Saturday, October 25, 2014

Bond, Number Bond

Last year we had a half-day conference day to talk about math vocabulary Pre-K to 2nd grade, to be sure we were all using the same language.  I got stuck on some of the vocabulary - especially number bonds and hidden partners.

My nephew always LOVED James Bond, and I still get happy when I hear the music from the James Bond games my own kids used to play with my husband probably on Game Cube, at the time.  We were never big video game players, but we did have those, and it was so much fun to hear everyone laughing when they played it together. (I was never very good at it... )

Anyway, as the meeting went on, I kept doodling- thinking what if the numbers "007" were twisted just a little to make a Number Bond, Secret Agent?! The kids could solve the mystery!
Yes. Those are the kind of notes I take at meetings.  

I sent my friend Dan (Rocking Dan, Teaching Man) the picture and said it would make a great song. And... he MADE IT!   What a great guy!  Our friend Susanna from Whimsy Workshop gave the little secret agent his wonderful looks, and Dan made him come to life and gave him a mission- to solve some number bonds.  I can't wait to show my class.  What a fun way to reinforce and understand what number bonds are!

Dan has so many great teaching songs on his Youtube channel.  His Friends of 10 Song is great to use for math facts, too! You can go check them out and subscribe here!

I also came up with a Hidden Partners game that my kids LOVED last year. It's so easy and a really fun way to reinforce those math facts.

All you need is 3x5 cards and a marker.  It doesn't get much easier than that! 

Basically, Hidden Partners means there are different ways to make a number. 

We make charts about Ways to Make... numbers 2-5.  

I made 3x5 cards with numbers on them that added up to our target number.  I have 17 students, so I made 9 sets of cards- for example, for "5"  I made 0,5; 1,4; 2,3; 3,2; 4,1; 5,0, 3,2; 4,1; 5,0.  So I would also play the game since there are 18 cards.

I had the children spread out, and gave each child a card with a number.  They could not show their number to anyone until I said, "Go!"

Once I said, "Go!" the each child had to walk around and find a "Hidden Partner" to go with his/her number to make 5. 
 Can you tell we played this on St. Patrick's Day?

Once they found their Hidden Partner, that team of two had to sit down on the floor so everyone knew they were paired up and done. 

The kids loved this game!  We had so much fun.   We also played it with the number four.
I made sets of numbers for 3, 4, and 5.  I just used different color markers for each set  in case they get mixed up.  You could go all the way up to ten!  

No matter what some of the Common Core may do to teachers-

 Remember this...

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  1. Oh, I just had to read this with that title!!! I love your idea for the secret number bonds - I can hear that tune in my head! Gonna try it next week. And I love the hidden numbers game. I think I can make that work for my second graders, too.
    Thanks for sharing!!

  2. Love these ideas and the video is fantastic too! We have been working on numbers bods and I love the hidden partner game. We will be doing that for sure. You are always full of great ideas. Thanks so much for sharing.

    Luv My Kinders

  3. So many ideas, so many pins!
    I love the title and really appreciate the video link.
    Thanks! Jen


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