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Bridges in Mathematics - Adding to Resources in G1

Bridges in Mathematics - Adding to Resources in G1
Katelyn Boyle

Earlier in the year, Seisen welcomed a new maths resource into elementary school-- Bridges in Mathematics! We are enjoying the addition of it to the classroom (no pun intended). One of the resources we really love is our mathematics working wall. We have a large interactive calendar that features repeating patterns and chances for word-problem creation, a place for place value, a count-up of school days, and a vocabulary building area. Check out 1A's wall below!

In 1B, the students are loving he Bridges mathematics "stations" -- they always post to their discoveries and creations to their Seesaw accounts!  The workplaces include hands-on games and activities designed to help children in developing key skills. They practice taking responsibility and have a form of agency in their investing, creating, and collaborating. Because there are too many stations to write about in a single blog entry, Grade 1 voted to decide their Top 3 to share today.



We have two different types of dominoes-- 6-dots and 9-dots. Children use them to match numbers, compare numbers, recognize groupings, and more. The teacher will issue a challenge for that particular station each day. Of course, we've also had days to balance them and tip them over in a line!

Student Comments:

"I put the same numbers together sometimes, and sometimes I build building with them, lining them up 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. I put the dominoes in piles and lines, because when I push one, it goes down and makes all of them fall down. I love them because it's so fun to play with them."

"I like them because I can memorize number games with them, and match numbers." 

"Dominoes are fun."



Geoboards can be used to create various shapes and pictures. For example, children might be asked to, "Make a shape with 5 straight sides" and "Now make the same shape, but smaller." We can practice using position, size, and shape words. 

Student Comments:

"I can make shapes and things like flags with them."

"It is fun and we can make triangles and some pictures."



Polydrons are a great introduction to the idea of two-dimensional versus three-dimensional shapes. Children create composite shapes by combining the two-dimensional and three-dimensional shapes included in the set. They can look at a flat square, and then use more pieces to create a cube. They are also exposed to the idea of open and closed shapes. 

Student Comments:

"When you snap them together, they make a noise. It's so satisfying. They look cool and we can make so many things."

"With polydrons we can make 3D shapes by connecting the pieces."



And, the runner up!


Pattern Blocks:

Our pattern blocks include triangles, trapezoids, squares, rhombuses, hexagons, and rectangles. Children are slowly learning their names, defining features, and how to fit them together into aesthetic pieces as we go along. 

Student Comments

"I love pattern blocks because it's fun to make special things. One time I made a beautiful pattern using hexagons, diamonds [rhombus], triangles, and squares."

"I like pattern blocks because it is beautiful. We can make flowers or snowflakes."

"I like pattern blocks because we can make everything we like, like a watch face or flowers."


We hope you've enjoyed this look into Bridges, one of our new resources for mathematics! 

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