I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine's Day! I'm going to Washington, DC tonight, to a wonderful chocolate-specialty restaurant called Co Co Sala. I've never been there before, so wish me luck! I hope it's delicious.
I wanted to share with you that my children were having a little trouble with addition. Alright, to tell the truth they were having a LOT of trouble with addition. So, I reflected on my teaching and thought I needed something a little more motivating than what I was doing. I start off my math lesson with a little bit of calendar, then I do a math message on the whiteboard where I talk about what we're going to learn for that day. Then I give the children a problem to solve together. That always works fine, because the kids turn-and-talk and my smarties always help the kids who are really confused. I made a slideshow for the computer, for addition, using dice. I thought this way the kids could count the pips and also see the numbers. On one slide they have to guess the answer, and I don't tell them whether they're right or not until they see the following slide with the answer. I also had kids explain why they thought the answer was right or wrong. This was done whole group.
Then I had my class divided into three groups: centers, table work with dice, and a group with me with large, foam dice. Some of my group still need practice writing their numerals. I mean, I get papers back where the number is upside down, backwards, etc. I also use manipulatives to show the different equations when they're working with me. When they're at their seats, each child has two dice and these papers:
I also placed this mini poster on their desk to help them write their numerals when they're not with me.
Addition Dice Poster by Sharon A Blachowicz Dudley
Enjoy these freebies, and let me know if this works for you.