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1 2 3 Come Do Some Nice Dice Activities With Me!

dice games, dice activities, math games, math games with dice, math centers, math activities, math magic tricks, math tips, magic tricks, number assessments, dice templates, dice cards, dice patterns, dice flashcards, 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.

dice games, dice activities, math games, math games with dice, math centers, math activities, math magic tricks, math tips, magic tricks, number assessments, dice templates, dice cards, dice patterns, dice flashcards, 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. 

dice games, dice activities, math games, math games with dice, math centers, math activities, math magic tricks, math tips, magic tricks, number assessments, dice templates, dice cards, dice patterns, dice flashcards, 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

dice games, dice activities, math games, math games with dice, math centers, math activities, math magic tricks, math tips, magic tricks, number assessments, dice templates, dice cards, dice patterns, dice flashcards, 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.

waterbottle dice, dice games, dice activities, math games, math games with dice, math centers, math activities, math magic tricks, math tips, magic tricks, number assessments, dice templates, dice cards, dice patterns, dice flashcards, 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. 

dice games, dice activities, math games, math games with dice, math centers, math activities, math magic tricks, math tips, magic tricks, number assessments, dice templates, dice cards, dice patterns, dice flashcards, 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.

dice games, dice activities, math games, math games with dice, math centers, math activities, math magic tricks, math tips, magic tricks, number assessments, dice templates, dice cards, dice patterns, dice flashcards, 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. 

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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! 

dice games, dice activities, math games, math games with dice, math centers, math activities, math magic tricks, math tips, magic tricks, number assessments, dice templates, dice cards, dice patterns, dice flashcards, 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. 

I found this photo of a tot with a jumbo dice and thought that would be a really fun size for this activity.  Even after searching, I could not find a source to buy just one jumbo dice.  I found really humongous "cheese" ones with green dots (Go Packers!), but nothing this size.  Anyone out there know?  You can leave a comment here, or shoot me an e-mail: diane@teachwithme.com

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1-2-3 Come Do Some Spider Stuff With Me!

spider activities, spider lessons, common core spiders, shape activities, shape lessons, shape centers, spider centers, spider games, Daily 5 for October, Daily 5 activities for fall, spider crafts, spider arts and crafts, spider games, spider centers, math games, common core spiders, math centers, Even though I am absolutely creeped out by spiders, I LOVED teaching our spider unit to my Y5's.  These spiders were cute and not creepy. The reason I hate real ones, is a huge pine spider dropped from the ceiling onto my shoulder, when I was lying on a cot at our cottage.  I was only 5, but I still remember it. Yikes!

Anything I design with shapes seems to be downloaded quite often, so I decided to whip together some 2D flat shape activities, featuring some sweet spiders

These lessons are quite versatile.  Use them for independent math centers, table top lessons, a Daily 5 option, review, game, or even a whole-group assessment!

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Teacher calls out a shape and children slide their strip up and down 'til they locate Inky's "tongue."  If you want to whole-group assess, have students show you their answer. 

Click on the link to view/download the spider slider shape craftivity.

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I used a file folder to make my easy-reader sturdier. 

If you want your kiddo's to have their own, simply trim some folders and have them glue the cover (circle web page) to the front, and the hexagon web page to the inside. 

Make a fluffy spider, by gluing a black pom pom to the center of the hexagon shape.  This is the last page.  

Trim and assemble the rest of the pages.  Cut the "web window" shapes out so that the spider will peek through all of the pages.  Click on the link to view/download Peek-A-Eek the spider shape booklet.

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I've included spider cards with the shapes as well as the shape words on them.  Laminate and trim into puzzles

Besides putting together a puzzle, use the cards for a Memory Match, or "I Have; Who Has?" game.  There's also a "Match the spider shape to the shape word" activity.  Students can use the spinner to fill in this worksheet as well.   Click on the link to view/download the Spin A Spider game packet.

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Run off the shape tiles on a variety of colors of construction paper; laminate and trim.  Students place the tile onto the matching spider card. Click on the above link to view/download. 

spider activities, spider lessons, common core spiders, shape activities, shape lessons, shape centers, spider centers, spider games, Daily 5 for October, Daily 5 activities for fall, spider crafts, spider arts and crafts, spider games, spider centers, math games, common core spiders, math centers, Thanks for visiting today.  I design and try to blog daily, so I hope you can pop  by tomorrow to grab a few more FREEBIES. If there's something you need, drop me an e-mail with your request and I'll see what I can do: diane@teachwithme.com

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1-2 3 Come Do Some Skelton Activities With Me!

numb skull activities, numb skulls, skeleton activities, math centers for october, skeleton number cards, skull activities, free number cards from 0-120, common core skeletons, common core pirates, pirate activities, pirate games, pirate math activities, halloween games, halloween centers, halloween activities, bone activities, counting backwards, greater and less than activities, addition and subtraction for october, addition and subtraction activities for halloween, addition and subtraction activities for october, skeleton math, skeleton puzzles, skeleton games, common core skeletons, common core pirates,Since it's October, it seemed fitting to plug in a few skeletons, so I was diddling around with the idea of making a math packet around the play on words "Numb Skulls." 

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.

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Students can play independently or with a partner.   Once I started designing with the skulls, more ideas kept popping into my brain, 'til I had a whopping 46-page Numb Skull packet that covers a variety of Common Core State Standards!

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You can also use them for a Memory Match game, or to play "I Have; Who Has?"  Add the "Kaboom!" bomb cards to make things more exciting. 

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There's also a slider for counting backwards from 10 to 0 and 20 to 0.

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Skull number cards from 0-120 also provide options for even more games.  Since the numbers are at the top of the skull, play a game of "What number am I thinking of?"

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I've also included matching math symbol cards, so students can make equations. Use the blank skull cards to program with whatever, or to make groups/sets for the equations students create.

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There are several puzzles that you can use in a variety of ways, as well as Odd Todd and Even Steven skeleton sorting mats.  When students have completed whatever you deem appropriate, give them a certificate of praise for a job well done.

Click on the link to view/download the Numb Skull Math packet. 

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This 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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The fall colors have peaked and a windy afternoon with a bit of rain, threatens their ability to cling onto branches for too much longer. 

Even though it's a bit chilly, a nice cup of apple cider at our farmer's market will warm things up.                                                                                      Wishing you a lovely day.

"One man who has a mind and knows it, can always beat ten men who haven't and don't." -George Bernard Shaw

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. 

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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.

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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.)

blowing bubbles math activityLet 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 kiddos excited about being in school.

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I've included cards from 1 to 20.

To help strengthen upper body muscles, students lie on they tummies and sequence the cards in the proper order.  Using opalescent flat-backed glass "marbles" as manipulatives, (they look like "real" bubbles) they make a group/set above the number card to show "how many".  

So things don't get cluttered, use the larger glass "bubbles" for numbers less than 10 and the smaller ones for numbers 11-20. The "marbles" provide hands-on fun, and make counting more interesting. They are an inexpensive manipulative. 

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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.

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Click on the link to view/download the Back To School Bubble Math Activity Packet.

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A Spook-tacular Math Game:Haunted Fact Family Houses!

Since the Fact Family Schoolhouses were such a huge hit for back to school, I decided to make a Fact Family set for October too.

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The 17-page packet includes:

  • Fact Family "craftivity" templates.
  • Fact Family spinner game templates.
  • Directions and link for a home-school math connection for fact family online homework skill building practice
  • Directions and sample of how to make mini dry erase envelope boards.
  • Fact Family T-bar "mad-minute" skill sheets +
  • A certificate of praise.

If your students did the Schoolhouse Packet, they are already "empowered"! This one will be a real self-esteem builder for them.

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"Let us endeavor so to live, that when we die, even the undertaker will be sorry." - Mark Twain

Let's Keep Things Rolling! More Math Games With A Dice Theme

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Click on the link to view/download the packet.

Whenever I taught a concept to my Y5’s I liked to stick with a theme.

It kept things simple, organized and less complicated for them.

I also had everything I needed handy and things just seem to flow from one transition into the next.

I could also overlap the various subjects too.

Here are some things you can do with these items:

The Make your own dice is a nice home-school connection where students can practice their cutting skills, something for a sub folder, or that extra activity students can do when they’ve finished everything else.

Run it off on cardstock. Give students a jingle bell to glue inside for added fun.

The large red dice make perfect flashcards when young students are learning to identify groups with a number.

Print them off, laminate, cut them out and keep them with your calendar or story time “stuff”.

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Run off the smaller copies for students to make a split ring flipbook as well.  You flash your large number and they flip through their little ones to see who can find it the fastest.

Run off the Smaller Red-Dot Dice, laminate and cut out and make Memory Match Concentration games. Students can match them dice to dice or dice to number.

Laminate the number and symbol cards as well.  These too, can be used as Memory Match games or have students make equations with them.

Students can roll real dice, make an equation with the laminated paper dice, and then write down the equation on a sheet of scratch paper.

Set the timer to ring after 5 minutes.  Students can play individually or with a partner.

The person with the most equations completed when the timer rings, is the winner.

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I’m always looking for easy and interesting ways to plug that concept in, for a quick review my kiddo’s would think was fun, so they’d want to continue practicing.

I made covers for the traceable flashcards so they can be turned into Itty Bitty booklets.

Run off extra sets on different colors to make Memory Match Concentration games.  You can also play I Have; Who Has? with them as well.

I hope you enjoy getting things rolling with your little ones and they have fun with these activities.

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"Life is a great big canvas and you should throw all the paint you can on it."  -Danny Kaye

Is it greater than, less than, or equal to? Whatever it is, it's in the bag!

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Yesterday I posted the fun addition and subtraction dice games.

While I was making those example Baggies, I thought how perfect this idea would be for the greater than, less than concept, as the Baggies are clear, and when flipped over would reveal the opposite symbol!

All I had to do was include a small square that said = on it, for students to cover the < > signs, when they rolled doubles, and I was in business!

Students can either work independently or choose a partner and play against them, seeing who can solve the most equations before the timer rings.

Here’s how to play the game:

Children roll 2 dice and find that equation on their paper.

They rewrite it, and then show it in their manipulative Baggie, flipping the bag to whatever side they need to show greater than or less than, or covering the symbol with an equals sign if they roll doubles.

If they roll the same 2 dice that they already have an equation for, they lose their turn.

Baggie Manipulatives:

Put 10 buttons, or whatever manipulatives you have, in large Ziploc Baggies.   Draw a greater than sign in the middle. Trace a black line above and below it.

Give it a few seconds to dry and then flip it over and retrace to make the less than symbol. Using index cards or old file folders, cut squares and label them with equal signs. Tuck one in each baggie.  I’ve also made greater than and less than label templates if you want to stick those on the top of your Baggies to help your students associate the words with the symbols.

Simply put a 30-on-a-page Avery label sheet into your printer and print.  Students move the manipulatives to the right and left to show the equation they rolled.  For example: 5 < 6,   3 = 3,  4 > 1

Click on the link to view/download Greater Than Less Than Dice Game

My Baggie idea was inspired by Mrs. T’s addition Baggies on her First Grade Blog. Click on the link to see how this creative teacher uses her Baggies.

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His toothy grin is the symbol. Students have fun "feeding" him numbers.

Click on the link to view/download Alligobbler.

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Do you have a greater than  /  less than concept that helps your students understand things?  I'd enjoy hearing from you. diane@teachwithme.com You can also post a comment here as well.

Do drop in tomorrow for another teaching tip, until then, remember:

"Students don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care!"

It All Adds Up

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Dice are the perfect way to introduce simple addition for numbers 1-6 and then move students to subtraction.

To make the game even more fun, I’ve included clip art to guide them. Because I want students to practice writing their numbers, I have them not only solve the dice equation, but rewrite it in all numbers.

I also feel that student need to “see” counters to visualize the true concept of addition and subtraction.

I have a variety of ways for my students to do this, but stumbled across bead bracelets and manipulative Baggies via 2 creative teachers on Pinterest.

I decided to incorporate the “seeing-is-believing” and the “doing-is-understanding!” principal to this dice game by making it even more hands on.  After students write the equation they SHOW it, using either the bracelet or Baggie.

Ta Da! Hopefully the light bulbs will be going on while the kiddo’s are having a fun time.

Students can either work independently or choose a partner and play against them, seeing who can solve the most equations before the timer rings.

Here’s how to play the game:

Children roll 2 dice and find that equation on their paper.

They rewrite it, solve the problem and work it out on either their bead bracelet or manipulative bag.

If they roll the same 2 dice that they already have an equation for, they lose their turn.

After students have played the addition version of the game, have them switch to subtraction.

Click on the link to view/download Addition and Subtraction Dice Game

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To make a class set of bead bracelets for this game put 6 pony beads on 25 pipe cleaners. (Or however many students you usually have in class.) Twist the ends so they look like a bracelet.  Students move the beads to show the various rolls of the dice.  i.e. 3http://tunstalltimes.blogspot.com/2011/08/number-bracelets.htmlQ + 2 = 6

I got the bead bracelet idea from: Mrs. Tunstall’s Teaching Tidbits click on the link to check out her cute site and how else she uses her bracelets.

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Put 6 buttons, or whatever manipulatives you have, in small Ziploc Baggies.   I used poker chips becaus you can buy them at The Dollar Store. Draw a blue or red + sign in the middle of the bag with a black line above and below it so that the line runs down the center. 

Make another set of Baggies for subtraction and put a minus sign in the middle.  If you only want to make one set of Baggies, simply put a line down the middle. 

I really believe that it is worth the few extra dollars to make separate addition and subtraction bags, because I think that the more students see thosee math symbols, the more the concept gets ingrained in their brains.

Students move the manipulatives to the right and left of the line to show what equation they rolled.  i.e. 3 + 3 = 6

I got the Baggie idea from Mrs. T’s First Grade Blog click on the link to see her sweet site and how else she uses her Baggies.

Hopefully your students will enjoy this game and things really will start to add up in your class!

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Math Games That Teach

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I put that word in quotations because they thought they were playing, but in reality, they were reinforcing a huge number of math skills as well as strengthening their upper body, by being on their tummies and working on exercising those fine motor skills as well, which helped to strengthen their finger muscles, that is so important in developing their ability to write.

One of their favorite tubs was the tanagram pattern blocks.  I had a variety of puzzle-sheets for them to fill in , by placing the colorful tanagram blocks on them, as well as a variety of patterning strips for them to complete.

I like making up monthly activities that follow the same format, because it empowers students, as once they’ve played a game, or learned the directions, they can get down to business to practice the skill.

This builds their self-esteem, they get better at the activity, and the teacher is freed up to work one-on-one with struggling students, or do assessing, because other children can work independently because they know what to do.

I decided to make some monthly tanagram pattern block sheets that involved dice, as number recognition is a skill that the Y5’s needed to acquire.

Students can play independently, with a partner, or in groups of 2 to 4.

Whatever number they roll, they trace that tanagram piece, the tanagram’s number, and then place the tanagram over that piece.

You can also have students color their papers to match the real tanagrams.

The first child to complete their seasonal tanagram picture, by rolling all of the numbers and covering them, is the winner.

Click on the link to view/download Pattern Block Tanagrams on a Roll Dice Game

I hope you enjoy adding this game to your bag of tricks.

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