Although they may not be in the classroom right now, teachers and students are still eager to share the learning journey. In our Teacher Tips series, we’ve asked educators from around the country for advice on how to make the most of Learning Resources products in your at-home learning lessons. Today’s Teacher Tips come from Ms. Bridget Peter, a kindergarten teacher at Rufus M. Hitch Elementary School in Chicago, IL:
In terms of teaching early math skills, the Ten Sided Dice would be a valuable tool both in the classroom or at home. They give students a hands-on way to apply what they’ve been learning in class and practice at home with their families. Since they’ve got more sides than the typical six-sided dice, these dice would also make regular dice games more exciting and challenging because you would be able to incorporate higher numbers. If I were designing a lesson for my classroom, here are some of the activities I might plan:
One-to-One Correspondence/Number Recognition
Have your kids roll one die. When the number comes up, have them draw that many of the shape of your choice, or build a cube tower to match the number. That way, you’re reinforcing fine motor skills at the same time.
This one’s simple, but effective. Have your kids roll two dice. On the first roll, have them add the two numbers together. On the second roll, have them identify which number is bigger and which one is smaller, then have them subtract small from big. This is an easy way to generate simple equations that get your kids comfortable with early math.
Build a Teen Number
This one’s great if you have some ten-frames at home. Give your kids two ten-frames, and have them draw 10 shapes in the first ten-frame. Then, have them roll the die and draw that many shapes in the next ten-frame. Finally, have them record how many circles you have in total. At the end, you have an easy visual way for building an understanding of numbers 11-20.
Greater Than/Less Than: Teaching two kids at once? Try this one.
Give each kid one die, and have them both roll at the same time. Then, have them compare numbers. Who has the bigger number, and who has the smaller? What if they both have the same number? By asking questions like these, you’re helping kids boost their understanding of greater than/less than relationships, which come in handy for building more advanced math skills down the line.
At Learning Resources, we’re here to help you make the best of this challenging time. Stay safe and healthy, and check back with our blog for more tips and learning ideas as the situation unfolds.