A few weeks ago I found an amazing activity on Step Into Second Grade with Mrs. Lemon’s blog! She used place value blocks to create her name and then found the value of each name. You can see her blog post here. I knew right away that we needed to try this activity! I had kids ages 5-8 playing with the base ten blocks together, so I needed to be able to differentiate for their learning needs and abilities. We ended up working with letters, names, and sight words and it was a hit!!
We broke out actual base ten blocks, but you could have kids cut out paper blocks to create their names and glue to paper. The kids had tons of fun using the blocks to create their names.
After creating their name, they wrote out the value of their name on a post it note.
The values were broken down by hundreds, tens, and ones.
After watching how each individual child used the base ten blocks to create the specific numbers, I thought it might be interesting to have two different kids to create the same name. It turned out really cool! We ended up with different values for the same name.
The next idea was inspired by an awesome kid! She wondered out loud if there was a difference between her real name and nickname. This led to more exploring!
We couldn’t stop at names. My daughter (she just turned 5) wanted in on the fun. She knows all her letters and is starting to learn sight words, so we brought in learning that was appropriate for her, too!
She created her upper and lowercase letters. Then, she counted all the blocks that she used. I had her use the ‘ones’ blocks. After counting, she either dictated the number of blocks or wrote it herself.
Then, we brought out the “Greater Gator” and compared the amounts!
You can create your own “Greater Gator” or use popsicle sticks or just a symbol on a post-it.
Then, we moved on to sight words. All the kids created sight words and differentiated in the way they recorded the value of the word.
We loved all the fun that we had with base ten blocks! It kept kids ages 5-8 engaged and learning on their own level. I thought it was a huge success! Thanks so much to Step Into Second Grade with Mrs. Lemons for the fantastic idea 🙂
Back to school time is already here for some of you! I thought that I would treat you to a few freebies to make that hectic time a little easier!
I have to math back-to-school freebies that are only available from my blog. These will only be free until September 15th, so scoop them up!
First up, addition! I have a quick and easy game to prepare to help kids practice addition sums to 15. I have students use manipulatives to solve the addition problems. You can play memory with the cards or just have students match the numeral to the sum. There are two different recording sheets where you can assess each student. Click here to get the product on TPT!
The second freebie is a game with the same format, but students will be working with tens and ones. They will match the numeral to the correct set of tens and ones. There are 3 different extension worksheets. In the first, students will find the matching school supply and write the numeral that represents the tens and ones.
In the second extension worksheet, students will record the number of tens and the number of ones under the matching school supply.
In the third extension worksheet, students will express the number in expanded form.
I like this center, because you can really use it in so many ways! Click here to get the product on TPT!
Now is the time for the HUGE Back-To-School sale at Teachers Pay Teachers! I have everything in my store 20% off, but you can get an extra 10% off by putting in the code BTS14. Don’t miss out on all the amazing deals!
Now for the really exciting stuff! The Diggin’ Series Huge Giveaway is coming on August 11th-17th!! This is one giveaway that you are not going to want to miss!!!
So many prizes and chances to win!!
My favorite is that EACH winner gets this amazing bundle of products!!!
Don’t miss this amazing event!
As always, I am linking up with the amazing Laura Graham, of Where the Magic Happens Daily! Hop over to her blog to see some more amazing ideas from the linky party!
I am linking up with Fabulous Freebies Friday!