Continuing on with numbers within 40, we have spent the past few days focusing on comparing numbers with symbols and friends, it has gone seamlessly! *knock on wood* I introduced the idea of comparing numbers with Ron Brown’s song “The Number Eating Alligator.”
Have you heard of Ron Brown from Intelli Tunes? He is the father of Kelley Dolling from the Teacher Idea Factory and he makes fantastic music for the classroom. From transitions to math and everything in between, he is a go-to resource! I owned his Beginning Reading Skills CD and it is wonderful (note - right now the 14 songs are on sale for $15!!). Plus, every month, Mr. Brown features a few of his songs as free downloads. This month includes songs that teach about gravity, transportation, and perimeter.
I digress. Now, is this any alligator Ron Brown has created? Nope. He is rather particular. He does not like pizza or mashed potatoes – only numbers for this gator. Here is a cute video to go along with the song. Also, click here to download the MP3 and lyrics for FREE!
Then, to put our learning into action, students did Think-Pair-Share-Switch with two digit numbers printed on colored paper. Students paired up, read their numbers aloud, compared their numbers using complete sentences (i.e. 49 is greater than 33. 33 is less than 49.) and then used their finger alligators to show the relationship between the numbers. It was fun, the students were active, and I am able to
target scaffold struggling friends.
Also, I found this anchor chart by Dragonflies in First too late. SO sad because it is PRECIOUS!
That’s about it. Nothing too excited but I wanted to make sure you knew about Intelli Tunes. I did breakdown this week and we have been using some MIF pages for morning work and as quit Exit Slips. It’s good review and practice for the MIF focus test this Friday – wish us luck!
Also, take a minute to stop by The Polka-Dotted Teacher’s giveaway. Jessica is a super sweet blogger is celebrating her 1 year blogiversary with a giveaway. Some awesome ladies have joined in to celebrate. I have donated my ‘A Wildly Whimsical March Birthday: 12 CCSS-Aligned Math Centers’, so make sure to stop by and tell Jessica I sent you!
Happy Wednesday, friends. Have a fantastic week of teaching and see you soon :)