Hi friends!! Last week was our first introduction to learning numbers in math. We have had math since the first week of school…but we were teaching beginning lessons, comparing alike & different, etc. Last week we started with numbers 1-3. This week we will introduce numbers 4-5 and 0. This year my introduction to numbers looks a lot different than in years past. In the past I thought number words were too hard to introduce and would simply confuse the kids. Well this year I learned that this is completely false! Like everything else if we teach it- they can learn it! I have been so amazed how quickly the kids picked up on the fact that numbers can be displayed in a numeral, number word, and objects (like dots).
At the beginning of our math lesson we meet in a circle at the carpet. I start to lay out the cards like the picture below. We lay the cards down under the correct column as a class and then I call on students to place the cards in order. We will eventually have number columns 0-20….this will stretch across our entire carpet. They are super excited to see this!!
After I introduce the cards and we have practiced it several times I talk about the students making their own dot cards to match the numbers we are working on. I discuss reading the number before making the dots to be sure they have the correct number. I send them to their seats to do the practice sheet below.
The cards & practice sheets sell in a packet for $4. You can click the picture below to view!
I call students back to the carpet and I pull out the number bracelet to match a number we are working on. The day we introduced numbers 1-3 I had number bracelets for the number 3 only. I pass out the bracelets, we talk about how many beads are on the bracelet, how the beads will always be 3 no matter where on the bracelet they are, I also go around and ask multiple students how many beads are on their bracelet. This seems without a cause but the idea is when we are ready for addition we will go from there just being 3 beads on the bracelet to the students realizing 2 beads on a side and 1 bead on the other side make 3 (2+1=3).
We discuss making their own bead bracelets at their seats. We talk about how there can only be three beads! The practice sheet we do is below and is a freebie pack of mine!
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