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Five in a Row with Four Cards

October 6, 2020 | Rebekah Lowe

The second grade has been practicing adding numbers together within 20.  We can do that in a few ways.  We practice with fact cards, work with number strings (7+3+2+8+1), and play games.

One of the games that was learned and played in the classroom and at home is called “Five in a Row with Four Cards.”

The students draw 4 cards.  They get to pick any two numbers to add so that they can put a counter/game piece onto the board.

In this example, the person added 10 and 8 to get 18.  Students continue to play the game until they get five in a row on the game board.  Some students challenged themself to fill in the whole board.  Others tried to fill in all 3 game boards!

After playing games, the class talks and discusses strategies that they used to add the number together and put them on a chart for the class to remember.

Over the course of the year, second graders will play a lot of games to reinforce math concepts!

You can ask your child how they did when they played the game!  Were they able to get five in a row?

Rebekah Lowe

Teacher, Grades 2&3

Rebekah Lowe knew that she wanted to be a teacher ever since middle school when she was inspired by an English teacher who developed interactive games and creative acronyms for many of the topics that were discussed. Because of her teachers, Ms. Lowe attended the education program at the College of New Jersey, where she experienced a variety of classroom environments, and earned a teaching degree. She was also a part of the Education Honor Society. After graduating, Ms. Lowe taught English in South Korea, and during this time, she was able to travel around Asia and experience new cuisines and cultures. Her love of travelling increased, and she hopes to travel more in the future! She began her teaching career in the United States at Mustard Seed School in 2018 as a second and third grade teacher in the Meadows class. She’s excited to be a part of the school community and share her many experiences with her students.

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