Sunday, April 24, 2011

Doubles and Doubles Plus 1

This week we are returning to school after a very long Spring break; three weeks in fact.  While many of you are counting the days until the end of the year, we still have 8 weeks of school.

During break, I gave my students this wonderful resource to help with math fact memorization.  We will begin taking timed tests next week.  I plan on giving lots of practice tests during the week and a formal assessment on Fridays.

Our math focus for the week is doubles, doubles plus 1 and adding a 10; all in a 4 day school week.  Wow!  To introduce these concepts, students will work in pairs using a deck of cards.   Students will pick one card and then, double it.  Easy!  Many already know their doubles so I am primarily introducing this simple game.  Later, we will expand this game to include the double plus 1 more.

Click on picture to download Doubles and Doubles Plus 1 Workmat
In order to save paper, these workmats will go into page protectors.  I will only copy a few to go into our math centers.  When we are working whole group, we will use dry erase boards instead.

I also created a Help Box for my students to help them understand the concept Doubles Plus 1.  I find that many students just count on when solving problems such as 8 + 9.  

What do you think?  I've used a Help Box before especially in math but nothing as detailed as this.  Is is simple enough for students to understand independently?

Mastering the Basic Math Facts in Addition and Subtraction: Strategies, Activities, and Interventions to Move Students Beyond Memorization
On another note, I am thinking about purchasing this book as part of my summer reading.  I was wondering if anyone has read it.   I'd love to hear your thoughts.  Please share.  I love your comments!  

Happy Teaching and Learning!



7 comments:

  1. I totally love the idea of a help box. I have been working on something along this line, but yours looks won.der.ful! Thank you for sharing your talents!

    Mrs. Wills Kindergarten

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  2. Thank you for posting on Math Monday! So glad to see you there!
    Cindy

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  3. This looks really interesting. I think we all need to look beyond memorizing facts because it is limited in its effectiveness. I am not sure I can take on one more book but this one looks important!
    This summer we should start a blog summer reading club with a professional book. How cool would that be?

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  4. That would be great! I'd order the book if I had others interested in it too. Let's see if we can gather some people to join.

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  5. Oh!!! I would LOVE a blog book club... Such a GREAT idea! I wonder if one of you would host it? Would you like me to host it?

    Fran you are sOoO SMART!

    Mrs. Wills Kindergarten

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  6. I love your explanations for math! Thank you so much for sharing!

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