March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb, just like march math activities! This month brings lots of skill building and practicing as we prepare these little ones for the home stretch! We try to teach all the math standards during this grading period and then grow those skills during the last grading. Using the St. Patrick math activities will be a ton of learning fun.
My secret plan to these math activities isn’t really anything that you can’t do as well. I am taking all my math standards that I have to assess for report cards, which are due out next week, and use them to guide the practice and activities for this week. Why? Because my students can show me mastery of math standards with these activities this week for their report cards. BAM!
One activity I know you little learners will love is this rainbow activity before writing numbers before and after. There are 5 sets of numbers you can use for differentiation. Students use the number given to write the number that comes before on the cloud in front of the number and the number after on the cloud that comes after it.
We are always reviewing addition. I learned a long time ago to continue regular practice of addition so we can separate addition from subtraction. Here is one of my students favorite ways to practice addition! Here is the set up of this center table.
My students get to their spots and grab their puzzle pieces from the baggie. I copy the two different mat option back to back. Since we are addition pros, we are only using this side of the addition puzzles, which are harder to complete. It isn’t uncommon for my students to ask to compete another puzzle and swap so they can keep going.
The puzzles are outlined with the same color for easy sorting and cleaning up. And of course, they are self checking.
You can see my students getting busy working. Students add to find the solution, then find the solution on the mat. You can see that puzzles comes together to create a fun picture.
Another center we complete is to find the largest number when comparing numbers. Although this activity can look easy, they can also be slightly tricky. Our standard states to compare numbers under 20, but I have found that my students do not really know and understand 19 if they do not know and understand 91.
Another activity we worked on was matching numbers using tens and ones. We covered this standard in the fall and although we know it, we have to continue to practice it to keep it fresh. I noticed when I last assessed my class, we were making silly errors, flipping numbers, and counting rods like 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 instead of just saying 10. Reviewing this skill we do us well.
Here is this station in action. You can see some of the counting to 10 when I really want them to count on from ten. Using FUN activities like this allow me to see what specific skills to work on with a student so I can reteach them a strategy. Since we can erase and try it again, these activities are sometime better than a worksheet with all those eraser lines that frustrate students.
We have recently begun using subtraction. These pots of gold with counters are a hit! Students can see what number to begin with and then use the counters to cross out what we are taking away to get an answer.
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