Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Greater than and less than=Hands on FUN!

My little owls are finally, and YES I SAY FINALLY, getting their heads around this more and less concept.  Now that there is more of a solid understanding, I challenged them further this week with the ideas of greater than and less than.  So far, so good!  If I had a victory dance, today would have been a good day to show off my moves!  :)

Now how did we tackle this, well that part was fun.  Awhile back I had read other blog posts about greater than and less than, but the post from Greg over at the Smedley's Smorgasboard of Kindergaten really got my wheels turning.  You can read more here

I borrowed the idea of making the sign using pocket folder strips and a brad.  This allowed the owls to move the sign with little to no frustration.  On Monday, we worked with rolling a die, counting the matching number of mini erasers out, and then placing the sign so that it was "eating the bigger number."  To make this a bit more kid friendly, we have decided to call this an alligator chomper.  :)  The owls were then asked to tell their partner a sentence about what they saw.  For example, the 1 eraser is less than the 4 erasers.

Today we revisited the skill, still using our alligator chompers but this time with playing cards.  I sorted out the 2 through 10 cards in various decks of cards.  Each group was given a baggie with these cards.  They took turns picking the top card off the pile and then placing the sign in the correct direction.  Like yesterday, they needed to say a sentence about what was done.  For an evidence of learning piece, I had each owl complete a recording page. 

Well that's all for now.  Keeping my fingers crossed that I will return by the end of the week with our lion books/informative writings.

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