What a wonderful tool to use to reinforce a lot of skills. Thank you so much for sharing. I will give this a try with my class along with my math journals. Thanks again!

The number of the day was how many days we have been in school. The example shows 37, so that was day 37 of school. When you start, you need to add or subtract FROM 15 so you don't get negative numbers. When you get to 15 and above for the number of days in school, you subtract 15 from that number.

Later in the year, I used my age as the number to add or subtract. I wanted the kids to regroup when adding and subtracting.

I had a framed rectangular white board divided into 12 sections. I used blue painter's tape. We would do the board together at the beginning. Later the kids were able to do it on their own.

You can change the blocks and add skills you want your kids to master. You could add addition and subtraction fact families and then change them to multiplication and division fact families.

Our math program (HM) also has a number of the day, but the students only get to play with it a little bit. I'm thinking of printing this on a larger construction paper and laminating it. Then I can have students use the framework like a whiteboard at a center. I have a number of students who will benefit from having repeated practice identifying place value, rounding, and expressing numbers in expanded form. Thanks for a very useful tool.

This looks like a great idea. I'd like to use it. Question: When I open it, it isn't placed or layed out correctly. I think it has something to do with .doc type of form. Sometimes I am unable to open anything in that format. I am using Windows 7 on my computer. Can anyone help me? Thanks!

This is great. But I am confused about what galloping v's are. Also wouldn't the number of the day only go up to the hundreds place, if you are saying that the number you are using is the number of days in school? Sorry I'm confused.

The way it is set up is so in case you would want to pick your own "number of the day" that is in the thousands.

Galloping V's refers to the connection in the shape of the V that ties the two adjacent numbers. You put the rule at the tip of the V. The pattern might increase or decrease by a certain number and that is the number that goes at the tip. The kids also have to write whether they are adding or subtracting. Later, I change the patterns to include multiplication and division.