Having been seeing amazing trainee teachers recently and catching up with a very old teaching pal (she's not old we just started teaching a looon g time ago!) yesterday I was thinking about all those little games and 'starters' in your head you amass over the years. I keep meaning to put them in a book. I got as far as typing them up (yes typing and printing out) for information sheets-just very plain but useful I hope. I have used them in every school I've been in even though they're not very pretty! Unfortunately I've since found them in my pink plastic box in the GARAGE!!! This will mean more if you read my storyshack blog but without boring you said sheets are now soggy old sheets fit for papier mache purposes only.
So thought I better try to write things down:
- Counting-quietly/loudly in circle, whole class on 'offset' number too (by this I mean if you're counting in 2s try from 3 for a change OR if you're counting in 4s start on 3. Look for patterns-it's amazing what you'll find, I think your children will like making discoveries. (well I haven't met anybody who doesn't yet,still waiting!!) Maybe one could be a scribe to see if you can look carefully at the numbers and digits in them.
- Use your fingers and put them down when counting silently. For example say 'we're going to count in 10s' . Hold 10 fingers up. Close your little finger, the next one 'Where am I up to' . By not saying anything children have to really concentrate: you can vary 'jumps'-go into decimals etc-ask' how many steps it would take to get to?'
- Cusenaire rods 'Staircase game' Throw 2 die and 'collect' rods of equivalent size - so you might add or subtract..you can vary the game. Can also play a little 'tugboat' game based on similar idea. Again you can decide on variations but the white/red and green make a sweet little tugboat which you can 'buy'...how many do you want to make for the game/can you make enough for?? can you make one double the size?
I can remember having these at school myself and we basically built lots of things
with them, incredibly thrilled if we got the brand new boxes. Never did any maths
- Vocabulary booster: Each child writes a number on a scrap of paper-THINK OF A NUMBER BETWEEN 1 and 50 or up to 100 .....you choose! Make sure the children write it BIG. You then have a quick resource for a bit of physical and mental activity. It's lovely to do outside too. Can you get in order-lowest to highest etc? Evens over there, odds over here. I use my 'gang' but basically this is what's my rule? Choose your 'gang' and get the to stand with you so EVERYBODY can see each other's number. They see both ones in 'your gang' AND the ones who are NOT. You might choose all multiples of 5. Have to guess what your rule is? Somebody else can take a turn.
- Function 'machine' in your class...more creative the better, free standing or on classroom wall for interactive display. Start off with some examples with the function machine labelled: x2 . 2 goes in 4 comes out, 30 goes in 60 comes out. Can change function and ask the children to guess. Guess missing number in sentence if they know number coming out and function ETC. I realise this explanation would be so much better, as I am writing, IF I had a diagram or photo so will get to that later!!
MORE COMING SOON BUT PLEASE ADD on the comments or e mail me and I'll put your ideas up here myself. The more the merrier is what I always say.