Published 6 months ago by Ann Baker
Okay! I admit it! I've been shopping again.
This time though, I needed supplies from Oﬃce Works. I couldn't resist walking down all the aisles and low and behold I found some foam numerals. A packet of 350 numerals was very cheap. I had to have them.
I could see immediately what fun we could have with them at my problem-solving workshop. Needless to say, I have been playing with them ever since.
Then took them into an early year’s class (Reception, Year 1) for a mental routine.
Each student was given a packet and asked to put the numbers out in front of them. As always, it was interesting to watch how students went about it and how much information can be gleaned from observation. I saw:
Closed Questions The finger race - pointer finger at the ready! Quickly as you can point to number 3 Quickly as you can point to the number between … after … before?
Open Questions I am thinking of a number, less than … more than … between … What might it be? I am thinking of a number in the first/second half of the line what might it be? The number l am thinking of is closer to 10 than it is to 1 what might it be?
Note: In both the Closed and Open Questions sections I am rehearsing the language that I want the learners to use in the last part of the mental routine, which is: Flip Questions And of course, we finish with the Guess my Number game. The photos below demonstrate how easily the foam numbers can be moved to model the questions and keep track of which numbers are left.
I had lots of zeros left in the packet so could feel a decimal version to tenths coming on.
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