We read Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker together. Just like the trucks in the story needed to go to sleep, we talked about the toy vehicles in our house needing a place to sleep. My boys LOVE their toy trucks, cars, and airplanes! I always hear them saying, ‘Vroom!, Vroom!’
We decided a garage was a good place for the toys to sleep. Could we create a garage for them to sleep in? The kids decided it would be called the Transportation Garage.
We discussed the importance of garages having order so nothing gets damaged. Each vehicle would have its own numbered parking spot. No two spots would share a spot.
Taking turns let’s count the dots on each vehicle and place them into their correct parking space.
Encourage them to count aloud to check their thinking.
I noticed right away that Robbie (3) was looking at the dots and getting confused. He was repeating dots. We practiced pointing to each dot and counting aloud slowly. We also worked on number recognition when looking at the garage.
Danny (5) was using strategies with his counting, so I went with it!
Instead of counting by ones, can we count the dots by twos?
I notice parking spot 7 is one the spots left. Can you make a smart guess as to which vehicle it would be? Why?
Robbie did a great job working on number recognition and counting. Danny was ready for a more advanced version of the garage game.
What do you notice about the papers on each vehicle? I do not see dots, so what do you think these numbers mean?
We talked about the terms number sentence and equation. I gave an example using subtraction. Danny really likes it because it involved candy. If I had 3 pieces of candy and ate one, how many would I have left?
Choose one vehicle and try to solve the number sentence using your words, your fingers, and saying the equation aloud.
Danny immediately added fingers rather than taking them away. This was great because we talked about subtraction versus addition.
The answer or solution to the number sentence is your parking space. Place the vehicle in the correct parking space.
The equations took a lot of thinking and good Math talk! I was sure to use many math terms with Danny. This will help with further instruction.
I was happy to see a mistake because then we could learn more together. Danny ended up with two vehicles in one parking spot. He figured out that one of the equations was incorrect and he quickly changed his answer.
After all vehicles are in their parking spots, refer back to Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site to create a good night sentence. This is a great writing extension! We used repetition just as it is done in the book.
** Game adapted from The Dad Lab (thedadlab.net)