Monday, August 29, 2011

Nonstop Number Fun!

Mrs. Ranney's new class has been exploring number sense!

The symbols 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 are digits.

The even digits are 0, 2, 4, 6, and 8.
The odd digits are 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9.

Standard form: A way of writing numbers using digits

Expanded form: A way to write numbers by showing the VALUE  of each digit

Word form:  A way to write numbers using words

To practice with forms of a number, we found that we could use the Clustr Map on our Blog!

We have had 12,155 visitors to the blog since October 2009. 
We showed that number in all three forms!


We have reviewed skills with the hundred chart and odd and even digits by playing some games!

To practice with the hundred chart, several students played

Other students played manual Dog Bone!

Many students played Odd and Even with a partner.
The object of this game of strategy is to get 5 in a row, 
vertically, horizontally, or diagonally.
A player who rolls an even number on the number cube 
must cover any even number on the board.
A player who rolls an odd number on the number cube 
must cover any odd number on the board.


Have you played Dog Bone? If so, how many bones could you place in one minute? 

Which numbers are easy to place and why?

What are some strategies you use to place your number quickly?

Do you have some special strategies for Odd and Even to share? 


  1. Dear Mrs. Ranney's Class,

    Welcome back to school! We're so glad that you're back!

    I'm excited to "meet" all of the new students this year. Last year we had the opportunity to learn all about the students in Mrs. Ranney's class through quad blogging and skyping!

    I hope you all work really hard this year and we can't wait to learn from you!

    Mr. Avery
    Plympton, Massachusetts
    Mr. Avery's Class Blog

  2. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    I have played Digital Dog Bone and could place 10 bones in less than one minute. The easiest numbers to place are 1 and 100 because they are the first and last numbers on the game. I look at the last numbers in each row to help me place my number quickly.

    See you in the morning,
    Adam :) :) :) :)

  3. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    I have a good strategy on Dog Bone.
    You have to click on all the 10's. It is very useful!


  4. @Adam, 10 numbers in less than one minute is a very impressive time! Good for you! I definitely agree about 1 and 100. Those are very easy to place. Thanks for sharing your strategy. I think it will help others out!

    @Nate, clicking on the last column to count by tens sounds helpful. Can you give a few more details to explain, so everyone will know what to do?

    Keep up the good work!
    Mrs. Ranney

  5. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    I like the game dog bone, it's a fun game to play. I keep trying to beat my highest score.

    This is a really fun way to learn math!



  6. Dear Class,

    I have played Digital Dog Bone. I think some easy numbers are 99, ten, and the digits. I think the digits and ten are easy because for the digits and ten, you just do the top row. For 99, do the bottom row, 2nd one to the right

    See you in the morning,

  7. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    I had fun playing Dog Bone because I like to work with odd and even numbers. I like that it gives you a minute to solve the problem, and when it's over I like that you can still try to figure it out.

    See you tomorrow Mrs. Ranney,

    Alex :-)

  8. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    I played digital dog bone yesterday for the first time, and I got 6 bones in 60 seconds.

    I don't have any strategies for the game, well....I think I don't. When I play some more, I will let you know.

    How many dog bones can you get in a minute?


    Elijah :)

  9. Hi Mrs.Ranney,
    I can get 10 dog bones in less then 1 min. on Digital Dog Bone like Adam. You can learn so much! Maybe you could try it. Will you?
    See you in class,

  10. @Oliver, Josh, Alex, Elijah, and Hayley,
    I'm glad to hear you've been enjoying playing Dog Bone! I've played a few times, and I enjoy it too. I also keep trying to beat my highest score. I've been able to place 10 bones in about 45 seconds. I often use the strategy of hitting a number the last column, which is counting by tens, to help me find the "bone" I'm looking for.

    Keep up the good work!
    Mrs. Ranney

  11. Hi Mrs. Ranney,
    That is a great high score! Have you played any other games? Do you think they are fun?
    See you in class,

  12. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    I played digital Dog Bone. It was awesome! The easiest numbers to place are one-digits because everyone knows that they are in the first row. I found 10 bones in less than 1 minute.


    your new sudent Sydney

  13. Dear Mrs. Ranney and class,
    I played Digital Dog Bone and I got 10 numbers in 21 seconds. I enjoy digital Dog Bone.



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