Monday, November 3, 2014

Sit Spots and Math: An interactive experience

Can I just begin by saying, I absolutely love my sitspots!! When I first heard about these, I was excited to have spots on the rug that were not pieces of tape! But then I began to think, how else can I use these in my classroom. After much thought I contacted Joyce from SitSpots and shared with her my ideas! She loved them and I soon began making interactive math activities using  SitSpots!

So my math rug began to take shape. First I made my ten frames and number sentence shell. I used 3/4" black strips to make the ten frames and I am using yellow and black circles for the dots. My kids roll a die and they put the correct number of circles in the ten frames then they complete the number sentence shell.

This was a big hit, so I thought what else can I make? Number Bonds!!! My kids love these. I used yellow circles for the sum and white circles for the addends. I used 3/4" strips for the lines. I wrote the numbers on the circles using a Sharpie paint pen.

The next math activity I made was tally marks. I cut the 3/4" strip into 2 feet pieces. I cut out 50 of them. The kids rolled a double die and represented the number using tally marks. They loved this!

I then made a rekenrek. We have been using these during our number talks. They loved this. I used 2 inch strips for the sides and the two bars. I then used 10 red ovals and 10 white ovals for the beads. The kids rolled the die and represented that number by moving the beads from right to left on the rekenrek. This was a big hit!

The last thing I made was a number line. I used the 3/4" strip and cut it 12 feet long. I then used red and blue circles for the numbers. The even numbers were written on the blue circles and the odd numbers were written on the red circles. I wrote the numbers using a black Sharpie paint pen. The kids rolled a double die and marked the outside number with a white sit spots strip and then marked the inside number with a white sit spots strip. They then counted the jumps in between. Some wrote number sentences using the first quantity and adding the number of jumps. We also used the number line to talk about odd and even numbers!

So this is my interactive math floor using Sit Spots! These are an awesome product that can be used for more then just marking where your kids sit! My class absolutely loves our math floor and it has certainly added fun to our math centers as well as more tools for reinforcing the skills they need!

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