So onto math, place value to be specific. This is such a hard concept because it is so developmental, yet it's expected so we teach it. We have always done something the '100 Club' but with the Common Core adoption we changed it to the '120 Club'. We use beans and sticks to build numbers to 120.
We start as a whole group to add one bean at a time, then write the number. Once we make it to 10 beans, we get a popsicle stick and make a 10 stick.
Once we make a ten, we place it in the 10's column on our workmat. We continue until I feel they understand what they are doing and then I set them off on their own. It really helps them understand numbers as 10's and 1's.
Once they make it to 99, they trade beans and sticks in for one 100 piece of paper and place in their 100's column.
They continue this process until they reach 120, and then we celebrate! I have a loud and obnoxious cow bell that I ring. Each time someone reaches 120, we stop and cheer for them. They are so proud. Now don't think that I do this in one day. The 120 club lasts about 2 weeks, or until every student reaches 120. Every one becomes a 'member' of the 120 club. At the end of each math time, we fill out a daily check-in. This is a great way to apply what we are learning.
Their favorite part is taking their rolled papers home and unrolling them. They are really long, depending on how high they reached. Once they reach 120, I let them keep going. Some of my fast students make it to 500.
Wow, that was a long post! If you are still reading this, enjoy your week. If you are interested in the 120 club, click the picture below.