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November 11, 2020 | Becca Brasser
For the next few weeks, the first grade students will be exploring the concepts of combinations and missing addends in math.
Several math games are introduced in the course of this investigation to help students practice these concepts.
Students can play these games with an adult, an in-person classmate, a friend on Zoom, or independently.
Ask your child about:
Counters in a Cup
How Many Am I Hiding?
Peas and Carrots
In our math sessions, students engage in math problems and activities and discuss the underlying concepts. They are asked to share their reasoning and solutions. It is important that children solve math problems accurately in ways that make sense to them. At home, encourage your child to explain his or her math thinking to you!
Here are the directions to “How Many Am I Hiding?”, the game pictured here:
Put 5–12 small objects in your hand. Give your child a chance to determine how many you have. Then hide some in your other hand and show your child what is left. Now ask, “How many am I hiding?” Encourage your child to explain his or her thinking. After playing a few rounds with the same number, you can change the total number and start again.