We are discovering all of the wonderful math tools we can use during math. We have had a chance to explore with unifix cubes, button counters, dominoes, people counters, tens/ones cubes, animal counters, pattern blocks and attribute blocks (flat shapes). We have had fun creating patterns and designs during our first week of Math Club.
Math Club is our block of math time when I do guided math with small groups and individuals. While I am working with students, the other students are engaged in using math tools, playing number games, fact games, paper practice activities and strategy games. My math club game categories are borrowed from the well known literacy experts, The Sisters. They have a marvelous structure to work on math standards that allow students to have fun playing games (and learn at the same time!!!). I'll post a picture of my Math Club board in the next few days.
Here are some pictures of my first graders working with the math tools these past two weeks!