Using Teddy Bear Counters in Guided Math Lessons: Ideas for Grades k-6

Posted on November 19, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized |


Teddy Bear Math Counters have many uses including counting, operations, graphing, sorting, story telling, patterning, probability, fractions, ratio and estimation.  Doing these types of lessons in guided math groups, allows the teachers to focus on each student. In these groups we have an unprecedented opportunity to talk with students and listen to them talk back!  I can’t stress enough the idea of creating this space where students get to share their mathematical thinking.  Below, I have listed some sites that have good tasks using teddy bear math counters.

Counting:

Ten Frames and Teddy Bears: http://www.acoe.org/acoe/files/EdServices/Math/NumberRecTenFramesV2.pdf

http://www.learnnc.org/lp/pages/3552

Operations:

http://growinginpeace.wordpress.com/2009/08/03/bears-on-the-bus-math/

Sorting: Scroll down for the Teddy Bear Sorting Organizers http://www.teachingheart.net/teddybear.html

Patterning:

http://www.jmeacham.com/docs/math.centers/bear.counters.PATTERNS.ab.pdf

http://www.jmeacham.com/docs/math.centers/bear.counters.PATTERNS.aabb.pdf

http://www.jmeacham.com/docs/math.centers/bear.counters.PATTERNS.abc.pdf

For the word versions of these (so that you can simplify or complexify the patterns) go to this url and scroll down to  pattern blocks (for some reason the bears are mislabeled) http://www.jmeacham.com/math/patterns.htm

Scroll down to the bottom of the page and print out the dot pattern cards and use them with the bears: http://prekinders.com/math-patterns/

http://www.kellyskindergarten.com/math/downloads/bearcounters.pdf

Graphing

http://www.abcteach.com/free/b/bargraph_teddybears.pdf

Problem Solving:

Have the students write stories using the teddy bears to model what happened. http://www.abcteach.com/free/c/colorandwrite_teddybear_elem.pdf

http://www.abcteach.com/free/s/shapebook_teddybear.pdf

Make up your own bingo by the different bear attributes…

More ideas:

http://blissfullydomestic.com/2008/counting-bear-activities

Probability

http://mathbuddies.net/gr_5_lesson_m.pdf

http://www.trenton.k12.nj.us/mathhelponline/probabilitylesson%20for%20elementary.htm

Google ” Let The Probability Games Begin” for a great lesson on UEN.

Additional Resources:

http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/lessonplan.jsp?id=30

http://www.abcteach.com/free/c/colorbears.pdf

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Hi,
Teddy bear counters – we use them all the time for K-2, but the Grade 5 probability task really shows their versatility. Wonderful use for this favorite manipulative.


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