Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Missing Numbers in the Pumpkin Patch

I have been away attending a two day unconference, learning about some great new tech tools to implement in my classroom. As a result, I have not been creating too many new things for my students. If you have not attended any conferences yet this year, consider stretching yourself a bit by checking out what is offered in your area. 

This week, my students began looking at identifying and ordering the numbers 0-10 and did not do too well with some of the numbers. I created one of the sheets in this packet for them to practice and added some others that will be covered in the future: identifying and ordering 1-20, counting by 10's to 100, and counting by 5's to 100. You can click on the picture above to receive your FREE copy.

Another issue I have noticed in my class is that students are struggling to write their numbers correctly. Perhaps they are not writing the numbers on or in the lines I provide. Some of them write their numbers backwards. Others are writing their numbers like letters (ex: the 5 looks like a 6 and the 9 looks like a p.) I don't say this to them, but my son's first grade teacher used to make the students laugh when they accidentally reversed their 9's on their math sheet. She would say, "Oh dear, you P'd on your paper!" Say it out loud and you might laugh too. I can't quite bring myself to say it to students though. In an attempt to help them with the ordering of numbers process AND the writing of numbers correctly, I went to Lakeshore Learning and purchased a set of dotted rubbers stamp numbers 

Follow-The-Dots Number Stamps

and large ink pads. In small groups, I have the students stamp the numbers in order from 0 - 10. Suddenly, the students were engaged and ordering their numbers correctly, AND receiving extra practice with writing the numbers correctly. They even asked to do this during their afternoon center time. I gave them a number line to read and follow.

I would LOVE to hear about ways you help your student to actively identify and order numbers 0-10 and 0-20!

Enjoy your free packet!

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