Noodles and Cups

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One of my favourite actions for beginning the 12 months in 2nd grade is counting to 1000. 

Imagine this classroom scene – Instructions have been given, supplies have been handed out, and everyone seems to be working silently…no less than for a couple of minutes!  I do know when I’ve these uncommon moments in school that I’ve discovered an exercise value doing 12 months after 12 months.  It’s straightforward sufficient for struggling college students to perceive, but fascinating sufficient for presented college students.  My go-to counting and place worth exercise yearly is Noodles and Cups.

I give everybody a lots of/tens/ones mat and a clean lots of chart (lots of chart file accessible beneath as a freebie).  I additionally put out bowls of noodles (or dry beans work effectively) and ketchup cups.  As a category, everybody begins by placing one noodle within the “ones” part of their mat.  On their lots of chart they write “1.”  Then everybody provides a second noodle and writes “2” on their lots of chart.  This continues till everyone seems to be including their tenth noodle.  At this level I clarify that in our quantity system, any time there’s 10 of one thing we group it collectively.  The ten particular person noodles are put right into a ketchup cup and moved over to the “tens” part of the mat.  As college students proceed into the teenagers I level out how when the write a quantity they’re recording precisely what they see on their mat, 1 cup and Four noodles is 1-Four, 14!  This is an enormous “ah-ha” second for a lot of college students.  I am going by up to about quantity 23 with all people as a category and then I allow them to go on their very own.  This is when that magic engagement occurs that I described above.

When college students are nearing 100 noodles, I cease all people and they watch me put noodles 98 and 99 alone mat.  Then after I placed on the 100th noodle I deliver up the rule once more about how when there’s 10 of one thing, we group it collectively.  There usually are not 10 ketchup cups squeezed and stacked into the “tens” part of the mat.  I stack all of them up and put them into an even bigger cup.

 

 

I like to go away the noodles of their smaller cups and put all of the small cups into the large cup as a result of this manner you’ll be able to take tens again out later (it will come in useful once you’re educating regrouping).

 

 

My 2nd grade college students will find yourself writing the numbers all the way in which to 1,00zero though most kids don’t want the cups and noodles manipulatives previous about 250. 

 

We get the cups and noodles out once more after we begin including and subtracting larger numbers.  I like how with the noodles and cups it’s so to construct and take aside tens and lots of.  Base-10 blocks are an amazing visible however you’ll be able to’t truly take them aside and put them again collectively once more.

 



 I additionally suppose it’s helpful to assist kids tie collectively the varied methods we characterize ones, tens, and lots of (plus I’m sucker for anchor charts).

Here is the lots of chart freebie so you’ll be able to do that exercise, too!

 

 

Here are another merchandise I’ve accessible for growing counting, place worth, and quantity sense:

Counting and Skip Counting Dot to Dots
Number Representation Worksheets

Resource:

Here is the ebook that I tailored the noodles and cups exercise from.

 



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Hannah Braun

Hannah Braun
Hannah Braun is a former instructor with eight years of expertise within the classroom and a grasp’s diploma in early childhood training. She designs participating, organized classroom resources for 1st-Third grade academics.

Author: Hannah Braun

Hannah Braun is a former instructor with eight years of expertise within the classroom and a grasp’s diploma in early childhood training. She designs participating, organized classroom resources for 1st-Third grade academics.