Thursday, October 30, 2014

Humpty Dumpty 120 Chart...Putting the Pieces Together Again

"All the King's horses and all the King's men, couldn't put Humpty together again."

But maybe your kiddos can!

Because of their structure (10 rows of 10), hundred charts are powerful tools for developing early understandings of place value.  Of course we are moving to 120 charts now, but that just doesn't roll off your tongue like hundred chart has all these years!

I'm currently working with my 2nd graders on tens and ones, so we are using the 120 chart.  Today, we started by looking for and discussing patterns.  It's always an eye opening experience to realize that some kiddos don't easily see patterns.  Having students share out patterns they see leads students who don't see patterns to begin seeing their own.  Today, for example, one student noticed that every other number is even, but he didn't recall the word for numbers that are not even.  Which led to a discussion of the word odd.  You can't plan that.  I asked them to focus on the column with 10, 20, 30, etc., and tell me the patterns they saw.  They noticed that each number had a 0. Where is the zero? Blank stares...which led to a discussion of tens and ones. :)

So, this week I was thinking of 120 chart activities, and one of my favorites is to cut up the chart and let the kiddos put them back together, like a puzzle.  I decided to call it a Humpty Dumpty 120 chart!  I printed the chart on bright cardstock, laminated it, and cut it apart.  Use different colors of cardstock for different puzzles, so the pieces don't get mixed up.  And cut each chart differently, so kiddos can play over and over again with different charts.

This activity is easy to differentiate, too.  If students aren't working to 120, use only part of the chart.  Keep the rest of the chart and add more to the puzzle later.  Also, charts cut into fewer, larger pieces will be easier to assemble.  You can also have the student assemble the puzzle on top of a complete 120 chart for additional support

Download a copy of the Humpty Dumpty 120 chart by clicking here.

What are your favorite 120 chart activities?  Add them in the comments!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Row, Row, Row by Ten

This game comes from the wonderful book, Common Core Math in Action (K-2), by Catherine Jones Kuhns and Marrie Lasater.  Kuhns is also the author of a terrific book on activities for combinations to 10. Check out this blog post for a game from that book.

Tonight's game is Row, Row, Row by Ten.  It's easy to make and the kids will love playing it.  Basically, the kiddos start on the top row of the 120 chart.  They spin the spinner.  If they spin a +10, they move to the number that is 10 more.  If they spin a -10--you guessed it--they move to the number that is 10 less.  The winner is the first player to reach the bottom of the chart.

Package it all up in a gallon plastic bag (trim a little off the 120 chart for it to fit), and throw it in a workstation.  Click on  this link to grab your freebie.  Enjoy! :)

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Celebrating a Milestone, So Tsu Me!

Earlier this week I noticed that I was approaching a pretty unbelievable milestone--5,000,000 page views!  Sunday night, while the Saints were finally getting a win, the little odometer slipped over the 5 mil mark.  I just want to thank all of the wonderful educators I have "met" and interacted with over the last three years.  It is truly humbling.  I want you to join in my celebration, so I'm putting my TpT store on sale for the next three days (Monday-Wednesday).  

Next up, have you heard of Tsu?  It's pronounced Sue, and it's a new social platform with a similar feel to Facebook.  There is, however, one huge difference--Tsu does not decide what users see and don't see.  You may not even be aware of it, but you probably do not see all of my posts on Facebook, because Facebook controls what it puts in your feed.  Enter Tsu.  Educational bloggers are turning out to be early adopters of Tsu, so there's lots of great content being posted.  Check out the hashtag #TeacherFriends once you sign up.  It's free, but you have to be invited by a current user.  Use this link to sign up.

Have a great week! :)

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