These over-sized numbers 0-9 provide a colorful reference in your classroom. They are sized to span the length of a standard magnetic white or chalkboard and be manipulated in conjunction with daily calendar activities. The numbers are laminated on a heavy gauge (10mm) laminate. It’s highly durable and conducive to daily handling by students. The numerical value of each number is represented by its illustrations. The bright, graphic illustrations engage early learners and add to an inviting classroom environment but, most importantly, serve as classroom resource.
Calendar Extension: As the date for a given day is discussed invite a student to come to the board and pull down the two numbers necessary to make the date. For example, if it’s the “24th” of the month the designated student would pull down the “2” and the “4” on the lower portion of the board and position them correctly to make “24.” Then yell, “Switch!” Upon hearing this the child transposes the numbers to create a new double digit number that he or she can challenge classmates to identify. This extension takes 1-2 minutes but if consistently done this incidental learning really drives home double digit recognition and number sense.
5-10 Minute “Filler” Game: Distribute all ten numbers to ten students. Instruct students to stand before their classmates in a straight line 0-9. The remaining students raise hands to call out double-digit numbers. If “53” is stated the students holding the “5” and the “3” will step forward and arrange themselves to make that number. They then quickly switch positions and wait for their classmates to identify the new number…”35.” Students love to call out 22, 55, 66, etc. In these instances, one student holds the given number and either jumps from side to side to represent both digits or slaps one number on the board and writes the additional number next to it with a marker or chalk.