Numeracy for Early Learners is Mathletics’ fantastic collection of blended learning resources that are designed to support junior primary teachers in developing foundational mathematical skills in their students, all while keeping them engaging and eager to learn. From interactive storytelling that combines numeracy and literacy with Una and Jiro’s Number Journey, to a rich, augmented reality application, Numbeanies, exploring number sense, this unique bundle of digital and physical resources introduces students in grades 1-3 to the essentials of numeracy and a whole new world of numbers.

As you can imagine, there are endless ways to use these Numeracy for Early Learners resources with your students. So, we have pulled together a list of some of our favourite classroom activities that involve our much loved Numbeanies, Magic Mentors, Una and Jiro and the Play Paws.

12 classroom activity favourites

1. Play a whole class Numbeanies game as a warm-up to your mathematics lesson or as a break moving between lessons.

2. Observe students playing a Numbeanies group card game and make anecdotal records of their skills, understanding and mathematical language development.

3. Use the Learn feature in the Numbeanies app for independent practice of reading, writing, counting and saying the numbers 0-20.

4. Introduce a topic (e.g. Counting to 10) using a Magic Mentors video. Don’t forget to look at the lesson guide for key points to stop during the video and great activities for consolidating understanding.

Magic Mentors lesson guide

5. Lucky dip! As a lesson warm-up ask students to select a Magic Mentor video about a topic that they have already covered.

6. Show a Magic Mentor video at the end of a lesson to get students thinking about the topic for the next lesson.

 7. Watch a Magic Mentor video (e.g. Counting to 20) and then play a related Numbeanies game (e.g. Number line up).

8. Read a chapter from Una and Jiro and ask students to make up their own number story.

9. Take a number journey with Una and Jiro by reading Chapter 2. Explore pairs in the learning environment and make a class list of all the pairs.

10. Using mini whiteboards or paper and pencil, have students work together to record all of the different ways they see the target number represented as you read a story from Una and Jiro – numerals, words, tallies, dice, etc.

11. Display Play Paws on a digital display and navigate to the Teacher Area. Use the Guided Mode to revise an addition or subtraction strategy using 10 frames or place value blocks. Or use the Practice Mode and have students explain their thinking to the rest of the class.

12. Use Play Paws as part of a mathematics rotation session. Have students work in pairs (in Practice Mode) or individually (in Guided Mode) to master the addition or subtraction strategy. Complement this activity with physical manipulatives, Mathletics ebook pages and a related addition or subtraction game such as Target 50 or Navigate or using the Numbeanies cards.

Numeracy for Early Learners is now included in every Mathletics subscription for teachers of grades 1-3.

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