The children have been practising skip counting as part of their learning in Grades 1 and 2. This involves remembering the patterns that come from ‘repeatedly adding’ a number (eg. 0 + 2 = 2, 2 + 2 = 4, 2 + 2 + 2 = 6, 2 + 2 + 2 + 2 = 8), but just as importantly understanding why these patterns occur. It is a pre-cursor to learning times tables in Grade 3 where the ‘repeated addition’ is looked at as multiplication (eg. 1 x 2 = 2, 2 x 2 = 4, 3 x 2 = 6, 4 x 2 = 8).
One of the things the children need to understand to fully comprehend the repeated addition patterns involved in skip counting is Place Value (hundreds, tens and ones). As the patterns in the ‘ones’ column repeats (0, 2, 4, 6, 8) the ‘tens’ column forms its own pattern too – 1 of the 10s (10), 2 of the 10s (20), 3 of the 10s (30), 4 of the 10s (40), 5 of the 10s (50), etc. Keeping track of these two patterns can be a challenge and this is where Auslan signing helped one of the maths groups, the ‘Wizz Fizzers’ track the ‘tens’ pattern as they skip counted!Our Auslan expert, Alan, taught the ‘Wizz Fizzers’ maths group how to sign ‘skip counting by 10s’ to 100. The students then used the ‘20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90 and 100’ signs to keep track of the ‘tens’ column when skip counting by 2s as the ones column changed. This was a great help in remembering that ‘30’ came after 28, ‘40’ after 38, ‘50’ after 48 and so on. This skill was then used to practise skip counting by 2s from 1. Some students then chose to use the strategy of incorporating Auslan signing as they practised their individual counting goals (eg. 5s or skip counting by 10s from any number).
It was a very visual way to aid skip counting practise and the class enjoyed learning to use a new Auslan signing skill. Thanks, Alan, for teaching and helping us in our maths!
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Auslan Counting by 10s
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The ‘Wizz Fizzers’ maths group had used Auslan signing in Maths last term as well when the students were learning about money. Once again, our Wizz Fizz group expert in Auslan, Alan, taught us the signs for 1, 100, ‘same’, dollars and cents so we could learn to sign $1 = 100c. Visually signing ‘one dollar (is the) same (as) one hundred cents’ really helped to reinforce this fundamental idea in working with money!
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Auslan Money Maths