Topic 1

Vocabulary:  part/part/whole

This simply means the same thing as 2 + 3 = 5

2 is a part, 3 is a part, 5 is the whole


This series tries to get students to have an understanding of how numbers work together as well as being able to better memorize simple facts.  

We will start out talking about ways to make 6 and students will focus on the numbers that work together to make 6.  In time, students should become familiar with these patterns and should be able to quickly recall or recognize numbers that go together to make 6. 

We will continue to work with counters and visuals in class as well as draw pictures on workmats of ways to make 6 that match what we make with our red/yellow counters.  We will follow this method for numbers 7, 8, 9 and 10 through the next couple of weeks until we get a better grasp on numbers that work together to make certain amounts.

At the same time students will be developing an understanding of how numbers work together by learning how to find a missing number.  They will use the part/part/whole method to help with this. 

For example:  2 is a part/3 is the other part/5 is the whole "amount" 

If they know 1 of the parts, and the whole amount, they will soon be able to tell you what the OTHER PART is or also called the MISSING PART!  WOW!!!   Look how far 1st Grade has come.  

What goes with 2 to make 5?  

Keep in mind that although this is a different approach to addition facts, it really does help in the long run!  I am teaching this way because the test is this way. Be patient and practice the number patterns that go together to make 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 at home to help reinforce what we are practicing and learning in class each day! It will all come together!