## Let's Practice Numbers!

1-2-3 Come Make Some Number Booklets With Me

If your kiddos are like mine, they will absolutely love making these “just the right size” number booklets.

Teachers will enjoy the easy-peasy "Print & Go" prep as well.

There are eleven, 2-page booklets for numbers 0-10 .

Besides number recognition the booklets also provide great fine motor practice while cutting & gluing.

Each booklet has a bit of a different shape, as they follow the contours of the numbers, which adds interest to their appearance, as well as provides “curved” cutting practice as well.

The assembly of each booklet is also simple, and is a great way to practice listening & following directions too.

For the inside pages, children trace and write the number & word, then color the group of that many things.

I include number words because even though I’m not teaching “reading” or number word recognition at this time, I’ve included it “on and in” the booklet, for several reasons.

At the same time we are learning numbers, children are also learning letters.  Seeing them together helps kiddos differentiate the two.

Children will also realize that a number symbol has a word that’s also associated with it, and that those words, are made up of letters.

Even though children might not be able to correctly match up a word to a number yet, I’ve discovered that by continuously seeing numbers with their matching words, my students were successfully recognizing them later!

It’s sort of like being able to read the word Cheerios, or McDonalds simply because they are associating.

When everyone is done with their booklet, we “read” it together.

We count from 0 to that number, flash that many fingers, then clap each letter as we spell the word.

You can send each booklet home after your kiddos create it, or you can have children keep them in a 5x7 manila envelope.

Holding the envelope horizontally, I slit the top. Students seal the flap shut .

After they have colored the picture, they glue their worksheet on the front.

When we finish studying a number, children trace and write it, then tuck the booklet inside the envelope.

I also give my kiddos a "student number". This matches the alphabetical order of their first names; Anna, Bill, Bob etc.

Along with their name, they write this number on any work that I keep for folders, portfolios etc.

This way, students can assist me in filing "stuff", which I keep in tubs.  This takes just a minute, and finding a student's work is a breeze.

Plus I never have piles of "need to file" papers all over the place!

Because students are tracing and writing the number on the front, I can also see at a glance, who was absent and is missing a number.

After we are done with the envelopes, I call for a number; as we all, slowly count out loud.

Number one student brings theirs up, then 2 and so on. Everything is now numerically filed and easy to accesss, in a plastic shoebox.

These are great to take out and share during parent-teacher conferences too.

Once all of our booklets are done, I have students sit on the floor and arrange them in order from 0-10, practicing the "sequencing" standard in a fun way.

The packet also includes a certificate of praise, as well as several “I Spy a Number” worksheets.
This game is a super-fun way to whole group assess, while practicing number recognition.

Today's featured FREEBIE is a collection of 5, fall matching games, which help practice 2D shapes.

Print, laminate and trim.  Students place the colored shape tile on the matching shape on the leaf, spider, bat, owl, or turkey card.

I've also included a blank template for each theme, so you can program with more shapes or whatever.

Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.

Time to put my party hat on, as we're celebrating my birthday early, and hitting the beach for some fun in the sun.

Wishing you a stress-free & relaxing day.

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1-2-3 Come Make Some Thanksgiving Emergent Readers With Me

My Y5's loved when we made little booklets.  Even though they didn't really know how to read, via picture clues and repetition, they were able to remember simple words and actually "read" these booklets, by the time we were finished with them.

This helped build their self-esteem and confidence and they were eager for more. Parents were excited and encouraging, when their little one would share what they had made in school that day, a total win-win.

With that in mind, I decided to design a template that I could use to make all sorts of emergent readers, for the various months and themes.

Thus, a "strip" booklet, as well as a "snip and flip" booklet, came about. They are being debuted here.  I'm excited to make some for December and winter themes as well; working my way through the year, as my days fly by.

The first "snip and flip" booklet is a Thanksgiving Counting booklet, which packs in quite a few standards.

I named these emergent readers "snip and flip" because students snip on the dashed lines and then flip the pages over, to reveal a page underneath.

Students trace and write the numbers and number words; they read the simple sentences and add end punctuation, then color the pictures in the group/set.

Review adding one more to complete the next grouping, as students count from 1 to 10. You can also practice counting backwards from 10 to 0 by reading the booklet in reverse.

Snipping the pages on the dashed lines, provides great fine motor skill practice.  When everyone is done, read the booklet as a whole group to review concepts of print.

As you read the booklet, reinforce some of the Thanksgiving facts that your students have been learning: i.e. What was the name of the ship that brought the Pilgrims to America?  What was the name of the Wamapanoag brave that helped the Pilgrims? etc.

The next emergent reader, is a Thanksgiving "strip" booklet.  I named these easy readers that, because I can fit 5 pages or strips, on a one-page master, for easy printing.

Students get one to two whole pages that they cut into strips, then collate and staple into a 5 to 10 page "just-the-right-size" booklet.

Students read the simple sentences that I've packed with Dolch words, as well as sight words, using the pictures as clues for unfamiliar words.

They trace those words then rewrite the sentences, remembering proper capitalization, spacing and end punctuation.

The 1-2-3 Count With Me booklets, can also be used as emergent readers.  They involve all sorts of simple math standards and are based on a 10 frame

That monthly set is complete, with over 20 booklets.  Click on the link for theor the 1-2-3 Count Turkeys With Me.

Thanks for visiting today.  It's time for me to organize my desk.

I'm one of those people who can't work when things are in a mess and I have drawings, notes, and half completed piles of paper everywhere.  No more flitting!  Wishing you an energy-filled and productive day.

The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving. ~H.U. Westermayer

## More Common Core Kissing Hand Activities

1-2-3 Come Do Some Kissing Hand Activities With Me

Since all of The Kissing Hand Activities have been such popular downloads, I decided to make a few more activities to review all sorts of Common Core State Standards

The first packet has to do with the alphabet.  I've included large 5x7 upper and lowercase letter cards that you can use as flashcards or for Memory Match or "I Have; Who Has?" games.

Make an extra set; cut them apart, and use them for an ABC puzzle center.  I've included a tip list of all sorts of other things you can do with the cards, including a "Kaboom" game.

There are also mini cards.  Run them off and have students arrange them in alphabetical order, or don't cut them apart, and make the lowercase worksheet into an "I Spy" game board. Students color their uppercase heart-tiles and cut them apart.

Choose a student to call out a letter.  Students find the uppercase letter heart-tile and place it over the lowercase letter hand on their game board.  You can also have them glue them down.

I've also included several assessments, a recording sheet, plus 2 trace and write worksheets

The next packet is all about numbers.  There's a counting booklet for numbers 0-10, with a blank sheet to program with larger numbers.

Have students show "how many" with stickers, or X's (kisses) to show the group/set for each number.

Students trace the numbers and number words.   If you want to extend the activity, have them practice writing the numbers and words on the back of the pages.

I've included large and small "lipstick-ers" for your students to cut and glue the appropriate amount to the hands.

There are also large 8x10 number posters that you can use as flashcards or for games.  There's a blank hand for this activity as well, so that you or your students can make cards for those teen numbers and beyond.

As with the alphabet packet, this one also includes several trace and write worksheets. Click on the link to view/download The Kissing Hand Number Packet.

Finally, I wanted to toss in a "craftivity," so I designed some number, shape and letter sliders

There are two different "Chester" raccoons to choose from, as well as upper & lowercase letter strips, plus a shape strip.

If you want to reinforce numbers, choose a slider with numbers to 20, or practice skip counting with strips to count by 2's, 3's, 5's, and 10's.

Click on the link to view/download The Kissing Hand Slider packet.  Do you have a Kissing Hand activity that you could share with us?  Would love to hear from you: diane@teachwithme.com or leave a comment below.

Thanks for visiting.  I hope you found something here that you can use to help make learning even more fun. As always, feel free to PIN away.

It's steamy outside, as the gentle rain splashed all over the hot asphalt.  Time to pretend to be two again, as I go puddle jumping with my little grandson.  Hope you have a refreshing day!

"Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky." -Rabindranath Tagore

## Let's Count Pumpkins

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Cover quite a few Common Core State Standards with this Pumpkin Math Packet, which includes an easy reader where students read, trace and write the numbers, + circle them in a sequence.  Children circle capital letters, add end punctuation to the simple sentences, + count the pumpkins in the group/set and color the puffy numbers as well.

## More Leaf Activities

1-2-3 Come Do Some Leaf Activities With Me

I enjoy making simple booklets that cover a variety of standards, so teachers have an instant math center.  You can print and laminate the Leaf Count booklet and leaf tiles (there are 4 sets to choose from) and then keep the manipulatives and booklet in a manilla envelope.  Children can complete the booklet using the tiles.  Students can also use the leaf tiles to count, sort and pattern with. These are nice activities when children complete other work and are asking: "What do I do now?"

If you're looking for a whole group activity, run off copies of the booklet for each student.  They can make leaves by using a Q-tip, mini-bingo dauber, leaf stamp, leaf stickers, cut up leaf tiles, or their finger prints, pressed onto a fall-colored stamp pad. When everyone has completed their leaf counting booklet, read it as a whole group and then send home to reinforce the lessons.  I know that quite a few teachers are looking for fun, yet relevant homework to send, and this booklet is perfect for that too. Click on the link to view/download the Leaf Counting booklet.

For more fall number practice, I've designed a worksheet packet with a leaf theme.  Children practice tracing and writing numbers as they count from 1 to 120 and skip count by 2's, 3's, 5's and 10's.  I've also included "What's Missing?" worksheets where students fill in whatever number is missing.  Click on the link to view/download the Leaf Number packet.  These are also great for homework, or a sub-folder.

Thanks for visiting today.  I design and try to blog every day, so I hope you can stop by tomorrow for the newest FREEBIES hot off the press.  Feel free to PIN away.    If you'd like to take a peek at all of the cute educational things I spend way too much time pinning, click on the heart button to the right.

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## Monster Math! Sorting Odd and Even Numbers

1-2-3-Come Count and Sort Monsters With Me!

I enjoyed doing a mini-monster theme in early October.  My Y5’s LOVED it.

For a gross motor activity I had them prance around to the Monster Mash.

So I decided to make a Monster Math packet to help study even and odd numbers. “Odd Twad” and "Even Shteven” make it all the more fun!

The numbers go up to 30. Students can also count and sequence the numbers and make an Itty Bitty booklet.

You can play the game “I Have; Who Has?” by  tossing the cards in a basket.  Have each child choose a card and then start with the number 1.

The child holding monster card number one says: “I have monster 1.  Who has monster 2?” Children show their cards and then put them back in the basket.

Play continue til all of the cards have been called.

You can also put these cards up on the wall as a number line. Have some mischievous monster steal one each day. Students can guess which number is missing.

I've also put numbers on a clothesline, clipped with tiny clothespins. Mess up 3-5 numbers each day and have students tell you, using spatial direction words,( behind, beside, between, before, after etc. ) how to fix the line.

I hope you have a monstrously great time with this Monster Math Packet.

Thanks for visiting today.  Feel free to PIN anything you think others may find helpful.

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## Color and Count Easy Reader Booklets

Looking for some easy readers that reinforce number and color words while helping little ones count?

You’ve come to the right place.  I’ve been busy dreaming up some really cute ones for spring, or ones that would be generic enough to plug in any time.

I think these will amuse your students.  I even have one with a baseball theme to get those boys interested!

Students trace and write the color and number words, then circle the correct number in the sequence and color that many objects.

If there are any topics you’re in need of, simply shoot me an e-mail.  I’d enjoy hearing from you. diane@teachwithme.com

Click on the links for the following easy reader color and count bookletsGo (Baseball Color and Count), My Sunglasses, and My Colorful Fruit. I’m working on booklets appropriate for every month so pop by often.

These make great Daily 5 activities.

Feel free to PIN anything you think other teachers might enjoy as well and pop on in tomorrow for some more ideas too.

## Counting Booklets Using A Ten Frame

123 Count With Me booklets are based on a ten frame. They are easy readers that cover a variety of math standards, at the same time incorporating reading and helping students practice fine motor skills, as they cut and glue the appropriate group/set to the matching numbered box.

Use these little booklets for Daily 5, a math center, independent activity when students have completed their regular work, easy plug in’s for substitutes, and great school-home connections.

For March I’ve designed 123 Count Shamrocks With Me, as well as 123 Count Kites With Me.

Make these booklets part of your monthly activities and empower your students.  Once you have explained and modeled how to do the first booklet, your students get down to business, and can work independently on their booklets from then on.

This frees the teacher up to work 1-on-1 with other children.

Each booklet comes with more standard-based activities: a graphing extension, a +1 more skill sheet, traceable word and number cards and a certificate of praise.

Children enjoy using stickers, X’s, or a bingo dauber to fill in the appropriate boxes of the ten frame.

These also make great table top worksheets. Do one page a day and collect.  When students have done all 10 pages staple their booklet together and read aloud as a whole group to reinforce concepts of print.

Your students will enjoy making, collecting and sharing all of the 123 Count With Me booklets with their families.

Click on the link to view/down load and 123 Count Kites With Me.

If you’d like to look at the rest of the 123 Count With Me collection, click on the link and scroll down.

There are some for each of the past months. I will be designing more for April and May when the collection will be complete.

If you don't see a counting booklet that fits your needs, or have a suggestion for a new one, feel free to contact me. diane@teachwithme.com   I design new things every day especially based upon viewers requests.

Be sure and pop in tomorrow for more teaching tips.

Do you have one you'd like to share?  I'd enjoy hearing from you! diane@teachwithme.com or feel free to leave a comment here, especially if you use an idea.  Thanks in advance for your time.