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##### Thursday, October 2, 2014

Hello!  I hope that you have settled in and are enjoying the school year!

I wanted to post a math update for you.

You may recall that this year my district is making sure that all students develop foundational mathematics concepts.  We are slowing down our pacing and encouraging hands-on learning.

Since my last post, we have been continuing on with the same math workshop routines.

1.  Number Talks and Number Strings - subitizing with dot plates, 5 frames, and 10 frames
2.  Real World Problems - still charted whole group, we will start math journals near the end of October
3.  Centers - focusing on counting objects 1-20, numeral representations of objects, and writing numerals.
4.  Daily Wrap Up - on the rug

I absolutely love the book by Kathy Richardson, Developing Number Concepts,  Book 1:  Counting, Comparing, and Pattern.

For the most part, I am gathering my small group lessons and independent center activities from this book. The lessons are easily differentiated.  And the activities become brand new when you simply change the manipulatives.

Here are some of the centers that I am currently using from this book.

1.  Line Puzzles
Students line up cubes (or some other manipulatives) on the card.  Then they count the cubes and label the puzzle with the correct numeral.

2.  Shape Puzzles
Students cover the shape puzzle with cubes and count the cubes used.  Next step:  Students write the number of cubes used on a small square of paper.

3.  Creations Station
Students build the creation on the card making sure that the creation is standing up, not lying down. Next step: Students count the number of cubes they used and write it on a small square of paper.

4. Counting Boards
This center allows students to use their imagination while counting.  Students decide what they want their cubes to represent.  For example, on the tree the cubes may represent apples, cherries, flowers, birds, etc. Then they count out their desired number of blocks.  Next step:  Students write the number of cubes used on a small square of paper.

5. Grab and Count
Working with a partner, students take turns grabbing a handful of manipulatives out of the bag.  They then count the objects.  Their partner checks the answer and if correct, then tells the student, "Good job!"  Next step:  Students write the answer on a recording sheet.

What I really love about my new routine is that the students look forward to math each and every day!

One of my sweeties asked me the other day, "Ms. Sommer, can we have more math please?"

This teacher loves hearing that!