Sunday, November 11, 2012

Teaching numbers 1-100 with Whole Brain Teaching

Do you have students who can't identify all of the numbers from 1-100?  With Common Core, students must learn to 120.  While perusing the Whole Brain Teaching website, I found the game Super Speed Numbers.  It is a partner activity that only takes 1 minute for each round you play.  Have an extra 5 minutes before lunch?  Pull this out; it would be the perfect time to get in a few rounds!

What is Super Speed Numbers?  It is an activity appropriate for students in grades K-3 who need help identifying numbers.  Levels 1-30 introduces numbers 1-30, levels 31-37 introduces counting by 10's.  Every 3 levels are followed with a Challenge where the numbers previously learned are reviewed.  The final Challenge is a 100 chart reviewing all the numbers.  To adapt for Common Core Standards, just replace WBT's grid for a 120 grid and create a level 38 for numbers 101-120.

An explanation of levels 1-3.  The student copy will not have  these labels.

To play Super Speed Numbers, pair up students (1 higher to 1 lower), give out a copy of level 1 and start the timer for 1 minute.  The students alternate reading the numbers in the list.  Help from the other partner is allowed.  Students get as far as they can in one minute.  At the end of the minute, they mark how far they got.  The the students play again, this time the other partner starts and they must start from the beginning of the level that they ended on the time before.

The beauty of the game is that the teams are never playing against each other.  They are playing against their own personal record!  This ensures the learning goal is set at just the right place.  Talk about DI!  There is also a version called Super Speed Math for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

I encourage you to download the free e-book {HERE} and try it out in your classroom.  I am going to use it this week. I will let you know how it goes and I hope you'll come back and tell me how it went in your classroom!


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