We have used ten frames, whole-part-part math mats, and manipulative visuals, but they seem to really love our new shamrock number bonds! (We love that number bonds can be used when we are learning to compose AND decompose numbers...what a great tool!)
Before we did this in groups, we even made larger shamrocks to act out decomposing a set of three using student groups...they liked that!
Number bonds have the same idea as a whole-part-part, but there is something more fun about sliding counters down the bond to decompose in different ways!
Here's a way to differentiate the same activity...
They loved being little detectives to find multiple ways to decompose each numeral and then they worked together to record their equations. They did an individual assessment like this later on also.
You can find these number bonds in our store here.
The children love repeating this little rhyme:
I love math, I'm super smart!
I decompose numbers, I take them apart!
Gotta love a song or rhyme that helps the kiddos remember and use their new Math Talk. :-)
Do you use post your math vocabulary in your classroom to refer to while you teach? Here's a section of our math word wall...
We would like to make number bonds for different seasonal themes or some that we could use year-round.
What kind of number bonds would YOU want for YOUR classroom?