Tools for Teaching Structuring




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For every structuring level, think of this sequence in teaching for 0-5, 0-10, and 0-20

Structuring Levels 0-1



Finger Patterns

Dot Patterns

Frames

Games

Symbolic/Verbal Activities:
Activities Using Digit Cards: Differentiate the range to focus on what students need.
Suggested Materials: 4 Sets of Cards #0-5 - (Investigations provided lots of these for classrooms)
  • Go Fish - Students look for matches that add up to targeted sum.
  • SNAP - Turn over a card. The first to say the nubmer that goes with it to make targeted sum, gets the card.
  • Make 5 (or any target number) - Lay out a 3x3 grid of cards. Students work to quickly make combinations to targeted sum. Can be played individually or with a partner.
  • "Salut!" Version of making target number

*For students to be facile as a 1, they must be successful with verbal task (just knowing combinations and partitions for every number 1-5) without visual support.

Structuring Levels 1-2


Frames

Games

*For students to be facile as a 3, they must be successful with verbal tasks (just knowing combinations and partitions for every number 1-10) without visual support.

Structuring Levels 3-4

Frames:

Games

Structuring Level 5: These students are probably ready for fact fluency, so any addition/subtraction game up to 20 is appropriate at this point. Working to continue non-count-by strategies and just known facts.