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.
Today's featured FREEBIE is an apple math mat. There's addition on the front, and subtraction on the back. You can also show greater & less than equations.
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 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.
Going along with the detective theme, today's featured FREEBIE is a set of apple-themed "I Spy!" worksheets.
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 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
1-2-3 Come Do Some Super-Fun Cat in the Hat Activities With Me
Since the Grinch Game in yesterday's blog, was such a huge hit, I decided to make one featuring Seuss's Cat in the Hat. "Feeding" cards to the Cat in the Hat, is a quick, easy and fun way to review all sorts of standards. Simply print, laminate and trim the "food" cards.
These are mini cards that include upper and lowercase letters, numbers from 0-120, 11 number word cards, twelve 2D shape cards, twelve 3D shape cards, 35 contraction cards, 20 at family word cards, and 11 color word cards!
I chose bright neon-colors, for that extra touch of Seuss-pizzazz. There's also a set of blank tiles for you to fill in with whatever else you want to review or practice.
I bought my red bucket from The Dollar Store, printed the cat off on card stock, then taped it to the inside. Easy Peasy.
I've included 4 little signs that you can use to decorate your container with, or sprinkle on a bulletin board.
Keep each set of "food" cards in Snack Baggies and store them in your container.
To play, simply pass out whatever cards you want to practice with, then call out a word, letter, number etc.
The child holding that card comes up, reads and shows it, so everyone can repeat what they said. That student then "feeds" the hungry Cat in the Hat.
Besides "feeding" the Cat in the Hat, make extra sets of the cards to play all sorts of games. I've included tip lists suggesting more activities, plus the "Kaboom!" game.
There's also a set of math symbols as well, so you can use the number cards for other math activities, like making up equations and solving them, plus showing greater & less than.
Students can also sort the number cards into odd and even piles and sequence them. Play Memory Match or "I Have; Who Has?" games with the number word cards and their matching number cards.
The shape cards, as well as the color cards, work in the same way. You can also play these games with the letter cards, matching an uppercase letter to a lowercase one.
I've included an at word family worksheet in the packet at well.
After you're done playing, reward your kiddos with a Seuss bookmark.
There are 14 different designs in the packet. Eight of them feature favorite Seuss quotes.
For more Cat in the Hat fun, click on the link for 14 sweet Seuss-themed puzzles.
They will help your students sequence numbers, count forwards and backwards, plus skip count by 10s to 100.
I also designed a set of larger Cat in the Hat number cards with numbers 0-120.
Use them for different games, or add them to your "Feed the Cat in the Hat" review game.
There's a bigger set of alphabet cards as well. There's a separate set for uppercase and lowercase letters, then a set where both the upper & lowercase letter appears on one card, making them "purr-fect" for all sorts of Memory Match or "I Have, Who Has?" games.
If you'd like to see more Dr. Seuss FREEBIES, click on the link to zip on over to that section of my site. I also have a Pinterest pin board of more Seuss ideas and free activities.
Thanks for visiting. Since winter is bitterly clinging to February, I wish everyone a safe and snuggly day.
"Be who you are, and say what you feel, because those who mind, don't matter and those who matter, don't mind." -Dr. Seuss
Review all sorts of standards with this quick, easy and fun game. Print, laminate and trim the "food" cards. These are mini cards that include upper and lowercase letters, numbers from 0-120, 11 number word cards, twelve 2D shape cards, twelve 3D shape cards, 35 contraction cards, 94 "GR is for Grinch" gr word blend cards, and 11 color word cards.
1-2-3 Come Do Some More Math Core With Me
Yesterday, I published a huge 70-page Common Core Thanksgiving Math packet. It met with rave reviews and became one of my top downloads this month. If you want to read that article, simply scroll down to yesterday's blog post.
As with most of my ideas, I have a zillion going on at the same time. When a packet starts to get pretty big, I try to sort through items that can be used as a separate file, such as a particular craftivity, game or assessment.
Such was the case with today's posting. Initially, these activities were going to be part of the Common Core Thanksgiving Math packet, but didn't quite fit that worksheet and game format, so I pulled them to make the following separate activities that I hope you'll enjoy.
Mayflower Mayhem is a quick, easy and fun counting game. The mayhem comes in, because in order to win the game, you need to use critical thinking skills and a bit of strategy, as there are several "routes" your Mayflower can take. Some of them include shortcuts, so there's that to consider as well.
Children pick a partner and take turns rolling the dice. A roll of 1, 2, 3, or 4 moves your ship forward, where as a roll of 5, has you going backwards one space. A roll of 6, puts your sails in "irons" and your turn is skipped.
There's more fun to be had, if you land on the same square as your opponent; one of the perils of going in the same direction as your partner chose.
This simple and quiet game, is perfect for that crazy last day before Thanksgiving break. Click on the link to view/download the Mayflower Mayhem Math game.
Fact Family Feather Fun, is a cute turkey craftivity that your students will enjoy making, while they practice fact families, writing them on the turkey's feathers.
I added a "real" feather to the top of the turkey's head for that finishing touch.
Turkey Talk, is a quick, easy and fun way, to whole-group assess: listening and following directions, numbers, number words, ordinal numbers and colors.
Because the teacher reads the directions, you can omit various steps for younger students, who may be at different levels.
Completed worksheets are really quite cute. Click on the link to view/download the Turkey Talk Whole Group Assessment Tool.
Finally, I had a request for some Thanksgiving sliders. Cindy, from Virginia, has used a few of my other seasonal ones, with her young kinders, and wanted to know if I had any with a Pilgrim or turkey. (Didn't - - but do now.)
Sliders, are also a quick, easy and fun way to whole group assess a variety of standards.
I call them "sliders" because children slide the paper strip up or down, to locate an answer in the "window" of their manipulative.
I've included a boy and girl Pilgrim, a boy and girl Native American, as well as a turkey slider pattern in the packet.
I made black line ones so your kiddos can color them, but also included ones in color, so teachers can easily make samples to share.
There are slider strips for upper & lowercase letters, counting to 30, counting backwards from 10 to 0 and 20 to 0; skip counting by 2's, 3's, 5's and 10's, plus one for shapes.
The packet also includes a 10 frames spinner game. These completed projects, make a nice bookmark.
Click on the link to view/download the Thanksgiving Sliders & 10 Frames Game packet.
That's it for today. Thanks for visiting. Winter has hit Michigan earlier this year and everything is blanketed in the sparkly white stuff this morning.
About 8 inches, so it's time to trudge outside to try and unbury my car. Wishing you a snuggly, warm-fuzzy kind of day.
Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving. ~W.T. Purkiser
1-2-3 Come Do Some Fun November Math Activities and Games With Me
This whopping 70-page "print & go" packet has a lot of quick, easy and fun math activities, covering a variety of Common Core standards.
The activities are pretty versatile, so you can differentiate, making the lesson easier or more difficult to fit your needs and grade level. (PK-1st)
For example, here's a sample of all of the options you have for the "Hats Off" worksheet.
Because students get to play a game using dice or one of the spinners, they really enjoy the math practice.
I think you'll also like the "Show Me the Number" worksheets.
I have one for numbers 1-10, 1-20, and 1-30.
Simply run off an entire week or month's worth and pick a different number each day.
Because you've already explained it once, there's no need for continuous directions and your kiddos can get right down to business.
Use the packet throughout the month for early finishers, extra help for strugglers, brain breaks, centers, review, table top lessons, assessments, homework, "just for fun" plug-ins, when you have a few spare minutes, or tuck a few in your sub folder.
If you're required to send something home over your school breaks, pick and choose what's appropriate and put together a Happy Thanksgiving packet.
There are worksheets, as well as dice, spinner and paper-pencil games for the following:
As you can see, I did a ton of work, so that you don't have to! Click on the link to grab your copy of the Common Core Thanksgiving Math Packet, and let the educational fun begin! Would love your feed back, as I'm thinking of making one of these packets for winter. firstname.lastname@example.org or you can leave a comment below.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for visiting. It's time for a much-needed break. I'll be braving this snowy day (Yes here in Michigan we are already blanketed in white.) My daughter is treating me to a pedicure, so I'm off to go pamper myself. Wishing you a relaxing day!
"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it, is like wrapping a present and not giving it. ~William Arthur Ward
1-2-3 Come Play Some Number Games With Me
As things are winding down, for a much-deserved Thanksgiving break, you may want to plug in a few educational, yet quick, easy and fun games on that last day.
The Easy As Pie Learning packet, reviews all sorts of standards, with a cute little turkey game that's easy to differentiate, for a variety of learning levels.
Use the 10-sectioned pie pattern, to simply make a 10 piece puzzle, for younger students to practice counting and sequencing numbers 1-10.
Older students can practice numbers and their number words, if you cut the puzzle slices into numbers and number word pieces, making a 20-piece puzzle.
You can also review colors with your little ones, by running off the number wheel pattern, on 10 different colors of construction paper; mixing and matching pieces 'til you have 30-mini puzzles, each with 10 different colored pie slices. It only took me a few minutes to make 10. Store them separately, in Ziploc Snack Baggies.
Reinforce life skills, by playing with the puzzles as a partner game. You can use dice and practice addition, or use the spinner (3 are included) to play that way.
Students take turns rolling one dice, to fill in pie slices numbered 1-6, then use two dice and add them together, to play puzzle pieces 7-10.
If your kiddos are also studying fractions, they can play Memory Match or "I Have; Who Has?" games, with the turkey's pumpkin pie fraction cards. There's also a larger set to use as flashcards.
For more fraction practice, I've included a set of black and white pocket chart cards that you can run off, so your students can make an Itty Bitty fraction booklet. Click on the link to grab this fun fall FREEBIE: Easy As Pie Learning Thanksgiving Game packet.
Thanks for visiting. It's really started to snow outside, so I'm off to go find the snow shovel, as it is tenaciously sticking to the ground.
Sigh... I am so not ready for winter yet, but then I don't think I'm ever happy when it truly arrives either.
"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy
1-2-3, Come Play A Quick, Easy and Fun Turkey-Math Game, With Me!
As a child, I enjoyed playing the game Battleship. This pencil-paper game, has been played in various forms since the 1930’s. In 1967, Milton Bradley made the first plastic pegboard version, which is my personal favorite.
When Online games became popular, visitors were able to play against the computer, with no need for an opponent. If you're looking for a kid-friendly game site that makes a nice independent computer center, Primary Games does a nice job and has a Battleship option.
Since all sorts of math skills are practiced while playing the Battleship game, I decided to adapt the concept for the classroom, and designed Turkey Battle.
This quick, easy and fun Thanksgiving turkey game, will help students practice strategy, coordinated pairs, skip counting by 2s, 5s and 10s, as well as addition and tally marks.
However, younger children can also play the game, by simply capturing turkeys. They'll be practicing the life skills needed to play games, as well as simple counting, number recognition from 1-5, plus uppercase letter recognition from A-E.
Students choose a Pilgrim opponent. Their mission is to capture all of their rival’s turkeys before they capture all of theirs.
So there's no peeking, use file folders as a privacy screen. (I've included a cover for these, if you want to decorate them.) Hidden behind the screen, Pilgrims position the turkeys on their “battle board”. There are two different sizes to choose from.
Older students record their hits via tally marks then add up the point values of each hit via skip counting by 2s, 5s and 10s. A point poster is provided, that you can hang up to assist in this.
If you want to give the game an extra twist and make it a bit more exciting, students can use the "Kaboom!" bomb cards. This gives kiddos another way to win. Here’s how: Students get 3 bomb tiles to scatter on their battle board. If their Pilgrim opponent sets off all three land mines, then they have lost the game.
The turkey battle board consists of 25 boxes on a grid. There are 15 turkey tiles for students to place on their battle board. There are 5 turkey tiles for each of the following point values: 2, 5 and 10 points.
Children decide how to win the game. Set a timer for 5-10 minutes; the Pilgrim who captures the most number of turkeys is the winner or the Pilgrim with the highest point value when the timer rings, is the winner.
To play, students alternate turns and get only one guess to capture a turkey. The first Pilgrim calls out an ordered pair (i.e. A5) and his Pilgrim opponent informs them if they have captured a turkey, and if so, its point value.
Pilgrims mark an X on their recording sheet of where they have guessed and make a tally mark on their paper in the appropriate point value place when a turkey is captured.
So that children know when all of their turkeys have been captured, the captured turkey tile is removed from their battle board. Have students put the captured turkey tiles back in their Snack Baggie as they play, so they won't lose them.
The game is done, when the timer rings. I’ve included certificates of praise that you can pass out. (There are ones in color as well as black line.) I find these mini certificates are a simple, yet effective way, to build self-esteem and good sportsmanship.
Click on the link to view/download the Turkey Battle November Math Game. Thanks for visiting today. My daughter Kelli, had baby Kaitlyn Monday night, so I'm off to do some super-fun "tickled pink" shopping. Wishing you a blessed day.
"We may all have come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now." -Martin Luther King Jr.
1-2-3 Come Sing A Fire Safety Song With Me
Almost 15 years ago, my 1st graders enjoyed singing my version of The Wheels On The Bus Go 'Round and 'Round, as I'd add all sorts of extra goofy things to the traditional favorite.
When October rolled around, and we were studying fire safety, I thought it would be fun to substitute a fire truck for the bus. My kiddos loved it.
Well it's years later and I decided to build a Common Core packet around this silly little song. While doing research, I even found a few people who had the same idea. ("Great minds think alike and all that..." )
Any woo, what started out to be just a few things, morphed into a whopping 69-page packet, and believe me, my brain is a bit fried.
I had a few requests for some fire safety themed alphabet and number cards, so I threw them into the mix, and one thing led to another...
Take a peek, pick the items that suit your fancy, and let the fun begin.
The Packet Includes:
Students place the uppercase letter circle on the first wheel and then match the lowercase letter circle to the back wheel.
Click on the link to view/download the Common Core Wheels On The Truck Packet.
While looking for fire truck ideas, I came across a super-simple fire truck Make a Vehicle game over at Enchanted Learning.
I always liked to give my Y5's some computer time, and this would make a quick, easy and fun independent activity to practice keyboarding skills etc.
I also found an excellent video on YouTube featuring real fire trucks. It's only 2:44 minutes long. My grandson was revited, but then he's only 2 and everything is pretty exciting.
If you're teaching numbers 1-10, Monster Fire Trucks is also a rather short video (4:18) that's kind of cute. Certainly attention grabbing.
Well that's it for today. (Where has it gone?) I hope your kiddos enjoy learning, as their own wheels start turning. I'm off for a romp outside to unclutter my mind. Wishing you a fabulous fall!
"The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places." -Author Unknown