You may remember that I showed these awesome tubs I found in the Target Dollar Spot this summer:
We have been using them each day to help us represent numbers in different ways.
First, we use each of the materials (unifix cubes, homemade Rekenrek’s, two-sided counters, dice, pattern blocks, and 1 inch tiles) to show the number we are learning about. On this day, we were representing the number 5 in different ways. I do not show them how to represent the numbers, I just tell them to use a manipulative to show me the number and this is what they came up with. 🙂
I put the tubs on the floor between groups of 4 children and they use the materials that are in their tub. We store these on the floor under our Promethean Board.
After seeing so many fabulous things other teachers were finding in the Target Dollar Spot, I decided to head there and check it out…here’s what I ended up with:
I got these great turquoise tubs that I used to make my math tubs out of (see yesterday’s post). They were $3 each. The cups I found in the summer/picnic section and they were $0.79 each. I got 7 tubs and 14 cups.
I also found lots of stickers, pointers, pencils, and Dr. Seuss stuff. I bought enough of the paper Dr. Seuss hats to last me the next couple of years. I picked up this turquoise bulletin board/chalkboard too for $3. I had a dry erase board on my door and it got knocked off. This one fit my room colors (black and turquoise), so I decided to use it instead of a dry erase board. I think I bought out all the stickers they had! These are great for our 100’s day sticker books, so I picked up LOTS. We usually switch rooms on 100’s day, so I end up seeing 125 Kindergarten students and each one wants to make a sticker book = LOTS of stickers needed!
Not from the Dollar Spot, but just as exciting, I picked up a Leap Reader pen on CLEARANCE!! I also got two more books to add to our collection of Leap Reader books. I was able to enter a contest earlier in the summer and already had 3 of these books and I used a gift card to purchase another Leap Reader pen. So we now have 2 Leap Reader pens and 5 books to help us start the year off. I plan on using these in one of my Literacy Work Stations.
After taking a STEM workshop offered by my district this summer, I decided to tackle a project I’d had floating in my head for awhile–math buckets.
I wanted to have buckets set up where I could grab them and use them right away during math lessons, so I came up with these:
Included in each tub are unifix cubes (stacks of 10), 2 sided counters, foam dice, 1 inch tiles, 4 homemade Rekenreks, and Pattern Blocks.