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 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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You will love how many activities you can do with these apples that help cover numerous Common Core State Standards. The photo only shows a sampling of what's in the packet.
The packet includes: numbered apples from 1-120. Use these as anchor charts or a help poster for your students math folders. The apple 1-120 individual strips, can be cut to form a number line to aid in counting up to 100 Day. There are 16 "What's Missing?" activity sheets. Run them off for students to fill in, or laminate and have children place number tiles on empty spaces. There are apples with numbers as well as number words. Use them for games, pocket charts, or your word wall. Skip counting by 2's, 3's, 5's and 10's is also included + 4 games, with the ability to create many more. Math symbols allow students to use the apples to create and solve equations.
Print, laminate and use as a daily math center on your white board, or make a class set. Have students choose their color & glue their photo to the window. Easy & fun way to practice or assess as a whole group.
It's A Wonderful Day In The Fact Family Neighborhood!
So what's the big deal about fact families?
Once a student knows the relationships of the fact family members, it's easy for them to see what number is missing at a quick glance.
Solving addition and subtraction problems is then much easier and starts to become automatic.
Fact family houses are a great way to teach visual learners about the relationships among the three numbers in that family.
Knowing fact families, especially those, which create number sentences that add up to 10, are a key part of math.
Making fact family houses and putting them in a neighborhood can help students learn the "tens facts" by heart. I thought it would be fun for students to create a neighborhood of schoolhouses!
To create a neighborhood, run off the schoolhouses on 10 different colors of construction paper. I like to teach a rainbow pattern later on in the year, so now is a great time to start with those 1st six bright colors.
Next, have students fill in the rest of the Tens Facts, one in each house, to create the entire neighborhood.
Once the neighborhood is finished, children use a square of Scotch tape to hinge them together.
Run off the covers for each fact family on white copy paper. Students cut those out, solve the problems and then glue them to the back of the first house in the fact family.
When they are completed, students will have a variety of different colored fact family house booklets that they can stand up and make into neighborhoods of schoolhouses.
Another thing you can do with this packet that will help reinforce fact families, is to show students how to write the families using a T bar.
I tell children that they are becoming T-eriffic at making fact families so they get to make T-Bars.
Students simply trace the T in red and write the missing number on the other side of the bar. This number when added to the other will make the number on top of the T bar. You can turn this sheet into a “mad-minute” and time students.
The Fact Family Spinner Game is also another way to get the facts reinforced.
Children spin the spinner, whatever number they land on, they find that number tile and place it in the top attic window of their schoolhouse.
They decide what other numbers they are going to choose to make a fact family for that number and fill in the remaining tiles and then X-off that fact family on their recording sheet.
The first student, who completes all of the fact families, wins the game.
Click on the link to view/download Fact Family Schoolhouse packet
Finally, the last way I review fact families with students is with mini-dry erase boards that I make out of glossy ink jet paper.
You can buy an entire box of paper at Sam’s Club, Costco or any of the office supply stores for around $10, with anywhere from 100-200 sheets.
Cut strips the length of the paper a tad shy of 4 inches wide.
Buy a box of long colored envelopes. Seal the envelopes and snip off the ends so that they are 4 inches long.
When you write on the glossy side of the paper with a dry erase marker it easily wipes off just as if you were using a dry erase board!
I bought a pack of white washcloths and cut them into small squares.
Because these are so inexpensive to make, you could make them for your students every year, so they could keep them. Have them store them in their desk, cubby, or folder for easy access. Use them for math, name writing, letters, shape identification etc.
If you like to have home-school connections for your students, a great way to practice their math facts is by logging them into Xtra Math.
It’s a free online program, run by a non-profit organization, that is dedicated to math achievement for all.
This is less than 10 minutes a day of math that your students can work on at home to increase their recognition of math facts. The program is free, simple and includes progress reports. I found it while surfing the net. It’s recommended by Edmodo, and worth checking out to see if it fits your needs.
I hope these ideas have added to your math bag of tricks, to help make teaching in your neighborhood, a bit more wonderful!
“Too often we give children answers to remember, rather than problems to solve.” –Roger Lewin
Learning Math With A Snowman Friend
Sam the Solution Snowman is a fun way for your students/child to enjoy learning to count, sequence, match numbers with number words, as well as do simple addition and subtraction.
Run off the templates on construction paper.
Students cut out their snowman and hat.
Students color their snowman’s face and glue on their hat.
To expedite things, you might want to have the arm pieces pre-cut and hole-punched.
Hole punch 6 holes in the middle of the snowman and 6 holes in the bottom of the snowman.
You’ll have to fold one side to get the hole punch to the middle.
Fasten the arms to each other using brass brads and then attach them to the snowman with 2 more brads.
Position the arms so they look like they are holding a snowflake.
Cut a 1 x 12 inch strip of black and white construction paper.
Lay the white strip on top of the black strip and paperclip them together in the middle.
Pull the white strip down a bit so that you can tape the black strip to the back of the snowman’s head.
Students roll two dice; count the dots to see how many buttons they will reveal on the snowman by pulling the white strip down so that the buttons appear black.
They then find that numbered snowflake and position it in the snowman’s hands.
Students flip the red hat sash to reveal the number word that matches the number on the snowflake.
If you want to make this an addition or subtraction activity, have students roll the dice.
The largest number will reveal the top buttons; the smaller number on the dice will reveal the bottom buttons on the snowman.
In order to do addition/subtraction, you will need a black rectangle “side cover”.
You reveal the bottom buttons by this extra black side strip.
Fold it in half horizontally to reveal buttonholes 1-4. Keep it open to reveal number > 4.
Have students write their equations on a sheet of scratch paper.
You can eliminate the number-word sash for younger children as well as the side-cover for addition/subtraction, keeping the snowman simple.
If you want to make a class set to use every year, laminate your snowman parts and then assemble them.
If you’re only doing a few for a center or making one with your child, you may want to use Velcro on the snowflakes and put the opposite Velcro piece on the snowman’s tummy.
The snowflake squares make the perfect pages for a cute Itty Bitty Booklet, so I made a cover for them. This is a great way to practice sequencing!
I've also included 6 snowflake "What Comes Next?" skill sheets with this activity and a blank one for you to fill in for numbers/letters that you want to work on, + a certificate of praise.
Your students are sure to have "snow" much fun learning with Sam the Solution Snowman.
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Let's Play A Math Game!
Dominoes are an inexpensive and fun math manipulative to help your students practice simple addition and subtraction facts. Dominic the Domino Snowman makes it even more interesting. He needs buttons for his belly!
Here's how to help him:
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