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Today's book is Ten Black Dots by Donald Crews (Greenwillow Books, 1986). This picture book is for grades PreK-2 and deals with numbers and operations.
The book asks the question, What can you do with ten black dots? Then the question is answered throughout the book by using illustrations of everyday objects beginning with one dot and continuing up to ten. Simple rhymes accompany the pictures such as:
"Two dots can make the eyes of a fox, Or the eyes of keys that open locks."
- Unifix cubes or Snap Cubes (multi-link cubes) as seen on the right
- Black circles cut from construction paper or black circle stickers
- Story paper
- Calculators -simple ones like you purchase for $1.00 at Walmart
1) Read the book a number of times to your class. Let the students count the dots in each picture. On about the third reading, have the children use the snap cubes to build towers that equal the number of dots in each picture.
2) Have the children think of different ways to make combinations, such as: How could we arrange four black dots? (e.g. 1 and 3, 4 and 0, 2 and 2) Have the children use black dots or snap cubes to make various combinations for each numeral from 2-10.
3) This is a perfect time to work on rhyming words since the book is written in whimsical verse. Make lists of words so that the students will have a Word Wall of Rhyming Words for activity #4.
- How many words can we make that rhyme with: sun? fox? face? grow? coat? old? rake? rain? rank? tree?
- Except for the first letter, rhyming words do not have to be spelled the same. Give some examples (fox - locks or see - me)
5) Have the children figure out how many black dots are needed to make each book. (The answer is 55.) This is a good time to introduce calculators and how to add numbers using the calculator.
If you can't find Ten Black Dots in your library, it is still available on Amazon.
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I am always looking for ordinary items that can be used in the classroom as manipulatives. I'm a firm believer in the Conceptual Development Model which advocates teaching the concrete (using manipulatives) prior to moving to the pictorial before even thinking about the abstract. When I was at the Dollar Tree (a great, inexpensive place to purchase school stuff) I saw sets of dominoes for $1.00 each. Since they were inexpensive and readily available, I decided to create several math activities and games to introduce, reinforce, or reteach math concepts.
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So think outside that box of dominoes and use them as an inexpensive math manipulative because Dots Lots of Fun!
Check out all my Domino Resources available on Teachers Pay Teachers.
The first two are absolutely FREE!
- Dots Fun for Everyone - FREE Three math activities and one game for the intermediate grades.
- Dots Fun - FREE Three math activities and one game for the primary grades.
- Dots Fun A 24 page resource for grades 1-3 that includes 13 math activities and four games.
- Dots Fun for Everyone A 29 page resource that features 15 math activities and three games for grades 3-6.
- Dots Lots of Fun Seven math games that use dominoes for grades 2-5.