Category : Greater Than and Less Than

The Many Uses of Morning Work

Do you use morning work in your classroom? I love morning work. It really helps students to stay focused as everyone else files into the classroom. I also like to use them as bell work, in case math isn’t the first class of the day. It helps students to stay focused between different subjects.

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I’m using my morning work pages with my children as exit tickets to use their electronic devices this summer. It keeps them focused and prevents the summer slide for math. I know lots of parents worry about reading in the summer, but sometimes they forget to reinforce math. I understand, there are so many things we as parents have to worry about. That is why I like these pages, you can half them to save on paper and also just to save on implementation. It’s just enough math to help your children review the skills.

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I also like the ‘too easy’ ‘too hard’ or ‘just right’ on the bottom because then you can see how your children or students feel about that particular math concept. My daughter had fun coloring the black and white graphics when she was done too!

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These morning work printables have a great format that will enable your students to work on them by themselves. This will help you free up time for last minute lesson prep. They also work well for homework. Low stress for your kids’ parents too!

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I love these input/output problems. My daughter didn’t realize that each one was different based on multiplication, division, etc. So it was nice to see her solve for the correct answer.
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I mentioned earlier that I used these as exit tickets in the summer, but you can use these as exit tickets during the school year too! The half-sized pages are just long enough to push your students to achieve a little bit more work before they go to recess or get to do another activity.

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And hey, sometimes pups have to get into the action of morning work, especially in the summer!

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To check out my morning work packets click on the following links:
First Grade Morning Work
Second Grade Morning Work
Third Grade Morning Work
Fourth Grade Morning Work
Fifth Grade Morning Work

Seasonal Classwork

I think it’s important to celebrate the events that are going around us as we teach. I think it’s important to celebrate the beginning of the year, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and other holidays or seasons. By celebrating these through our curriculum, students enjoy their school work more since they can celebrate these holidays and seasons while learning.

Back to School is a season to me. Some students are excited about it, some are scared and some really just don’t want to be there. The important part is for them to work through their emotions and celebrate it.

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Using seasonal interactive notebooks are a great way to gets students involved in the current holiday or season. This particular one, since it is back to school themed could really be used throughout the year, but it is extra special for students to use it during the back to school year.

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I have to admit during the different holidays, it can be hard to focus students are the tasks, especially at Halloween and Christmas. So, during these times I try to have seasonal activities that are extra engaging. Here are a very pictures of a very engaging math booklet that students can use. They can turn the different sections of the pages to create different problems. Fun + learning = happy students. Although I know it’s impossible to make everyone happy and that isn’t our goal as teachers, but it does make for better learning.

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These little peek-a-boo school houses are a great way to review skills from the previous year, but keeping up with the back to school theme. The neat thing about these as students can go back and review these skills later on in the school year.

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To me, not only are seasonal activities great for students, but a variety of different activities. This activity has puzzle pieces and not only teaches or reviews a different skill, but uses a different method of learning – very hands-on as opposed to those dreaded worksheets that students get sick of way too often.

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I believe most if not all students enjoy coloring, so seasonal interactive activities give them the opportunity to do this while getting excited about the current holiday or season.

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Here’s my September Interactive Notebook: Back to School Interactive Math Notebook Third Grade Common Core

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A More Than or Less Than Math Story

Clover the math dog

Mia the Math Magician

Mia the Math Magician has a special skill – she is a wizard with mathematics!

Learning to compare number values

Here’s a free math story featuring Mia the Math Magician and her dog friend Clover. Download, print, and then read the story to your children or students, or have them read the story aloud to you or in front of the class if they are able to do so. When you encounter a box posing the question more or less, have your students determine the answer to the question. It will take some counting and some skills with comparing numeric values to do so.

English grammar rules for comparing values

In this story, we’re using the terms more and less to help children distinguish whether a number’s value is more than or less than another number’s value. So for example, if there are 6 cats and 5 dogs, you would indicate that the number 6 is more than 5, and the number 5 is less than 6.

Grammatically speaking, it is correct to say that there are more cats than dogs, and that there are fewer dogs than cats; as such, depending on how you phrase the “More or Less?” question to your child or student, you may be asking them to answer the question in a way that is grammatically incorrect (“there are less cats than dogs” is incorrect grammar). I think that this is okay at this stage in your child’s education – we’re concentrating on teaching children the math skill of how to distinguish which values are greater than or less than other values. If you’d like to take the extra step to teach them proper grammar as well, you can do so, but this is also something that they will learn in future language arts lessons.

Have fun reading and comparing numbers!

Greater Than and Less Than with Mia the Math Magician

Greater than and less than with Mia the Math Magician

Mia the Math Magician

Mia the Math Magician has a special skill – she is a wizard with mathematics!

Greater than and less than

Greater than (also known as more than) and less than are two essential skills to learn on the road to becoming a Math Magician. Also important is equal to, a concept that Mia the Math Magician will teach in a future lesson!

Teach your children or students the concepts of greater than and less than, and then have them fill out these two free worksheets to help them to really understand the concepts. It might also be fun to play more than or less than games with your kids with items you have around the house – balls, toys, coins, or buttons. Create two piles of objects, one greater than the other, and ask which pile is greater than the other pile? Then ask, which pile is less than the other pile? Your children will soon understand that, unless the piles are of equal size, when one group of objects is greater than another group, that other group is less than the first group.

Kindergarten Common Core Standards for Mathematics

This lesson falls under standard K.CC.6 for kindergarten common core mathematics skills:

Identify whether the number of objects in one group is greater than, less than, or equal to the number of objects in another group, e.g., by using matching and counting strategies.