I have been on a math kick lately. I think it is because my kids are strugglingggg with basic math concepts lately and it's killin' me! We have been learning addition strategies and practicing addition within 20 for two weeks now and my class has just started to pick up their momentum.
They are drawing, using cubes, using counters, their fingers, ANYTHING to show me how they got their answers and we are still working on their explanations. We are all about "proving it" in my classroom. My students know they can't just spit out an answer - they have to prove it and defend it.
During math work stations on Friday, I had most of my students practice adding 2 numbers together using cubes. They did this with a little free addition center I created, called "Build it!"
I had saved the cards for "Build it!" and I thought I would offer them as a freebie! Click on the image to download this free addition activity.
I simply printed them, laminated them and put them in a bucket with 30 connecting cubes (15 of one color, 15 of the other). It will stay in our math centers for the next few weeks.
My low group is still working on identifying and representing numbers within 20, so they practiced pulling a number and covering that many pumpkins on a little pumpkin sheet I made.
My higher group started an independent work station and completed a few pages of their "My Little Book of Story Problems." I was so impressed with their work!
For more fun, hands-on math, check out my year-long first grade math workshop curriculum below: