Welcome to a blog linky from downunder! My Australian blogging mates and I have had a great time swapping and trying out each other’s products.
Tania from Mrs Poultney’s Ponderings is hosting this linky.
I swapped products with Paula from Paula’s Place.
This is the one I chose.
I chose this pack for a couple of reasons. I am teaching a low ability group of year threes for mathematics a couple of sessions each week and addition was our focus for a three week cycle. The other reason I chose this pack is that my year one son needed some extra support in this skill area. I used the contents of the pack for both set of students and it was highly effective. I made good use of the subitising cards, rainbow facts cards and counting all – adding one cards.
With my maths ability group I used the ten frame subitising cards during the opening part of my lessons. The students had all experienced subitising before and I did not need to make it a focus, but I wanted to start each lesson my having my students visualise numbers being made up of other numbers. I also wanted them start describing how the collection was partitioned. So I would show a card, then put it behind my back and ask them to explain what they saw on the card. The questions I asked were;
How many pictures did you see?
How were they arranged?
How could we write this as an equation?
How many more are needed to fill the frame?
I did the same sort of actions with my son any time we had a spare moment. At first, he had to count. As he got more familiar with the arrangements he could subitise the amounts.
Counting All – Adding One Cards
Whenever I introduce the topic of addition to my class, I start with the ‘add one’ facts. This helps to tune everyone into what addition is and allows me to move to discussing the strategies we use for solving single digit addition problems – counting all and counting on.
The cards from Paula’s pack were great for this. The students were able to count the start collection, write the number in the box in the equation, add 1 and write the total. They enjoyed it and were trusting their counting the more we did this.
A few lessons into my teaching sequence I explored adding to ten. I got my students to partition a collection of ten counters, pretending they are animals that need to go into 2 enclosures. Once they got used to physically partitioning the collection I introduced the idea of writing equations to match. The Rainbow Facts cards came in really handy at this stage. They are a lovely and simple way of representing the number bonds of ten. My class used these with their whiteboard pens and as flash cards in pairs. They have really improved their retention of these facts since we attached visual cue of the rainbow to our practise of the number facts to 10.
The Addition to 20 pack has a few other sets of cards, Doubles and Friends of 10 and 20. I have not had time to use these in my lessons yet, but will do in the next week or so.
The Addition to 20 pack is a useful tool for any classroom from Foundation to year 3. The cards can all be used in versatile ways- as warm-ups, in centres, pair work or whole class.
To show we care, each member of the blog link-up is sharing a resource with you…for FREE! The resources are all to do with the theme of seasons. I would like to share with you a Tabbed Booklet for recording information about the seasons.
I would also like to share with you an addition facts grid that I use when teaching addition. It works perfectly with the Addition to 20 pack from Paula’s Place. I display a copy at the front of the class and we write in the answers as we discover them during lessons. Each child also has a copy so they can fill in the facts. I get them to colour in the facts as they learn them by heart.
In the spirit of giving, we are having a raffle to find a fellow teaching soul to donate our products to. If you think the products featured throughout the blog link-up look good, check out our stores, become a follower and enter the raffle below.
Join in the fun and visit each of the pages in the link-up, and find out what we have been doing in our classrooms with these great products.