This post will share with you some of the lessons I recently taught this week connecting literacy and math. Last week we read the story Mouse Count by Ellen Stoll Walsh. This is a book we use at the beginning of the year too. When this story was introduced in the fall it connected with the counting jar which is an on going stations during math time. This week we used this story to create mice story problems. During Shared Reading Time we learned the poem I Think Mice Are Nice and made little mice to go on our poem chart. We added this poem to our Poetry binders. During word study time we recorded words with the ICE chunk.
I Think Mice Are Nice
The jar changes with different objects each week. At this point in the year I have some students who this station is too easy for so I created a plus 5/plus 6 sheet. If there are 12 objects in the jar they add to the objects and make a number sentence. I still have many students who still need practice counting and recording, so those students use the counting only sheet. I added the numbers to these sheets because I have so many student struggling with double digit identification. You can download the counting jar sheet below and the counting jar sheet plus5/plus6. The Counting Jar is a simple stations!
Mice Story Problems
This week we added story problems to math workshop. We went back to Mouse Count and created mice problems. I made this easy chart so I can quickly use a dry erase marker and I wanted to use the number line to give my students another visual tool. You can download a problem solving sheet with or without the number line.
How many Mice in Jar Number Line Mice Jar Counting Jar jar plus 5