One of the math skills that the students frequently practice in class are number bonds. The children use unifix cubes to stack into a long stick (any number up to 20). Then they break the stick into two parts and discover that the two parts combined together equal the total number of parts. 

Today, the children worked in cooperative partners to create number bonds. For example:

  • 8 and 7 can be bonded together to make 15
  • 12 and 6 can be bonded together to make 18 
  • 4 and 3 can be bonded together to make 7 

Additionally, the children played a game much like musical chairs outside. When the music starts, they walk around to each of the numbers written on the ground. When the music stops, they stop at the closest number. Numbers are called out as "ten and ___ more" number bonds, and the student standing on the corresponding number wins! For example:

  • 10 and 4 more 
  • 10 and 9 more
  • 10 and 2 more