Friday, January 18, 2013

An Idea About Numbers+Connections.

Hi y'all! Just stopping by to share a quick idea, 
AND to let you know that 
Gladys from {Teaching in High Heels} was the winner of some rainbow chevron fun!

Congratulations, Gladys!!!
I'm so thankful that you stopped by!

Okay, so I'm actually not sure that this little activity has a name (ha)--but it is a clever and simple activity that really engages kids in higher-level thinking and connection making. Woohoo!

I feel like I should name this game...
does anybody know what it's called/have any clever ideas??


With the youngest ones, teacher assistance will be required because they are still developing number sense. This might be best for 2nd and up (even through the college level!)--but I wanted to share it with you to save for a rainy day. Sometimes we just need little ideas to tuck away in our pocket. 

Choose a number that has plenty of connections and is developmentally appropriate for your kiddos.
 I like these: 5, 3, 6, 12, 21, 24, 25.
Students then use the number and make as many connections as possible--this could include operations,  real world connections, etc.
[[Begin by modeling/working as a group]]

Here are a couple that our girls did in class today:

P.S. These girls are juniors in college studying to be elementary teachers! 
I'm a GA for their math methods class--so their connections are a bit different than a kiddos would be.
Some of my favorites from their posters: Five $ Foot Long, Abe Lincoln on the $5 bill, counting by 5's, 24 hours in a day, 2 tens and 4 ones, and two dozen.

Just an easy little idea to help kiddos make connections across the subjects, within the subject, to their personal lives, and to the real world!

Happy Friday, y'all!

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