Math Empowers 1
Middletown Township Public Schools
Grade 1 - Second Trimester 2018-2019
Unitizing TENS and ONES: Emerging Place Value
To support PLACE VALUE development:
- Keep base ten blocks out daily for personal/group use.
- Consider using cut up "tiny ten frames" while transitioning to place value when needed. There is usually more buy in with ten frames than base tens. Use them to scaffold to base ten blocks!
- Try the Math Learning Center's Digital Place Value Blocks as a Smart board tool. (Called Number Pieces) Encourage students to count by tens (and some ones) while you model the count. "Let's start with 3 ones and add a 10. What does that make? Here is another 10. and another. What happens if I take a 10 away? What if I take a 1 away?
- Ask students to predict how many ten sticks could be made from 35 snap cubes... with how many leftover? How about 42 snap cubes? What if we had 95 snap cubes? Show and discuss the patterns. And be sure to repeat these activities LONG AFTER the lessons have passed.
- In addition to all the HANDS ON activities, consider Shark Numbers Place Value at your chrome book center. It is easy to differentiate with a variety of levels.
- Consider Leveling Up your Spill & Show centers (or any number composition games played with counters or dice) by simply writing the number 2 on some counters, or playing with dimes and then nickels. (Some first graders might love playing with 20 on each counter) SUPER SIMPLE DIFFERENTIATION!
- See your building math specialist for more support; perhaps modeling a place value based number talk or counting circle! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more resources.
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Steve Wyborney is a K-12 District Math Coach. He has authored 14 books, including The Writing on the Classroom Wall. Steve frequently presents at conferences, connects with fellow educators through Twitter, and shares math instructional strategies and resources through his blog. Throughout his 23 years in education, Steve has earned numerous teaching awards. In 2005, he was named the Oregon Teacher of the Year. Among some of the rich, engaging math tasks that Steve creates are Esti-Mysteries, Splat!, The Estimation Clipboard, and Cube Conversations. Explore his website for more great activities by clicking here. All of his creations are super motivating for students...see your building math specialist for help implementing any of these great activities! Here is a Recording Sheet for his Esti-Mysteries that also works for your own teacher created "Mystery Number" routines!
Double, Double, It's No Trouble!
Here is a Doubles Strategy Pack which provides differentiated activities from intervention to advanced levels. If students develop some comfort, let them try the interactive game: Hit the Button Doubles. There are many levels available! Students who master all levels can try Hit the Button: Halves! (This is the same site as Hit the Button: Number Bonds for making 10 ... or 20... or 100)
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