Yesterday we got a lot of snow! I’m not that fond of the cold, but I LOVE snow! There was a snow day and my kids spent all day in snowsuits sledding and rolling around in the snow. Fun!
Anyway, I have snowballs on the brain. I have been working on a snowball addition set over the last month. I used part of it as my FB Frenzy product last weekend, but there is so much more.
I am really excited about these games and activities, because they get kids up and moving and having fun. I used them with some of the kids I tutor and they were in love. One of the activities is working on a snowball number line. This allows students to put the numbers in the correct order, all the while discussing greater than/less than. After the number line is built, it allows students to visually and kinesthetically add the numbers. They are physically counting on and moving their bodies the appropriate number of spaces.
Here is our number line that we built together:
We used the anchor chart to demonstrate the addition sentence 5+3 and 3+5. One strategy that we have been working on is counting on from the largest number. We found the largest number with our “Snowy Kid” wand and then physically knocked on the largest number. I’ve found that having students actually “knock” on the number helps to lock the number in their brain. It adds a kinesthetic movement to the addition process.
After knocking on the largest number, we counted on and hopped forward 3 more spaces. We talked about the differences in counting on from the largest number or using the smaller number. The students concluded that both times they came up with the same answer, but they needed to “count on” less spaces when they started with the largest number.