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Friday, August 12, 2011

Day 3- Touch Math

Today's main activity was another math activity. We made Touch Math cards! We know that your kids learn best when they have something in front of them to manipulate. Touch Math is a tool students can use when they can't use their fingers. :)
If you would like to see what Touch Math is all about, check out their website HERE. They have free printables and activities that you can use at home with your child!

To make the Touch Math cards, we started with our materials.

 Each student had a stack of cards numbered from 1-9 and some stickers that we used as "touches".

 Numbers 1-5 use only "single touches". One tap per dot.

Numbers 6-9 use "double taps". When you see the dot with a circle, you tap it twice when counting.

Here's a short tutorial...
video

I apologize for any noise you might hear in the background. I had to wait until I was home before doing the video, and I have 3 small children. :)
Once again, if you need help with materials, I have index cards that I can send home. Just let me know!

Parent Tip: If you read yesterday's post, you can use these cards when making 10s addition facts! Choose a card from the stack, then ask your child if he or she can find the other card needed to make a 10. If you choose the 5, see if your student can explain that you would need another 5 to make a 10. Then you can explain that 5+5 is a DOUBLES FACT. You would need two 5s to make a 10.

In Reading whole group today, we read You are Special by Max Lucado. It's a wonderful book about accepting your uniqueness, and not worrying about what others think.

After reading the book, we got into pairs and shared something that made each of us special.
Just to let you parents know, many of the children stated that they are special because of their family members. They listed sisters, brothers, moms and dads, and grandparents as what made them special. :)

Our Daily Brain might not look too full, but our activities took us a while.


The real fun starts next week. Make sure your student comes to school ready to learn!

p.s. Cross your fingers; tomorrow I'm planning a special blog, but it only has a 50% chance of happening. Check back tomorrow to see!

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