Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Every day we strive to ensure that our students have an opportunity to engage in math games. New games are generally introduced during whole class lessons and then placed in a math center for independent/partner/or small group practice. Depending on the games chosen we will usually set-up about 3-5 different activities. At times children are assigned to a specific center (to build a particular skill) or they can decide for themselves where they would like to go.
The second level (shown in the top photo) moves away from the all-dot scenario and mixes in numerals. This encourages children to count on - meaning, for instance, if one token fell on the numeral 10 and the other on 6 dots the child would say "10" and count on using the dots as support. However, it is possible that both tokens would land in only dots (providing reinforcement of prior learning) or only numerals ( a more challenging task).
The third level in Egg Carton Math is to place only numerals in the egg carton.
The description may seem confusing but the game is pretty straightforward. It promotes counting by 10, 1 to 1 matching of number and object and concepts of number among other things.
As our students play we are free to provide guided math instruction with small groups (such as writing numbers) and observe/document student understanding. It is a win-win situation for all involved.