I have three kids of my own and I’m a teacher. I have always been the mom that sort-of, kind-of works with my kids at home on numbers and letters while they’re in preschool, but nothing over the top. I’m talking show the Letter Factory videos and doing one-to-one correspondence counting when I’m doing something myself around the house. I may even get a little froggy and throw in some puzzles with letters and numbers. When my middle child, now 8, was in preschool I made up some number cards to help him order the digits 0-10 and when he whizzed through those extended the set through 20. My daughter, 4 almost 5, is in her second year of preschool and this summer I revamped the number cards to be more aligned with the primary standards here in Ohio and I’m willing to bet in your state as well.
In the full set of Number Cards you’ll find cards with:
- Subitizing dots for 0-20
- Word Form for 0-20
- Ten Frames for 0-10
- Double Ten Frames for 11-20
- Expanded Form for 11-20
Like I said, my daughter Chloe is in preschool. I separated her Number Card set so she was only working on certain numbers and certain forms (numbers 0-10: digits, word form, ten frames, and subitizing dots). Her amazing teacher, Mrs. Jessica Grote, has introduced 5 Frames to her preschoolers so when Chloe poured out her bag of Number Cards, she smiled and said “Mommy, it’s a 5 frame!” As a lover of teaching math my heart was so happy. I ask her if it was a 5 Frame or if it was a 10 Frame. I then showed her why it’s one or the other, but she was very excited to be extending her learning from school to home.
As she’s doing her “homework” I set the digit cards in a pile and she places in in order from 0 on the left to the 10 on the right. She then uses the ten frames for 0-10 and places them underneath the digits. I then take the word form cards and try to tap out the words for her to see how to “read” them. (Tapping out eight is not a great idea!) She knows the word “subitizing” from her classroom, so soon I will be introducing the subitizing cards to her.
If you’re in a Pre-K, K, 1st, or 2nd grade classroom this could be a great resource for your classroom. Ideas you can use are listed below.
- Face Off:
- Pre-K or K: Split a “deck” up between two students. Students then each flip over a card and the greatest or least number wins. You have to determine which one wins: greatest or least.
- 1st & 2nd: Split the “deck” up between two students (could do 3 if you wanted). They will then each flip over a card and the first one who says the sum or difference wins the set of cards that have been flipped.
- Go Fish! Match:
- Pre-K or K: It’s exactly what you think. 🙂 Use cards 0-5, maybe up to 10 depending on your class. Each kiddo gets 4-5 cards. They have to get three of the same number to get a “set”. You’ll have 2-4 players in the game. (Use these card holders if your students struggle to hold cards in their hands- my kids LOVE using them. Gamewright Little Hands Playing Card Holder : $5.05 on Amazon)
- Go Fish! :
- K (Maybe PreK):Go Fish! Make 5: Use cards 0-5. Each kiddo gets 4-5 cards. First players uses one of their cards, say a 1. They will ask a fellow game player for a 4 to make 5. If the other player doesn’t have a 4, they say “Go Fish!”
- K-1: Go Fish! Make 10: Use cards 0-10. Each kiddo gets 4-5 cards. First players uses one of their cards, say a 4. They will ask a fellow game player for a 6 to make 10. If the other player doesn’t have a 4, they say “Go Fish!” The next player then goes.
- Grades 1-2: Go Fish! Make 20:Use cards 0-20. Each kiddo gets 4-5 cards. First players uses one of their cards, say a 12. They will ask a fellow game player for an 8 to make 20. If the other player doesn’t have an 8, they say “Go Fish!” The next player then goes.
To download these cards you can click Number Card Match Up 1-20 or you can go to the right on the TEACHER RESOURCES and grab them. While you’re there, take a look at some other things Kristin and I have posted there. Ten Frame Multiplication cards are coming in 2 weeks! 🙂