|Minnesota Kinder Conference|
One thing that I did decide to do before I went was “freshen up” some of the activities for developing number concepts and learning to identify those tricky teens and twenties numerals in my Jumpin’ Numbers 0-30 presentation. So, I searched my brain and blog archives and tried to pull all of my best ideas together into the one presentation, and then combine them into one handout. I am going to highlight a few of them here for you today, and then also give you a copy of the handout as a free download! Please note that the handout includes activities for learning numbers from 0-30, but this blog entry is going to focus mainly on the teens.
* Ten Frames and Counters
here on my website on the free downloads page. Just scroll down about half way.
Instead of the egg cartons, you can get the CounTEN Sorting Cartons. Ice cube trays with ten spaces also work great. Sometimes these can be found at the Dollar Store. Change the objects with the seasons or the units of study, or change them with the holidays. We use small sea animals, zoo animals, insects, Chirstmas counters, Valentine’s Day counters, cereal, pom-poms, etc.
Last year I blogged about several other similar types of activities that can be done with other seasonal recording sheets and matching manipulatives, including The Number Tree, (Vanessa Levin’s idea but with my downloadable tree), Pumpkin Patch Counting, and Spider Web Counting. You can find the masters and write ups for each of these activities by following the links provided.
* Pattern Block Numbers and Rubber Stamps
Number Pattern Blocks and have the children glue down some paper pattern blocks in the spaces to decorate them. Then, have them try to stamp the correct number of objects above the numeral. This can be tricky though for the children who just LOVE to go crazy with the stamps and start stamping out as many impressions as they can and subsequently wind up with way too many. I had them try for ten and circle them, and then add three more, for example, to get number 13. If you can afford it, a better way to do this might be to use stickers, because they are more easily removed if the children lay down too many. We just wound up having the children cross out the “extra” objects that they mistakenly stamped. Number Pattern Blocks available for purchase at heidisongs.com; just follow this link and scroll down. Also printed in black and white for gluing down the printable paper pattern blocks and then stamping the correct numbers at the top.
* Matching Sets with the Teens and Twenties
Place Value Practice Cards on a pocket chart and practiced counting on from 10 with the kids whole group for a minute or two each day after we did the calendar for a couple of weeks. This REALLY helped a lot, and it makes sense that it would! (For a free download of these cards, just follow the above link and scroll down.) Research does support short, daily practice sessions to acquire a new skill. It took about two weeks for most of the children to master it. I simply asked them over and over, “How many are in a box?” “How many are in a box?” And the children would answer, “Ten!” every time.
* Stepping Stones Numbers
Combine motor development with math or language arts by writing numbers or words on “Stepping Stones” and have the kids step on them and identify the numbers as they go along. These are really called “Rigid Dome Cones” and are sold on Amazon. They also sell "Soft Dome Cones that collapse under the feet, but I haven't tried those. With the rigid ones, you get 36 of them for $46.48. My kids LOVED to do this during our motor development time in small groups out on the grass, or during our after school tutoring inside on the carpet. A soft surface to play on IS important because they will fall off of them occasionally, although as you can tell by the little Facebook video of this activity I uploaded, the kids sure don't seem to care!
* Transfering Number Skills to Paper
Christmas Tree Match Sets Cards and the Match Sets Worksheets with the Clearboards for more activities to work on this transfer.
* Singing the Number Songs as a Transitional Activity
Virtually every single day in my classroom, we sing songs as we are transitioning from one activity to another. This helps get the blood moving through the body and sends oxygen to the brain to help prep the kids for their next lesson. It also makes the room a happier place, and gives the children a reason and permission to move. Did you know that happy children learn more? It’s a fact!
* Sing Along Songbooks for the Number Songs in a Listening Center
here, or you can type them up yourself by copying the words to the songs provided in the download of the handout. This makes a nice listening center. Some teachers have told me that they even use individual DVD players or laptops and show the DVD’s at their listening centers with headphones! The children are to write the words or numbers as the songs play.
* Write the Numbers While the DVD Plays
I try to find time for this activity, but we really wind up doing it more often with the sight word DVD's than for the Number DVD's. So last year when I had a little girl who by February was still missing numbers 12 and 20, I sent home the Jumpin' Numbers Vol. 2 DVD with her. I gave her the assignment to watch it each night for a week and write the numbers after each song. I also noticed that her parents wrote the numbers on her binder and also pinned them to her backpack, so they were probably just looking for ways to ask her to identify the numbers several times a day, which is another great suggestion to give parents. When her parents felt she knew the numbers, they sent it back.
* Provide a Little Motivation
* The Number Club:
I am including my Number Club master as a free download for you today! To use it, all you have to do is mount it to the top half of a standard size piece of construction paper. Then, as the children meet their goal, let them write their names on the bottom half of the construction paper chart, under the Number Club Master. I laminated mine so that all I have to do is just tape it to a fresh piece of construction paper for the kids to write their names on when they reach the goal.
* What if they are STILL not getting it?
Make your kids NEED the numbers and have to use them!
|Line up by standing on words or numbers.|
2. Number your carpet squares and/or line-up spots and have them go to certain ones. If they need to know the numbers, they will learn them.
I saw this idea posted by a teacher on the Teachers.net Kindergarten Chatboard once a couple of years ago, and while I have never needed to go to such lengths, I always thought that it was clever and made perfect sense.
* For More Great Ideas on Place Value in General:
Here's a link to a blog that is participating in a summer book study on Debbie Diller's Math Stations book. I have only had a chance to take a quick glance, but it looks like it has some great ideas for further work on this topic at the first grade level and up! The blog is called "Oceans of First Grade Fun" and it is written by Yolanda Adams. Enjoy!