Smartie Subtraction

We introduced subtraction to our little ones this week and what better way to do it than with some sugar! This Smarties Subtraction lesson worked a treat! :P (pun intended!)

Each student was given a box of Smarties and was asked to count how many there were in their box.

Then they were asked to eat a few and count how many were left. Children then recorded the corresponding subtraction number sentence. Each child continued eating their smarties and recorded  the number sentences until there were none left. 

Following this lesson, we discussed what subtraction is and what happens to numbers when we subtract. We shared some subtraction strategies that we could use to help us solve subtraction problems.

We discussed the use of a hundreds chart and a number line to assist us in 'Counting Back' as well as the 'Jump Method'.

I display these posters in my classroom once I have introduced each strategy to my children.

They are suitable for Foundation (Kindergarten) all the way up to grade 4 as they are differentiated to suit the various abilities in your grade. 

Learning Intentions and Success Criteria

Over the last few years, there has been a bit of a push in schools to be creating and displaying a Learning Focus for each lesson.

At my school, we are required to display our Learning Intention and Success Criteria to match. This needs to be visible to the students and written in child-friendly language.

I can definitely see the benefit of this as not only does it enable teachers to stay on track, it also gives students an opportunity to self-assess and reflect on their own learning. The only problem is however, it can be a little time consuming creating these statements and then displaying them.

Initially, I started writing them on my whiteboard but then it would get in the way and I'd end up rubbing it off. Then I tried printing them out - which took time and wasted paper and ink.

I recently experimented with this and it has worked a treat!

How I created it:

I have used an A3 sized plastic pocket (it is quite thick and durable). 
These are available at Office Max or Office Works.

I used an A3 coloured card for each subject and glued 

Then I placed this in the plastic pocket.

This allows me to use it every day. I just write on top of the plastic pocket using a 
whiteboard marker and rub it off using a tissue when I am ready to write the new focus up. 

I made one for Reading, Writing and Mathematics and colour coded them.
Too easy!!!

I hope this little tip has inspired you with your own Learning Goals Display!

Until next time,
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