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The best way to teach students how to compare numbers is to provide hands-on learning opportunities for them to get engaged while practicing math skills. Using games with other students provided activities for my students to learn about greater than, less than, and equal to math concepts. Here are some simple ways to get students to compare numbers.
1.FLIP IT – Using playing cards (pull out the Jacks, Kings, Queens and Aces), have students flip over one card each. The person with the greatest number gets a point. When the cards are gone, count the points. The one with the most points wins.
2. Greatest Domino – Use Dominoes to have each student flip the domino over to see who has the greatest number. The person with the most points after 20 times, wins.
3. CUPS – Write numbers on cups. (one number on each cup) Stack the cups. Each child pulls a cup off the stack. Put the cups in order from least to greatest. Give a point to the student with he greatest number.
4. Rock It! – Have students collect rocks or leaves outside. They bring in theirs and compare them to other students, or groups. Discuss who has more, less or equal amounts.
5. Number Whisper – Have partners think of a secret number. They write it down (keeping it hidden). Then, give clues. For example, mine is greater than one, but less than 10. They keep giving clues until the number is solved. Students switch roles.
Christmas time for teachers in the classroom can equal crazy time in the classroom.
So, on my Instagram story if you go look, you will see that I shared a couple ways to get kid’s attention simply by saying something like “Watch me Whip” and the kids would say, “Watch me Nae Nae!” They would have to be silent afterwards. No talking. This is a way to grab their attention.
My son and his friends, who I drive home everyday from school watched it. They said that that was a really old song, and it was really not cool of me. So, they came up with some of their own. They said, “How about “Frosty!” and then the kids would say “The Snowman”. I thought it was cute! Another one that they said was “Up on the Housetop” and the kids would say “Reindeer Paws”. And then the students would be silent.
Then, one that a lot of you should know and one a lot of young kids would know would be “Kiki, do you love me?”, they can make a the little heart with their fingers, and of course, silent afterward.
So, I thought why don’t we have some fun and you guys think of any attention grabbers that you can think of, put it in the comment section below. One that I always used was “Hey Hey!” and the kids would say “Ho Ho!” Another one is “Flat Tire” and the kids would go “Shhhhh.”
So let’s have some fun and you guys share Attention Grabbers you have and use in the classroom by putting them in the comment section below. By the end of the week, I’ll take all of your comments that you all can come up with for attention grabbers, and I’ll put them in a document for you to download so you have them because we don’t want all you guys to lose your mind during Christmas time!
Check back in about a week and I’ll type them all up for you and you can download them for free! Have a great one!