Thursday I had 3 doctor's appointments. Not 1, not 2, but 3. (I'm fine, just happened to schedule them on the same day!) I also went to the dentist on Tuesday and had my flu shot on Wednesday, so I should be all set for a while!
Since 2 of the 3 doctors are a half hour away, I was looking to fill time between appointments, so I went into the local dollar store.
I'm always looking for cute ideas for school in the dollar store. I'm either looking for organizational ideas or game ideas. As I was browsing through the toy section, I saw the perfect game for my sports themed classroom: golf sets!
I was planning the math game I was going to make while standing in line to make my purchase. (Do all teachers do this sort of thing when they take a day for doctors appointments?)
We've been working with addition of single digit numbers in our new math pilot program: enVisions. The math part was so easy, I wanted to bump it up to adding tens. I figured they could work in teams, working on adding tens. I set up 3 lines, each a foot apart, and decided they could and take a few shots from different level.
As you might have guessed, the kids loved it! They were even good about working quietly while the other groups did their "sitting down" work, which is not easy for adults, never mind second graders! However, they knew they'd lose the privilege, so they worked hard to golf quietly!
The only problem? Those plastic golf balls were so light, the kids had trouble aiming them. Therefore, hardly any balls went into the cup, so they didn't get much practicing adding up points. I'm going to bring in real golf balls tomorrow, and I'm sure the extra weight will help them have more real "adding tens" practice. In the meantime, it was a great lesson in adding zeroes, and the kids really enjoyed it!
Click the picture for your "golfing for tens" freebie. I'm sure they have the golf sets in the toy section of most dollar stores! (Did I mention that this game supports CCSS 2.NBT.5?)