Monday, February 13, 2012

Valentine's Day Math and Literacy Activities

Today is Mathematically Speaking Monday at Ready. Set. Read! Each Monday I try to share ways to integrate math into your literacy learning. Last week, I shared our Valentine's Day Activities.  Two of the math activities received a lot of love on Pinterest.

Today I thought I'd show you how to modify these games into literacy learning. Same game. Different way to play.

Our card game number match game has been played a lot lately. You can make this with playing cards if you want the extra scaffold of the numbers on the cards. You can make these with index cards and stickers if you'd like for them to not have the numbers on the cards. We've been playing with the playing cards for about a week, so I think I'm going to change our center up soon!

You could make this into a literacy game. I traded the numbers for capital and lowercase letters. You could also do letters and picture cards to match beginning letter sounds.

We also love conversation heart candy math! I'm having to ration the number of hearts my boys can consume each day. I'm pretty sure they would have polished off the bag in one day!
We did the color sorting, graphing, counting math game with our conversation hearts last week.

This week, I decided to turn this into literacy learning. We created a counting book.  Each page featured a different color. We wrote a sentence for each page and glued on the correct number of color hearts. (You could simplify this with stickers).

I used Logan's language to write this book. Yes, I know "I got" is incorrect. I tried to correct this to "I have..." but when he reread, he was changing it back to his language. If the focus of this lesson had been correct grammar, I would have insisted on changing his language. However, when trying to teach young learners to connect oral language to written symbols, it is best to go with their language. This gives him power to read back in his own language.
I do think it is ok to repeat it back correctly and see if they change to the correct form.
Child: I got 6 pink.
Me: Oh, that's a great story. "I have 6 pink." What do you want me to write down?
If they change back to "I got 6 pink"-- I'd write it down just as the child said it.

And that, my friends,  is our conversation (about) hearts!

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  1. The book is great! And yes, the point is he can read it himself. Now he knows the word "got"!

    Just this week I was making a little book with Miss Enigma. Funny she had her own ideas, of course different than my original thought. We went with the flow!

  2. Love the integration with math! :)

  3. Very child centered and educational, too. I agree: repeat it back correctly and write what they say for reading. I like changing cards and so on using the same theme for increased learning. You are a wonderful mother, writer, and teacher. Carolyn

  4. I like the idea of combining math and literacy into the counting book! And the "got" caught my eye- but most early kids books are about as incoherent as they can be! Reading comprehension isn't the goal, right? haha! Love this-