1-2-3 Come Do Some Pumpkin Math With Me
I'm really enjoying fall. Love the wonderful weather, and the leaves are just starting to turn here in Michigan.
I've had a few requests for some simple pumpkin games that teachers can use as an independent center. Several visitors have also asked for some pumpkin-themed number word activities.
With that in mind, I just finished the cute Pumpkin Fun Number Packet. It's 22 pages, and includes a seed counting game, where students match the stem with a number on it, to the pumpkin with the number word on it.
From there, students count to find the matching "pumpkin guts". These are circles with pumpkin seeds on them from 1-20.
To make the game self-checking, write the number on the back of the seed circles and pumpkins.
If you want, run off copies, so that students can make their own Counting Pumpkin Seeds booklet. They glue the stem to the pumpkin and then staple the edge of the seed circle so that it flips up.
I've included a cover for them to staple to the front. This would involve quite a bit of cutting, so you may want students working on this for several days, or simply have them do numbers 0-10. This is a nice fit for Daily 5 word work.
For more practice matching numbers to their number word, I've included 2 trace and write worksheets. These are great for early finishers, your sub folder or homework.
A slice of pumpkin, is another worksheet, where students trace and write the number and dot that many seeds in the appropriate section. When they are done, they color the picture.
There's also a "Show Me The Number" activity. These can be done as a separate table top worksheet for your math block, or run off and staple into a booklet and have students work on a new number each day.
Before you work on any of these activities, I suggest reviewing numbers and number words.
I've included a set of pocket chart cards and a poster to help you. Students can refer to them as they work independently.
Click on the link to view/download the Pumpkin Number Fun packet.
For another pumpkin-themed number word game click on the link.
This one helps strengthen finger muscles, as students use clothespins to make matches.
Seven Pumpkin Games is another FREEBIE that reinforces numbers.
As a teacher, I incorporate games because my students really enjoy them, and I can cover a variety of math concepts, while helping them improve their "life skills" at the same time.
If you want to work on higher numbers, click on the Pumpkin Math packet to practice numbers 1-120.
You can cover quite a few Common Core State Standards with this "Let's Count Pumpkins" packet, which includes an easy reader where students read, trace and write the numbers, plus circle them in a sequence.
To cover more standards, children circle capital letters, add end punctuation to the simple sentences, plus count the pumpkins in the group/set and color the puffy numbers as well.
The packet also includes trace and write worksheets for counting from 0 to 120, plus skip counting by 2's, 3's, 5's, and 10's.
Click on the link for a larger set of pumpkin number cards, that you can use in a variety of ways: pocket chart cards, a number line, games such as "I Have; Who Has?" and Memory Match; plus students can practice making up equations, and showing greater than or less than.
Finally, if you use 10 frames with your kiddos, I've made a pumpkin-themed 10 frames set.
That's it for today. Thanks for visiting.
I'm off to the dungeon (also known as my basement) to haul up some autumn decorations. Wishing you a fabulous fall.
"It might be hard at times, but hard is not impossible." -Unknown