Are your students still working on counting across a decade? What about struggling with place value and distinguishing numbers like 16 from 61?
Garbage is a great way to isolate numbers to help your students work on counting numbers and recognizing patterns.
In this game you will get 10 games to practice counting on (and counting back!) as well as 3 more games to practice skip counting.
To play garbage - students deal out 10 cards upside down in 2 rows of five - like a ten frame. If playing with a partner, students will alternate turns, but this game can also be played individually. Next draw a card from the remaining cards and place it where it belongs - once you get beyond the 1-10 deck you will need to let students know which numbers to begin and end with. So if you're playing with the teens deck and the player draws 11 - that is the first card on the top left of the rows. Place the card there, and pick up the upside down card. If it is a number that has not be placed on the board, continue placing cards and picking up the upside down card until you get repeat card.
Place the repeat in the "garbage" pile. If playing with a partner, this starts their turn to draw a card from the pile and continuing to build the number sequence. If the card is already there, discard the repeat into the garbage pile and continues taking turns until the board is finished.
When finished, students should read and count the cards to check and correct any that are misplaced. The game provides a lot of opportunities for students to explain what they know about the relationship of numbers. As you model with your students, be sure to explain how you know where to place a card in relationship to the other numbers visible. Modeling this behavior repeatedly is important so that the students replicate it when they are playing with a partner or individually.
My students love this game and beg to play it all through out the day. I hope your students do too. As always if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm hoping to update this with photos of my storage and students playing it so that you have more visuals!