Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Tasty Tools

We've been working on number sense and using the retractable clothesline in my room to learn about number lines.  We've learned that the spaces between the numbers are as important as the numbers themselves.  We took that knowledge and applied it to the creation of a concrete model.  I found this great picture through Pinterest which unfortunately leads me nowhere.  Holler if you know the original owner.



First their task was to get their cheerios spaced out as evenly as possible.  Then they added the numbers.



Next they ate their number line and replaced it with a written one.  The last step was to add little lines to hold their numbers' spots as they removed the Cheerios one by one.



Not every math lesson can involve tasty tools, but there's sure something motivating and memorable about learning a concept when it's edible.



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12 comments:

  1. Fun idea - and probably not too bad for you either! Do you do this kind of thing in a whole group or small groups? Thanks for sharing.
    Sara

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    1. Sara, actually I did it whole group and it worked really well.

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  2. I bet the kids loved this activity! I like the fact that they learned that the spacing is important. Fun way to eat your assignment!
    Lori
    Conversations in Literacy

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    1. Lori, they really loved it and they understood the concept well too.

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  3. What a tasty way to teach this important concept!
    Connie Anderson:)
    www.welcometofirstgraderoom5.blogspot.com

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    1. Connie, it was very tasty and worked great!

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  4. Spacing in words and numbers is such an important topic. Cheerios are a perfect size to show this. Looks fun!

    Kimberley

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    1. Kimberley, the cheerios were perfect for the spacing.

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  5. I love adding tasty lessons to my days! Thanks for sharing.

    Tara

    The Math Maniacc

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    1. Tara, it's nice to have a few of them here and there. :)

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  6. I really like this idea! By the time we get to math in the afternoons-the kiddos could certainly use an edible pick-me-up so I've been looking for some food math ideas. Thanks for sharing! :)

    NotJustChild'sPlay

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    1. Miss Trayers, this will do perfectly for you then. Enjoy.

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