## Monday, January 28, 2013

### What's New to Daily 5 Math?!?!

We have had several new choices introduced to our Daily 5 Math choices.....

As a class, we always complete a "Number of the Day" activity. After doing this lesson for a couple of months, I decided the class was ready to try this on their own as a Number Work option. The student rolls his/her dice, writes the number at the top of the dry erase board and continues on to complete multiple ways to show how that number can be made!

During our Math with Someone choice, these students are practicing the skill greater than, less than and equal to. Each student grabs any amount of bears out of the bag. They count how many they took, write the number on their board, tell their partner their number and then they decide who has greater than, less than or in some cases equal to!

Our math series came with several ready made partner games and I have found them to be extremely easy to teach and place in the Math with Someone choice. The two games we currently have as an option focus on counting on to twenty and describing shapes!

A new Math by Myself choice focuses on the different ways to make ten using a ten frame. The student sets the ten frame up using ten counters, all the same color facing up. He/she rolls the dice and whatever number is turned up is then shown on the ten frame by turning the number of counters over that was rolled. Once the counters are turned over, the student counts the different sets and recites an addition problem "6 + 4=10" and so on depending on what number is rolled!

We have a new option during our Daily 5 Math time! I was able to purchase several new books that are focused on math concepts. I am passing the books with a tape and a tape recorder around to various people in the school to record the story on a tape and the students can "Listen to Math" as a new choice! The first story we listened to was called "Tyrannosaurus Math".