I have random favorite units to teach... and beginning addition is one of them. Here's why:
- It's fun and hands-on.
- It lends itself to great games and activities.
- The kids feel SO COOL when they learn how to do it.
- For some reason... the kids just get it. All of them. It's pretty amazing.
Anyways, here are my favorite things we did this year for our addition unit:
First, we start by learning number stories -- or number families (using the words "and" and "is" in place of the + and =)
We wrote a class book about animals and number stories...
This is always a favorite station -- the Domino Express. It's a great way to teach "number families."
And... my favorite game! Shut the Box. So fun for a small group, pair, or even individual practice. Check it out! It's a classic!
Then, the kids are so excited to learn how to use a + sign and = sign...
This was a really fun small group activity. The kids loved the ice cream theme -- and I loved the genuine practice. E-mail me or leave a comment if you want the printable!
This is another great practice for just learning the + and =... domino addition. E-mail me or leave a comment if you want the printable!
My kinders love it all -- I hope yours do, too!