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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Leveled Subtraction Cards

Well, it only makes sense after looking at your data from my FREE TPT Diagnostic Subtraction Tool within 1,000 to follow up with some leveled practice.  What I love about these cards is that they are differentiated by level with the use of different colors.  Hellooooo, easy set-up and clean-up! I'd like to think that all of my little lovelies always put things away in the proper place, but the color coding is like my insurance policy just in case I end of having to re-sort the cards.

If you choose to put these cards in a center or use them in a game setting, kids at different levels can play together.  Though a lot of centers and small group activities are set up to have kids at similar levels working together, this is a nice change.  All you have to do is give kids the color cards they need to work on.

These 3-4 digit subtraction cards were my very first TPT product!  It's a really basic product, but looking back, I remember that it took me hours to create because it was such a new world to me I was totally out of my league and feeling lost (kind of like how I felt when I built this blog).  I really struggled with titling the product because I'm not a big fan of the word borrowing.  I'm in the "re-grouping" family and my kiddos and I always relate re-grouping for trading out with an even exchange (one ten is the same as ten ones), whereas borrowing implies that you are gaining something.  I went with borrowing in the title because it was if my marketing and business professors from college were whispering in my ear.  I wish the teacher in me would have told them to put their voices back in their pockets.

This product has 42 leveled cards for just $2.00!
I've thought about doubling the number of cards for each level…what do you think?

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Diagnostic Tool for Subtracting Within 1,000

Data and I are BFFs.  Sure, sometimes we fight and don't speak to each other for the rest of the day. I might be guilty of talking about her behind her back, but we always make up and build a stronger bond than before.  After breaking down the data from a formative assessment on subtraction, I realized I could very easily group my kids based on exactly where their "break down" occurred in subtraction, rather than high/medium/low, got it/kind of get it/lost, etc. After that, I started making formatives and centers that really focused on each layer of subtraction separately.  I'm probably preaching to the choir, and you're probably thinking DUH, but sharing is caring, so here you go!  You can download a FREE Diagnostic Tool for Subtracting Within 1,000 to help you find where your kiddos are breaking down.  One of my peeves is when response spaces aren't reasonably sized for my little guys.  I made this with plenty of room for the kids to show their work!  Easy on the eyes, right?

Plenty of room to show their work!

Blank space for customization!

Who doesn't love an answer key?
What "duh" moment have you had lately?  Comment below!