Thursday, April 26, 2012

[Trade or NO Trade] trading intro freebie

I am about to embark into the strange world of trading.
Not spouses or anything.
That would be weird.
Trading.  You know, what we learned as carrying.

But to answer Raina's question about number bonds first - yes, the number bonds on the brain busters sheets are just adding.  The number bond has the parts attached to the whole.  So if there were a number in the circle attached to both parts, and a number in one of the attached circles, but not the other, you would subtract.  Make sense?  If not, leave a comment with your e-mail address, and I'll see if I can explain it better.

Before I start expecting my littles to actually write the math fact WITH the trade, I want them to get a good grasp on which facts would NEED a trade.
I'm hoping this is going to help.
Trade or NO Trade.
No complete computation necessary - just a quick check in the ones column to see if a trade would be necessary.

In theory, this is a great idea.
I'll try it today and see how it works.
If it completely bombs, I'll let you know. . .

Ha, ha, so we tried this today. 
And I made changes on the fly.
This game works now.
Told you I'd update if it didn't work, lol. 
PLEASE download the updated file, instructions, and additional cards.  :)
Image is linked.

The PDF file is kind of HUGE!
You definitely do NOT need to print every card, nor do you need every card to play the game!  I added cards for the 20s (21-29) being added with 1-9.  So. . .there are 20 pages in the file!  Aaack!  It's all good.  (Right, Pete?!).
Why did I add the 20s?  Because my littles were simply trying to tell me the answer to the addition fact.  I didn't want that!  I wanted them to tell me if it was a TRADE or NO TRADE problem!  I *think* that by increasing the top addends by 10, they'll focus more on just the ONES place because the facts won't be so readily solvable.
Or something.

I was seeing some growth today just in the few minutes we had to play.
A few lightbulb moments.  LOVE those!

Have a great day!
I'm still not finished with my math final and I think I have a broken toe. . .sigh.

It was a pretty okay day.  Math final is finished and handed in.  Toe hurts, but nothing like this morning.  Weird.  So weird.


  1. Great idea!
    I'm going to try this.
    Thanks for sharing.


  2. Hope your toe isn't broken! Tomorrow I go to the doctor & hopefully he will tell me that my broken foot is no longer broken. :-)
    Thanks for the freebie.

    First Grade Delight

  3. Thanks for the update!
    Have a great weekend!