# Maths by Month – November

## Maths by Month – November

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Welcome to the third installment in this series of posts designed to explore the Operation Maths topics on a month-by-month basis, giving teachers greater insights into the concepts at hand, when they are most relevant.

In each monthly overview, there will be links to other topic-specific posts and articles, as well as a whole host of extra suggestions, links etc. To ensure you don’t miss out on any future Maths by Month blog-posts, please subscribe to the blog via email, on the top right hand of this page.

### Operation Maths Jr Infs to 2nd classes:

• Junior Infants will spend this month looking at the numbers 1-3 as part of the strand unit Analysis of Number, Numeration. As the scope of numbers is very small, the challenge will be to vary the types of activities while being restricted to these numbers. Some suggestions:
• Use the ready-made Number Talks resources for these numbers; show the slides of the frames one day, the rekenreks (bead racks) another day and the dots another day.
• Create similar  “What number do you see? How do you know?” activities using the frames template on the Operation Maths Sorting eManipulative, accessible on edcolearning.ie . The 100 square eManipulative can also be used to resemble the rekenrek using only one row of dots; alternatively the Number Rack tool from the Math Learning Centre is very useful.
• Give the children plenty of opportunities to explore the numbers using their own Operation Maths frames.
• The TRB has lots of suggestions for practical activities and stations using a concrete materials.
• Senior Infants will spend most of the month looking at the numbers 6 & 7 as part of the strand unit Analysis of Number, Numeration.  As this is similar to the content for Junior Infants this month, the Junior Infant suggestions above will also be relevant here.
• Senior Infants will also identify, copy and extend simple patterns.
• The TRB has lots of suggestions for practical activities and stations using a concrete materials.The Ready Set Go Maths programme also has a whole suite of suitable activities.
• Don’t forget to use the Sorting eManipulative on edcolearning.ie. Drag out images onto the blank work space to compare (there are attribute bear images, shapes of different sizes etc), to create simple patterns and use the Venn diagram background for comparing sets.
• You could also use the Bar Modelling eManipulative to create bars of different lengths, similar to Cuisenaire rods. Other very useful interactive resources for representing Cuisenaire Rods include this one from NRICH and  this one from the Maths Playground
• Senior infants will also explore 2D shapes and data; again the Sorting eManipulative can be used to display the 2D shapes and to replicate data sets to be arranged.
• First Classes will continue with Number, counting and numeration to include 20 and then extend this to counting and recognising numbers up to 50. Particular attention should be given to the multiples of ten ie the “ty” numbers and a deliberate distinction should be made between the “ty” numbers and the “teen” numbers, especially when being verbalised. Like the “teen” numbers, “ty” numbers are also widely acknowledged as common hurdles for children and so time spent now will be time well spent for the future. Suggested activities to support this include
• round robin counting, forwards and backwards, from various starting points within 50, including counting only the multiples of 10, to 50
• Using  the number line and 100 square to count and to identify missing numbers. The 100 Square eManipulative, accessible on edcolearning.ie  will be useful for this as will the Number Line app from the Math Learning Centre.
• First classes will spend the second fortnight exploring Time and revising the content from Senior Infants. Recommended reading for this topic is this post on Time.
• Second Classes like First classes, will look at Time and revise the content from the previous year. As many children in second class may still struggle with the concept of time, don’t assume they automatically remember what they were taught last year and definitely don’t assume that they understood it! Recommended reading for this topic is this post on Time.
• Second Classes will also be exploring how to recognise patterns and predict subsequent numbers, focussing specifically on skip counting in 2s (leading to the exploration of odd and even numbers), 10s, 5s, and to a lesser extent 3s and 4s. The 100 Square eManipulative, accessible on edcolearning.ie  will be invaluable for supporting skip counting, as will the Number Line app from the Math Learning Centre. The children should initially have lots of opportunities to skip count with the visual support of a hundred square or number line that reinforces the patterns before attempting to skip count without the visual supports.
• Operation Maths users can also access a class specific, month-by-month list of relevant links and online resources via the Weblinks document, accessible on www.edcolearning.ie.
2. Click on the At School Book for your class level.
3. Click on the Edco Resources icon (on book cover image on left-hand side)
• Also accessible on  www.edcolearning.ie.  are the custom-made digital resources to support these topics. These will all be viewable when you click on the Edco Resources icon as directed above.

### Operation Maths 3rd to 6th classes:

The topics for this month are:

Click on each link above to access more in-depth information and links on each of the topics for this month.

• Operation Maths users can also access a class specific, topic-by-topic list of relevant links and online resources via the Weblinks document, accessible on www.edcolearning.ie.
2. Click on the Pupil’s Book for your class level.
3. Click on the Edco Resources icon (on book cover image on left-hand side)
• Also accessible on  www.edcolearning.ie.  are the custom-made digital resources to support these topics. These will all be viewable when you click on the Edco Resources icon as directed above. Tip: look at the footer on the first page of each chapter in the Pupil’s Book to get a synopsis of what digital resources are available/suggested to use with that particular chapter.