TThis is just a super fun idea I brought to my math stations the other day: Building with Numbers
I know- I did not invent the activity and I am not the only teacher to add this activity to a math centre, but I just want to point how easy it can be to provide different access points to the same benchmark.
Lately, we have been focusing on operations- more specifically, addition with regrouping. However, you can imagine in a lower elementary class how different each kiddo is and how different their math background is. During math lessons, I find group work and stations to be the most effective way to support all my kiddos with their individual math learning. You see, I teach a short 'lesson' on addition to the whole class as an introduction and then break my class up into their math groups: based on levels & supports.
All students are given opportunities to practice earlier level skills, have direct instruction with me, and practice the new lesson. The direct instruction is shaped by the benchmark (curriculum- ughhh), but individualized through the use of different access points (ie, matching numbers or single objects, sequencing numbers, single digit addition, double digit addition, regrouping, and multiplication). Access points and small group instruction ensures all kiddos are receiving meaningful instruction for them.
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Building with Numbers
Grab some wooden blocks or foam blocks or whatever blocks you have on hand!
Grab a dice or two.
Roll the dice, grab that many blocks and start building. Students add to the tower or town (or whatever the are building together) when it is their turn.
**For some kiddos, this activity simply targets attending skills- waiting for their turn. You might use a dice that has all 1's on it, so they are only every adding 1- but you are keeping the focus on waiting for their turn.
***For some kiddos, using a dice up to 6 or 10 keeps the focus on early numbers. They roll the dice and then add that many blocks to the build.
***For other kiddos, it might be about the addition of the numbers (regular dice or a regular dice with a single number dice). Rolling the die and adding them together to get the number of blocks.
***For other kiddos, you might look at something a little different than building with numbers using blocks....unless you have an endless supply of blocks, their towns might not get built. An example could be using graph paper to represent the larger numbers (ie, one block represents 10)- then they can build a picture together by colouring in blocks based on the numbers they build with the die.
The point is, be creative! Have fun with your lessons- keep them simple, keep them real, and keep them about your students' needs.