This year we are starting a series on Maths and Language for early elementary (first and second grade in the USA and Year 1 and 2 in the UK) I will be publishing it every other week on a Thursday I will be focusing on one of these two areas. Today I’m kicking it off with a hands-on activity for learning Number Names. As it’s winter and after a fun visit to the zoo T (in year 1 in the UK) is enamored with Penguins so it was relatively quick to put together this little learning game for her that matches the numbered penguins with the iceberg number names that they should hop on.
From the UK National Curriculum for Mathematics
- I can read and write numbers from 1 to 20 in numerals and words.
Materials needed for the Penguin Number Names Activity
Preparation for Penguin Number Names Activity
Download your Penguins and Icebergs either via our Store
Print out on cardstock and cut out. Laminate if you wish. I decided not to but I did make the penguins stand up you can watch the video later today over on our Facebook Page to see how easy it is to do.
Playing with the Penguins and Iceberg Number Names Activity
My daughter is confident with her number recognition but even so I find it helpful to review and I quickly reviewed the numbers on the penguins with her.
Then I placed the icebergs around the table. If you had some blue fabric you could lay it on the floor or over the table.
I then explained the rules that each penguin was only allowed to go to their own iceberg as each was labeled.
We then started to reach the different icebergs.
A few strategies that we used:
- Segmenting and blending of words
- Looking at roots of words
- Elimination by which penguins were left
Yes, even the elimination is a good skill for them to develop as will help with recognizing the numbers in the future.
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