Saturday, January 14, 2017

How to Introduce Number Bonds in Preschool + a FREEBIE!

One of the best things about working in an elementary building is being able to see just what the older grades are doing first hand.  Last year I was introduced to the concept of number bonds, so I wanted to integrate them into my pre-k math curriculum.  These number bond activities are part of my larger Snow Day! Winter Themed Math and Literacy Activities.
I wanted to give you a glimpse of how I used them.  Target Dollar Spot had some mini snowman erasers that I had picked up some time back, but you could use floral beads or any kind of small counter or manipulative.
We looked at the numbers in each snowball and started off by putting the number of snowmen from the first snowball into the snow globe.
Then we added the number from the second snowball into the snow globe.  Some immediately understood that those two numbers in the snowballs added together to make the larger number in the snows globe. 
Some were not quite at that step developmentally and needed to physically count the snowmen in the snowballs and then move them over to the snow globe.  I then wrote the total in the snow globe to make that last connection.
I have taken some of my number bonds from my pack to let you download them for free.  You can find them HERE.  I would love some feedback to let me know how you liked using them in your classroom.  Enjoy!

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