In each class we set up tables with different math materials and one table with five of the school's iPads. After a short lesson on different way to "make 5" the students rotated through the table tasks in groups, showing different ways to make five and "reading the math".

For example, this student read her groups of yellow and red discs as 4 and 1, 2 and 1 and 2 and the last row as 2 and 1 and 2.

I have learned not to make quick assumptions and asked this student to explain why some of her glass beads were not in groups of five. If you look carefully, you can see that she has used the beads to represent the equation 3 + 2 = 5 in the top section of her work mat. Miran Lo's class is a K/1 class and some of the students included math equations in their representations.

The students were so excited to use the iPads for math and the teachers all commented on they could see how easily the iPads could be incorporated into their math programs. The teachers received the students' work in their email inboxes and these images can be printed and included in the students' math journals or embedded in newsletters or class websites.

~Janice

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