I've posted about my 'Counting the Days in School' routine already, but I wanted to put the file in the Resources section of the blog, so that it could be found easily by anyone interested in using it in their own class.
This routine is a great way to develop number sense in your kids, and it only takes a couple of minutes at the beginning of your day. My class really enjoys it, and they never let me forget to add another dot to our 10 frame each morning.
In this file, you'll find a 2 dice and a 3 dice version of this simple BUMP game to play to practice number bond fluency. I would always use this in conjunction with number talks (see the books section to find out more), which build students' mathematical strategy use to solve equations.
Please see my blog for a bit more detail (and some pictures of pages from the file itself) about how I use this resource. Number of the Day is a great routine for building mental maths skills, as well as incorporating a quick review of a variety of concepts into your daily maths block.
I wanted to start getting up a few resources (for those of you already planning ahead for next year). These maths tasks cards are set at three different levels. The 'e' (easy) level is addition within 10, mostly adding on 1, 2 or 3 more (the only exception is double 4). The mid-level challenge is also addition, but kids will be asked to bridge 10. The 'c' (challenging) level is mixed addition and subtraction, with kids bridging 20 in the addition problems.
There are 10 word problems in each set. With my kids, I used them during maths rotations when their group was with me. This was our first try with written word problems, so we took turns picking a card, reading it and solving it together on white boards. Something about cards and getting to choose a 'mystery' one makes problem solving more fun! I've tried to keep the words relatively simple to read, and there are pictures to help with trickier words like caterpillar and watermelon.
These cards can be used in a variety of different ways, though. With kids who are confident readers and used to problem solving, I'd post the task cards around the room. Then I'd give each kid a clipboard and recording sheet (or just their maths journal) and have them find the problems and solve them (something about walking around the room makes problem solving more fun). These would also make great 'fast finisher' cards, or they could be used for 'math journaling' - where pupils are asked to take one card and solve it in their maths journals, showing both the abstract equation and a picture representation of the problem (so if they were adding 4 caterpillars and 3 bees to find out how many bugs, they would draw the correct number of caterpillars and bees, along with writing the mathematical equation 4 + 3 = 7). When we worked on these together in our maths groups, I put out some fun buggy counters to help the kids who are still needing lots of concrete practice in their problem solving.
I'd love to hear how you use (or plan to use) these cards in your own classroom!