More Number Explorations
The last few weeks we have been using the Educreations app during large group to explore decomposing numbers (see here.) This week the kids are using the app in centers independently. The first part of the activity is to roll three dice to find out what number they will be using for the activity. In the picture above you can see the three dice right above the iPad. I let the group figure out together the total of the three dice, this group used bear counters but each group has decided their own tool (number line, 100 chart, fingers, and even the app itself.) Once they all agree on the total of the three dice they work independently to come up with ways to show the number. Once they have an idea they then have to present that idea to their group before documenting it on the app. There are two examples below, you can see that one is much more “polished” than the other but clearly both groups were doing well with the concept. I always have to remind myself that the goal in these activities is the process not the product. As long as they can explain their work and are happy with the results then I know it has been a success!
When the kids were finished we simply took a screenshot. I know there are other whiteboard apps that would work great for this activity but my class is very familiar with Educreations so I tend to stick with that when possible.