At the beginning of the year I like to focus on NUMBERS! The first week of school I like to review numbers 1-5 to get a feel for how well my students know their numbers. Then, each week I focus on a number for the entire week and teach them a variety of ways to show that specific number.
I really like to teach my students how you can show a number in a variety of ways. I feel this really gives students such a deeper understanding of numbers and really helps them know their numbers inside and out! This also has led to lots of success when we get to addition, subtraction, teen numbers, etc. because they know so much about each number 1-10!
Each week I focus on a number with my class. I also have a focus on how my students are going to show that number for the day. I have created a Numbers 1-10 Activities Pack that I do in my class each week. I do the activities in this pack for literally the first 10 weeks of school! However, the activities can be used any way that you want. After focusing on each number and using the activities from this pack, my students have gained an incredibly deep understanding of their numbers and how to show their numbers in a variety of ways!
Throughout my blog (especially in the months of August, September, and October) you will see these number activities being completed by my students and how I use these activities in the class.
Here is an example of what a week may look like. We are working on the number 2, so I have broken down what activities we do each day of the week.
I like to incorporate the story we are focusing on during the week into our math learning. This week we are reading “Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes”. Another one of my favorites!
Day 1 (Identify and Write the Number)
- I introduce the Number 2 on my Number Board. We discuss the number, what it looks like on our fingers (great for turn and talk or turn and teach), and the number word.
- Then I model how to write the number 2.
- The activities we do to go along with the introduction of the number 2 are:
- To wrap up the activities and new learning, I have a student come up to the board and write the number 2.
- I display my Number Board again and I have students show 2 fingers and we practice making the number 2 in the air with our fingers.
- Now it is time to work on making groups of 2.
- I like to show how to make groups to my students several ways. The first way is by having students get into groups of the number we are focusing on. The second way is I have students come up to my magnetic easel and make groups with the magnets. Lastly, my favorite way is to have students make groups with manipulatives at their tables.
- Here are our activities we did for making groups of 2:
- To wrap up the activities and new learning, I have students come up to the number board and draw 2 circles.
- Today, I bring out the Number 2 Board again and we review what the number 2 looks like, how to write the number 2 (write it with our fingers in the air), and we practice drawing a group of 2 by making 2 tallies on the number board.
- Today we will be focusing on showing the number 2 in a ten frame.
- Here are the activities we did for the number 2 and showing it in a ten frame:
- To wrap up the activities and new learning, I have students show 2 in the ten frame on our Number Board.
- I bring out the Number 2 Board and we review what we have learned about the number 2 so far.
- Today we will be focusing on showing the number 2 on a number line.
- Here are the activities we did for the number 2 on a number line:
To wrap up the activities and new learning, I have students make hops on the number line on our number board and circle the number 2.
- Today we get to show all we know about the number 2! I take out the number board and we complete the rest of the board.
- We also discuss the different parts of the number board to review all that we have learned.
- Here are the activities we did to show all of our new learning and knowledge on the number 2: