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 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
It’s time to Blast Off With Me and Learn a Fact Family
Since the Fact Family Schoolhouses were such a huge hit, I wanted to dream up some more things that would get students excited to WANT to learn and practice their fact families.
Let’s face it, things can get pretty tedious when you’re a kid, and teachers only have so much time to think outside the box.
That’s my forte’ and I had an absolute blast designing a Space Travel Fact Family Learning Log!
I really think this idea will get your students “hooked” and they’ll actually be asking to work on their math facts, because they’ll want to collect the “stickers”! Collecting something is quite addicting to a child. That’s why it’s such a hot market in the toy world.
Stickers are an easy and fun way to motivate them and build their self-esteem at the same time; besides, playing the games and doing the activities are also entertaining!
I’m not sure why a small scrap of paper is such a big deal to a little kid, but I’m all over it, because of its success as a motivational and incentive teaching tool.
I’ve designed several types for students to choose from; you print them off and they cut and glue them to their booklets, or you can use my clipart designs and drag them into a label and truly make them “sticky”.
The more opportunities you can think of to immerse kids in fact families, the easier it is for them to remember them, ‘til the light bulb finally comes on.
“Practice makes perfect!” really rings true, when it comes to fact families, however, this can get rather boring.
“Worksheets” can quickly become “skill-drill and kill” sheets and is precisely why I don’t call tabletop lessons “worksheets”, but “skill sheets”.
Who wants to do work? For example: Which statement gets you rarin’ to go? “Please do the worksheet on your desk.” Or…“Today we’re having fun practicing a skill by playing a game.” See what I mean?
Here’s How To Make A Learning Log:
Run off my masters. Students will be taking a journey “…on a planetary path, learning fact family math.”
Each time they learn a fact family, they get a planet sticker. Once they’ve learned ALL of the fact families in the galaxy, they receive the bonus Earth sticker for the “mission” accomplished” achievement.
They choose a rocket, name, cut and glue it to their booklet and are able to earn rocket stickers for a variety of in-class fact family work.
They also choose an alien friend, name, cut and glue them to that learning log page and are able to earn alien and spaceship stickers for still more fact family activities.
There’s also a page for miscellaneous reward and award stickers. Here I suggest having a daily or weekly sticker posted, which keeps students motivated and gets them excited to work on some aspect of fact families, because they will want to earn that featured sticker
Finally, the last page is a congratulations page, where they have accomplished their math missions and their learning log is now complete!
I’ve included a fact family rocket spinner game, rocket booklet, traceable fact family number and equation cards, recording sheets, and other fun-filled fact family stuff for your students to do, to make collecting stickers and learning along their journey, most pleasurable.
Click on the link to view/download the Rocket Fact Family Packet I hope you and your space travelers enjoy this packet as much as I did creating it!
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"Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one." -Malcolm Forbes
It's A Wonderful Day In The Fact Family Neighborhood!
So what's the big deal about fact families?
Once a student knows the relationships of the fact family members, it's easy for them to see what number is missing at a quick glance.
Solving addition and subtraction problems is then much easier and starts to become automatic.
Fact family houses are a great way to teach visual learners about the relationships among the three numbers in that family.
Knowing fact families, especially those, which create number sentences that add up to 10, are a key part of math.
Making fact family houses and putting them in a neighborhood can help students learn the "tens facts" by heart. I thought it would be fun for students to create a neighborhood of schoolhouses!
Here's How: To create a neighborhood, run off the schoolhouses on 10 different colors of construction paper. I like to teach a rainbow pattern later on in the year, so now is a great time to start with those 1st six bright colors.
Next, have students fill in the rest of the Tens Facts, one in each house, to create the entire neighborhood. Once the neighborhood is finished, children use a square of Scotch tape to hinge them together.
Run off the covers for each fact family on white copy paper. Students cut those out, solve the problems and then glue them to the back of the first house in the fact family.
When they are completed, students will have a variety of different colored fact family house booklets that they can stand up and make into neighborhoods of schoolhouses.
Another thing you can do with this packet that will help reinforce fact families, is to show students how to write the families using a T bar.
I tell children that they are becoming T-eriffic at making fact families so they get to make T-Bars.
Students simply trace the T in red and write the missing number on the other side of the bar. This number when added to the other will make the number on top of the T bar. You can turn this sheet into a “mad-minute” and time students.
The Fact Family Spinner Game is also another way to get the facts reinforced. Children spin the spinner, whatever number they land on, they find that number tile and place it in the top attic window of their schoolhouse.
They decide what other numbers they are going to choose to make a fact family for that number and fill in the remaining tiles and then X-off that fact family on their recording sheet.
The first student, who completes all of the fact families, wins the game. Click on the link to view/download Fact Family Schoolhouse packet
Finally, the last way I review fact families with students is with mini-dry erase boards that I make out of glossy ink jet paper.
You can buy an entire box of paper at Sam’s Club, Costco or any of the office supply stores for around $10, with anywhere from 100-200 sheets.
Cut strips the length of the paper a tad shy of 4 inches wide. Buy a box of long colored envelopes. Seal the envelopes and snip off the ends so that they are 4 inches long.
When you write on the glossy side of the paper with a dry erase marker it easily wipes off just as if you were using a dry erase board! I bought a pack of white washcloths and cut them into small squares.
Because these are so inexpensive to make, you could make them for your students every year, so they could keep them. Have them store them in their desk, cubby, or folder for easy access. Use them for math, name writing, letters, shape identification etc.
If you like to have home-school connections for your students, a great way to practice their math facts is by logging them into Xtra Math.
It’s a free online program, run by a non-profit organization, that is dedicated to math achievement for all.
This is less than 10 minutes a day of math that your students can work on at home to increase their recognition of math facts. The program is free, simple and includes progress reports. I found it while surfing the net. It’s recommended by Edmodo, and worth checking out to see if it fits your needs.
I hope these ideas have added to your math bag of tricks, to help make teaching in your neighborhood, a bit more wonderful!
“Too often we give children answers to remember, rather than problems to solve.” –Roger Lewin