Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Math Smart Hearts!

Hello Everyone!
We have had some great math learning fun already this week!  We are focusing on addition and subtraction to 20. In honor of Valentine's Day coming up, we created a huge Smart Heart to use during a mini lesson on how facts can be related and how to show the many ways to compose and decompose 20.  We took a long rope and strung 20 little heart shaped "slinkies" (Dollar Tree) on it.  We set the rope down in a heart shape and then took turns moving the hearts from one side to the other and showing a number sentence each time. It was a good hands on visual mini lesson! Then the kids got to make their own Smart Heart using fuzzy sticks and beads.  They loved recording their own number sentences and sharing with friends!  The math talk I heard between friends was clear, precise and complete.  Great job, kiddos!! Here are a few pics!

Personal sized Smart Hearts!!

Math talk!

We heart our Smart Hearts!!!

Okee Dokee!  Gotta Run!! Got to get ready for the sweetest day!!
Have a great rest of the week! Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Nancy... I have said this before... but I must say it again - you are truly AMAZING! You are the most creative teacher ever! What a gift you are to the teaching profession! Thank you for sharing all of your talents and SUPER DUPER creative ideas with the rest of us. You are so inspirational - and because you are willing to share so generously, you are touching many more lives than you can ever know.

  2. Super cute and so nice to share!:)

  3. Nancy, once again -a great idea! I'm writing to ask what the little boards are that your kids are writing on are?
    Thank you and Happy Valentines Day!

  4. Love this idea. Thanks so much! It reminds me of the number bracelets I have using this year but with a fun twist! Thanks for sharing.
    curious Firsties

  5. I love this idea!!! Thanks so much for sharing. My teammate was able to grab the slinkies on sale and some V-day rings to use too!! Can't wait to use them.
    Keep Calm and Love First Grade


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