Math Recovery

A Year of Small Steps - Weeks 34-37

Sliding & Hiding with Sticks & Bundles

With nice weather in our future, it's time to think about popsicle sticks! Fortunately, we have thousands of brand new popsicle sticks here at OS ready to send your way. For the little ones, there are opportunities to practice making bundles of ten and building those tricky teen numbers. With more experienced students, check out the task groups on pages 166-169 in Chapter 9 with two-digit addition and subtraction split strategies.


Students really enjoy sliding and hiding the sticks and bundles under a felt cover. You show the sticks briefly, then slide them under so students can keep a running total. At first you only add 1 or 2 sticks at a time then increase by larger amounts. The next step is to increase by 1 or 2 bundles and finally challenge students by adding a mixture of tens and ones at the same time. Students can always look under the cover to check their current quantity. It's a great opportunity to see how they organize their count and students are always excited by the "secret" number. You could use this video as a way to introduce the activity as a math center with student partners.

Tentative Dates for 2019-2020

Tentative dates for 19-20


  • AVMR 1 - October 16, 24 & November 6, 20
  • AVMR 2 - October 23, 29 & November 21 & December 10
  • AVMR 1 - May 12, 21 & June 22, 23 2020
  • AMVR 2 - May 20, 28, & June 24, 25 2020

Math Recovery Oakland Schools

Dana is leading a cohort of MRIS, Math Recovery Intervention Specialists, this school year and continuing to expand the list of Math Recovery courses Oakland Schools can offer. To contact Dana, mailto:dana.gosen@oakland.k12.mi.us or call her at 248-209-2328.


Shawna has a link with open time slots for building and classroom visits. Once you sign up for a time slot, you will receive confirmation email and request for a little information about your priorities for the time together: individual students, whole/small group instruction, targeted intervention, data & assessment, or "name your own" focus. You can call her at 248-209-2051.