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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Spin to Win with Pinwheels


My two favorite things .... dollar spots and frogs.... and in the same place!  Yipee!  Just a bit of fabric paint and vola!....presto change-o...an adorable frog spinner becomes a useful number spinner for a math station game... 

The kids will use this nifty little spinner to play "Spin to Win".  Spin the spinner two times to get two numbers to add together in your brain (mental math is still such a hard concept!)...then see if you can create a related subtraction fact using the two numbers you spun...

Here's the gameboard!  Hope it makes sense!



The idea is if I spin a 2 and a 5....I add them in my brain to get 7....then I look on my board to see if I can make a related subtraction fact...7-5=2...If I can I record the subtraction fact...if I can't, I color in one of the parts on my pinwheel....the person who finishes all their related subtraction facts BEFORE they color in all the parts of their pinwheel is the winner...


Enjoy,
Heidi

21 comments:

  1. QUIT.IT.RIGHT.NOW!!!! I LOVE this!!! Thank you, thank you for sharing!! I know my kiddos will get a kick out of it!! Thank you!

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  2. Love your idea! I was visiting the Target Dollar Spot on Monday this week, and I picked up one pinwheel in each design they had. Wasnt' sure what I'd do with them--but how could you not pick them up. They're so stinkin' cute! Thanks for the number spinner idea!

    Tanya

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  3. haha, totally just got the red polka-dot one yesterday because it was just too cute! Love this idea!!

    Outfitted and Inspired

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  4. Oh thanks for sharing! I needed one more exiting game for math workshop right now. They'll fight over this one for sure!
    F is For First Grade

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  5. Haha- not exiting, exciting!

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  6. Super cute. I had just posted some ideas for using a pinwheel on my blog last week :) Thanks for sharing this idea as well.

    Jodi
    www.fun-in-first.blogspot.com

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  7. AHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!! I hope mine carries them!!


    Jennifer

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  8. You've done it again, Heidi! I don't think I would have seen a pinwheel and thought....math game opportunity! Thank goodness you share your brainstorms with us!
    Jenn
    http://finallyinfirst.blogspot.com/

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  9. Very cute and creative! I have your button on the sidebar of my brand new blog! Please come give it a look! Thanks, Nancy
    The Apple Basket Teacher

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  10. I was just at Target this morning and picked up 3 of the cutest jungle animal mini "trash can" type containers for my beg. of the year jungle theme (don't know what I will do with them but I'm sure I'll figure it out by August!) Now I have to go back and look for this pinwheel! Hope I find it! Good thing I'm on Spring Break! Thanks for the great idea! My first graders are going to love this!=)

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  11. I love your blog! Follow mine :)
    http://missmillersfirsties.blogspot.com/

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  12. I bought these spinners, too! Happy to be your 400th follower. Thanks for the great ideas! :)

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  13. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful idea! I used it this week with great success!

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  16. Hi Danielle,
    I didn't have the problem you are describing. Probably dumb luck as I was picking through some of the last ones and they could have been damaged in a "good" way if that makes sense. I'm sorry it isn't working...let me know how the paper weights work for you...I also bought some smaller pinwheels from the Dollar Tree that were 3 for a dollar and plastic. I thought they might be good for the kids to blow on them and see where they landed....now I'm going to have to see if there's a weight problem with those before I post.
    Best of luck!
    Heidi

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  17. Hi Heidi my name is Danielle and I just found your blog. I absolutely love it and I have been looking for fun activities for my math centers!

    I just went to target and bought those cute frog pinwheels but there was a problem. I don't know if you have noticed but the pinwheel is weighted and lands on the same number each time and sometimes the two numbers next to it. For example mine lands on the 3 almost always and sometimes 4 or 5, but never 1, 2, or 6. Have you run into this problem? If you have how did you fix it? I am going to try weighting it with paperclips on certain sides to see if it does anything. Thanks again for the great idea!

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  18. Thank you so much Heidi, I'll let you know if it works for me.

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  19. Hi Heidi I was able to solve my problem with the pinwheels. I used to large paperclips and put them on the back of the pinwheel. Now it seems to work fine =)

    I also found out how you can make your own pinwheel. Using your fabulous math game as inspiration, I was thinking of doing an activity where my students can make a pinwheel retelling or writing about the important ideas in a story. The site only tells me how to make it, but I am going to try to make a template so it will be easier for my students to make.

    I was going to sketch it out myself, but I was wondering if you had any tips on how do make something like that on the computer. I saw all the amazing worksheets you have created and I would love to do that too. Did you take a class on this or did you figure out how to do it yourself? Sorry for such a long post but I was really excited about the activity and I couldn't wait to tell you about it. I have recently found out about yours and other teacher's amazing blogs and I am now addicted to them!

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  20. I'm glad the paperclips worked!
    I usually play in Microsoft Powerpoint or Microsoft Word to create my worksheets. Then when I save them I save them as a pdf format.
    I did find an article on making a pinwheel pattern in photoshop, but I don't own this program...so not really sure how user friendly it is...

    http://prodigalconcepts.com/how-create-cool-pinwheel-photoshop/

    You could also probably design a template like this one...
    http://www.solar-and-wind-power-source.com/pinwheel.html

    on word or ppt.

    I do have a CTT at school that is very helpful in learning new things, however, I find that "playing in the program" is a great way to learn too....and believe it or not...youtube can be a resource for many learning videos.

    Hope this helps a little! Can't wait to see what you come up with!
    Enjoy!

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