Thursday, March 22, 2012

Curious George Addition

I really love teaching addition because it's easy to differentiate so you reach all learners. I love that once my quick learners catch on, I can give them harder numbers or an addition game to practice and pull small groups without having to worry about too many melt downs.

A couple years ago I created this worksheet, math mat and SMARTboard file to help my students practice addition. After we have practiced whole group, I give them a worksheet, math manipulatives and a math mat.

In the past I have used counting bears, bugs or dinosaurs for manipulatives. However, now that I have 37 students (!!), I have been giving each student a snap cube tower that has 12 cubes. I try to give each student a different color so they don't mix up their cubes. Once they're done with their activity, they put the tower back together again and into a basket.

While using the mat we begin practicing addition stories (Curious George ate 3 bananas in a tree and 1 banana on the ground. How many did he eat?)

After we have mastered the concept, I introduce our "addition game." I give them a blank worksheet and a die to make their own addition sentences. I never mention it, but it seems to become a contest to see who can get Curious George to eat more bananas! :)

We use this SMARTboard file with flashcards while we're waiting for the last few kids to finish or we're packing up. I also have this SMARTboard file that they love to use also! :)


  1. Love the Curious George activities! I'm a new follower...cute blog!

  2. So glad that I just found your blog! You have great ideas!

  3. Cute Curious George Smart Board file! I saw you teach in Florida! My dream was to get out of OHIO and teach in Florida but just didn't happen! Proud to be a Buckeye! I will just have be a snowbird some day! I teach in a rural school district that I attended while growing up :) Do you go to Sanibel Island? It's my get away each year when school ends! You sure are lucky to teach in Florida! There are so many of you that have "hooked" me into the blogging world & have inspired me to want to start my own! If you have any great advice for a newbie- I am willing to learn! I just started my own blog and waiting for my blog makeover which should be ready in a few days! I would love to learn how to create printables etc, but my "nitch" is technology. If you are interested in integrating technology into the classroom, maybe you could stop by:

  4. Hi Stephanie!
    I just tagged you!
    A Pirates Life for Us

  5. I absolutely love all of your poetry files! My class loves them too! Will you be posting April poems soon?