Monday, July 6, 2015

Math Manipulative Monday - Snap Cubes

Here are the other posts in this series

This week I thought I would give you a few ideas for snap cubes.

The one thing that I really like about snap cubes for children with disabilities is that you can feel the circle on each one.  This is important for children with visual disabilities because they can clearly feel the difference between each one.

When measuring, I use the snap cubes for children who need to "feel" the different cubes to help them count.  Putting their finger in each hole as they count, helps some children differentiate between them.

Sorting can easily be done with snap cubes.  The various colours make them easy to see and their chunky shape are easy to handle.

I like to use them for our hundreds chart.  We make rows of 10 and because there are 10 different colours they are perfect for counting by 10's to 100.  Because they snap together, they won't fall apart when you are working with them.

The snap cubes snap together in different directions.  This makes them perfect for joining together to make numbers.  This is ideal for children who need to "feel" what they are doing.

I've used the cubes as counters during math work station activities.

They are great for working on one-to-one counting.  Once the children have placed one cube on each item, I have them move them off the card and count them.

 I like patterning with snap cubes because they stay together.  They are sometimes hard for little hands to push together but with some practice most of my kids have been able to do it.

In my math work stations I have patterning cards.  I sometimes have children that have a hard time picking them up, so I taped a snap cube on the back of each one.  I put one colour on the bears and one colour on the skunks.

Now they stand up nicely.

When you turn them around, there is still a pattern.  This is great for transferring the more concrete idea of patterning animals to the more abstract ideas of patterning colours.

Fun-Day Sunday - Bird Feeders

Funday Sunday is a late this week. 
 I know it's Monday, but we were having so much fun yesterday I didn't have time to post.

So here is Sunday's post, a little late.

Since we have been talking about forest animals, we decided to "make" something to "eat" to "give" to the birds.

We went for a walk and found some pine cones.   We then covered them in peanut butter.  This was wonderful fine motor work to scoop it out of the container and spread it on the pine cone with a plastic knife.

I then put a layer of seed on the table (after I put down parchment paper).

And the kids rolled their pine cones in the seeds.

They told me if they were "all done" or they wanted to do "more".

We then hung our masterpieces outside for the birds.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Science Saturday - Bouncy Popcorn Kernels

For Science Saturday I thought I would highlight a science experiment that is easy to do and doesn't require a lot of items.

Bouncy Popcorn Kernels are fun to watch.

You will need:
A clear container - I used a vase
Baking Soda
Popcorn Kernels
Communication Board - this is one I used from Minspeak

I started by showing the children the items we were going to use and asked them "what", "do", "this"?
"What are we going to do with this?"

It's important to use a communication board yourself so that the children see one in use.
We can't expect children to do something they don't see us doing.

We start with the container (It doesn't matter that we don't have the exact words we need.  We use what the children have to describe what we are using/doing) and fill it with water.

We added a tablespoon of baking soda and stirred it up.

We talked about what we needed to use to stir the water up.

We "put" in the kernels.  Just enough to cover the bottom.

Then we added some vinegar.  I found using a small measuring cup easier than a spoon for children with fine motor issues (less spillage).

We "look"ed to see what happened to the kernels.

We took "turns" looking a the popcorn and seeing what was going on in the container.

Everyone said they "like"d it.

We let it sit and kept looking at it throughout the day.  After awhile, the popcorn stopped moving and most of it settled on the bottom.

Even an hour later, the odd kernel was still going up or down.

I hope everyone is enjoying their 4th of July celebrations.  In honor of my American friends, I'm having a sale to celebrate.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Freebie Friday - Forest Animals

It's freebie Friday and I thought that I keep with the forest animal theme.
I redid my calendar numbers with updated graphics and fonts.
Click on the picture below to grab them for free.

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