Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Snowball Fight!

My school outlaws snowballs....but I think the administration won't mind this kind.

My students love playing this game...we played with jingle bells in December.  Now I just need some big white pom-poms.  I have little ones, I have white unifix cubes, I could use ping-pong balls or styrofoam balls.  And look, my cotton balls are pretty big too.

First we count how many snowballs we have.  Then everyone will close their eyes and I will hide some in a cup...or maybe a hat, or even a mitten.  Once everyone opens their eyes we will try to figure out how many are missing.  We will practice our math talk.  That math talk is important to the common core, and important for these little ones to understand their thinking and learning processes and to find the words to express that.

We play this whole group a few times before I turn them loose.  Then I will help them record their game on these little handouts.  The first one is a recording sheet for their games, the second page is to help with the math talk.

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for your copy of the recording pages.


  1. Hi Terri- this is such a great way to make missing addends concrete. I teach first grade and my students have always had such a hard time with that math concept. Thanks for sharing this great idea. I can't wait to try it out with my students.

  2. What a great idea, my daughter needs more this will be perfect.

  3. Terri,
    Thank you for sharing. Great idea and great recording sheet! Thank you!
    An Open Door