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1-2-3 Come Play A Pumpkin Dice Game With Me

pumpkin activities, pumpkin games, pumpkin centers, math games, number recognition, number games, dice games, graphing activities, apple graphing, pumpkin graphingSince my Apple Puzzle Games have been so popular, I decided to create a pumpkin-themed one too. 

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.

pumpkin activities, pumpkin games, pumpkin centers, math games, number recognition, number games, dice games, graphing activities, apple graphing, pumpkin graphingThe 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.

pumpkin activities, pumpkin games, pumpkin centers, math games, number recognition, number games, dice games, graphing activities, apple graphing, pumpkin graphingTo 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.

pumpkin activities, pumpkin games, pumpkin centers, math games, number recognition, number games, dice games, graphing activities, apple graphing, pumpkin graphingI'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.

pumpkin activities, pumpkin games, pumpkin centers, math games, number recognition, number games, dice games, graphing activities, apple graphing, pumpkin graphingSimply print, laminate & trim. I keep each puzzle in a ZipLock Baggie.

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.

pumpkin activities, pumpkin games, pumpkin centers, math games, number recognition, number games, dice games, graphing activities, apple graphing, pumpkin graphingIf they become stumped, they can refer to the "pumpkin challenge" chart for assistance.

Another Idea:

pumpkin activities, pumpkin games, pumpkin centers, math games, number recognition, number games, dice games, graphing activities, apple graphing, pumpkin graphingThe 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.

pumpkin activities, pumpkin games, pumpkin centers, math games, number recognition, number games, dice games, graphing activities, apple graphing, pumpkin graphingToday's featured FREEBIE is a selection of fall-themed worksheets that help students practice graphing, at the same time reviewing 2D shapes.

fall graphing  worksheets, pumpkin activities, pumpkin games, pumpkin centers, apple games, apple activities, apple centersI've included black & white patterns for children, as well as colorful answer keys.

My students really love graphing, so I hope yours will too.

pumpkin activities, pumpkin games, pumpkin centers, math games, number recognition, number games, dice games, graphing activities, apple graphing, pumpkin graphingWell 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 Color With Me

name writing activities, name writing booklet, name writing practice, for crayon out loud, crayon color postrs, I'm always looking for quick, easy and fun ways for my Y5s to practice writing their names, so I designed this crayon-themed name writing packet where children can reinforce identifying colors at the same time. (Multi-tasking time saving bonus! Woo hoo.)

name writing activities, name activities, learning to write names, name writing booklet, color booklet, classromm management activities, for crayon out loudThe packet includes a booklet with enough room so that students can write their name as many as 3 times.
This can be done all at once, or over a period of time, so that the booklet shows added improvement. Great for sharing at conferences!

There's also a set of name cards. Write your students' names on the unlined card so they can refer to it when they're making their booklet.

For added practice, laminate the lined cards, so students can practice writing their name with a dry erase marker.

I've included pocket chart-size color cards too. Use them as flashcards and post so that children can refer to this "anchor chart". Nice for your word wall.

name writing activities, name activities, learning to write names, name writing booklet, color booklet, classromm management activities, for crayon out loudThere's a matching bookmark- size with 6-on-a-page to give your students. The "My Favorite Color Crayon Is . . ." worksheet provides another name writing opportunity as well.
Completed projects make a sweet bulletin board.

My kiddos absolutely love "spying" their name, so I've included an "I spy my name" color-me worksheet, as well as a certificate of praise kiddos can color after they've finished their name booklet.

Today's featured FREEBIE also has a crayon theme.  The saying, "For 'crayon' out loud!" was the "pinspiration"  behind this  20-page, classroom management  For Crayon Out Loud packet  that I hope you'll enjoy. 

classroom management activities, name writing activities, name writing booklet, for crayon out loudThere's a lot you can do with it, from a simple reminder poster hung on a bulletin board, to games and behavior management.

The packet includes:

for crayon out loud poster, for crayon out loud saying, color games, color word cards, crayon name tags, crayon posters, crayon bookmarks, classroom management tips, behavior modification ideas* A For "crayon" out loud please raise your hand! Reminder poster

for crayon out loud poster, for crayon out loud saying, color games, color word cards, crayon name tags, crayon posters, crayon bookmarks, classroom management tips, behavior modification ideas* A For "crayon" out loud class rules poster

* Crayon bookmarks

* A blank poster with a crayon border,  for you to use as stationery or fill in your own rules

classroom management activities,for crayon out loud* Crayon badges, perfect for name tags. 

for crayon out loud poster, for crayon out loud saying, color games, color word cards, crayon name tags, crayon posters, crayon bookmarks, classroom management tips, behavior modification ideas* A behavior modification checklist (A quick and easy way to communicate with parents at the same time having students  be accountable, and take responsibility for their actions.

for crayon out loud poster, for crayon out loud saying, color games, color word cards, crayon name tags, crayon posters, crayon bookmarks, classroom management tips, behavior modification ideas* Behavior traffic light crayon boxes. A little something different than the popular traffic light classroom management technique.

for crayon out loud poster, for crayon out loud saying, color games, color word cards, crayon name tags, crayon posters, crayon bookmarks, classroom management tips, behavior modification ideas*Student crayon (Use with the traffic light program or as a bookmark, or run off on different colors of construction paper and write in the matching color word, then put up on your word wall.)

* 3 dot-to-dot behavior modification crayon sheets.  These are a quick and easy way to help students stay focused and on task. And finally...

for crayon out loud poster, for crayon out loud saying, color games, color word cards, crayon name tags, crayon posters, crayon bookmarks, classroom management tips, behavior modification ideas* A set of crayon color cards, which you can use for labels and games.

for crayon out loud, classroom management, name writing bookletWell that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.

Wishing you a rainbow bright and stress free day.

"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest." - Unknown

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

Fall is my favorite season.  I love sweatshirt weather, hikes in the woods where trees flaunt their spectacular colors, hayrides, and sipping hot cider while shopping the bountiful harvest at a farmer's market.  

sorting seeds, fall math centers, pumpkin activities, apple activiteis, watermelon activitiesWhile munching a juicy honeycrisp apple, I thought it would be fun to have my students compare the various seeds of a few of the items on display here. Leftovers would also  provide a nutritious snack too.

sorting seeds, fall math centers, pumpkin activities, apple activiteis, watermelon activitiesThus the "Exploration of Seeds" packet was born, and mixes a bit of science with a variety of math skills: data collection & analysis, sorting, comparing & contrasting, predicting, guess-timating, counting, sequencing, greater than, less than & equal to, plus graphing.

seed activities, pumpkin activities, apple activiiesI've also included a descriptive worksheet as well as an emergent reader, so you can add a splash of language arts and reading as well.

sorting seeds, fall math centers, pumpkin activities, apple activiteis, watermelon activitiesThere are also 19 photo posters.

Scatter them around your students' investigations to make an interesting bulletin board, or use them as flashcards to check comprehension after you've done your investigation.

Students could choose one and practice using adjectives to describe the photo, or use several as writing prompts.

You can do the exploration activities as a whole group, or set things up as a center and have students work independently on their own seed worksheets.

I've included a letter home to parents asking for donations, so that you can study the seeds of a pumpkin, apple, sunflower, and watermelon, as well as kernels of corn.

If your students are like mine, they will absolutely LOVE these hands-on activities.

As a busy teacher, being able to combine science with math and language arts is a wonderful time-saving bonus.

selfie self portrait writing prompt craftToday's featured FREEBIE is a "My School Daze Selfie".    Do you have your kiddos draw a self portrait?

Why not hop on the "selfie" rage and use these cute worksheets for your kiddos to do their work on.  They're sure to become a keepsake.

seed activities, apple activities, pumpkin activities watermelon activities, selfie portraits, back to school self portraitsWell that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by. The warm breeze on this lovely September afternoon is calling my name. 

Time to take my poodle pup Chloe, for a walk and declutter my brain.  Wishing you an awesome day filled with everything you most enjoy.

"Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall." - F. Scott Fitzgerald

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

0-20 number activities, counting activities, counting b ooklet, number posters, number games, math centers, apple activitesOne 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.

0-20 number activities, counting activities, counting b ooklet, number posters, number games, math centers, apple activites* 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.

0-20 number activities, counting activities, counting b ooklet, number posters, number games, math centers, apple activites* 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.

0-20 number activities, counting activities, counting b ooklet, number posters, number games, math centers, apple activitesThere 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

apple themed math game, apple math center, addition games, subtraction gamesToday'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. 

apple activities, apple math, apple centers, math centers, addition games, subtraction gamesWell 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

number booklet, number posters, coloring pages for numbers, number recognition activities, counting activities, sequencing numbers, math posters, dot numbers, math centers, number crafts, math bulletin boardsBecause my Young Fives absolutely love making and collecting “Itty Bitty” booklets, I designed a set for each individual number 0-10.

number booklet, number posters, coloring pages for numbers, number recognition activities, counting activities, sequencing numbers, math posters, dot numbers, math centers, number crafts, math bulletin boardsI 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.

number booklet, number posters, coloring pages for numbers, number recognition activities, counting activities, sequencing numbers, math posters, dot numbers, math centers, number crafts, math bulletin boardsCutting 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.

number booklet, number posters, coloring pages for numbers, number recognition activities, counting activities, sequencing numbers, math posters, dot numbers, math centers, number crafts, math bulletin boardsYou 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.

number booklet, number posters, coloring pages for numbers, number recognition activities, counting activities, sequencing numbers, math posters, dot numbers, math centers, number crafts, math bulletin boardsI'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.

number booklet, number posters, coloring pages for numbers, number recognition activities, counting activities, sequencing numbers, math posters, dot numbers, math centers, number crafts, math bulletin boardsThere’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.

number booklet, number posters, coloring pages for numbers, number recognition activities, counting activities, sequencing numbers, math posters, dot numbers, math centers, number crafts, math bulletin boardsAnother 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.

number booklet, number posters, coloring pages for numbers, number recognition activities, counting activities, sequencing numbers, math posters, dot numbers, math centers, number crafts, math bulletin boardsBesides 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.

number booklet, number posters, coloring pages for numbers, number recognition activities, counting activities, sequencing numbers, math posters, dot numbers, math centers, number crafts, math bulletin boardsA mini matching page is an option for their Itty Bitty booklets and has children working on patterning.

number booklet, number posters, coloring pages for numbers, number recognition activities, counting activities, sequencing numbers, math posters, dot numbers, math centers, number crafts, math bulletin boardsThere's also a set of jigsaw number puzzles. Run the pattern off on 4 colors, laminate and trim.

Sort the puzzles so that each puzzle includes all four colors, then keep each one in a ZipLoc Baggie in your math center. 

number booklet, number posters, coloring pages for numbers, number recognition activities, counting activities, sequencing numbers, math posters, dot numbers, math centers, number crafts, math bulletin boardsThere's also a mini page option for students' Itty Bitty booklets.

Today's featured FREEBIE is another way that my students enjoy practicing numbers and counting.  

These bubble dot numbers can be used for individual worksheets (there are  2-on-a-page for quick printing) or add the cover and make into a number booklet.

number booklet, number posters, coloring pages for numbers, number recognition activities, counting activities, sequencing numbers, math posters, number puzzles, dot numbers, math centers, number crafts, math bulletin boardsStudents use a bingo dauber to dot the bubbles counting as they go. They can also choose two crayon or marker colors and fill in the dots showing an ABAB pattern.

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. 

number booklet, number posters, coloring pages for numbers, number recognition activities, counting activities, sequencing numbers, math posters, dot numbers, math centers, number crafts, math bulletin boardsWell 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

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