My class has been exploring combinations of numbers from 5 to 10. We use an inquiry based approach to exploring combinations which is designed to encourage children to discover the different combinations of each number. The children use a variety of manipulatives, do their own thinking, record their thinking and participate in partner and whole class discussions before we make an anchor chart of all the possible combinations of the number we are working on. Our math units start out kind of slow, to make sure that kids develop a really deep understanding of numbers and their combinations to build a foundation for things to come.
By clicking on the image below, you can download a set of the pages for students to record their thinking.
This summer, I did a post with some freebies for working with number combinations. You can find the post (with the freebies) here.
I made these games for a few of my students who need something more challenging at this point in the year. The original idea is not my own. I found it in an old math book that was gifted to me when a teacher friend retired. The games in the book were for subtraction, so I modified the idea and made them Kimberlyish with some of my favorite clipart. You can download them by clicking on the images.
I started math work stations this week too. I know...it's the middle of October. Uggghhh...I would tell you about that, but I think it's a post of it's own. Could I be the only person disappointed about the launch of something that I've been excited about all summer? Oy vey!