Our current math goal in grade one is: I can add and subtract numbers 0-5. We have learned how to do this as a whole class, now we are extending our learning by participating in math centers. Check them out!!
Penny Toss: At this center, each kiddo gets a cup and 5 pennies. They put the pennies into the cup, gentle shake and then pour them onto the table. They then line them up on the five frame and count how many heads and how many tails. First they record how many heads and how many tails in the number sentence, then draw representations of the image.
Number bracelets to 5: At this center, the kids get an opportunity to create a bracelet with 5 beads on it. They then use the bracelet to represent different ways of making 5.
Subtraction squish: At this center, the kiddos first roll balls of playdough and put them 1-1 in the 5 frame. They then roll the dice to determine how many balls they squish. This then directly translates over into the number sentence. They write down how many they squished and then solve the sentence sentence!
Subtraction bowling: At this center, the kiddos work together in a team while bowling. They set up 5 pins and take turns throwing the ball at the pins to see how many they knock down. Everyone then writes the number of pins out of 5 that they knocked down and then independently solve the math problem.
Making 5: Here we cut up numbers 0-5 and practice making number sentences that add to 5. First the kiddos place it on the Make 5 mat and then glue them down onto their math notebooks.
I always encourage the kiddos to use math tools such as number lines to check their work. Parents please feel free to practice adding and subtracting numbers from 0-5 at home with everyday objects and verbal math problems!!
As our apple unit comes to an end this week, we read the book "Ten Apples Up On Top" by Dr. Seuss. Surely it was a hit in our class as the kids helped me read the book by predicting the rhyming words that came next. To conclude the story, we created a math-infused art project where the kiddos drew a detailed self-portrait of themselves, painted ten apples, cut them out and glued them on top of their heads. Take a look at the wonderful, hard work your kids put into their projects!!
At the end of each day in grade one, we get a chance to have "explore time," which gives the kiddos an opportunity to explore around our classroom while engaging in play-based learning. This is a child-lead period where they have choice to play where they want to while refining curricular skills and engage in conversation with their peers. Every month I create new centers that align with our curricular goals for that month. Take a sneak peak into our classroom to see what and how your kiddos are learning through play!
Mixed up alphabet center: This center allows children to challenge their alphabet recognition and knowledge. The challenge is to find the letters in the sensory box, identify them and then put them in the correct order before the time is up! At this center there are 1, 2 and 3 minute timers depending on how challenging the kiddos want to make it for themselves.
Number identification and representation center: The goal at this center is to pick a number and represent it in different ways with a hint of fine motor work by choosing a design to lay the counters out on! As we work on our math "shopping" centers (stay tuned for a blog post on "shopping"), students are encouraged to extend their knowledge by putting the counters into a ten frame.
Number towers: The challenge at this center is to build towers in accordance to the number on the tree cookie!
Balancing pegs: This center works on the students fine motor skills. Using the alligator tweezers, the goal is to carefully pick up an object and place it on the balancing pegs. Some kiddos have taken it upon themselves to create a pattern on the pegs!
Portrait creation center: Sometimes entering a new grade can be a little daunting to our little people. This center invites the children to create faces using loose parts and is also an introduction to our feelings. In grade one, we frequently talk about how it is okay to feel emotions and as we grow and learn, we understand how to handle strong emotions. I have seen some fabulously crazy faces created at this center so far!!
The Dot: In our Creation Station, we have an art project set up inspired by the book "The Dot" by Peter Reynolds. The first step at this center is to cover a coffee filter with colors using markers. Once that is done, the kiddos take the filter just outside of our classroom to spray it with a water bottle. Once it is completely soaked, we allow it to dry over night. In the morning, the magic happens. The filter looks like a tye dyed beauty!! We have began to cover our creation station wall with our project and it is looking fab!!
Among these centers, we also have a playdough center where students are given the opportunity to engage in sensory play. We also have a building center with various loose parts, legos and tree cookies to create with. Stay tuned on Seesaw to see your child's view of Explore Time!!