The last number for this year is 20 which was associated with the questions topic we might ask around when we are interested in something.
After the usual drill of singing up to 20 song, writing it in the air, and looking at the numicon shape which pertain to this number, the children proceeded to counting beans and buttons. They also worked in groups to draw 20 circles onto a piece of cardboard using the numicon shapes as a template.
The children also worked out these last pages on their number scrapbook and their People Who Help workbooks which they will be getting home on Monday.
Scrapbook pages – They used the rainbow technique for the 20 formation. They also counted and stuck 20 very tiny questions marks on the adjacent blank.
People Who Help workbook pages:
For page 22 they had to use the cutting technique to count the various objects. Then they had to compare the amounts by using the number line provided and circle the bigger number.
The children also sang and moved to the following song:
The first number for this week was number 19. It was associated with the pilots and airplanes topic.
After the usual drill of singing up to 20 song, writing it in the air, looking at the numicon shapes which make up this number (10 and 9) and counting 19 beans, the children did the rainbow formation and stuck 19 tiny circles for windows onto the airplane picture found in their number scrapbook 2.
The children also drew the numicon shapes on bank sheets of paper counting till 20 in the process. They also counted beans and various other objects. Last but not least they worked out two other pages on their workbooks which were the following.
Success Criteria for counting bigger numbers properly
- Usually I tell the children not to talk in a sing song manner. However I tell them that whilst they count they can stretch the number so there would be a pause between a number and another. Or else they would easily skip one.
- They have to look at their work at all times whilst counting.
- They have to use the cutting technique to avoid repeating a number twice.
Song associated with this number is:
Number 18 was the next number in line for the 9th week of schooling during this term.
The children are now capable of seeing the pattern in the number line themselves. They enthusiastically come to the board and reason out what comes after what. They are very proud that they managed to learn to count, work and experiment with these numbers so far. They also got used to the numicon shapes and know which ones to choose.
The children played a game on the interactive whiteboard where they had to choose number 18 from other numbers. They also watched the following video clip:
Sesame Street – Number of the Day 18 Song – Let’s stomp 18 time
As part of their hands on activities the children had to use the rainbow technique to form 18 on their number scrapbook. They also had to stamp 18 musical notes on the page shown below.
The children also practiced writing number 18 on their People Who Help WB 2. They drew 18 balls and coloured in the numicon shapes. As is routine they counted various objects such as beans, blocks, craft sticks and buttons.
Last but not least they had to circle the smaller number out of a choice of two. They had a number line to guide them besides the class explanation. These are the pages.
During the numeracy lessons for week 9 we continued working with number 17. First we revised the material done the week before and sang some songs related to it. (See previous blog).
The children counted various objects making up 17. They also sequenced number flashcards and finally proceeded to recording them in their workbooks. Here are the pages we worked:
Number practice ideas and games
Now that summer is very close you can revise the numbers with your children in a fun way.
- Write the numbers on small pebbles. Hide them in the sand along with other pebbles without the numbers written on them. Then take it turns to dig them out. Who gets the most pebbles with numbers written on them wins 🙂
- Get some fish foam cutouts or make them yourselves, write a number on each one ranging from 1-20. Attach a small key ring to each one. Put them in a tub with water. Get a small bamboo stick and attach a small magnet at one end. Let them fish away to their hearts content.
- The children can make triangle cut outs and attach them to a craft stick. They can write the numbers 1-20 on them and then they can flag them on one of their sand castles near the beach.
- They can use all the above to sequence them.
Number 17 was the next number on our number line for this week.
We went through the usual routine of seeing the pattern in numbers on the number line for the first 20 numbers.
We then proceeded to the numicon shapes which make up 17:
The children pretended to be the numicon shapes themselves and formed the above value.
Obviously they had to count up to 17 as well. As usual I emphasized not to forget our tricky numbers out 11, 12, 13 and 15.
They also watched the following video clip – Sesame Street: Lucky Number 17
We could not forget the sesame number 17 song which has now become synonymous with our numeracy lessons.
As part of their hands on activities the children had to use the rainbow technique to form 17 on their number scrapbook. They also had to count 17 hearts and glue them around the vet taking care of the pet on the following page.
The writing skills pages will be done next week.
The next number on our number line is 16.
By now the children got used to the routine of marching up to 20 at the beginning of the lesson and they look forward to it:
Count and Move – Super Simple Songs
The children counted various objects up to 16. I emphasized not to forget our tricky numbers out 11, 12, 13 and 15. They also watched the following video clip –
Sesame Street Count till 16
As part of their hands on activities the children had to use the rainbow technique to form 16 on their number scrapbook. They also had to count 16 washers and stick them under the lifeguard picture representing one of the many safety equipment the lifeguard would have at hand.
They also had to colour it in with specific instructions given such as colour in the face peach, orange, brown or pink. (They could not colour the entire picture in one block colour as some might do.)
The children also practiced writing number 16 on their workbook and drew 16 balls and coloured in the equivalent numicon shapes.
Last but not least they practiced their counting skills on a mixed number page.
Here are some pictures of the children at work whilst counting and gluing 16 washers, counting blocks and playing with them after 🙂
During this week we worked with number 15 as well.
This is another number which I consider to be tricky just like 11 and 13, because you don’t write the numerals as you sound them.
So I use the usual trick of distorting the words for them to understand and then fix it. I say five….teen and then then they correct me. As usual we placed 15 in its place on a number line 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 and carefully listened to the words we use whilst saying this number.
Number 15 song –
Counting 1 – 15 | Children’s song for learning to count [numbers & counting]
As usual the children had a rotation system where they counted various objects up to 15, such as buttons, toys, numicon shapes and interlocking blocks. We then did hands on activities where the children had to use the rainbow technique to form 15.
Then they had to colour in a police badge and count and stick 15 stars on the police badge. (Work done on number scrapbook 2).
The children were made aware that there is a special number which we can call if we really need the police to help us. This is number 112.
However we cannot use it play a joke or be funny but call only when someone is badly hurt and that person cannot talk to us.
The first number we worked with during week 7 was number 14.
As usual we first saw where this number stands on a number line 12, 13, 14, 15 and carefully listened to the words we use whilst saying this number, e.g. teen means that such a number is always written with a 1 first then the 4 follows.
I really emphasize this so the children won’t write the 4 first and then the 1 thus 41. Later on in the coming years they will start understanding that this changes the value of the number totally.
As usual the children counted various objects up to 14, such as buttons, toys, numicon shapes, craft sticks and interlocking blocks.
We then did hands on activities where the children had to glue 14 fish under the Maltese luzzu and colour them in. They also used the rainbow technique to form number 14. (Work was done on number scrapbook 2).
Besides practicing the formation of number 14 more emphasis was put on counting skills where the children had to draw the balls representing the numicon shapes for 10 and 4.
They also practiced the concept of what comes next. They could use the number line provided on the same page if they could not recall the number from memory. Here are the pages.
Song used with number 14 –
This week we continued working with number 13. (Please refer to the previous numeracy blog for the work started the previous week.)
This week our focus was on the value of this number. The children became aware that 13 is made up of a ten and a three. As usual we used the numicon shapes to visualize this. They practiced counting up to 13 using manipulatives too.
These are the pages that we worked on last week. The children managed to decorate the lizard with 13 tiny dots.
This week we worked these pages.
- I reminded them that we write 13 always starting with the one, or else it becomes another number altogether if they write 3 first.
- When counting the objects they have to count slowly and cut at the same time.
- They cannot look at their friends whilst counting or this might mix them up.
Songs related to this number
The next number we tackled was tricky number 13.
I am saying tricky because children often forget this number whilst counting. Some children might have come home saying Ms. Geraldine did a lot of mistakes with number 13 today because she was saying three – teen and then correcting it and saying thirteen.
I do this on purpose to make them aware of the pattern in a number line 12, 13, 14, 15 just like I had done for twelve. (See previous blog).
A video clip which helps the children see the pattern in numbers is the following:
Numbers in the Teens (They Start with a 1) (song for kids about teen numbers)
After seeing where number 13 stands in respect to the other numbers on a given number line we practiced counting using various objects such as craft sticks, blocks, bottle caps and more. They became aware that 13 is made up of a 10 and a 3 just like the numicon shapes above.
They also counted 13 tiny spots and stick them onto a lizard print in their Malta scrapbooks after colouring it in. They also used the rainbow technique to form number 13.
We will be working with number 13 next week as well.