Saturday, October 22, 2011

Exploring Number Combinations (freebies)

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'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!


  1. These are GREAT. I love the Kimberlyish parts of them the best!!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing! (and I'm voting everyday)
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher

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  3. These are awesome! Don't feel alone, I still haven't started my math work stations...even though it was on my list of goals for this year!!
    First Grade Blue SKies

  4. Thanks so much! It is the 10th week of school for me and I still don't feel like I am back into the swing of things!

    1st Grade with Miss Snowden

  5. I would love to share this idea at Simply Centers. Would you mind if I posted as a k-3 Center. I would provide a back link of course! I would also like to search your site for other things that would fit if you don't mind. Thanks!

  6. These are great, thank you! I haven't started work stations yet either for math... I look forward to reading about how you will do it.

  7. Love your freebies. Thanks! Just wondering ... are they playing these games with a partner? And how do you win? Is it the first to have a straight line like in Bingo? Feeling dumb today :)) Thanks for clearing this up.

    Grade ONEderful

  8. Thanks for sharing! Don't worry, I haven't implemented 1/2 of the stuff I wanted to this year. The summer is just long enough to give me great ideas, and just short enough to make implementing all of them difficult!

    Jennifer @ Herding Kats In Kindergarten

  9. Love these and will use them in my math work stations! I started off with them working really well with our sorting, patterns unit and now that we're on to counting you'd think it would be easier but they've been a mess. The I can posters help a lot but i found with my kinders i have to have picture cues which means i have to type them up which delays the appearance in their box.