This activity provides students with practice ordering numbers 1 to 10. The activity also teaches students the importance of starting with the largest number on bottom, a concept which can later be applied to basic addition. Make sure you are playing with the students so they can hear and see your instructions.
Have students stack each number in order.
Purpose: Practice adding numbers in order (1-10).
- Start with a "1-block," then add a "2-block," then a "3-block," etc.
- If students have trouble with the verbal instruction say, "Start with the smallest block and then add the next biggest block."
- Build with the students so they can see examples as well as hear verbal instruction.
Build a new tower with the "10 block" on bottom.
- Add in sequence the "10-block," "9-block," "8-block," etc.
- If students build all the way to the "1-block" let them continue adding any numbers they choose as bonus numbers.
- Ask students, "If we count to 10, the blocks are this high. Why is our tower higher?" Introduce addition. Addition is when we keep the previous number and stack a new number on top of it.
Ask, "Did you like the 10 on bottom or the 1?"
Purpose: Encourage students to start with the larger numbers on bottom and then add the smaller on top.
- Say, "Did you notice the tower is sturdiest / strongest with the large numbers stacked on the bottom?"
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