Comparing Numbers {Using Cards!}

 

Elfie!

Elfie!

 

I mean…. this might be the best sweater I’ve ever seen. We have a spirit week coming up and one of the day is “Holiday Sweater Day”. I found this sweater at JC Penney’s and I  dragged  had my husband go check it out with me. I LOVE it and can’t wait to wear it next week!

Cards for Comparing Numbers

Cards for Comparing Numbers

A few weeks ago, one of our WONDERFUL class volunteers donated a bunch of playing card packs to our classroom. There are so many things you can do with cards, but since we are working on comparing numbers, I thought of a simple {and fun} game to help us practice this skill!

Cards for Comparing Numbers

Cards for Comparing Numbers

The game was simple. The kids put the deck of cards in the middle of them and then took turns pulling two cards each. They used the cards to form a two digit number. In the above picture, you can see he pulled a 6 and a 4, making the numbers 64.

Cards for Comparing Numbers

Cards for Comparing Numbers

After they’ve both made a number, they compared them. The student who had the GREATER number got to take all 4 cards. The student who had the most cards when the deck ran out was the winner!

Cards for Comparing Numbers

Cards for Comparing Numbers

We didn’t use any of the face cards, or the 10 card. You could use the ten to make larger numbers and you could give the face cards a value.

There are lots of ways to differentiate this game. On Monday, we will play this again, but this time, they will win if they had the “less than” number. You could also have the kids pull two cards and arrange them either way to try to win.  I had my kids put their cards in the order they pulled them. So if they pulled a 6 first and then a 4, they made 64. But you could have them decide where to put each number to form a number that would win. {i.e. They could form 64 or 46 with their cards to try to win the game}

It was really fun for them, simple to play, and helped them practice the skill of comparing numbers!

 

 

Just Fit Winners, Comparing Numbers, and Stars!

Whew! Can you tell from the title of this blog post how busy we are? Each day is jam packed with so much, but at the same time, we’re learning tons and having fun!

To start, check out this picture:

Champions!

Champions!

WE ARE THE JUST MOVE CHAMPIONS THIS MONTH!!

What does that mean? For starters, it means we are very excited (see the picture above). 🙂

Secondly, it means that for the month of October, we did the most moving (exercise) in our classroom than any other class in our school. (We keep track of all of our moving for the month and compete against all of the classes in the school)

Third, it means we get to keep the “Traveling Trophy” in our room all month. Can you spy the trophy in the middle of the picture? The kids are so excited we won this month! We do A LOT of moving in our room because:

1. It’s great exercise and keeps us healthy! and

2. We NEED to do a lot of moving in first grade. It helps get out our jiggles and wiggles and keeps us focused!

Place Value Sliders and Comparing Numbers

We’ve working hard on the Common Core math standard 1.NBT.2 (Understand that the two digits of a two-digit number represent amounts of tens and ones)

We’re also working on standard 1.NBT.3 (Compare two two-digit numbers based on meanings of the tens and ones digits, recording the results of comparisons with the symbols >, =, and <)

To combine these ideas together, the students started by making a tens and ones “slider”, where they could move the numbers to make different 2 digit numbers (For interested teachers- I found them at this blog: Numbers Sliders and just cut off the hundreds box, since we’re only dealing with tens and ones)

Slider

Slider

Slider

Slider

As you can see, the kids can adjust each number line, in the tens place and the ones place, and create different amounts.

Slider

Slider

Slider

Slider

To start, I called out different numbers. The kids adjusted their sliders to create that number. After a while, I had a student call out a number and everyone made it.

Slider

Slider

Then, we changed up the game so the students could practice comparing numbers using the symbols <, >, and =.

First, the kiddos paired up. I showed them how to each make a number on their own sliders (and not show their partners- no peeking!) 🙂

Next, they put down their sliders and looked at the two numbers. They had to compare the numbers and use the symbol cards, <, >, or = to compare the two numbers that were made.

Slider

Making numbers

Comparing numbers

Comparing numbers

The kids repeated this process again and again!

Comparing

Comparing

Comparing

Comparing

The kids really enjoyed this! It gave them a chance to practice place value and also comparing numbers. They thought it was really fun and kept saying they “won” if their number was bigger! 🙂

Comparing

Comparing

Stars

Stars

Stars

We’re still learning about space in science, and right now we’re focusing on stars. We’ve been reading lots of great books, watching fun video clips, and having great discussions about stars.

As a review project, we created a star project to review what were true facts about stars and what was false about stars. Together, we read the sentences and decided which ones were real facts.

The kids cut out the facts and glued them around a big star in the middle. Of course they had to color them in. They loved coloring the stars different colors and mixing the colors together so it looked “like gas”, or so they told me. 🙂

Stars

Stars

Stars

Stars

Stars

Stars

This activity can be found for FREE in my science support pack on TpT here: SCIENCE FREEBIE

Stars

Stars

Stars

Stars

I loved seeing the creativity and how each students looked uniquely their own.

Now we’ve moved on to constellations. Here is a game we’re going to play together in class tomorrow, trying to find the constellations in the night sky: Constellation Hunt

Play it at home and see what you child can find!

That’s it from us! Thanks for checking out what we’re doing in class! See ya around!