Share Circle - 1 more than

maths calculation activity - share circleThis is a twist on the traditional ‘Follow Me’ style cards… you know the ones: each child has a card with a number and a maths question; one child asks the question and everyone looks at their cards to see who has the appropriate answer, then the chain continues around the classroom.

This is all useful stuff for a couple of reasons:

  1. everyone is involved [good],
  2. everyone is (hopefully) thinking about the mathematics involved [also good].

However, what is missing from the usual ‘Follow Me’ activity is any form of conversation, and (you know me by now) a missed conversation is a missed opportunity to learn. So, here’s a recipe for a different resource:

  • reduce the number of people involved;
  • add in a generous splash of ‘circle time’;
  • include a dash of jigsaw style thinking;
  • try it out, and reflect on what happens.

share circle - a simple maths gameHere’s the resulting resource, a Maths Share Circle. This one is designed to help children with early calculation and focuses on“1 more than”, counting up to 10.

Basically, it is a small set of 'Follow Me' cards twisted into a circle so that each card becomes a sector. Each sector has a mathematical question (in black) and an answer (blue).

Once this maths resource is printed onto card (or laminated) and cut out along the strong balck lines, a group of children can:

Play the standard ‘Follow Me’ game.
-  with the addition that children can see each others 'cards', support each other and talk about the maths

Play the ‘Follow Me’ game in reverse. math calculation jigsaw - share circle
-  being told the 'answer' means you have to pay even closer attention to the 'question' - this focuses attention beautifully

Play a ‘Pairs’ version.
-  pelmanism, with a payoff

Play a ‘Patience’ version.
-  it even makes an educational jigsaw puzzle!

There are two downloads*, teachers notes(with full details of the activities and games) and a Maths Share Circle template (pdf), this includes a small circle, a large one, and a further blank one for your own customization.

share circle download - a maths games

 

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johdu's picture

Thank you for the comment -

Thank you for the comment - I'm glad you find the resources interesting... and hope that continues!  
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EmJa0310's picture

What a great idea. I plan to

What a great idea. I plan to use this with my Numbers Count children. Thanks.
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jhw3bb's picture

I like this resource and

I like this resource and intend to use it with my bottom maths set in year 4. They are still getting to grips with number bonds to 10 and adding one and this will help consolidate their learning. I will also use the blank to make "2 more than" cards etc to progress them. Thanks.
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tulip's picture

A great resources.I like the

A great resources.I like the facgt that this is in a circle. It makes it more interesting for the children. Your resources are brilliant and to the point. Thank you.
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tulip's picture

Great resource! Thank you. I

Great resource! Thank you. I look forward to using this.
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johdu's picture

Again, thank you one and all

Again, thank you one and all for your positive comments and continued support. I'm working on adding more maths games, ideas and resources.

John

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busygranny's picture

I can't wait to try this out

I can't wait to try this out with my granddaughter, I have not found a sight like this in the U.S.
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Turner woman's picture

I love this game. It is so

I love this game. It is so adaptable
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phall's picture

A great twist on follow me -

A great twist on follow me - hope my year 8 class are ready for this!
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ccooker's picture

I have a question for those

I have a question for those of you who have used this activity. I want to adapt it for a couple of my students who are challenged by memorizing their multiplication facts. Is this circle format self-checking? What happens if the participants make a mistake and don't catch it? Thanks for your help.
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oneof8's picture

Super way of maintaining

Super way of maintaining focus.
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samdog's picture

i cant wait to try this in

i cant wait to try this in september. i think it will be a good small group activity either working together or against the clock. will let you know how it goes!
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chocoholic1's picture

Any chance of more versions -

Any chance of more versions - a subtraction one perhaps?
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chocoholic1's picture

Any chance of more versions -

Any chance of more versions - a subtraction one perhaps?
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chocoholic1's picture

An excellent idea, especially

An excellent idea, especially the way you can play it in different ways.
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Windmill 27's picture

What a great idea! Perfect

What a great idea! Perfect for small focused groups who need the reinforcement.
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chocolate1's picture

I'm starting primary teacher

I'm starting primary teacher training in September and I can't wait to try all these resources and ideas. I'll let you know how I get on!
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jmart279's picture

Thank you for a 'class' game,

Thank you for a 'class' game, I am looking forward to playing first as a class, then in groups.
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colleenchin's picture

Good idea! I like that it's

Good idea! I like that it's in a circle and kids love the idea of a jigsaw puzzle. Also thanks for the blank template for customisation.
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johdu's picture

@hcitsme, kaiakonz

Thanks for the positive comments. I'm pleased the maths game is proving popular - a simple concept that 'plays big'.

Good to hear the children want to continue playing... and to create their own versions.As you rightly note, this says a lot about their enjoyment, motivation and skills development.

Cheers,

JD

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hcitsme's picture

Share circle game

Have just played this with some of my Year one children . They loved it and they want to make up a circle of their own. How motivating is that!
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kaiakonz's picture

Patience

I love the idea of a game children can play in a class, group and individually. Well done!
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