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Anyone ever use collection bags for math?
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A retired first grade teacher recommended them and after two weeks, the students and I are LOVING them. I'm looking for more ideas with them though, like how often you change out what's inside the bag, if and when you add math tools like ten frames, and if they worked for the whole year.

If you've used them or seen them, let me know!


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Itís been a few years since I taught first grade but I used ďtool kitsĒ then. Iím not sure if thatís what youíre referring to. Each student had a gallon size zipper bag with:
Number cards 0-20
Dice
Ruler
Analog clock
Coins
Base-10 blocks
Linking cubes
Hundreds chart
When needed, I added pattern blocks, tape measures, etc.
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Counting Collections?
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Are you referring to Counting Collections?

Megan Franke has a great book on Amazon. There are a lot of resources and videos avail on line.

They are quite engaging and good for differentiation.

https://mathforlove.com/lesson/counting-collections/
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The collection bags aren't exactly counting bags, but they can be, if that makes sense.

They're zip block bags of materials. Some have seashells, erasers, buttons, etc. Random amounts in each bag, but enough where they definitely have enough for anything they might want to do.

From the way it was explained to me, collection bags are a tool for students to self-differentiate their math practice. So when I first introduced them, we talked about what they could do with their bags. They can count, sort, make patterns, etc.

We add a new skill in every so often, like adding objects (2 blue buttons + 3 red buttons) or one-more patterns after we learned about those, or grouping and comparing. Recently I added some math tools that they can use too. They can get whiteboards and makers to document their math, ten frames, dice, and spinners.

The only rules for collection bags are that they must be in their own space, they can't share their bags, they have to be doing math the whole time, and they have to treat their supplies nicely.

Right now most of my class uses their collection bags to practice addition, but I do have some lower students who still like to sort and count or pattern.


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