Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Hands On Learning with Blogger Buddies
I am a huge lover of hands-on, fun learning!  I love using fun, novel things to catch my students' attention.  Cute and inventive "props" get kid's interest right off the bat.
I am going to share one of my favorite tools to teach decomposing and composing numbers.  This comes from my friend Jennifer Drake.  She blogs over at Crayons, Cuties in Kindergarten.  If you haven't visited her blog yet, you need to check it out!

Jenn developed two monster "tools" to help students compose and decompose numbers.  These are difficult concepts for students, who are just learning the skills.  These monsters are easily made out of everyday materials.  Cereal bar boxes create the body of the monsters.  Jenn gives very specific directions (pictures and words) to show you how to build these awesome monsters!

If you want to build the composing monster, click here.
To make it even more amazing, she is providing the directions and printables for FREE!
Here are some glimpses into the composing monster.  You put the counters in the two sides and they come out into the monster's mouth.
You even get a recording sheet!
Here is the decomposing monster!  You can get the free directions and printables here.
You can see the full directions on how to make the decomposing monster on Crayons, Cuties, and Kindergarten.  Drop the counters into his mouth and he will decompose into 2 groups.
Here is a preview for the recording sheets.
This is my first link up with Blogger Buddies Wednesday Weekly Link Up!  I am especially excited about this linky, because it promotes collaboration between teachers and helps build beautiful friendships!  Be sure to check out some other Blogger Buddies :)


  1. Thanks for joining, Laura. Here's to collaboration and friendships! Jayne
    Smart Kids
    ABCs of Reading

  2. Thank YOU! Thanks so much for starting this great idea :) I look forward to more sharing!

  3. Thanks so much for the shout out Laura! I used the composing monster this week and will be blogging about it! The kids love him & I am excited to share that with others!

    1. Thank you for creating such a awesome monsters!!! I love sharing your stuff, because it is stuff that I think everyone should see!!!!!

  4. This is awesome!! Thank you for sharing this great hand-on activity!!!!!!!!!! :)


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