Saturday, September 19, 2015

Adding and Subtracting Multi-Digits

Here is a 4.NBT.4 adding and subtracting multi-digits numbers!

I always have a hard time coming up with some fun and different activities for adding and subtracting multi-digit numbers. The students need the practice but it can be so monotones.

The first activity I did was adding with ice cream cones. They had to make up at least two numbers and create a ice cream themed addition word problem to go with their ice cream cones. I let the students choose if they wanted to add more than just two numbers, if so their ice cream cones were taller since they had more than just two scoops. They turned out pretty cute, I didn't get a picture of a finished one but you can get the idea! They are out in the hallway now and look very cute!

For the word problem, I had them write it first on scrap paper and then I edited it. I made sure everything was spelled right and that it was an actual addition problem. They wrote their answers at the bottom of the long piece of construction paper that I had them glue their ice cream cone on!

The subtraction activity I came up with was a HIT! My students LOVED it! I got the auto magazines from Food Lion that list all the cars for sale. They are I took a stack! Each kid was able to have one. I created a worksheet with six word problems on it. The questions gave the students an amount of money and they were to "buy" a car that was in that budget and subtract to find out how much money they had left over. They then cut out the car and glued it on the paper. On the back of the paper there were questions that had them order the price of the cars from least to greatest and writing the prices of the cars in expanded and word form etc. I will post this activity on my TpT store! 

Back to School--Rounding Activity!

We've been in school almost a month and I am already back in the swing of things! It is always hard to get the classroom running in the speed and smoothness that I want. I get frustrated at first because the new kids are not as up to speed as my kids where by the end of the school year. I have to remind my self that these students are new and I have to teach and reteach many times my procedures and expectations. Thankfully my new students are catching on quickly and are such a SWEET group of  students!  


So we've been in school a month and I already have a bunch of activities I'd like to share! First I'll start off with the rounding activity I did. I just drew a flower on paper and created this rounding flower! I put dashes down for the students to write numbers on. The students rolled dice and created numbers using the numbers they got. The numbers in the boxes represented the place value they were to round to. After they created their numbers, they colored their flower and cut it out. They cut the petals so that they can be folded. Under the petals they write the place value they rounded to ( the place value of the number in the box) and on their paper the write the number rounded. I had my students glue this flower in their math journal. But it could always be glued on a piece of construction paper.

You may have noticed that I had three of the petals be an adding or subtraction problem. I had them solve the actual answer on the front of the petals and then round and get the rounded answer on the paper under the petal.

This was a quick lesson but was a lot of fun and different! They were still able to practice with out using the same old questions from the text book! And even better...this was FREE! Just draw a flower and make copies!

Wanted to post a picture from my wedding day over the summer! It was the most perfect day! Beautiful weather and all of our close family and friends! James looked so handsome and it was a dream come true marrying him! xoxo