I’ve got some FUN and FREE things to share with you! Hope and I have promised a Sample Day for 1st Grade Magic of Math, and that’s just what I have for you! Plus, I had a FUN day in 1st Grade Math, so let’s see what went down during our time together…
First of all, do you see the dice below?! It’s HUGE, 20-sided, and PLUSH! It’s like a stuffed animal for math teachers… heavenly! You can find the best priced one I’ve seen HERE. Or, you can find it on Amazon HERE! I’m seriously obsessed with it!
Here’s how I used it today. I was introducing comparing numbers to the first grade students. I chose students to toss the dice for a number between 0 and 20. We drew that number with base ten blocks. We rolled again for our second number. Then, we used comparative language to compare the two numbers! I bought a class set of THESE Reusable Dry Erase Pockets.
As students were using their comparing numbers mat, I also modeled building the numbers with these large base ten blocks. I just used magnetic tape on the back so that I could slap them up on the board!
I should have put magnetic tape at the top and bottom, but I ran out of time so they were a little floppy, ha!
After we practiced rolling, making, and comparing several numbers the students went back to their desks to create a comparing numbers hat. I had students roll two numbers to compare. They made those numbers with dot stickers (super cheap).
The students loved making their little hats! Many of them proudly shared their comparing number sentences with the class after making them!
Then it was time for a little independent practice! We used two different dice (0-9 and 0-20) to generate our two numbers. Then, students highlighted the correct comparative language! Click HERE for 9 sided dice. Click HERE for 20 sided dice.
All in all, I’d say that was a pretty great day! I was impressed with how well the students did!
You can grab all of the activities mentioned in this post HERE! The minilesson, hat, and activity are all included in the download! You can find even more place value and comparing number activities in Unit 1 of our First Grade Bundle!
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I hope you have a wonderful week!