Sunday, 26 April 2015

Swap Share Give - A linky for all seasons

I am very lucky to have made some Aussie blogger friends over the past couple of years. Last year these friends held a Swap Share Give link-up that I was part of (my first link-up like that) and we are doing it again! We have been paired with another teacher by the lovely Tania. The pair has swapped a product, used that product and will write a review about it. We each also have a freebie to share, and there will be a giveaway of all the products that were reviewed! Pretty cool.

I'm very lucky to be paired up with Alison from Teaching Maths with Meaning.

 She has amazing products, and I own pretty much all of them! For this link-up I am reviewing her Number Detectives product.

I printed it, laminated it, and chopped it up ready to use. I decided to use it as our maths focus wall, and I have one number up each week. As part of our Monday maths lesson (or sometimes Tuesday) we take down last week's number and put up the new number. I love it, and the kids love it! You get heaps of different elements to display which you can see in this picture:

I have had some excellent opportunities for incidental teaching with the clock face, the tens frame and the odd/even word cards. I have also touched on reading skills when we try to find the number word. During the week we look for things that show our Number Detectives Number, and either discuss it or add it to the wall.

As well as using it as a focus wall, you could also collect some of the bits and do a sort. For example, the focus number might be 2, so you would find all the representations of two in the bundle, and put them together. It could be a maths groups activity or a warm up activity.

I love the clear graphics, and the easy to cut out shapes! My students love the birthday candles, and regularly walk past the display to blow out the candles.

The product I have as a freebie is a play dough mats set all about teen numbers. It has a spring theme, and it is bright and cheerful. Each of the bloggers who linked up has a seasons-related freebie, some are Spring-based (currently in the Northern Hemisphere) and some Autumn-based (which is the current season in Australia).

You get 10 play dough mats with the numbers 11-20. The mats are bright and clear, and students are asked to make the number out of play dough and make the number on a tens frame with play dough. But you could use counters instead of play dough, or you could use whiteboard markers on them once they have been laminated. The mats are really focused on the concept that the teen numbers are 10 plus some more. 

Alison is reviewing my product ABC Foldable Readers (available in Victorian Modern Cursive and print font) on her blog. Go there now to check it out!!

Now for a giveaway! Enter below to win each of the products that were reviewed.

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  1. I love the number detectives activity pack Jem - I like how you've used it as a daily activity. Your freebie is amazing too. :)

  2. Two great products! Alison's ability to focus on numbers and numerals in different ways has always amazed me. Your freebie is fabulous - thanks for sharing.
    Paula from Paula’s Place and iSURF Maths

  3. Hey Jem, thanks for sharing this teaching resource. The number detectives looks like a great pack for the little kids beginning to learn about numbers. I also love those incidental teaching moments!


  4. Love the display you've made with this pack Jem - perfect visual for the kidlets to refer to during the week. Thanks also for the playdough mats, Prep teachers can never have enough playdough activities! :)

    Love, Laughter and Learning in Prep!

    1. Thanks Lauren!! I definitely love playdough :D

  5. Alison's number detectives pack is amazing and I love seeing how you've used it with your class!

    Thanks for the freebie as well! I know I'll definitely be using these soon!

    Miss Galvin Learns

  6. That's funny how the kids blow out the candles! Thank you for your review Jem and wonderful post about my product! I can see how your playdoh mats would come in very handy!

    Teaching Maths with Meaning

    1. Thanks Alison!! It is such an awesome pack that you've created.

  7. I love the display. What a great way to see all the different representations of a number. I love how your kids blow the candles out. Kids always do the cutest things.
    Sheri :)

    1. Thanks Sheri!! They are super cute.

  8. Wow Jem, you got so much learning from that one pack. Alison does have amazing products in her store it would have been difficult to choose just one :)

    Thank you for the super cute freebie too.

    Mrs Poultney's Ponderings

  9. Straight to the wish list for me! Love how you have used it in your room. I can just imagine the kids getting excited as you reveal the week's focus number. Don't you just love their enthusiasm! Great freebie too! Thanks so much!
    The Teacher Gene