We began our Halloween theme today. We started by playing a candy corn ten frame smart board game from the website http://www.abcteach.com. The game starts where students are presented with a number of candy corn in a ten frame, they answer how many candy corn they see, and click on the trick or treat bag to find the answer. The final part of the game students are present with a number and they add the correct number of candy corn to the ten frame.
Then students were given a Candy Corn Ten-Frame book. They colored the candy corn in the book and matched the correct ten-frame to the the page that they are working on.
We learned about ten-frames and how they help us recognize numbers quickly. We used our knowledge about 5’s and counting on from 5 to figure out how many candy corn was in the ten-frame.
Then students did a “monster mash” cut and glue activity where they matched the numbers, to the number of eyeballs listed on the ten-frames.
As Halloween is just around the corner we have started several Halloween math centers with topics that we’ve been learning throughout the past few weeks. We’ve worked on number recognition with an “I See” Halloween Book. Students counted the Halloween pictures wrote the number and copied the sentence. They loved making these books because these words were easily recognizable to them!
We listened to the poem 5 Little Pumpkins Sitting on a Gate and then students make their own pumpkins sitting on a gate with play-doh and matching number cards.
At the beginning of the year we learned about making patterns and as a refresher and spiral review, students made and completed Halloween shape patterns.
Yesterday we learned about ten-frames and how to count and add to ten using candy corn as our counters. Students were able to manipulate the candy corn on the smart board to get other classmates to guess the number.
Today we worked on decomposing the number four. We used green triangle pattern blocks to be used as jack-o-lantern teeth. We put those teeth in different positions on the pumpkin and created addition sentences. Students learned that no matter how often the position of the teeth changed, the whole group always remained 4.
In the afternoon we have both reading workshop and math workshop. This is where our students work in multi-leveled groups on specific skills that have been previously taught or we’re just learning. Currently in Kindergarten we’re working on patterns and numbers 0-100. In 1st grade we’ve been learning about addition facts up to 12 and anchors of 10 in addition.