Students will make their own finger signs for the numbers from zero to ten. Students will relate each finger sign to its numeral and then explore number sentences using the calculator.

Before the Activity

See the attached PDF file for detailed instructions for this activity

Print pages 81 - 91 from the attached PDF file for your class

During the Activity

Distribute the page to the class.

Follow the activity procedures:
Activity A:

Read Count on Your Fingers African Style

Activity B:

Put two numbers together to make a different number

Explore different ways of making the number five using the paper hand mat and the calculator

Activity C:

Display a number with the fingers of one hand

Guess the missing addend needed to make the number five

Use the paper hand mat to make other addition combinations and number sentences

Activity D:

Hold up 5 fingers, hide some fingers

Determine the fingers left

Use paper hand mats and the calculator to write subtraction number sentences

Activity E:

Use paper hand mats to make subtraction combinations

Write a missing subtrahend

Use the calculator to show the missing number sentences

Activity F:

Explore ways of making numbers greater than five using fingers, paper hand mats, and the calculator

Activity G:

Select number name cards to create an addition or subtraction number sentence with a missing number

Use the calculator to guess the missing number

Activity H:

Use connecting cubes to create a train (number sentence)

Use the calculator to find two addition facts and two subtraction facts for the train

Complete the Fact Family activity sheet

After the Activity

Review student results

As a class, discuss questions that appeared to be more challenging