At the end of the day we use little white boards and wipe off markers to practice math problems. It takes about 10- 15 minutes depending upon how long I can keep the natives captivated. (Which is NOT LONG…)
I have a silver ring that holds cards filled with cool word problems that the kindergarten teachers across the district created a couple of years ago. I adore them, and so do the kids. (Well, they claim they do, and I tend to believe them.)
“Okay guys, you know the drill. Write the problem on your board using symbols, tally marks or numbers: whatever works for you. But don’t show ANYONE your answer until I say “BRING IT”, right? Right.”
We warmed up with some traditional problems of adding numbers together, and then I threw in some challenging ones.
“Okay kids, here’s a tough one…there were eight girls on the swing and ‘some’ left. Then, there were five girls on the swings. How many girls left?”
Sasha thought for a while and SHOUTED with a proud smile, “SOME!”
Well. There you go.
(She WAS right, after all. She certainly was…)