Saturday, 21 November 2015

Math Tubs

     If you are old enough to remember a program called Math Their Way, then you might remember “tubbing time.”  Last year, I created a set of math tubs for each module of our math program that was organized in a similar fashion to the tubs in that program. The advantage of this system is that the manipulatives for each of the tubs stays the same, but the task changes with the introduction of each new math unit.  So the children are using pattern blocks, snap cubes, geoboards and other manipulatives to explore number, geometry, measurement, etc.  This has simplified the storage of the centers since the bulky manipulatives stay in the tubs throughout the year and only the task cards need to be stored elsewhere when not in use.

Here's where the tubs are stored. I have two of these shelving units and they are secured back to back so kids can easily access them. Each tub has a number that correlates to a work space in our classroom.

     The children use these tubs at the beginning of our day after they complete their morning jobs.  In the first round, they are allowed to free explore the manipulatives. Currently, they are working with the number 1-10 tubs. They may work in these tubs for several rounds until I begin to slowly introduce the tasks for the next unit, which is geometry.  Here are some pictures of my students working with the number tubs.

Snap Cube Staircases
Source: First Grade Blue Skies

Birthday Cake Counting Mats
Source: Twinkl

Pattern Block Numbers
Source: Making Learning Fun

Magnetic Chip Numbers
Source: Tot School

Magnet Board Staircases

Play dough Numbers/Sets
Source: Homeschool Creations
Ipads- Line 'em Up App
Source: Classroom Focused Software 

Truck Counting Mats
Source: The Measured Mom

Geoboard Numbers
Source: Making Learning Fun

Pattern/Design Numbers
These were made using a font on the computer.

Treasure Box Numbers
Source: Unknown

     The kids really enjoy working at these tubs and it gives me a few minutes at the beginning of the day to pull students for assessments or interventions.

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Five and Some More

     What I love about teaching is that there are always opportunities for learning something new.  In our math program, numbers 6-10 are taught as 6 is 5 and 1 more, 7 is 5 and 2 more, and so on up to 10.  For me, this was a new way of teaching these numbers and I could easily see the benefits in working with this base of 5 to teach subitizing, counting on, and addition. Here are some of the tools I used to teach the numbers 6-10 as 5 and some more.

felt board pieces in a ten-frame configuration

counting hands (or trees) with a color change after five
counting hand math mats
counting paths using manipulatives and white boards
 a rekenrek
a counting book 

How have you worked with “five and some more?”