With my eminent
move to second grade I began to really understand the importance of grasping the
"why" and "how come" behind the work students do in their math book. I
decided to incorporate "tub time" into my math curriculum.
As I get
started, I'll add what great lesson ideas and materials I discover. A little later on down
the line, I'll organize what I have shared into threads directly related to NCTM
math but..... Parent Friendly Standards (CA) in pdf.
(if you want them in pub. format, (so you can edit them) email me!)
First Grade Kindergarten
place value activity (doc.-email me for pdf.)
|Pennies, Nickels, Dimes!
of coins and coin value
This activity requires students to
identify numbers up to 100. It also assists students in identifying place value.
I created my own
counters using foam shapes and a sharpie. In the downloads I have included a 100 chart
that can be copied to card stock, cut and used as if number tiles.
To use as a tub with
a group of students, provide worksheets (and pencils) for all students. Include one bag of
numbers. A student reaches in and pulls a number, identifies it and returns it to the bag.
She/he then passes the bag on and shades in that number on her card. If that number is
covered, then it's a pass... The first student to cover all numbers wins...or...whomever
has the most covered in the time allotted... Teach this activity to self-directing,
follow-the-rules type of student first... then mainstream others in a few at a time.
I saw this great
take off of BANG! at a workshop.
Decide whether you
want the students to identify the coin or the coin's value.
(tongue depressor style)
Juice can or other
container where the sticks would stick out the top.
Sticks with BANG!
written on them.
group) sit in a circle on the floor. They set the order for the can to rotate.
First student pulls a
stick and identifies the coin on the bottom. If they identify the value/or the coin, they
can either keep it and pass the can, or try another stick. They continue until they 1)
want to stop, 2) fail to identify the coin, 3) get a BANG! (and have to return all their
This is played like
BANG! for high frequency words.
made 9 squared-grind
markers to cover
Teacher needs a
white board to write the
numbers as she
Rewards-if you give
This is a
student/teacher created tic-tac-toe grid. I folded the paper so there are three squares
across and down, then gave the students the paper.
This activity can by
made easier or harder depending on your students. First game, start with tens.
For instance, tell
the student to write randomly in any square- 5 tens zero ones, six tens, zero
ones etc...filling all nine squares.--to make this harder for older students, try 4 tens,
five ones, 6 tens five ones...etc..
Begin calling numbers
50, 60, or 45, 65 etc,
squares. First one to call "tic-tac-toe" wins.. Erase markers and play again.
Today my class played
for 45 mins.. (it was 95' I didn't want to go outside for P.E.) Then a neighboring class
joined us for another 30 min. ( I used left over Halloween candy for prizes)...
THIS ACTIVITY WAS A
BIG HIT AND many gained a greater understanding of the value of each numeral.!
My students love using the overhead projector. The other day we had
fun using overhead coins with pictures of items to buy. I typed a
value next to teach item, and copied them on transparencies. I cut
each item (toys, FOOD was a hit) and place one "card" on the screen
for students to view.
I then called on one student to come up and manipulate to coins.
They were to show the value of the "pizza" in coins. What a blast...
even the wiggliest were able to sit and wait for their turn to come
This would make a great "station" during math centers or rotations.
I found a most wonderful use for Altoid cans.
I filled the cans with a variety of plastic coins. Some contains
numerous coins, others just a few. Then I numbered the cans.
I passed out lined paper to my students. They numbered down the side
to 30. Each student came up to my table and picked up a can. They
took it back to their desk and figured out what the value was for
the coins inside. They then wrote this on their paper. They returned
the coins to the can, and exchanged it for a new one...
Oh! what noisy fun!
Here is a fun
way to reinforce coin identification. Four students can play with each set of cards.
Complete instructions are included with each set.
This is very
same game as the Facts Bingo below-except money is being used as the core curriculum to be
My class recently had a blast with this activity and yet, it
challenged them all.
Here's what you need:
Divide students into groups with students of all skill levels in
Model for students the process and let them go.
Observe for a while and iron out the rough spots (students who
aren't following the flow)
How to Play
(Work in a circle)
The first student closes his/her
their hand in the bag, and draws a coin. They then identify (or give
the value of the coin)-to keep it.
All four students draw coins. They then compare values. The student
with the most valuable coin, keeps them all. The round begins again.
Play until all coins are gone or time is up. The student with the
most coins is the winner.
Alternative: Have students draw two (or more coins) and state the
total value, before the next student draws. This will necessitate
more coins in each bag, but it's more challenging for older/more
Here is an activity right from Kathy
Richardson's books (#1-2)
I place a variety of
counting objects in the tub, enough for four students. Using the designs students create
equations. To differentiate this activity either limit the number of cards to
(small) numbers or require students create numerals with tens and ones, before they
Weight activity sheet (doc.)
This activity can be
done as a group or as single students. It should be done after teaching the concepts of
comparing weight. Such terms as: lighter than, heavier than, weights less, weights more,
equal weights, are good ones to provide before letting students work on their own. This is
an old balance scale someone had given me.
Supply the students
with a box of items to be weighted and the worksheet. If students are working in a group,
have each student draw the equations that one student produces.
Here is a fun way to
reinforce math facts. Four students can play with each set of cards. Complete instructions
are included with each set. Students roll the dice, add up the sums and call the number.
All students call that number. First student to get five in a row wins..
I have two sets of
Set one uses dice
with the numbers, 1,2,3,4,5
Set two uses dice
with the numbers 6,7,8,9,10
| Geoboard Fun
Here are some examples of geoboard
activities I have made for my students. I got the blank templates from Math Their Way
blacklines and created different cards. I printed them on card stock. There was no need to
laminate. My students engage for long periods of time, creating their own designs.
Set up a table for FOUR...
Outstanding resources...(the best but pricey!)
Great Books by
book I am using for ideas
written by Bev Dunbar
haven't gotten this one yet,
but it's next on my list.
is another best bet.
Super Links...lots of math tub ideas
Don't just look at those for
your grade level. Often one idea inspires another that will work "just right"!