Grab the Apple - Number Sequence Game

I want to share with you, another 'peek at a week' of small group activities for the 'number' strand of mathematics. This week, week 4 in my plans, has a focus on 'number sequences'.

This week, you will want to see the students being able to put numerals into the order that we count them. They should also be able to say the number word when they see the numeral (so reinforcing the work on 'numeral identification' from Week 1). 

There is no work on understanding what the numerals mean, we just want to focus on getting them in order and 'counting' (verbalising). A key skill to focus on is also having the students be able to start at ANY number and be able to continue counting. So, for example, they could count 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 - not necessarily starting from 1. 

I would have the students work on groups of numbers at a time - 0-10, then 10-20 and 20-30. You may find you need to make even more groups to accommodate all your learners.

I also start with the Forward Number Sequence (FNS) within each group, before learning the Backward Number Sequence in each group. 

Here is a little, easy to prepare game to play with ANY set of numbers. It is called 'Grab the Apple'.
Make a set that suits your class. I made these ones to play with a group working on 10-20, but you could make one more challenging with numbers 35-45 for example. 

You need a set of popsicle sticks (I used 10, but you can use any number) of a different color for each students. In this example, I have 3 students playing, so have 3 sets of sticks - red, yellow and green. They have been numbered on one end, with numerals 10-20 with a fine point Sharpie. 

To play, mix them up and put them in the middle of a group of students with a plastic apple. 

At 'go' the students grab the sticks of their designated colour. 

They quickly flip and rotate the sticks so that they can see the numerals lined up.

They then work to put these numbers in counting order. The first student to do this, can 'Grab the Apple' and scores one point if he/she can also verbalise the counting sequence as well. 

Students then mix the sticks again and prepare for a new game. The first student to 5 points is the grand winner. 

This game is on my plans for this week, along with 'Number Snake'. In each group, the activity is differentiated to cater for the needs of each group. 

Download my plans, in Powerpoint format, from Google Drive HERE

In Number Snake, students work to put together a snake, by ordering the numbers in either forward or backward sequence. 

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