Friday, January 25, 2013

Mystery Number

In November, I had a lovely blogging friend come visit my class, it was so much fun! She was so sweet, she even brought gifts!

Well one gift was from her brain, because she knows my obsession with songs, and she shared with me the cutest song she uses during calendar time! She wrote this song, called Mystery Number and sings it with her class every day!
 
Mystery Number
Written by Mrs. Felts
To the tune of The Muffin Man
I’m thinking of a number, a number, a number,
I’m thinking of a number,
Can you guess what it is?

The number has two digits, two digits, two digits,
The number has two digits,
Can you guess what it is?

There’s a ___ in the ones' place, the ones' place, the ones' place,
There’s a ___ in the ones' place.
Can you guess what it is?

There’s a ___ in the tens' place, the tens' place, the tens' place,
There’s a ___ in the tens' place
We know what the number is!

We found our mystery number, number, number!
We found our mystery number,
Our number is ___!
  
She even allowed me to type it up and make it all cute to share with you guys, isn't she sweet!?
{If you aren't sure how to download from Google Drive...click here!}

Well, I introduced this little diddy to my class and they LOVED it! After each verse, I pause to let them guess. Sometimes I give my students a mini whiteboard and marker to write their guesses on. Sometimes we just do it orally. It has really helped them with understanding place value! We started with numbers 1-20, but now we are able to guess all the way up to 99!

I also made this fun little chart to hang up in our calendar area and write our mystery number on.
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When I first introduced it, I wrote the number first with dry erase marker, then covered each digit with a post it. Then we I revealed the ones place, I took the post it off, and again with tens place. Now, I have my students come up and write the number after we have guessed it. 

I can't thank you enough  Mrs. Felts!!

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16 comments:

  1. Love this...thanks for sharing!!
    Vickie

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  2. I think my kinders are ready for this. They have been telling me the digits in the date. I am ready to step it up a notch. Thanks for sharing!

    Terri
    KinderKapers

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  3. What a cute and clever idea. I love songs, too, even though I can't sing very well. But kids learn so quickly though songs that I just go ahead and sing anyway!! Thanks for this one.

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  4. How cute! Love songs in the classroom, even if I can't carry a tune! :) Thanks for sharing! :)

    ღDeAnne
    First Grade and Fabulous

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  5. I love this! This would be PERFECT in my classroom! I can't wait for it to be Monday so we can start! :)

    Pam
    Diary of a First Grade Teacher

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  6. Awww that song sounds like so much fun. :)
    Melissa

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  7. omgoodness! This is soooooo cute! Thanks for being so generous!
    Amy :)

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  8. I am so glad everyone enjoys my song. It is amazing what you come up with a two in the morning when you cannot sleep because your husband is on duty! Hadar you have made it so presentable...thank you so much!!! We have been doing this since late October or early November and my students number sense and recognition has increased significantly. It really is a great tool for calendar time. My new mission...coming up with a song for money during calendar time. :-)

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  9. Love the mystery number! Thanks for sharing!
    Nicole
    Rowdy in Room 300

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  10. Great little song and mat! We just began place value last week! Perfecto.


    xo
    Megan
    Mrs. Wheeler’s First Grade
    Mrs. Wheeler TpT

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  11. This is the cutest idea! I love it! Thank you so much for sharing it! Can't wait to sing it with my class tomorrow! :)
    Cheryl
    Crayons and Curls

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  12. Thank you so much for this wonderful song and chart! I just love the idea!
    mrscatskindercorner.blogspot.com

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  13. Thanks for the freebies! A great way to improve number sense every day :)

    Melissa
    First Grade Smiles

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  14. I LOVE this! Thank you so much for sharing! I can't wait to introduce this to my kiddos.

    Marcy
    Searching for Teacher Balance

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