We have been working hard in grade one world, learning how to skip count by 2s, 5s and 10s. This is such a tricky concept but our little friends are rocking it!!
This week we have began fun new math centers that allow us to practice these skills and develop fluency when memorizing the number sequence. Check them out!!
Counting by 2s Puzzle: At this center, the kids cut up a winter scene picture that has numbers along the bottom. They are challenged to scramble the pictures up, then place them in order by 2s sequence and then glue them onto a piece of paper. The picture only makes sense when the numbers are in the right order!!
Lightbulb patterns: At this center, the kiddos make their own patterns using Christmas lights! They are challenged to explore around with different patterns that have more than one element. These lightbulbs are going to be homemade border for our bulletin outside our classroom.
Counting by 10s Christmas Lights: On each "string" we put a pattern of "Christmas lights" to show our knowledge on both patterning and counting by 10s! After 10 beads are placed on the string, we put the number that comes next in the 10 sequence. Not only does this center shape math skills, it also serves as a great fine motor activity.
Counting by 5s Christmas Trees: At this center the kiddos decorate Christmas trees with 5 stickers each! After putting on 5 stickers, they count by fives and add the number to the stump of the tree. If they get stuck, they must use the "counting on" math strategy to figure out which number comes next in the 5s sequence!
Counting by 2s Gingerbread Cookies: At this center, we cut and paste gingerbread cookies to a "cookie sheet." After they are glued, we add two red gum drop buttons and proceed with counting by twos. Just as we did with the counting by 5s, if they kiddos get stuck, they are encouraged to use the "counting on" strategy to solve which number comes next in the 2s sequence.
All the kiddos have absolutely rocked counting by 10s and will soon receive their math goal cards, where they will earn their first punch on their punch card!! Counting by 5s and 2s are a little more tricky and take longer to memorize. Please practice different ways of counting by 2s and 5s, so they can earn these punch card punches as well :)