I introduced "math smart" to the kids today. We played math I have, Who has? games during morning meeting. We play one of these games at least once a week as a team building activity during morning meeting. I have tons of handmade versions that I hope to convert to electronic files that I can share. Slowly but surely...I have already completed a few sets (Nonsense Words and Sight Words) and put them on my TpT site. During math stations I noticed that the children really enjoyed working with a simple center I made a few years back.
What do you do with all those 1x1" squares and red/yellow counter chips in your math kits? I have thousands of each...so I wrote numbers 1-100 on bunches of them with a sharpie. Instant hands-on skill practice!
Today we matched the number to the hundred board, but there are plenty of other ways to use the number squares and counters. Students can...
- Select numbers to put in order from least to greatest
- Select a number and then mark it off on a wipe-off hundred board
- Select numbers and mark off one more/ten more
- Create "number puzzles" putting numbers in sequence (horizontal by ones and vertical by tens) without a hundred board
- Find / sort numbers that are odd & even