I love using games in my special education classroom! However, as any special education teacher knows very well, time is of the essence because, let’s be honest, there is a LOT of paperwork.
The week before we left for break, I worked with my paras to create this game. I’m so excited to use it to teach number sense when we go back to school! My goal was to find a fun way to teach number sense that I could use with multiple variations- like ten frames, fact families and money, to name a few. I have the download available for free, that you can click on HERE, but in order to make it just like mine, you will probably want to purchase a clear shower curtain. It could also be a bulletin board and there wouldn’t need to be a shower curtain.
Step 1: Draw a 10×10 grid on a large shower curtain for the hundreds chart. (or you can use a wall or bulletin board, whatever works best for your classroom!)
Step 2: Attach the numbers on the grid to make your giant hundreds chart.
This is actually the sensory corner in my classroom. The black curtains are for privacy. Right now I don’t have anyone that likes to have the curtains pulled so I just hung the shower curtain between the black curtains. We are still able to MOSTLY pull them shut if we need to, in a pinch.
Since the numbers are on the back, students can write on the front of the curtain with a dry erase marker. Here are some ideas for how we will use this game after break!
- Have students mark even or odd numbers with different colors of markers.
- Use the “flashcards” that are in the free download to match tally marks to the correct number on the hundreds chart. I plan on putting them in a bucket and “randomly” pulling out a tally mark card for the students to match. However, the cards in the bucket will only be cards that we’ve already worked on at our direct instruction station.
- Use the “flashcards” that are in the free download to match money to the correct number on the hundreds chart. Again, we will only use ones that I have taught in direct instruction.
- Put velcro on the back of addition/ subtraction flashcards and have the student match them to the correct number.
- For number recognition, I’ll give students a pointer stick and when I say a number they can point to it. This will really be great for students who struggle with speech output, but they still understand the academic content.
*On another note, this is a great activity for differentiated instruction because students don’t have to actually verbalize their answers in order to demonstrate their knowledge.
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