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Teaching Number Order Using Puzzles

Activities to teach number order skills in the classroom.

So last Halloween, I thought up of a method to get my students excited about math. I always thought that math wasn’t my strongest point. I love reading, language and science. Even then, if someone had introduced math to me in a fun way. Maybe that perspective would have been different. So, in light of that, I am constantly trying to implement new and exciting ways to teach numeracy skills.

So start with a counting book which helps intrigue little minds and perhaps assist their learning through pictures. This book titled ‘Big Fat Hen’ is a great way to introduce numbers. It does not have many words and it is bright and full of illustrations.
Another thing I did was use the projector (attached to a computer) to play several counting games with lots of illustrations and interactive activities. This particular site titled ‘Count Us In’ helped students work together as a group. We played a few of these as a whole class, then a few in the computer lab. Click on the picture below to take you to the site with over 20 games for basic numer skills.
During Halloween, I used a fun activity created just for Kindergarten with a chart that goes up to 11. This activity is available {HERE} in my TPT shop.
This won’t be so overwhelming for little learners. I firstly introduce the layout of the chart so that they are familair with it. For instance, play a game by handing out this chart to each student and then ask them to color in the numbers that you say (numeral recognition). I did this with my student to help reinforce their number order. Except the way I played it was calling out the numbers in order.

Mystery messages for K Halloween edition.

Anyway, next I handed out the short riddle so we could read it together. This can be laminated so that each group could also read it. Or, you could print out two of these on one page to save on copying.

After reading the short riddle, the student would have mor excitement in guessing what the answer to the riddle is. We then hand out the worksheet to begin the activity, here is an example:
This method I found to not only teach benefit number skills but also critical thinking skills.

I hope you’ve found this post useful. Here’s a mini-freebie you could try out with your class. Just click on the picture to lead you to the download. 🙂

This one is slightly more difficult, you could use it with your first graders or towards the middle of Kindergarten. It is actually from my end of year math review (Mystery Messages).

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