Monday, January 17, 2022

If you've been around for awhile you know that I LOVE craftivities. I think they are so much more fun than just the regular day to day lessons and even more than random stations. I typically tend to hate station games and cut out cards because they get lost and what not. #iykyk

Over winter break I was trying to prep to come back and I knew I wanted to start doing a math craft every Friday. I am a creature of habit and routine, so I want to start doing Monday-Thursday stations and Friday craftivities.

I saw a few subtraction craftivities on pinterest, but they weren't really sparking my interest. I wanted something different than something being eaten and it needed to be winter themed. So penguins on and off an iceberg just popped into my head.

I decided to first let my kids color the penguins. I also made them number the back because I knew they would be all over the ground and no one would know which are theirs. So we did that, but it took longer than expected so I collected the strips before cutting and we saved it for Monday. On Monday I passed the penguins back out and they cut them apart. Then I gave them the iceberg to cut.

Once we were done I told them that we were going to practice problems. I put this up on the elmo so they could see it on the smartboard. I had them pull out five penguins and put the rest on their name tag. We did a few 5-3 and 5-4 type problems. Then I started changing up the numbers. We really focused on the 'minus number' being the number of penguins going swimming. I let them come up with some problems for all of us to do too.

Once we were done doing practice problems I showed them an example of what the craftivity would look like. Then I let them go on and do it. A few needed help with which numbers went where, but I just kept pushing the whole the minus number/the number being taken away is the penguins that are swimming. 

I keep using this term as we practice subtraction. That is why I love craftivities because I can refer back to them like a mentor text.

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