Included are 4 downloadable pages that allow you to assemble a hands on, interactive math folder for a first grader to use throughout the entire year.
I use the folders to introduce and model a specific strategy or tool at integral times throughout the year. During Center Time, some students will choose to use a tool that hasn't yet been introduced . This encourages self-enrichment and independent problem solving attack skills.
Having the folder in the student's desk saves valuable instruction time because it eliminates having to distribute and re-collect 120 Charts, Number Lines, Tens Frames, etc. Simply add a basket of dry erase markers, counters or Base Ten Blocks and you're ready to go!
The other great thing about the folder is that it is easily transported to the Computer Lab when working on a math website, to Math Centers and also to home. If students have unfinished math work, they simply store it in the folder until it can be finished later in the day.
If a student finishes something early, have them take out their math folder and complete a Fact Family.
There are so many uses for the Math Folder!
11 strategies and/or tools are covered:
1. Addition Symbol and vocabulary: "all together" and "in all"
2. Subtraction Symbol and vocabulary: "how many more" and "how many are left"
3. Equals Sign and meaning: "the same"...."What I have on this side is the same amount that I have on the other side."
4. See Saw Balancer to show two numbers or equations that are equal
5. Greater Than/ Less Than/ Equals comparison box.
6. 120 Chart
7. Mental Math Cross to show 10 more, 10 less, 1 more and 1 less.
8. Number Line to 20
9. Tens Frames (2) for use with counters to add and subtract within 20
10. Fact Family House with special shading to help with placement of largest number
11. Place Value House for use with Base Ten Blocks
Print pages 4-7 of the file. You will need one set for each child. Printing is in grayscale to reduce ink usage. Use colored folders to add visual appeal or have students color code the sections for ease of reference later on.
A label page is also included. Use one Avery 8860 label sheet to print 30 name labels.
Sections have been aligned to help make trimming easier. I use a tape runner to quickly attach the corners of each section to the folder. Since each folder is laminated, the corners are sufficient.
I like the 120 Chart and Number Line on the back because we use them most often.
Laminate before using and the folder will last throughout the entire school year.
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