Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Number Bonds!

I've made it a goal of mine this year to teach number bonds to fluency for ALL my kids.  I know that might not be a reality for EVERYONE but I'm going to try!  I'm sure many of you have already heard all the "reasons" and "hype" behind teaching number bonds instead of just straight forward fact families.  Its a big push with the common core and the foundation of Singapore Math.  Bonds helps students understand how numbers work!

After giving myself this goal a few weeks ago I'm now realizing this will be a HUGE challenge for me and my students.  I can't even recall how many time I've heard my students just flat out say to me "Mrs. Coster, I just DON'T get it!"  But I keep plugging along and teaching it in a new way, with new manipulative and new examples each day, because I truly believe in its value and that I will be giving my students the strongest foundation in "numbers" possible!  (And this is on top of all the OTHER math lessons I need to be covering!!)

To help practice my kids have been working with BOND BOARDS, which are basically Whole-Part-Part mats.  They practice with a partner on a number that is a challenge for them.  Every student in my class started with the number 5 and are working their way up to a higher number after passing a Bond Fluency Challenge!  Before we take the challenge they practice with their BOND BOARDS and it has been so helpful!  One of my "I just don't get it students" finally got it after about 10 different lessons and ways of explaining it and I was soo happy and excited for them!  So if you are up for the challenge or just want to expose your kids to number bonds these work boards might help you!

Just laminate the boards so they can be written on with dry erase markers and reused!  Give out counters to match the number on the board and have the kids play with a partners.  One partner hides one part while the other partner figures out the visible and missing parts and records them on the board.  Then partners switch roles!

I hope this helps!

Leave a comment and become a follower of my blog and I will send you a set of the boards!!  Leave your email address in your comment!


Jen Kroske said...

I'm already a follower and I love this packet of number bonds! jkroske@gmail.com

Miss Klipfel said...

Hi I would love a copy to use with my 1st graders and Math in Focus. Thank you! Jklipfel@middletonps.org

Heather said...

I would love a set of the bond boards. Thanks! Hlmatherne@gmail.com

Christine Ferranti said...

Love this idea and can't wait to use with my students. Thanks! cferranti518@gmail.com

Amy Pearson said...

I would love this! Thank you. a.pearson@sau47.org

andrea said...

Awesome ! Great for our beginning of the year number sense unit.

andrea said...

Awesome ! Great for our beginning of the year number sense unit.

Andrea S said...

I love these! How can I get a copy? I have been searching for something like this. Please let me know how to get them.

Tory Bogado said...

HI, I love your blog and would love a copy of the boards to use with my special education students.


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Jessica Roe said...

Would love a copy. roej@tomahawk.k12.wi.us

JulesBC said...

great activity!!

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