To help practice our numbers, we played a game of mystery number Skype with a K/1 class in Denver. We were both able to guess the other class’s number by asking great questions like “Is it more than…”, “Is it less than…” and “If we counted by 5’s would we say the number?” They asked some great questions that we are going to use on another Skype call next week.
We also had time to ask some questions. They wondered if it was snowing in Moose Jaw and we wondered why they only have eight students in their class.
Playing games is such a great way to learn math concepts. Here are pictures from a couple of games we have played recently. Ask your child to explain how we play these games…
What if you had three Christmas trees and twelve decorations? How would you divide them between the trees? The students set out to solve this problem. One possible solution is below, but the students each had their own idea of how this should look. Check their blogs on the right hand side to see their solutions.
Just look at the strange children that showed up in my classroom on Halloween! We had a lot of fun learning about counting by 10’s as we counted the seeds in our pumpkins with ten frames.
For the last couple of days we have been working on copying and extending patterns. It’s so much more fun to do math with a partner!
Check the students’ blogs for some great number stories. The ones below are about 5, but there are more coming!
Over the past few days we have been learning to tell stories about addition. Today we told more stories and then began writing those stories the way mathematicians do.
Later, we told and wrote stories with partners.
Here is some of the learning we did this week.
Learning more and less with the Bee-Bot…
Learning a new app…
Playing math games…
And learning to program robots.
The students have been so successful with building their stamina in Read to Self that we are now working on learning to be independent in doing Math by Myself. The students are genuinely proud of the progress they are making in learning to do this on their own!
Our class has been playing Guess Our Number with Mr. Greg’s class in Vietnam via Twitter. Every day, we have been asking questions that can be answered with a yes or no answer to try to narrow down what the other class’s number is.
Today they guessed our number and we think we know what their number is too!