Wednesday, June 5, 2013

K2 Math Fact Fluency Book Study-More Math Tools

Math Tools
Continuing our discussion with the book
"Mastering the Basic Math Facts in Addition and Subtraction" 
by Susan O'Connell and Joh SanGiovanni

Chapter One talks about what I like to call ... Math Tools...
 number lines, PPW boards, Ten-Frame Mats, and Number Charts
to help children represent addition and subtraction concepts...

I worked on an anchor chart this year with my kiddos and added a math tool each time we introduced the tool and used it in the classroom.  It was a great resource for the kids to refer to throughout the year. I think the anchor chart was more meaningful to them because we added the tools together and as we used them in class.
You can download a copy to add to your resources {HERE}

LOVE number lines...especially Open Number Lines...(see information later in this post)...
There are a ton of ways to create and use number lines in the classroom...
Here's some resources I've come across in my search for the "perfect number line"...

Number Lines freebie from TpT "Boy Mama Teacher Mama"

Number Lines to 10, 20, or 30 from Sparkle Box.
You can print off on card stock, laminate, add a pipe cleaner and a pony bead to make the number line more interactive.

Create a number line on the floor for more movement and physical concept review.

PPW mats are very useful and great working spaces for the manipulatives we use.
The book provides a great download for PPW mats.
Here are some other resources I've found with "cutesy boards"
I printed my mats on cardstock and put them in clear plastic page protectors.  That way I can store then in a binder for safe keeping and easy access.  

Use the Part-Part-Whole mat to laminate and cut apart so that each child has their own part-part-whole mat in their toolbox....or enlarge and  use during the calendar time.
Download a Part-Part Whole template from Rowdy in Room 300 to laminate and create a number sentence as well.

Primarily Speaking
Aimee's blog is full of great resources for math and more.
Her PPW mats are adorable and a free download.


This handy dandy math tool was a favorite of my students this year.  

Leslie at 
Has this GREAT post about showing kids how to draw this math tool!  VERY  VERY useful for me this year!  It's a simple lesson that helped tremendously when showing the kids how to record their information for the Math Tasks in preparation for the CRAs they will take in the upper grades...uh....well...maybe in our grade 2013-2014!  YIKES!

Head back over to...
to see her wonderful unit on Ten Frames 
AND pick up a freebie 

Here's some more resources I've found for Ten Frames...

Ten-Frame Cards from K-5 Math Teaching Resources
Download and use the blank 3 ten-frames for calendar time or laminate and cut apart for kids to keep in their toolboxes. 
and be sure to search out Donna's Blog "Math Coach's Corner" for all the useful ideas she's got on there for Ten Frames...(really...too many to add here!)
Follow the link {HERE} to the posts labeled with Ten Frames on her blog.
There's an idea about using the ten frames to manipulate bigger numbers and showing the kids that no matter how I break the number apart...I still have the same number...LOVE it and totally using it for calendar time next year!
You can read about my Ten Frame Dominoes {HERE}

Chapter one talks about Number Charts too...have to admit that I haven't used these or the addition table with my firsties...although I have used Hundred's Charts...

Check out some of the resources for hundred's charts ...
...I LOVE ~~~ LOVE ~~~ LOVE the Math Coach's Corner Blog...
She's got a great post about 120 charts at the link above

Donna also writes about the OPEN NUMBER LINE
which is later in the year, but still a VERY useful math tool!

I'm LOVING this book and feel like I'm gaining more and more information about addition and subtraction strategies that would have made math so much easier for me as a student!

Still working on some math tasks and craftivities to go with literature be sure to hop back and check out the Swamp from time to time...

If you're reading along with us, what are your thoughts on the number charts (I like to think of them as limited number charts as they don't show the whole chart) and addition charts with the younger grades?


  1. Thanks so much for the shout out, Heidi!! It's always nice to hear that teachers find my blog useful!

    Math Coach’s Corner

  2. Great post! I like the floor number line a lot.
    Math Coach's Corner is a great blog too.
    If you want to link up with my blog about your math post you can. : )
    Kids Math Teacher

  3. Thanks for the shout out for my floor number line Heidi. I actually have a 0-120 version I should probably get out there so 1st grade teachers can grab it. On the to do list, thanks again.
    A Differentiated Kindergarten