It has been an amazing experience working with Dot Plates. Such a simple exercise but what rich discussion we had. In this simple exercise my students learned about subitizing, counting on and one to one tagging. They also learned that numbers are made up of other numbers and that there are parts to numbers. This is the foundation for addition and subtraction. If you want to create your own dot plates all you need are simple 35 paper plates and bingo dabbers. The patterns are simple here is a youtube video to follow: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POSgVl07Go0. Our next move is to play a game called part-whole Bingo. I'll fill you in on how that goes in my next blog.