number (6 and 7) and ask them to show you the number. 

3. A fun whole class activity, first to 20! Put students into two groups (boys or girls works best) and place the numbers on the floor (another opportunity to count as a class and sometimes you can be sneaky and leave a number out to see if they notice!). Then roll a dice and race to 20! Higher students could race to 50 or even 100 (use chalk to extend the line out). 

4. Tens frames and flip cards work great as a maths rotation as students can easily test each other in pairs. Higher students should try and use the non-numeral cards to see if they can read the word. Additional activities can involve a timer, race to see who can show that number first! 

5. My students love a craftivity and this butterfly doubled as a formative assessment tool. Students pick a number between 11 and 19 and then must represent the two parts in as many different ways they can. Cut and hang in the classroom for a fun display. 

 6. Flash cards with matching tens frames make useful visuals around the room I print, laminate and attach magnets to the back of mine so I can throw them on the to board at a moments notice and call out "Show me fourteen!". Use with whiteboards and pens for a quick formative assessment tool.

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Sunday, 11 October 2015

Reading Around Australia - encouraging independent reading

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Ripper-Reading-ResourcesReading Around Australia - 16 Book Challenge by Ripper Reading Resources is a lovely way to get your students to read more independently.

Students are encouraged to read 16 books in total (two per State or Territory). They cut and paste one of the book icons on the next page into their “passports” each time they have completed a book and they record the title, author and a review of the book within their passports.

Teachers have the discretion to decide whether this challenge is completed over a term, a semester or a school year, depending on the age and the stage of the students. The passport, in particular, is a nifty little tool to keep students engaged with the activity and even slightly competitive! What a great idea!

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Introducing the basics of grammar

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Nouns-An-Introduction-Activity-and-Poster-Set-2127390Nouns, Verbs and Pronouns - they can be tricky to introduce to very young students, however, it is essential students develop a conceptual understanding of grammar basics in order to develop their writing skills.

This nouns pack provides an introduction to what a noun is (person, place, feeling or thing) through a colour poster and short activity. I have used this activity with students to help them create their own grammar poster they can refer to when writing.

The verb pack introduces young students to the purpose of verbs with a colourful poster and quick activity. Place the noun and verb activities back to back to create a fun poster when hung from the ceiling.

http://www.teacherideafactory.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/pronoun-patch-bulletin-board-idea.htmlI also love this cute little idea from Teacher Idea Factory's blog post for pronouns. I'm definitely going to try this with my own class and decorate the classroom with these little flowers.



Monday, 5 October 2015

Teaching Addition To Young Students

Are you looking for fun and engaging ways to discuss addition with young students?


The Little Mouse story uses animation, sounds, children’s language and familiar objects to model the addition concept to young students.

A quick fun visual way to introduce the concept of addition and a building block to many other activities to allow students to demonstrate their understanding of the concept.


The 10 Play Doh mats set is another fun engaging activity for young students.

In addition, there is a colour and black and white Cookie Shop Game mat with printable cookies (should you wish to get students to cut and paste on the b&w sheets). To help students play the game there are 8 customer cards with cookie orders to make.

 Teddy Maths Problem Solving Cards

18 Cards in total (3 patterning and 3 problem solving) have been placed into this set. 

All cards have been colour coded to assist with classroom differentiation and maths rotations.

Maths Problem Solving Stories - Addition

Introduce maths problem solving through 10 addition stories on colourful slides. These slides make a great set of morning work when displayed in the classroom on a large screen.

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Saturday, 3 October 2015

Part Part Whole - Maths Problem Solving Fun

 The Part Part Whole Activity Sheets contain 12 differentiated activity sheets and is suitable for students from Foundation through to Year 2.

Part Part Whole is one of  many maths problem solving strategies used with young students. The strategy allows students to explore the relationship between numbers - seeing the parts of a whole in both addition and subtraction.

The part part whole strategy is one of the building blocks for problem solving and these activity sheets allow students to manipulate concrete items by cutting and pasting the parts to make a whole. Higher level sheets allow student to make representations of the whole and their parts with drawing and each maths problem is given in the form of a short real world story.