So what did we use Friday and today... rekenreks. There was no great catastrophe. We talked about top and bottom as the parts. We read them - 2 and 3 is 5 (needed a flashing "and" on them).
We played the "But that's not my way" game. If you've seen the Number Talks videos, you know what I mean.
Our new partner game went like this. Each pair had a rekenrek, whiteboard and wipe-off marker. One partner wrote the expression (ie 2+5) and the other partner solved it on the rekenrek and wrote the answer. Some partners used larger numbers. They did an awesome job and almost everyone wrote the symbols + and = (which was amazing because we just started using them last week). Today, we made rekenrek booklets where we drew the rekenreks and wrote number sentences.
There are no rekenreks in this freebie or my updated Rainbow's End Math Games but lots of other games we find fun (dice anyone?). This freebie is 2 versions of Roll & Cover - just download the preview. I'm linking up with Classroom Freebies Manic Monday.
Scroll down to check out some of the Math Games from my unit. We are so excited about playing these. Have a great week! - Jenn