With a new quarter, came some new math units.... we started 3 Addend Addition on Monday. My class has been pretty strong in addition and subtraction so far this year. I do 2 math stations daily (2 out of the 12 are addition/subtraction), so they keep those skills at the forefront. I have to say.... the last 2 years with math stations, have been a totally transformation in learning. I highly recommend looking into it if you haven't already. (Check out my post about it here , as well as the other you can find tagged.)
In order to introduce the concepts, we first gathered in an oval-ish shape on the floor and used unifix cubes and this work mat (click below the photo for the freebie).
I just verbally gave them equations and the set up the problem and raised their hands to give the solution.
The next day, I gathered the oval-ish group again and added the component of writing the equation on a dry erase board. After a couple equations with me, I had them get with partners to practice.
The following day, we added paper and pencils to the mix.
We will do this for a few more days before phasing out the manipulatives. Some of my students will continue to use the manipulatives, as a support tool. From here, we will learn how to pull 2 of the numbers together to make an easy-to-add number (like 10 or doubles).