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Math Tubs

You may remember that I showed these awesome tubs I found in the Target Dollar Spot this summer:

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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. 🙂

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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.

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Math Tubs

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:

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Included in each tub are unifix cubes (stacks of 10), 2 sided counters, foam dice, 1 inch tiles, 4 homemade Rekenreks, and Pattern Blocks.

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Interactive Number Line

I took a STEM (mostly Math) workshop the first two weeks after school got out this year and after listening to our instructor talk about Number Lines, I decided I wanted to make one that was more interactive than just a line of numbers stuck on my wall.  I wanted my kiddos to be able to use it and grab parts of it if they needed to; so I came up with this number line!

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I’m super excited that my kiddos can un-Velcro any card they might need to help them identify numbers.

Right now, the number line only goes to 10, but I may increase it to 20 if I think my students need it.

I’ve represented each number in a variety of different ways to meet the needs of my different learners:

  • tally marks
  • dice
  • ten frames
  • unifix cubes
  • rekenreks
  • finger counting
  • number word
  • number
  • base ten blocks

The number symbol goes at the top and it permanent. Each of the cards below hangs on a ribbon and is attached with Velcro. {The Velcro is not included}.

Photo directions are included {and so is a diagram!}.  You can get yours from my Teachers Pay Teachers store! 🙂

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Who’s Who and Who’s New Post- “Reken-what?”

I am honored to be guest posting again over at Who’s Who and Who’s New! Today I’m sharing a post about making your own class set of Rekenrek’s.  I’ve wanted to make some for awhile and during a workshop I took 3 weeks ago, I learned more about them, how to use them, and the benefits to my students.  Head on over to check it out! (Just click the picture below)

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Let me know if you make them! I’d love to see them in action! 🙂

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