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April 2

Morning Maths

 

This term we have been using the time before school really starts 8.30 am and a little after the bell 8.55 am to sharpen our maths fluency skills. We have been working on our recall skills for number facts. We were taught a great game called flip.

Using a pack of cards we flip over a card and we need to say the number to finish the fact. Learning facts to ten. All number cards are face value e.g. 7 of hearts is worth seven. Picture cards Jack, Queen and King are worth ten. Aces are worth one.

Using a timer we set one minute to go through the pack. When the minute is up, we count our successful cards. We have found that over the weeks our totals are increasing. We are recalling facts a lot quicker. The helps us when we need to calculate in problem solving.

The great thing about flip is we can play it individually or in partners. When we feel really confident, Ellen does a game with us to test our skills.

Once we are confident at one fact family, we challenge ourselves for different amounts such as to 20, or to 8. It’s great fun. Beepers are going off everywhere, there is a hive of mathematical activity.

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As we move into learning our multiplication facts we can still play flip, instead of making totals to a number, we can multiply the card shown by a certain table number e.g. pull a seven, times by two is 14. So we can learn our two times table facts a lot quicker.

There’s a lot to be said about practice makes perfect.

 

What do you think about morning maths?

How have you improved in recalling your facts?

What helps you or gets in the way?

Which tables do you think you should begin with?

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Posted April 2, 2017 by elleneisenkolb15 in category Maths/Numeracy, Team work

21 thoughts on “Morning Maths

  1. Sabitri

    Bounjour Ellen
    Okay I will share my secret of MATHS I go to Kumon Lockleys education centre that is my secret.

    From the Queen (Sabitri)

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    1. elleneisenkolb15 (Post author)

      Hi Sabitri,
      I thought that was the case I remember that you said you didn’t want to go to camp because you’d miss your kumon. Wow it must be fabulous stuff for you to say that! Well it must be working because no one can get close to you …yet! Perhaps you show show us what you do. You never know it may help some one else.
      Thanks Ellen

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  2. Sabitri

    Dear Ellen,
    I was surprised because I thought I did not know my five times tables but I guess I do. I think six times tables are piece of cake. I am excited for accelerated reader certificates because last time you checked there was a certificate for me! I hope by the end of the term I know all my times tables and no one can steel my crown.

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    1. elleneisenkolb15 (Post author)

      Greetings Oh Queen of Maths,
      well times tables at least. How do you earn them so quickly? I know it doesn’t just happen you must be working very hard. Keep it up. You will have to share your secrets. I don’t think you are in danger of having someone take your crown…just yet..you never know!
      Love Ellen

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  3. Sabitri

    Dear Ellen
    I hope you feel better soon, I also hope I keep my crown for morning maths😝😃
    I also was not feeling well on Thursday but I came on Friday. What is the next thing we are going to learn? Do you think I will know it? I bet I would

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    1. elleneisenkolb15 (Post author)

      Hello Sabitri,
      Yes I am finally feeling better. Great to know you have kept your crown it will take a lot of work to take it off you.sad to hear you were also not well. We will keep on doing some multiplication and of course more science on night and day. We could make a camp movie trailer when I sort out the film I took. We als have to do some explanation writing. I think we’ll be busy.
      You’ll love it.
      Cheers Ellen

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  4. Sabitri

    Dear Natalie

    Thank you for sending a note and putting it in my letter box I really appreciate it. I hope we can have a sleepover soon maybe ask your mum. I wonder if I will be paired up with you for the next learning team.

    FROM SABITRI!!!!😝😃😃

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  5. Anonymous

    Dear Ellen,
    So I think you asks me what would I like to say to Mr. Potter well he was a really nice sport teacher I don’t know if you know that Mr. Potter was really teaching me in foundation when I was about five years old, He was sometimes funny when I was in foundation
    We sometimes used to play scrub the deck it was the best game I ever played in foundation. I hope I’ve told you enough,
    From Montana.

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    1. elleneisenkolb15 (Post author)

      Hi Montana,
      Yes I did know that he was your foundation sports teacher. So how do you like Mr Tom? Is he as funny as Mr P? Mr P can be quite silly sometimes! Does Mr Tom do different things? Cheers Ellen

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  6. Phoebe

    Bula Ellen,
    I really like morning maths and I know that I am amazing at it because I’m princess! I love doing 2 times tables but I also want to do 3 times tables but I don’t know the answers to them so it’s a bit hard. I could just work the answers out but that would just waste time. I guess I will have to do it when I have spare time or I could work them out at home then write them down on a piece of paper then bring that piece of paper to school then write them in my book. I think I will do that! How amazing is that taa dah!

    From Phoebe 😺🌟

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    1. elleneisenkolb15 (Post author)

      G’day Queen Phoebe,
      oh are you still a princess? Well it’s just a matter of time before you become one. Just practice, practice and practice! Not that hard really. Good to know the morning maths is working. You can practice anytime.
      Cheers Ellen

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  7. Dylan

    Dear Ellen
    I think that we should do the twelve times tables because I don’t know them very well. So can you please do them.
    From Dylan

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    1. elleneisenkolb15 (Post author)

      Hi Dylan, That is probably a good idea. Have you worked on the ones we have to know yet? That might be the ones to start from. Who tests you at home?
      Cheers Ellen

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  8. jake

    Dear Ellen
    I recon that we should begin with are five times tables especially me because I do not know them. I hope you agree and I only know 2 and 10 times tables.
    from jake

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    1. elleneisenkolb15 (Post author)

      Hola Jake,
      Sounds like a plan lad, I am happy for you to learn all of them if you need to just make sure you complete the ones we have to first.
      Cheers Ellen

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  9. Anonymous

    Ciao Ellen
    How are you? I saw the two new updates you put on the blog, I saw it was about harmony day and Mr. Potter leaving and I think I saw a little boy or a little girl but I’m pretty sure it was about a little boy and he was crying it was a funny picture but it wasn’t funny about Mr. Potter leaving we were a bit sad but it is okay I hope you like this blog letter.
    From Montana.

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    1. elleneisenkolb15 (Post author)

      Greetings Montana,
      Yes I do like your letter you always think carefully. When I put up a new post I do look for interesting animations and pictures. I’m glad you like them. No it isn’t funny Mr P leaving but we did do something funny to say goodbye! Have you shown your family?
      bye Ellen

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  10. Margo

    G’day Ellen
    I hope you had a lovely holiday.
    I really enjoyed having Mr potter as are P.E teacher. I’m going to miss Mr potter. Anyways I’m really enjoying been in Grange school and I’m very happy that I got put in your class. So I also enjoy morning team maths even if we haven’t been doing it for a while.

    From Margo

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    1. elleneisenkolb15 (Post author)

      Hello Margo,
      Well I was very busy looking after my ill mother, so I can’t say it was a very happy holiday, but I did get to spend a lot of time with her and that was good.Morning team maths will always be a challenge if you let it.
      Cheers Ellen

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