|I found some first graders in Jen's class working on this at a center one morning.|
Now I've seen this activity many times before. But that day, as the kids were filling out the Fact Platter, I happened to look up at Jen's desk. I saw a pair of scissors, and a light bulb went on. What if...
|...you cut the platter apart...|
|...and put it back together like a puzzle?|
I tried this out with a kid and liked the results. It required more thought than simply filling in the sums. I called Jen over, and we started experimenting with ways to differentiate the task.
|Here's a version with just the outer ring of sums cut out.|
|Jen had the idea to cut out the inner ring. Here the kids needed to find the missing addend.|
As a challenge, I took two platters, cut them both apart, and mixed them up.
|It took two kids about 10 minutes to put them back together.|
|They had to make sure that each one had the digits 0-9 in the inner ring.|
|It required quite a bit of cooperation. When they were finished, Jen put the pieces in envelopes to use at a center.|
|It just may do the trick!|