My daughter loves playing with clothespins. It is great fine motor practice, so I turned it into a math game. I created a set of centers,
games, and printables called "How's It Hangin?" Students are able to move around and place numbers in the correct order. I included numbers 0-20, but you can use whatever your students need. I put a clothesline between two chairs, but you can also place the clothes in order on the ground.
I included clothespin clip art with numbers and addition sentences on them. You can use these clothespins and place them on the clothes, or write the numbers and addition sentences on actual clothespins. Students can work on numeral recognition and matching, putting numbers in order, and decomposing numbers.
When I work with students who are just learning their numbers, or have difficulty with fine motor skills, I use a light colored marker to write the number or letter in the correct formation. The student will trace right over the marker.
In the packet, I included clothespins with addition sentences on them. You can print out the clothespins, or simply write them on real clothespins. Some students are able to use mental math to solve the addition sentences. Others may need manipulatives to help them solve the addition sentences. Students will match the addition sentences to the clothes item with the correct sum.Here we are using a ten frame on a cookie sheet with magnetic two-sided counters. You can get the template here. Students can use the counters to count out the number on the shirt and design their own addition sentence. They can play with the counters to find an addition sentence.
When we worked with numbers 11-20, I included two ten frames.
I also included an extension worksheet for decomposing 10. You can get a free copy here. I wanted to play with some fun ideas to decompose 10.
You can find the detailed instructions here. Cheap and easy! The paper towel circles slide easily on the hanger and the clothespin with the addition sign puts a distinct space between the two sets of numbers. The fun starburst at the top, lets kids know that they will always be working with 10.
I also created a large 10 frame, by hot gluing plastic cups to a foam board. You can see detailed instructions here. Students are able place unifix cubes (or any manipulative that you choose) to make different addition sentences. I made sure that there were 10 unifix cubes for each color. Students are able to experiment to create different addition sentences for 10.
We combined the two sets of math manipulatives to decompose 10 in three different ways. It really seemed to click with some of the kids that I work with. They were able to physically move the paper towel rolls across the coat hanger AND then they were able to physically separate the two sets by clipping the clothespin between them. To tie in the idea of the ten frame, we had the large ten frame with unifix cubes. It seemed to help that there were 10 unifix cubes of each color placed on each side of the ten frame. Every time we did a new problem, we returned the cubes to a ten. Eventually, one of my kids figured out that we could just change the position of the pink and the green. He realized that 3+7=7+3!"Count the Room" activity included in the pack. Students are able to walk around the room to find the letter on their recording sheet. When they find the letter, they count the objects on the card. You choose the skill that you would like the students to work on, including: writing the number, tally marks, or circles on a ten frame.
decomposing 10 hanger and huge ten frame click here.
Hope you found some useful ideas! I would love to hear your ideas on building a stronger number sense in children. Leave me a comment on how you build number sense with your students and get a chance to win "How's It Hangin'?" I will choose a winner on Thursday morning 2/28/14!
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