1 2 3 Come Do Some Nice Dice Activities With Me!
MY Y5'S LOVED playing with dice. I did all sorts of fun activities with them to help reinforce math concepts with numbers 1 to 6, so I decided to design a dice packet complete with cards and activities. Click on the link to view/download this fun packet. Dice Activities That Teach Math Skills.
Dice are a wonderful vehicle for teaching your kiddo's to subitize. Subitizing, was coined in 1949 by E.L. Kaufman. The term is derived from the Latin adjective subitus which means "sudden". A person who has affectively mastered this skill immediately knows how many items there are, without having to stop and count them.
According to studies most people can subitize up to 10. Dominoes are also a fun way to get subitizing practice in. Click on the link for my Dominoe Math Packet.
With that in mind, I thought it would be helpful to have a set of big dice flashcards to use for practice. Print, laminate & trim the cards and fasten them together with a split ring. Flash a card and have children call out that number. To whole-group assess, flash a card and have children silently hold up that many fingers. You can tell at a glance who is having difficulty.
The packet includes a set of large teacher dice cards, a smaller set for students to sequence, + a mini set so you can play a whole-group game of "Show Me What I Need To Make __________." Teacher holds up her big card and asks children to show them what they need to make another number. i.e. I hold up the #2 dice, and ask children to show me what other dice they need to make the sum of 5. They would hopefully show me the #3 card.
I've also included math symbol cards, so students can make equations, a bookmark you can use as a whole-group assessment game, a roll & dot dice game, 2 trace-write and match worksheets, + a What's Missing? activity.
Laminate a set of bookmarks and use them for another math dice activity. Review the numbers orally and have children point to that number and count with you. You can count from a certain number up to 6 or even count backwards.
Make extra copies of the medium-sized cards so students can play a Memory Match game. They can match the dice to the number box, or the number word, or all three. I've also included a cover so students can sequence the cards and make an Itty Bitty booklet. There's a separate set of dice-number-number word cards to print, laminate and cut into puzzles too.
These are a wonderful whole-group assessment tool too. Give students one M&MM (mighty math marker) to move to whatever number is called out. After glancing around, jot down names of children and the numbers they are having problems identifying. I used sticky notes and a clipboard. After the game, students can eat their candy.
Children can also practice one-to-one correspondence, by having them place however many pony beads or other small items, onto the square that will match the number amount on the dice picture. Click on the link to view/download the Dice Math Packet.
As far as dice are concerned, I really like the large foam dice that they sell at The Dollar store. They are easy for little ones to hold, don't fly on the floor as much, and are blessedly quiet! If your Dollar Store doesn't have them, you can also purchase them from Oriental Trading. They are only $4 for a dozen. They come in an assortment of rainbow colors, so i also used them for patterning.
Another quiet way I had my students "roll dice" was to recycle those mini water bottles. I'd toss two dice inside, fill with water and a bit of glitter and glue the caps shut with Gorilla Glue.
Students enjoyed shaking up the dice and then peeking on the bottom to see what their numbers were. Use a drop of food coloring or a pinch of plastic seasonal confetti, for extra pizzazz or to make special ones for Halloween, Valentine's Day etc.
I wanted to include a photo here, so I Googled waterbottle dice and found a teacher who also uses them, over at Kids Count. Shari has some math FREEBIES using dice as well. Click on the link to check out her wonderful creativity.
As mentioned yesterday, some clever person has come up with a little dice INSIDE a larger dice. Woo hoo for creativity. I'm sure they'll be a hit with your kiddo's. You can get a pack of 8 for only $2.28 from Pure Fun or $2.69 from On The Fly Supply.
One of my favorite ways to review the numbers on a dice was with a "magic trick". I'd use a big foam dice and choose a child. They'd come up to the front of the class, look at the dice and choose a number they wanted to show the other children.
I reminded the class NOT to shout out the answer, or they'd ruin the trick. Carefully, so they didn't reveal the face of the dice and the number to me, they'd keep it facing the class and hold it above their head. I stood behind the child so I could see the number on the back of the dice. I'd pretend to be "reading" their minds and then ask: "Are you looking at the number 3?"
I also had a dice and would show them that number. To their utter amazement they were looking at that number! "Do it again! Do it again!" could be heard, as well as, "How did you do that?" I did not reveal the answer to the trick 'til I was done using this as a number review game. I told my students I'd let them know the answer, when everyone could recognize numbers 1 to 6, then they could practice and do the trick for their families.
One of the parents of my Y5's told me at conferences that her son Garret couldn't wait to find out. She asked about the trick, so I showed her and shared the secret. Karen taught high school math and wondered how she could do it with her students. I told her to use it as a math problem. Demonstrate the trick and then have students try and figure out how it was mathematically done. She reported back that it was a HUGE success, and has used it every year!
The secret? The front and back numbers of a dice, when added together, will always-equal 7, so if you are looking at the number 5, your students will be looking at the number 2. Cool huh? I hope you have as much fun with this as I do.
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1-2-3 Make A Graphic Organizer With Me!
I LOVE graphic organizers. They are especially helpful for my visual learners. I took this concept and made it work for a number worksheet. It's quick and easy to implement and can be part of your daily or weekly table top lessons, or plugged into your math center.
If you need "stuff" for your early finishers to work on, or some activities for your sub folder, these are perfect. Many teachers have asked for simple homework lessons, because their districts require homework!
These make that task less work for you, and more fun for your students. As you can see in the sample, a lot of Common Core math is covered in a fun way.
I've used the same template and changed the clip art, so you have a variety of worksheets for each month and LOTS of themes. This packet is a whopping 94-pages!
Pick and choose what suits your kiddo's. By repeating the format, students feel empowered and can get right down to business. Because they know what to do, they can work independently, you're not wasting time explaining directions, and are freed up to work one-on-one with strugglers. Things stay interesting and fresh, because of the seasonal clip art and the new number that they choose.
Students roll one or two dice to arrive at their number for the worksheet, or you can have children choose a number card from a seasonal container. (I've made cards for numbers from 1-120.)
You may want to make extra sets for students to sequence and play games with. I've included a blank grid children can write numbers in, or laminate some grids and have students place tiles on them.
I was bopping around the internet and found a little dice INSIDE a larger dice! How cool is that! Less noise and less likely to have one flying on the floor. I think your kiddo's will think they are especially cool too!
Students write their number in the middle square and fill in the rest of their graphic organizer.
Children can write in the coin values, or/and you can have them cut and glue the appropriate coin tiles to their worksheet. (A coin template is included for a penny, nickel, dime and quarter.) Ask students to write down one way to arrive at the coin value, or several.
For the group/set section, children can make dots, X's or whatever, to show how many. For smaller numbers, students can use stickers or a seasonal stamp. Click on the link to view/download the Monthly Math Graphic Organizer packet.
While I was didling around designing this, I thought I'd include a separate mustache-themed packet, because "mustache mania" is still going strong.
This packet's number cards have a mustache on them. Click on the link to view/download the Mustache-Math Graphic Organizer packet.
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1-2 3 Come Do Some Skelton Activities With Me!
I was diddling around with the idea of making a math packet around the play on words "Numb Skulls." Since it's October it seemed fitting to plug in a few skeletons. If you don't do "Halloween" themed things, the skulls are perfect for a pirate theme too, or perhaps you can use them as centers when your kiddo's study about bones and the human body.
I think your students will enjoy rolling 2 dice to make additon or subtraction equations on their "Numb Skull" and then solving them. They write in their answer and color that many teeth. Students can play independently or with a partner. Once I started designing with the skulls, more ideas kept popping into mine, 'til I had a whopping 46-page Numb Skull packet, that covers a variety of Common Core State Standards.
Lots of the items are versatile. The number cards with number words, can be cut into puzzles, or run off so students can make an Itty Bitty Counting booklet, which is a nice activity for your Daily 5 word work. You can also use them for a Memory Match game, or to play "I Have; Who Has?" Add the bomb cards to make things more exciting.
The packet includes:
Click on the link to view/download the Numb Skull Math packet.
Since I get quite a few requests for telling time activities, I decided to whip together a Numb Skull clock and a few telling time to the hour and half hour games. The packet includes analog as well as digital time cards that you can use as flashcards, or to play games with. Click on the link to view/down load the It's Numb Skull Time packet.
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1-2-3 Come Study Seeds With Me.
I just returned from a wonderful get-away weekend with my husband. We enjoyed seeing all of the gorgeous fall colors here in Michigan and stopping at several farms to buy fresh produce; lots of apples, pumpkins, corn etc. It got me to marveling at how things grow, so I thought it would be fun to make several seed activities. They are quick, easy and interesting math extensions, that also touch a bit on science.
I decided to match the seeds that I had put in the easy-reader booklet: My Seeds, a few years ago.
Here students trace and write the various fruit words and color the pictures. If you have the seeds available, students can glue them to the appropriate pages.
The Seed Exploration packet covers quite a few math standards. If you don't want to foot the bill for all of the seeds, you can send the parent-note home asking for donations. This is included in the packet. Our Dollar Store sells packages of sunflower and pumpkin seeds as well as bags of popcorn kernels.
If you carve a pumpkin in your class to analyze pumpkin data, you may want to save the seeds from that and do these as follow-up activities. It's also easy to simply buy a package of pumpkin seeds that are ready to eat.
To introduce your lesson on seeds, use the KWL for seeds that's included in the packet.
There's also an information sheet defining seeds that you can share with your students.
You may want to set up these activities as a center. Fill paper bowls with the various seeds. Have students bring up their Dixie cup and take a spoonful of each kind and put it in their cup. When they get back to their desk they can spill out their seeds and arrange them on the sorting mat.
After students are done sorting, they take one of each seed and glue it to their identification worksheet.
Students can also arrange the seeds in size from smallest to largest and then glue one of each kind on their "sequencing sizes" worksheet.
I've also included a guess-timation worksheet. You can do this as a whole group, or have students work on their own paper. Students also work on their greater than, less than, or equal to skills with a worksheet incorporating those math symbols.
When everyone is done, gather students in a circle to review what they learned, discuss their discoveries, share their worksheets and do any graphing extensions that you want to follow up with.
Click on the link to view/download the Seed Sorting activities.
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1-2-3 Come Do Some Candy Activities With Me!
I had a request for a Candy Bones graph. I’d never heard of them; (Where have I been?) so I Googled candy bones. They are really quite popular, as there were lots of Ask.com questions of where to buy candy bones and what to do with them.
Many of the links were outdated and broken, so I went on my own quest.
Oriental Trading has the best deal Online for “Candy Bones.” The bones in their pack include: the ever-popular sweet-tart skull, foot, hand, ribs and plain bones. They come in pastel colors. There are approximately 28 pieces per pack and 19 packets per unit (13 oz.) They are “fat free” and were $8, now on sale for $5.99 as of 10/7/13 I have dealt with Oriental Trading for many years and never had a problem. Their customer service is wonderful.
Amazon.com also offers the same candy bones mini packages. They are sold by Zugar and fulfilled by Amazon. They are $9.99 for the same quantity as Oriental Trading. Some teachers have e-mailed me that they have also found the candy bones packages at their Dollar Tree Stores. However, they were not in mine, here in Grand Rapids, MI
There is also another popular bone candy called: Skulls and Bones. Unlike the above candy, these only have 2 shapes inside, but more colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, pink, white and a blackish purple. Unlike the other pastel candies, these are brightly colored. They are offered by Candy Nation. They sell bulk at $3.85 a pound.
O’Ryan’s Village, featuring old-fashioned candy, also sells a package of Skulls and Bones for $2.29. There are 11 small packages inside. So now you know where to get the candy. Why would you want it? For starters, they are perfect for graphing. The skull and bones lend themselves to a Halloween, pirate or a science skeleton/bone activity.
A sweet treat makes math a whole lot more fun for your kiddo's too. So they aren't eating too much candy, pass out a sample from your stash at the start of the lesson, with the promise of being able to eat one more at the end, and if they behave, they can take the rest home. This always worked with my Y5's whenever I used edibles for lessons.
Students spill out their package and sort them on the sorting mats. I have ones for both kinds of candy, as well as a sorting mat for colors. Children practice counting, tally marks, and addition with the various graphs and candy bones worksheets. I've also included whole-group graphs so that you have an extra opportunity to review your students' results. There are graphs for shapes, colors, favorites, and flavors. Since I was on a roll, I decided to make guess-timation activities, as well as some worksheets for patterning. You can cover quite a few standards in a short amount of time.
Click on the link to view/download the Candy Bones Math Activities packet. Another popular download is the candy shape poster packet. Did you know that Halloween treats come in all of the standard shapes? For a fun review, print off a set to use as anchor charts or large flashcards.
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1-2-3 Come Play Some Leaf Games With Me!
You can make all sorts of number games and math centers with these leaf cards. Print, laminate and trim. There are 2 sets of cards: the bear with a leaf, as well as the yellow maple leaf. Students can play independently or with a partner. Children can match number cards to number word cards, or mix and match the sets and match numbers to numbers etc.
Besides the Memory Match games, toss a set of cards in a basket and have children choose one to play I Have; Who Has? "I have the number one card; who has the matching number one word card?" Add the "Kaboom" bomb cards, to make the game even more fun. There are many more games and ideas listed in the 3-page tip-list that's included in the packet.
I've also included mini-leaf tiles. so students can choose a numbered leaf card and count out that many leaves. They can sort odd & even numbers onto a leaf math mat, (included) or use the leaf math symbol cards to make addition and subtraction equations, or show greater and less than.
If you'd like your students to sequence and collate the cards into their own itty bitty booklet, run off the cards plus the cover master. Click on the link to view/download the Leaf Math Game packet.
For more leaf game fun, you can prit off a set of alphabet leaf cards. There's a set of separate uppercase and lowercase letter cards too, as well as a blank set for you to program with whatever. A "What Else Can I Do With the Cards?" is a list of other ideas and games you can play with the alphabet leaf cards. Click on the link to view/download the Alphabet Leaf Cards
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1-2-3 Come Sort Pumpkins With Me
If you're looking for some seasonal math centers, you've come to the right place. Two scarecrows, with the ever-popular names Even Steven and Odd Todd, each have an empty field waiting to be filled up with pumpkins. There's a catch though. Todd only wants odd numbered pumpkins, while Steven wants only even numbered ones.
To make the game, print and laminate the scarecrow sorting mats, along with pumpkins numbered from 1-120 and then trim. Children grab a fist-full of pumpkins and place them in the appropriate pumpkin patch. The numbered pumpkin tiles can also be used for sequencing activities, or to play an "I Have; Who Has?" game.
I've also included 2, trace and write the number worksheets. The 1st one goes from 1-50; the 2nd one from 51-100.
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1-2-3 Come Play Some Pumpkin Games With Me!
Games are a wonderful way for students to practice important life skills. They are also a quick & easy way to grab and hold children's interest, while they review and reinforce a variety of standards. One of my little ones summed it up: "We didn't even know we was learnin' cuz we was havin' so much fun!"
Because subitizing (being able to "know" how many there are, without counting) is extremely important; playing with dominoes and dice, are a great way to help students recognize these groupings at a glance. Before too long, I could flash 6 dots (in the pattern on a dice/domino) and my students would call out the number 6, without having to stop and count the dots.
Keeping this in mind, I designed 6 pumpkin-themed dice games + a listening and following direction activity, that will help review ordinal numbers. They are all in one Pumpkin Games packet. To view/download it, click on the link. Because the rules are pretty much the same, students feel empowered, as they know what to do, and can get down to business, and you aren't using up valuable minutes explaining things for the umpteenth time.
Because the apple basket counting game, was a popular download, I decided to revisit that concept using pumpkins. Print off the farmer's wagon on brown construction paper, laminate and trim. Do the same thing with the pumpkin tile master. Have each child take 20 pumpkin tiles, (or to expedite things, have 20 pre-counted and put in Snack Baggies. After children have played the game, to make sure that they have 20 pumpkins, have students count them one at a time into their bag.) This is great counting practice for little ones, and also ensures that you don't have incomplete games, because pumpkins fell on the floor.
Children choose a partner and share the wagon. The object of the game is to get all of your pumpkins into the wagon, by taking turns rolling the dice. Whatever number a child rolls, is how many pumpkins they pick up from their pile and place in the wagon. You can make the game more difficult, by having students roll an exact number towards the end of the game. i.e. if they have only 1 pumpkin left, they need to roll a one.
In the game "Roll and Color," children roll a dice. Whatever number they roll, is the matching numbered section on their pumpkin, that they color. The first child with a completly colored-in pumpkin is the winner.
"Roll and Draw" works with the same rules, only children draw a shape on their pumpkin to make a Jack-O-Lantern. This is a great opportunity to review a square, triangle, circle and rectangle, and possibly introduce the crescent shape as well.
Because 5 Little Pumpkins Sitting On a Gate, is such a popular rhyme/story in October, I thought it would be fun to follow it up with a game. To conserve paper, you can print, laminate and trim the gates. If copying is not an issue for your school, it's nice if each child can have their own "gate" so they can continue to practice at home.
Run off the pumpkin master. Students color and cut out their pumpkins and place them on the gate. When you are explaining the game, you have a great opportunity to review ordinal numbers as well. Children take turns rolling a dice with their partner. Whatever number they roll, they take the matching numbered pumpkin off the gate and have it go "rolling into the night..." The first child who gets all of their pumpkins off the gate is the winner.
Pumpkins in a Row on a Roll is similar. Children color the numbered pumpkin that matches the number that they roll. I also made an ordinal number activity with this same template. This is wonderful practice for listening and following directions too, as the teacher reads what (s)he wants students to do.
Finally, children trace the numbers and color their pumpkins as they take turns rolling the dice in Pumpkins On A Roll . Simply run off the template, trim and give each student a strip of pumpkins. Click on the link to view/download the Pumpkin Games packet.
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8 pages. Common Core State Standard: 1.G.3
This craftivity is a quick and easy way to show fractions, and build that math vocabulary.
1-2-3 Come Play Some Interesting and Fun Math Games With Me!
Are you looking for some quick and easy ideas to do for the 1st day of school? Then I think you'll enjoy these simple bubble activities.
Start things off, by leaving the "I'm bubbling with excitement that you are in my class." bookmarks, as a cute surprise left on your students' desks. I found this sweet saying on Pinterest as valentine cards with heart bubbles. Click on the link to check out this creative teacher's original post. Adding a small bottle of bubbles is an inexpensive way to help make children feel especially welcome. (The Dollar Store sells 3 to 6 in a pack. You can also buy a box of 20 mini wedding bubbles at most craft stores.) Let students know that they will be allowed to blow bubbles at recess or at the end of the day. Have them count how many bubbles they blew in 1 breath and then graph the results. (Template included.) What a simple icebreaker sure to get your kiddo's excited about being in school.
Print off the bubble picture cards from 1-20; laminate and cut out. Students use opalescent flat-backed glass "marbles" as manipulatives, to show how many bubbles. Use the larger pieces of glass for numbers less than 10 and the smaller ones for numbers 11-20. The "marbles" are not only inexpensive, but they have the appearance of being a flattened bubble!
Where did I get this idea? While in Hobby Lobby, I overheard a little girl ask her mom if she could buy a bag. When her mom asked her why she wanted them, "Kara" replied: "Because they are flat bubbles that won't pop!" I thought, "Wow! What can I make with 'flat bubbles'?" and the rest is history...
I've also included a set of number-word bubbles. Run the templates off on blue construction paper, laminate & trim. Older students can match the number word bubble, to the picture cards.
For more fun, run off the "bubble wand" on a variety of colors of construction paper and laminate. You can have these pre-cut by a room helper, or let your students trim off the excess, for fine-motor practice. This also enables you to see who might be struggling with scissor coordination. The center of the wand now looks like it's filled with bubble solution and can double as a magnifying glass.
For a "get the wiggles" out game, have students use their paper bubble wands, to find hidden bubbles around the room, or use them as an assessment tool for a whole group identification activity. i.e. you display a bubble card and students raise their wand if they know the answer, providing a quick way to whole group assess comprehension. Play "Swish." After the number is correctly identified, have students swish their wand that many times. (Swish left-right-left for a number 3 bubble card.)
Click on the link to view/download the Back To School Bubble Math Activity Packet.
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