Monday, October 13, 2014

More Addition Shenanigans

We've been working so hard on addition facts!  We just had the end of our unit and took our test Thursday.  The kids are really doing well with addition.  We are piloting Go Math this year.  I must say that I was less than thrilled to hear about it BUT now I am eating my words.  It's very detailed and I have noticed that my kids have way more accuracy on their addition facts this year than previous years.  Now to work on fluency!  Of course I supplement the program like crazy because that's just how I roll, but overall, it's been great!  A few weeks ago, I posted about our start to addition HERE and you can check it out in case you missed it.

We've been practicing our facts with hang tags and using all different strategies to solve the facts. My kids know which strategies best suit them.  Some are most comfortable with fingers, while others prefer manipulatives.  Some have moved on to the number grid, and some need nothing at all!

We rotate between Teacher Idea Factory's August & September Reading and Math morning work every other week.  I love that there is addition on every page!  Great daily practice.

So back to GO MATH.  Once upon a time, there was this random missing addend lesson amoungst all the addition lessons.  I was like "What the heck?!"  I thought about skipping it but then I decided to "just go with it."  So I did.  I actually ran.  I spent a FEW days on missing addend.  I did the not so fun lesson in the book and supplemented {again, my favorite thing} with my free "Addend-Addend-Sum" mats, some sheet protectors, and some EXPO markers.  These were great tools for practicing!!! We also played games from my "Missing Addend Monster" pack.  They LOVED the games!  I sprinkled a few quick checks in and the scores weren't fantastic but buddy, by the end, 22/24 were secure with it.  22/24.  Now, does this mean I'll never look at missing addend again?  Of course not! I'm all about that spiral review, so we'll be hitting it again in Math tubs as the year continues on. What are your favorite resources to use for teaching addition and missing addend?

Hope you're having a fab Monday!


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I'm so happy that you posted this today because I was just googling go math in first grade because we just started it this year and I feel life I'm having a really hard time with it. Do you mind if I ask how you teach the lessons? Do you follow all the steps in each lesson with the whole class. I tried whole class but I found I lost the kids quickly and it was taking so long to get through the whole lesson if we even did. On friday I tried half the class while the other half worked in centers. I took the kids who struggled the most first and that was like pulling teeth. They seemed even less focused. Any ideas/suggestions?? It would be greatly appreciated!

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