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WHY? sets, math facts, inequalities, place
value, number stories
WHAT? 3" x 5" index cards or paper
cut in 3" squares, paper clip,
zip bag or envelope, markers
HOW? Each child will need a set of cards with
the numerals 1-5 or
0-10 written on them. (Adapt the number of cards to
the skill level of your students.) Paper clip the cards together
and have children keep them in a zip bag or envelope. When
you have a few extra minutes, ask the children to place their cards
on their desk or table in numerical order. Use the cards in activities similar
to those described below. As children hold up the correct
card, you can tell "at a glance" who has grasped the concept and who
needs additional help.
Sets - Clap out sets or make another noises
or motions. Tell children to listen, count, and "show me" how
many. You can also make sets on a flannel
board and have the children show the matching numeral.
Math Facts - Call out math facts and have
children hold up the answer.
Ordinal Position - Which one is second?
Which one is first?
Mystery Number - Which number
comes between 4 and 6? What is
two more than seven? How many cents in a nickel? How many
noses at your table?
Place Value - "Show me" three
tens and eight ones. How many?
Number Stories - I was walking down the road and I found 3 pennies.
I kept walking and found 4 more. How many do I have in all? (Have children make
up their own number stories for classmates to solve.)
Give each child two index cards. Write "yes" on
"no" on the other. Use these to review information. The teacher asks
questions as the children answer by holding up "yes" or "no." This
insures that everybody in the room is actively engaged.
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