# Blog Archives

## Math Tubs

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.

## 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:

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

## 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!

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! 🙂

## 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)

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