Thursday, October 10, 2013

Firefighter Math Activities

We are getting ready for our demo from firefighter John and his crew, so we have been doing firefighter math this week, learning about the tools firefighters use to stay safe, and learning about  fire safety.

We read several books about firefighters. We made a circle map to show the tools that firefighters use to stay safe on their job. Then we made firetrucks to go around our circle maps. You can get the pictures and words for the circle map here.

 We brainstormed a list of things we need to do if we have a fire or an emergency at our house. We shared the pen to write our list.
Here are the directions for making the fire trucks:
Red 9X12 (1) clip the top corners and round
Black 3X3 (2) clip the bottom corners and round
Gray 8X1 1/2 (1) clip all four corners and round
Black 8X2 (1) do nothing, glue on
Yellow 1 1/2X 1 1/2 (2) clip all four corners and round
White 7X3 (1) fold in half, cut on the fold
Gray 1 1/2X6 (1) clip all four corners and round
Red 1X1 (3) clip all four corners and round
Red 1 1/2X2 (1) clip the top corners and round
We used a ten frame to act out firefighter story problems. We also ordered ourselves from 1-10. 

We used Deeanna's Fire Safety Week Activities unit for math this week. You can check it out for yourself here.
After we used the large ten frame as a whole group, we used individual ten frames and manipulatives to count and solve story problems. 

We are having a little trouble understanding what we are doing when we decompose numbers so we went back to decomposing the number 5 instead of moving onto 10. I modeled decomposing on the large ten frame with story problems and my students used their ten frames to practice. 

We used this ladder counting recording sheet from Deeanna's unit to make sets of objects up to 10. My students loved making the sets with paint. 

We used this You Tube video and this recording sheet with counters to practice counting up to 10 and down from 10. We also did this on ten frames. 

Deeanna's unit has a 10 Brave Firefighters rhyme in it. I used it for a pocket chart activity. As we took the firefighters off the chart with the rhyme, we put them down like a 10 frame so students could easily see how many firefighters were left and how many had gone away. 


Mrs Cupcake said...

How cute are those little trucks?!
A Cupcake for the Teacher

Miss Kindergarten said...

I love those trucks too!!! And the fireman ten frame is SO cute!!!

Krista Conlon said...

How did you make your life-size ten frame!?
-first year teacher!

Mrs. Larremore said...

I made the large ten frame myself. I used bulletin board paper and colored locker tape from my teacher supply store. I folded it in half and laminated it.

Mary Lirette said...

Adorable! I love acting out the firefighter story problems on the 10 frame! :)


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