## Tuesday, May 29, 2012

### Five Frame Activity:Ordering 0 - 5

Students receive 2 sets of five frame cards.(You can obtain a set from yesterday's post.)

Next, they must sequence the set of five frame cards in order from 0-5. Students check their sequence with a teacher.

Extend:  After the teacher checks the student's number sequence, turn over one card in the sequence and ask the student to tell you what number was turned over.

Deborah

## Monday, May 28, 2012

### Five Frame Cards

Today I'm sharing a set of five frame cards with you.
I made them for our summer school program with the "almost Kindergartners." As I made them, I was trying to think about how the teachers could cut them out the easiest.

This is one of the activities that we will do with the students that will utilize the cards.

Five Frame Show    (Materials: large five frame cards)
Show a five frame card to your students and ask them to identify how many dots they see. To challenge students ask them to identify one more or one less than the amount of dots. To extend, have them tell you how many empty spaces there are or how many more are needed to make 5.

Deborah Devine

## Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Today I was visiting a 5/6 MULTIGRADE classroom during a math lesson.  The teacher divided the class into the two different grade levels and taught a separate math lesson for each grade level.  While teaching one grade level, the other level was purposely working on their assignment, seeking help from their classmates if they needed it. It was calm and the slight noise from the grade level NOT receiving instruction did not disturb the students who were working on the lesson with their teacher.

Curious, I asked one student why he was playing a math game on the Xoom tablet instead of completing his worksheet like so many of his classmates.

"Mr. ___ trusts us to know that if we work on the Xoom instead of doing our homework, we will need to do it at home tonight. I don't have a computer at home, so I would rather do this."

"Well, the you lose the chance to use the computers," he smiled, "and I wouldn't want that to happen."

So that's the WONDERFUL thing I saw today...students knowing they have choices, and realizing their responsibilities in order to make those choices.   I also saw a teacher who trusts his students to make good choices and provides a consequence if they don't live up to their responsibilities.
Trust + Responsibility = Self Directed Learning

Deborah

## Deborah

### "Almost Kindergartners" Summer School

What other resources do I plan to use with the kindergarten summer school students ?  These magnetic ten frame boards from EAI Education are on my list. They cost about \$5.00 a board, but I think they will be of great value in whole groups to gauge the level of student understanding and to keep the students engaged in the lesson.  Each of the circle counters is magnetic, and I like that each counter can show a yellow or red circle. That would be useful in decomposing a number like "How many ways to make a 5?"  1 + 4, 2 + 3, 3+ 2, 4 + 1, 5 + 0.
These  flip flop painters
will be a fun way to explore and create patterns (Lakeshore).

Yesterday, I bought 14 blow up swimming pools to be used in the reading/library section of the room. I can envision the students lounging in the pool while paging through alphabet and counting picture books.  The overall theme of our summer school program for the "almost" kindergarten students is summer and making a family connection with school.  I'm creating a blog just to enhance communication between the summer school families( 240 of them!)  and our school district.  One of the pages on the blog will feature useful internet links.

Do you have any suggestions for internet sites that you find helpful for prekindergarten students?  Please share them with me in the comment section. I would appreciate your help.  Thanks....

Deborah

## Wednesday, May 9, 2012

### Thinking More about my "Counting Blocks"

I've been thinking more about these adapted Base 10 Blocks that I turned into "Counting Blocks" by drawing 1-5  ten frames on the front and 6-10 ten frames on the back. We are going to use them during summer school for our incoming Kindergarten students that have never attended preschool.

How are the students and I going to talk about what we see?

Let's start by finding the ten frame that shows the number 3.
Let's count the dots together out loud...1. 2. 3.
Let's whisper the counting words to 3 together..1, 2, 3.
Now let's sing them softly...1, 2, 3.

Next let's take some of these small blocks and put them on top of the 3 dots. Let's touch each of them gently as we count them together..1,2,3

If I added just one more block to the 3 blocks, how many would I now have?  Let's try it together, and softly say the counting words out loud.1,2,3,4,

Now that I have 4, move the blocks down to the 4 ten frame.  Do I have more than 3 or less than 3?

Go back and start with 3 blocks again. What happened when I added one more?  Let's take one of the 3 block off the ten frame.  How many do I have now?

Let's line all the small blue blocks on top of the 1,2,3,4 and 5 ten frames.  Which is the most?
Using you finger, place it on top of the 1 block. Now gently slide it off the counting block. How many do you have now?  What did you notice.

Let's pretend that these 5 blue blocks are monkeys. Put them on the counting block on top of the 5 ten frame. Let's sing along with the song, "Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed". When they fall off the bed what do you want to do to show what's happening to the monkeys?

I think I'm in infatuated with these "Counting Blocks."

Deborah Devine

## Sunday, May 6, 2012

### Adapted Base Ten Blocks Student Kit and 10 Frame

Today I was making these Adapted Base Ten Blocks Kits for a resource room in one of our elementary schools. I thought I would share them with you.
In the zippered pouch that I bought at "Five and Below" for \$1.50, I placed the numbered ten "long" and 20 unit blocks. In the second zippered area, I placed two  numbered 100 blocks with the written portion reading  "10 through 100" by 10's and 10 more longs.

I think these kits will help the teachers in that school utilize the base ten blocks more since they are organized so that they can be handed out to students easier, and the adaptations written on each block will help the students understand that a 100 is made of 10 ten's; and 10 is made of 10 units. I can visualize students using the blocks to practice counting from 1 to 10 or 10-100 by tens.

So though I don't have a worksheet for you to download, I FREELY share my idea. Now you can print this picture to show your parent helper how you want the materials labeled.
 Pouch labled: #5 Adapted Base 10 Blocks ﻿
As I was working on my project, my 3 years old granddaughter was busy making a very big circle with Teddy Bear Counters. She started by making a 2 color pattern, but got lost in the glory of creating a big, big, big circle.

This creative environment lead to this idea:
This is a 10 frame sequence drawn on the front and back of a 100's base 10 block.
I am planning a 20 day Kindergarten Summer School program for students in our district that; 1) are at risk, and 2) have never attended pre school.  I want to use 10 frames to assist them in learning about numbers. I can visualize a very active "Calendar Time" that does alot of singing and choral counting.  These "COUNTING BLOCKS" could be handed out each day to assist the students, and to help them make a visual picture of the numbers value while they are particpating in the choral counting. They will also assist the student as they compare the value of numbers from 1-5. If a child is ready to discuss 6-10...all they do is turn them over to the other side.  No cutting out...no laminating...and teachers will actually use those base 10 blocks that are put away in a closet.