We’ve said this before, one of our favorite books to help teach math in the primary grades is Teaching Student-Centered Mathematics: Grades K-3. There are so many great ideas to help students develop number concepts in this book. Many of the activities below are adapted from what we’ve learned in this book.
Matching Numbers Print and laminate a set of our dot cards. You will find them here: http://www.thecurriculumcorner.com/2012/08/26/dot-cards/. Students count the dots on the cards and match the cards with the same amount.
More or Less Print and laminate a set of our five and ten frames. You will find them here: http://www.thecurriculumcorner.com/2012/08/26/five-and-ten-frames/. Students will have two stacks of cards, one with the frames and one with the More or Less Cards. Students draw a frame and a more or less card. Students then determine the number that follows the rule on their card. As an extension, we have also included a double and double plus one card. These can be added when students master one and two more or less.
Reach the Owls This game is designed to be played with up to three children. You will need dice and markers. Students take turns rolling a dice. They then count out that number of markers and begin filling their column. The first student to fill their column is the winner. Students must get exactly the right number to win.
In the Cup, On the Side Print, laminate and cut our stack of Number Cards. You will also need small paper cups and counters. Print our Game Sheet and your students are ready to play. The first student draws a number and puts that number of counters in the cup. The student then rolls a dice and puts that number of counters on the side. The student creates an equation on their paper and determines how many there are all together.
How Can You Make the Number? For this activity you need one of our printable Make the Number pages and manipulatives for students to use. One idea is to use dry lima beans spray-painted on one side. They are inexpensive and easy to make! Each student needs a handful of beans or other counters. They then count out the number on the cloud. Using their counters, they find different ways to make the number. For example, if the cloud says 6, students might find that they can use 1+5, 2+4 and 3+3. Students write the facts in the cloud. Printable 1 Printable 2 Printable 3 Printable 4