1-2-3 Come Play A Pumpkin Dice Game With Me
The pumpkin puzzles are a quick, easy and super-fun activity that you can play as an independent center, or as a whole group where children play individually or with a partner.
The games will reinforce numbers 1-6 for PK kiddos, while older students can use the 1-12 number puzzle to practice addition.
There are several ways to play.
To reinforce the fact that pumpkins are not only orange but can be red, yellow, green whitish tan & even blue, I have my students color with those six crayons.
So that each students’ work is different, children decide which numbers are what colors.
Because of the variety, completed projects make a sweet bulletin board.
I've included photographs of real colorful pumpkins, along with a poster to scatter among your students' work.
I've also included larger, full-page pumpkins so you can create independent Center Games as well.
For this center, students roll the dice and place the matching numbered piece on the pumpkin base.
There are a set of 3 puzzles for numbers 1-6, and another three with pieces 1-12.
I made multi-colored puzzles (see photo), but you can make yours all one color or whatever...
Challenge older students to put the puzzles together without the help of a base.
If they become stumped, they can refer to the "pumpkin challenge" chart for assistance.
The packet also has a “header” card if you’d like to make these as an inexpensive gift for a fall or Halloween treat bag.
The headers come in color as well as black & white.
It’s a super-simple, party day activity that children can do independently, which allows you to be freed up. Woo hoo for an easy-peasy "sanity saver"!
Students are happily engaged putting their own personal puzzle together.
When they’re done, they pick a friend to play the dice game with; using the base that they built their puzzle on, which they’ll now color for the “Roll & Color” dice game.
You can have these pre-cut by a parent helper, or to make the activity last longer, have children cut out their own pieces, getting in some scissor practice which will help strengthen finger muscles.
There’s also a 4-on-a-page blank pumpkin puzzle so that you can program however you want.
My students really love graphing, so I hope yours will too.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
It's going to be another hot one today in the 90s (!) unheard of for Michigan at the end of September, but it beats snow.
Time to go water my wilting flowers. Wishing you a fun-filled day.
"By learning you will teach; by teaching you will learn." -Latin Proverb
1-2-3 Come Do Some Counting Activities With Me
One of the reasons I decided to do “Diane’s Dollar Deals” is because I love the feeling I get when I go into The Dollar Store and find all sorts of goodies for my classroom for just a dollar.
I excitedly pick something up and say “I can’t believe this is only a dollar!” then happily drop whatever in my cart.
I’m hoping to give you that same feeling when you purchase one of my dollar deals.
They’re still the same high quality as my other “stuff”, but only a dollar.
* This 52-page number fun packet is my newest Dollar Deal creation and includes a set of large, colorful posters, as well as a smaller set with 2-on-a-page.
Use them as anchor charts, a border, bulletin board or flashcards using them as an easy way to whole group assess too.
Print an extra set to use for an independent math center.
Students can sequence the cards or sort them into odd & even piles.
You could also make an additional set, cut in half or in quarters for a puzzle center as well.
* I love when “stuff” matches in my room, so I made a set of little cards perfect for sequencing, sorting, or playing Memory Match or “I Have; Who Has?” games.
* The black and white “color me” booklet also matches.
Students color the picture, then trace & write the numbers and number words, then circle the number in the sequence.
There are covers so that you can make a counting booklet from 0-10 or 0-20. You could also make two separate booklets for each set.
I can’t begin to tell you how much I love having a little workbook for my students.
It’s an easy-peasy Friday for me when students do a page in their various workbooks once a week. Everything’s kept in a folder which keeps things neat and organized.
Little workbooks are perfect for conferences, showing what we’re working on as well as improvement. Then at the end of the year, kiddos take home their folder and have a wonderful keepsake.
The dice and manipulatives make things extra fun. Once you make a set, you'll have a super-fun math center you can use for years.
Well that's it for now. Thanks for stopping by.
Two of my 9 grandchildren are coming over today, so it's time to put my Nana hat on and get ready for a fun-filled day.
Wishing you one as well. Filled with lots of hugs and giggles.
"Children are a living message sent to a time we will not see." - Neil Postman
1-2-3 Come Do Some Number Recognition Activities With Me
Because my Young Fives absolutely love making and collecting “Itty Bitty” booklets, I designed a set for each individual number 0-10.
I call them Itty Bitty booklets because there are 4-pages on a one-page pattern, making this little book “just the right size” for small hands and pint-size attention spans.
The booklets are a real time saver for me, as once students have completed one, there’s no need to repeat directions. Children feel empowered and can get right down to business.
Cutting on the dashed lines helps strengthen finger muscles and dexterity, while collating their booklet practices sequencing and counting.
You can start with zero, or save that booklet as a little something to do on a “Zero the Hero” Day, as you count up to 100.
I’ve designed the pages in such a way, that you pick the pattern pages most appropriate for your students and “design your own” Itty Bitty booklets, this also makes it easy to diversify your lessons.
You can keep things very simple and make just the 3-page booklet with a cover, (first worksheet) or add as many of the other 9 page options you’d like.
The booklets are great for morning math, an independent math center, or homework, and work well for a math journal, interactive notebook or portfolio.
I've included a pocket as well as labels if your students have a math journal. During "Back To School" sales when supply stores are offering 15 cent notebooks as loss leaders, I stock up so my kiddos have a notebook for a variety of things.
Easy-peasy for me, fun for them, and everything's organized in one place. Notebooks are an excellent way to show progress at conferences and at the end of the year students have a nice keepsake.
Students color and tape the "pocket" to the inside of their math journal, then tuck their Itty Bitty booklets inside. You can also opt to put them in a small, manila envelope.
I've also used smaller envelopes that I buy at The Dollar Store. Students glue one to a section of their notebooks that feature work on that specific number, then tuck that Itty Bitty booklet at the bottom.
There’s enough variety so that you can also make extra booklets. For example, there are 2 “color me” pages which feature all of the numbers. One is a selection of cute "number people", the other depicts children holding a number.
Pick one for your initial Itty Bitty booklet, then make an extra “color me” booklet with the other pattern pages. Instead of featuring just one number, this Itty Bitty booklet would showcase all of them.
Since the pages are small, coloring is simplified and not overwhelming. My students often ask if they can do more than one page at a time.
Another idea for an extra booklet, is to make an “Amazing Numbers Maze Craze” booklet, featuring all of the number mazes. As with the color booklet, I’ve included a cover for this extra option.
The mazes would also make a fun math center. Laminate a set and have students complete the mazes with a dry erase marker.
These extra options are wonderful tucked in your sub tub, something for struggling students or early finishers.
Besides the booklets, I’ve also included a “Snap To It!” Snap or Unifix Cube math center activity, where children use one of the 2-on-a-page worksheets as a reference, while putting cubes together to make that number.
I have my kiddos count how many cubes they used.
Sort the puzzles so that each puzzle includes all four colors, then keep each one in a ZipLoc Baggie in your math center.
Today's featured FREEBIE is another way that my students enjoy practicing numbers and counting.
Make an extra set to use in a math center where students can place objects on the dots counting as they fill up the pattern.
Students can also sequence the cards. Make an extra set and cut them in half or quarters and use as puzzles.
Another idea is to color your own set with school or classroom colors then laminate and use as anchor charts or flashcards.
Well that's it for today. thanks for stopping by.
I've finally survived a terrible cold, so need to tackle a long (oh my gosh am I behind) to do list. Wishing you a productive and stress-free day.
"The future of the world is in my classroom today!" -Ivan Walton Fitzwater
1-2-3 Come Be A Number Detective With Me!
Asking my kiddos if they would like to become a number detective, gets their attention, accompanied by a rousing “Yes!”.
Thus begins my students’ enthusiastic search for numbers, that would reveal a secret one hidden inside their 100s chart.
My Y5s enjoy this activity so much, I decided to design an entire packet of "mystery number worksheets".
So you can diversify your lessons based on skill level, there are two sets of “find the number & color the box” worksheets in the HIDDEN NUMBERS packet, which help reinforce numbers 0-10.
The first set is for beginners. Students look for boxes that have the designated number inside, then color them, which when all filled in, should reveal a larger, “hidden mystery number”.
The number they are looking for is in the box at the top.
They also write that number and circle it in the sequence at the bottom of the page.
The second set of worksheets is more difficult, as students are not searching for a specific number, but look for the numbers that are listed in the “clue key” on the right.
They find these numbers then color in those boxes, to reveal a hidden “mystery” number.
The bottom of these worksheets provide more math practice, which cover a variety of standards.
I’ve included colorful answer keys, which you can use to explain what you want students to do, plus use as anchor charts or large flashcards.
For the beginner set, I did not fill in the bottom answers, so that you can place one on your white board and fill in the information as a whole group activity.
I call on a student to come up and fill in the answer, then we discuss it.
The 2 sets give you the ability to diversify your lessons, which can be done as a whole group or independent center activity.
To conserve paper, and reuse each year, I laminate a set for our math center. Students use Dry Erase markers, then erase with a cloth.
The worksheets are also great for morning work, early finishers, homework, math journals or a sub tub.
I’ve included a cover, should you want to collate the collection to make a booklet.
They are a quick, easy and super-fun way to practice a variety of standards, as well as whole group assess.
The packet includes game sheets for numbers, letters and shapes.
Call out a number/letter/shape. Students find, and circle, color or trace it, then raise their hand. You can see at a glance who is having difficulty.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
I've been battling a very bad cold, so it's time for a cup of chamomile tea with honey and a bit of rest. Wishing you a relaxing day.
Just because you find one bad apple, doesn't mean you should give up on the whole tree." - Unknown
1-2-3 Come Do Some Spider Math With Me
Since we study spiders in October, I thought it would be fun to design a craftivity, that would not only help reinforce the science fact that spiders are not insects, but arachnids because they have 8 legs, but also practice several of the math standards that we’re also working on.
Thus “Midnight”, the “8 is Great!” math spider was born, where children show you various ways to represent the number 8
Since a spider has two body segments (cephalothorax & abdomen) which look like the number 8, I created a number template. (Remember to grab that “teachable moment” to build vocabulary with these science terms.)
Students fold the pattern in half, cut on the bold lines, then open to reveal the spider’s number 8 body, which they glue 8 legs to.
Because the number is cut on a fold it’s easy-peasy even for PK children!
The craft is versatile, as you can differentiate the “leg labels” (math skills) you want to practice.
Younger kiddos can simply make the spider, while kinder and 1st graders can practice tally marks, addition, subtraction, as well as greater & less than.
There's also a blank template, so older students can subtract larger numbers or show 8 with multiplication & division.
Are you learning time to the hour? You also have the option to include a clock face where students draw hands to show 8 O’Clock.
Since my students are also learning about fractions (whole, half, and quarters) I included a fraction pie too.
Use the pie pattern that’s cut into fourths then have students turn it into eighths by making an X in the center, or simply use the 8-piece pie pattern.
There's also a fraction poster that shows the various fractions, which will help you explain what you want your students to do.
Legs can lay flat, or they can be folded to add some 3D pop.
Add a bit more pizzazz by suspending the spiders from the web pattern.
Completed projects make a terrific bulletin board or dangle them from the ceiling as a hallway-wall border.
I’ve included two “8 is Great!” posters to use for the center of your display, as well as a “Show Me Eight!” worksheet.
Today's featured FREEBIE is "Peek-a-Eeek!" a 2D, spider-themed shape booklet.
You can make just a copy for yourself and use it to review the basic 2D flat shapes with your students, or run off copies of the shapes and have students cut and glue them into a booklet of their own.
Well that's it for now. Thanks for stopping by.
I'm reading a pumpkin story for "orange day" at my grandson's preschool today, so time to add the finishing touches to my "splash of orange" outfit. (Orange nail polish and all!)
Wishing you a fun-filled day.
"We lose ourselves in books. We find ourselves there too." -Unknown
1-2-3 Come Have Some Fun With Chrysanthemum And Me
I thought I had finished up designing some quick, easy and fun activities to go with the story "Chrysanthemum", 'til I had a request from Erin in Idaho.
Great idea Erin, and easy-peasy to do, as the theme of "Chrysanthemum" is all about being kind, and careful with the things you say. Thus "Bucket Filling With Chrysanthemum" was born.
I’ve also included color copies so you can do this as a whole group activity as well.
The packet also includes several posters: “We are a bucket-filling classroom”, “Easily Fill A Bucket By . . .” plus a “Please Don’t Be A Dipper”.
The “Chrysanthemum’s ABCs of Bucket Filling” worksheets help build vocabulary while practicing letter sounds.
These can be done individually, or use the colorful ones with a whole group.
I’ve included answer keys with lots of alliterative options: “Aa: aid, applaud, ask, award, advise, affirm, acknowledge…”
Finally, students can use the little Chrysanthemum "bucket cards" to encourage each other. There’s a set in color so that you can leave your students a compliment or note as well.
I was now in the Chrysanthemum mode again, so I also designed some Chrysanthemum-Themed Alphabet Number Puzzles.
Because the story is all about this little mouse’s name, I like to transition my kiddos to some name writing activity afterwards.
These puzzles provide a super-fun way to do that, plus children get in some uppercase alphabet practice too.
They're a real “sanity saver” as children are happily engaged coloring, cutting, then putting their puzzle together.
While they work independently you are freed up. Woo hoo!
The puzzles mix math with literacy, as they help practice sequencing numbers from 1-10, working on those toughie teen numbers, as well as skip counting by 10s.
Simply choose which number concept is most appropriate for your students.
For a fun back to school bulletin board, have children mount their puzzle to a sheet of construction paper leaving a little gap between each strip, which will create an interesting mosaic effect.
I’ve included 2 “ABC 1-2-3 Look Who’s In The Class With Me!” posters to use for the center of your display. (Plus preschool, kindergarten and 1st grade as well).
There’s also a colorful Chrysanthemum puzzle (1-10, 11-20, & counting by 10s) to use as an independent math center, plus an additional name writing worksheet where children finish drawing Chrysanthemum.
Finally, while I was putzing with this, another name activity popped in my head, so I created a quick, easy & fun "color, cut & glue" name craft, which provides wonderful fine motor practice, plus assists children in learning how to spell their name as they begin to recognize those letters.
Completed projects make a sweet back to school bulletin board too. Besides the name craft, the packet also includes:
* Separate upper & lowercase letter cards, as well as a set of cards with both the upper and lowercase letter on one card.
Use them for Memory Match and “I Have; Who Has?” games.
I’ve also included a 4-page tip list of other ideas for the cards, including the “Kaboom!” game as well as . . .
* A variety of letter worksheets plus…
* Some simple letter games like "What Letter Did Chrysanthemum Hide Today?" and "What's Missing?", as well as several dice worksheet games.
Today's featured FREEBIE is a set of 10 Classroom Management Posters. I hope you find them useful.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by. Time to move on to another theme.
Hmmm... shall I start working on "Chicka Boom" or "If You Take A Mouse To School" stuff? Stay tuned. I'll be doing both before August disappears.
Wishing you a carefree, happily lazy kind of relaxing day.
"Children must be taught how to think, not what to think."-Margaret Mead
1-2-3 Come Practice Place Value With Me
Today I'm featuring two quick, easy and interesting ways to practice math skills and standards.
It's perfect for November, as I use a Pilgrim hat for the place value mat.
The game is also a quick & easy way to whole-group assess.
Make a few Pilgrim hats for an independent math center, or make a class set, so that you can practice together.
If you're short on time, send the hats home with a parent volunteer to assemble, then laminate & trim, so that you can use every year.
Here's how to play:
* Students take turns calling out a number.
* Children count out the appropriate amount of number tiles and place them in the corresponding place value columns on the Pilgrim hat, raising their hand when they are done.
* You can see at a glance who is having difficulty.
* Jot yourself a note, so that you can work with struggling kiddos later.
Click on the link to zip on over to my TpT shop to have a look: Place Value Pilgrim Hat packet.
The other math activity is "Turkey Battle". I designed it after the ever-popular game of Battleship.
It's played in a similar way, and practices strategy, skip counting by 2s, 5s and 10s, as well as addition, ordered pairs, data collection & analysis.
However, the game can be simplified for PK kiddos as well, so they can practice all those life skills involved in playing a game.
The packet includes everything you need to play the game, with large, as well as small "battle boards" & pieces.
Make several games for a partnered math center, or a class set, so that everyone can play.
There are several ways to win the game. Children decide which rules they want to follow, then the teacher sets a timer for 5-10 minutes.
Click on the link to zip on over to my TpT shop to take a look: Turkey Battle.
Today's FREEBIE is a sweet, turkey craftivity made from a family's hand prints. I
t's sure to become a cherished keepsake. Click on the link to grab your copy: Turkey Prints
Well that's it for today. I hope you and your little turkeys enjoy these activities.
It's chilly this morning, so time to toss another log on the fire.
Hopefully the colder weather has set the sandhill cranes in motion.
We're going to the bird sanctuary to see literally 1,000s make a stop over, as they migrate south. Wishing you a memory-making day.
"Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark." - Rabindranath Tagore
1-2-3 Come Do Some Fall-Themed Math Activities With Me
Oh my goodness this packet took a lot of time to put together! I hope you find it super-helpful and time saving, as it's chock full of quick, easy and fun math activities, that cover a variety of Common Core standards.
They are very versatile, so you can differentiate, making the lesson easier or more difficult, to fit your needs and grade level. (PK-1st).
Use them throughout the month for early finishers, extra help for strugglers, brain breaks, centers, review, table top lessons, assessments, homework, ESL help, or "just for fun” plug-ins when you have a few spare minutes. Tuck a few in your sub folder too.
Pick and choose what's appropriate and put together a Happy Thanksgiving packet to send home over break.
There are worksheets, several craftivities, puzzles, as well as dice, spinner & paper-pencil games, for the following:
* Ordinal numbers
* Telling digital & analog time to the hour & half hour
* Counting to 100 and 120
* 100 chart activities and games
* Skip counting by 2's, 3's, 5's, and 10's
* Sorting odd and even numbers
* "What's Missing?" worksheets
* "I Spy a Number" worksheet-games, for numbers 0-10 and 10-20, with a blank worksheet to program with higher numbers.
Perfect for whole-group assessing.
* Fact families
* Number words
* Coin counting
* 2D Shapes
* 10 frame activities
* Place Value
* Fill in the missing ad ends
* Addition worksheets and games
* Subtraction worksheets and games
* Tally marks
* Greater than, less than, and equal to
* +1 more worksheets
* +10 more worksheets
* "Dots and Boxes" game
* Listening & Following Directions
Wow! That's just about a little bit of most everything!
Click on the link to zip on over to my TpT shop to have a look see at this whopping 177-page, November Math Packet for PK-1st.
The featured FREEBIE today, also has a Thanksgiving theme.
It's an educational placemat that you can use for your Thanksgiving feast, or if you don't do one at school, use it on that last crazy day before break.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
I'm anxious to get some smaller Thanksgiving packets completed, before I run out of November! Wishing you a relaxing day.
"If months were marked by colors, November in New England, would be colored gray." - Madeleine M. Kunin
Print off Polly; laminate and trim. Cut out an opening in her mouth; attach Polly to a container and have students "feed" her number "cracker" cards.
1-2-3 Come Do Some More Cat In The Hat Activities With Me
I love the hat that Dr. Seuss created for his cat. It's the perfect vehicle for all sorts of interesting activities. I've designed a few more for today's article that cover a variety of standards. I hope you enjoy them.
I've had a few requests for more place value items, so I designed the Cat Hat Place Value Mat activity. After running off the hat template, you can make it more durable and add some red to the hat, by gluing it on a sheet of red construction paper, then trim and laminate.
Run off the number tiles on Seuss colors like red, yellow and turquoise. Each number needs its own color. Laminate and trim.
I would do this as a whole group activity, so every student needs 10 of each of the 3 kinds of number tiles. Store the set of 30 tiles in a Ziplock snack Baggie and make a class set. By having 10 of each in the Baggie, you’ll have extras incase students lose one.
Have students take turns calling out 3-digit numbers. Using a dry erase marker, children write that number on the hat brim and then put the correct number of tiles in the appropriate columns. This is a quick, easy and fun way to whole group assess.
The packet also includes a certificate of praise. Click on the link to view/download the Cat Hat Place Value Mat
For more math fun with the cat's hat, I designed a How many ways can you show a number, Popsicle stick activity. There are several ways to use the Seuss Hat for different number games.
Students can put the "How many ways can I show the number ______." hat brim strip, on their hat and then place all of the Popsicle stick equations, that make that number, on their Seuss hat.
Children place the Popsicle sticks on the hat in such a way, that they look like an ABAB striped pattern.
Students can show addition and subtraction as pictured, or to expedite things, just addition OR subtraction equations.
This is an easy and fun way to whole group assess a variety of concepts.
I've included number tiles from 0-120 with a blank sheet for you to program with even higher numbers. I've also included pages so students can work on fact families.
Besides using the hat for math, I made a few hat activities for language arts. The Cat Hat AT family slider, is a fun way for students to see the various AT family words that they can make by pulling on the "slider." Click on the link to view/download the Cat Hat AT slider craftivity.
I will read... is a hat bookmark that can be used as a writing prompt. Share my example with your students and challenge them to write verses of their own.
I've alluded to a variety of Seuss books in my poem. "I will read with Mr. Brown; I will read upside down. I will read with duck feet; I will read because it's neat."
Challenge your students to figure out which books I've used. Click on the link to view/download the I Can Read Dr. Seuss bookmark-writing prompt.
After reading The Cat in the Hat, review story elements with this Cat in the Hat language arts packet.
The packet includes pocket cards, a beginning-middle-end graphic organzizer, plus sentence strips to sequence the story.
Students arrange the sentences in the correct order and glue them to their hat.
Click on the link to view/download the Cat in the Hat story elements packet.
Finally, because the punctuation pocket cards have been so popular, I decided to tweak this idea, and make the "cards" into stripes for the cat's hat.
Run off the cat hat template on red construction paper.
Run off the sentence strips on white copy paper. Students underline the letters that need to be capitalized and add punctuation. They cut their stripes and glue them to their hat in an ABAB pattern, leaving room so that the hat will look like it has alternating red and white stripes.
If you want, have students re-write the corrected sentences on the red stripes. So that each students' hat could be different, I made up 108 sentences from a variety of Dr. Seuss stories.
Completed projects make a nice bulletin board. A caption could be: "Hammer, slammer, whammer; ___________'s class really knows their grammar!" Click on the link to view/download the Cat's Hat Grammar "craftivity" packet.
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"I like nonsense; it wakes up the brain cells." -Dr. Seuss