Have your students catch Number Sense!!
Number sense, numeration, and numbers need to be caught (not taught), explored, and investigated. It can be done with easy, fun activities.
Search for Number Sense!
One of my favorite is Search the Room. I hide small cards around the room. The students walk around with a recording sheet to find matches. The students must count the dots, color the match, and then search for a new match. It is amazing to see the students that need to count the same number of dots over and over ( I can also quickly assess one to one counting)…then the ones that begin to add independently.
|Here a student is practicing counting while pointing to the number|
I print the picture on card stock and cut in into groups of 5 to hang on my white board. I also make a copy for the students to cut into groups of 5 and take home to practice counting. By keeping the 5’s connected, subitizing and work with 5’s and 10’s becomes concrete.
|Students cutting apart number chart for home practice.|
|Adding to 5.|
Yep! I like to let them cut to work their fine motor skills! Click here for Cutting Guide to help kiddos practice and learn how to cut.
Get Things Rolling!
Rolling Dice games makes subitizing, number id, and counting fun. We roll a dice, throw a bean bag to identify the number rolled, and hop to the number. Then turn and count backwards to hop back to 0. So many skills covered. To keep all the students involved, we record the number rolled and create a graph worksheet. Once everyone has a turn, we discuss the number that was rolled more and the number that was rolled less. Counting again.
So many fun things to do with numbers! Here are the resource I use. Click on the pictures to find the resources.