## 10 Frames Game With A Very Hungry Caterpillar

3 pages.

Reinforce numbers 1-10 with this Very Hungry Caterpillar 10 frames game.

## Seuss's Cat in the Hat's Number Sense packet

10 pages.

Practice number sense with these quick, easy and fun Seuss-hat worksheets. Start with zero or mix them up and do one each day.  Great for home-school connections (homework), early finishers, or a sub folder too.

## Math Fun With Seuss and His Cat in the Hat

1-2-3 Come Do "Sum" Seuss Math Activities With Me

I'm sure most of us use Dr. Seuss for lots of reading and writing activities, but you can also toss in some math as well.  Here's how...

"I see, he sees, we see, she sees, they see, everyone sees the number ___________." Says the Cat in the Hat. Try saying that tongue-twisting, pronoun-filled sentence fast!  It's an interesting way to introduce this quick, easy and fun Seuss-hat worksheet, which covers a variety of math standards.

Teachers can choose a number, give students a choice or make it a game, and have children roll dice to figure out what number they will use to fill out their worksheet. To create higher numbers for older students, add more dice.

You can also toss the Cat in the Hat number cards into a Seuss hat or other container,  and have children pick one. (The numbers go from 0-120!)

Interest remains high, even though you can use the worksheet for an entire week or all of March, because the number changes daily.

Students look forward to working on their Cat Hat Math Mat, because they know what to do, which empowers them.

They can get right down to business, without waiting for directions, which is a real time saver for teachers too.

I've provided a large template to use to explain and demonstrate what you want your kiddos to do, as well as a large completed sample that you can laminate & hang up as an anchor chart poster, to help remind young children of the directions.

For students, there's a smaller version, with two-on-a-page, to conserve paper.

The beauty of this worksheet, is that you can use it for any number.  Younger students can work on numbers less than 10, older students can work with two and three-digit numbers. The worksheet is also an easy way to whole-group assess.

Laminate several templates and set them up as an independent math center.  Students use dry erase markers to fill in the number of the day.

The Cat Hat Math Mat packet also includes a helpful Cat in the Hat bookmark with math symbols.

I've also designed another Cat's hat math worksheet for younger children.  Here, students trace and write the numbers and number words.

They X-off that many boxes in the 10 frame, count and color the correct amount of dots in the group/set, circle the number in the sequence, then tally that many marks.

For more practice, have students write one or two sentences on the back of their worksheet, using that number.

The packet includes a completed hat to help explain things, then hang up as an anchor chart, so kiddos can refer to it.  Click on the link for the Cat in the Hat Number Sense packet.

To see this past-week's Seuss-themed blog articles, simply scroll down.  If you'd like to take a look at all of the Dr. Seuss FREEBIES on my site, click on the link to pop on over to that section.  I also have an entire board of Seuss ideas, and free activities on my Pinterest board.

Thanks for visiting.  I can't believe it's March 1st today! Did the new month sort of sneak up on you too?

Even though I'm happy to see the record-breaking-cold February gone, I still have lots of Seuss-themed activities on my "To Do" list.

Hopefully, there are other teachers and homeschoolers that celebrate Seuss for the entire month, or at least a week, as I'll be posting a few more goodies!

"Don't give up.  I believe in you all.  A person's a person no matter how small!"  -Dr. Seuss  from Horton Hears A Who

## Coin Activities

1-2-3 Come Do Some Coin Activities With Me!

Since President's Day is in February, I did a lot of coin related activities with my students during that month.  We learned a bit about our US presidents at the same time practicing coin identification.

I made up a set of coin anchor chart posters that you may find helpful. Print them off; mount on a variety of colors of construction paper; laminate and then affix a real coin using a glue dot.  They make a nice bulletin board, as well as giant flashcards.

The packet also includes entire sheets of each coin, so that you can make manipulatives, games, and math centers.

There are also separate templates for each coin featuring the head and tail side. Simply fold, cut, glue and laminate.  Punch a hole at the top and suspend them from the ceiling.

Several coin conversion posters are included as well.  i.e. How many pennies make up each coin?  This anchor chart is a fun way to practice skip counting by 10s, as I made lots of groups of ten pennies.

Another visual that I use is a coin Venn diagram.  I believe that if a child has to compare and contrast the coins, it will help them identify them as separate units.

You can do these as a whole group, as an independent worksheet or partner activity.  I pass out real coins for children to examine.  Completed projects make a nice bulletin board.  Making a coin Venn diagram also helps reinforce descriptive writing, as children use lots of adjectives while comparing.

Since putting a puzzle together, was one of our Y5's standards, as well as counting backwards from 10 to 1 and skip counting by 10s, I designed these coin-themed number puzzles.

Print and laminate for an independent center, or run them off and give children a choice.  They color, trim, mix up their pieces and then put their puzzle together.  For an interesting mosaic craftivity, have students glue their pieces to a sheet of construction paper, leaving a small space in-between each piece.

Ten frames are also wonderful for visual learners.  With that in mind, I designed a set of 10 frames for pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters, plus extra tiles of each, so you can run them off and use them as manipulatives. Click on the link to view/download the 10 Frames Coin Packet.

There's nothing like saying "Would you like to play a game?" to grab your students' attention.  I used dice to help my Y5's  subitize, (Quickly identify how many in a group, without having to count.) so I designed the Coins On A Roll dice game

Simply run off the coin bookmarks.  Students pick a partner and take turns rolling the dice.  If they roll a one they color in the penny.  If they roll a two, they color in the second coin, which is a nickel and so on.   However, if someone rolls a six, they lose their turn.

The first child who colors in all of the coins on ther bookmark is the winner.  The game is also a nice opportunity to review ordinal numbers as well. Before the game starts, ask children what the first coin is, the last coin, third coin etc. is.  Later, when children are done playing the game, for a quick whole-group assessment, have them cover the names of the coins and ask them to: "Point to the penny."  "Now point to the quarter." and so on.  Click on the link to view/download the Coins On A Roll dice game.

If your school requires you to send homework home, or if you need some coin-themed worksheets for early finishers to do, click on the link to view/download the 10-page Coin Worksheet packet. These are also great for Daily 5 word work or a sub folder.

For a more advanced activity, students can make a Flip For Facts File Folder. They are a simple and effective way to introduce research to early elementary students.  Children search for interesting facts Online, choose their favorites, and then put them into their own words.

As with my other flip for facts file folders, I've included several pages of how to explain citations to your kiddos. Helpful links are also provided.  The Flip For Facts File Folders are a nice pre-cursor to writing a report

Finally, to help review coin facts as well as grammar, I designed 30 coin-themed grammar cards. Students circle letters that should be capitalized and add end punctuation

You can do this with a pocket chart and call on students, or pass one card out to each child, to correct with a dry erase marker.

After eveyone has shared their card, have students choose 3-6 cards and rewrite the sentences correctly.  This is a great Daily 5 word work activity.

That's it for today.  Thanks for visiting. I hope you found a few things to help make learning about coins a bit more fun.

For all of my FREE coin activities, click on the link to zip on over to the money section of TeachWithMe.com

The wind is howling outside my window, so it's time for a well-deserved hot cocoa break.  Wishing you a warm and snuggly day.

"Money isn't the most important thing in life, but it's reasonably close to oxygen, on the 'gotta have it' scale." -Zig Ziglar

## Math-Themed Mitten Activities

1-2-3 Come Do Some More Mitten-Themed Activities With Me

Friday I featured activities to go with Jan Brett's story The Mitten.  (Scroll down for that article.) Today I want to highlight a few more popular mitten FREEBIES.  These all have to do with Common Core math standards.

If you're doing things with 10 frames, and want a winter theme, click on the link for the mitten 10 frames packet. (I use them for +1 more, addition, & subtraction.)

Are you working on skip counting with your students? Since mittens come in pairs, I thought it would be fun to do some activities to practice skip counting by 2's and use a mitten theme

Challenge your students to make up a list of other things that come in pairs

To assist with this, the packet includes a list of 38 items that are found in pairs, as well as some trace and write worksheets, What's Missing? worksheets, a bookmark and a certificate of praise.

Click on the link for the Skip Counting By Twos Mitten packet.

Is telling time part of your math block?

The mitten-themed time card packet includes digital, as well as analog time to the hour and half hour.

Use them as flashcards, pocket chart cards or for a January bulletin board.  So that students can play Memory Match or "I Have; Who Has?" games, make a few extra sets.  You can also cut them up to make puzzles and play even more games (Like  Kaboom, which is included.)

If you're practicing place value with your students, then I think you'll enjoy this mitten place value craftivity.

It's a "slider" and the packet includes one for each month, plus extras, which are great for assessing, and cover Common Core State Standards: 1.NBT.2a, 1.NBT.2b, 1.NBT.2c, 1.NBT.3, K.NBT.1

A number is given and students move their sliders up and down to make that number. For further reinforcement, have them jot the new number down.  With each number given, students tell how many 1s, 10s and 100s there are.

For more CCSS practice, have students compare 2 numbers as greater or less than

To include some addition and subtraction practice as well, ask children to make the number that is 10 more or 10 less,

Finally, I made a mitten-themed number packet.

As with the mitten time cards, print, laminate and trim these to use for flashcards, pocket chart cards or your winter word wall.

Make a few extra sets, so students can play games like Memory Match or I Have; Who Has?  You can also cut them up to make puzzles and other games.

Well that's it for today.  Thanks for visiting. Time to sort my piles of "idea paper-sketches" and little notes that I jot down for myself.  I need to clear up the clutter, so I can get down to the fun business of creating some more winter FREEBIES.

I hope you can pop by tomorrow for the latest.  Wishing you a sparkling, stress-free day.

"I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape — the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show." -Andrew Wyeth

## Thanksgiving Slider Game Packet

15 pages.

Sliders are a quick, easy and fun way to whole group assess a variety of standards.  I've included 5 different Thanksgiving-themed slider patterns, with slider strips for: upper and lowercase letters, numbers to 30, skip counting by 2's, 3's, 5's, & 10's, as well as counting backwards from 10-0 and 20-0, along with a shape slider too.

## More Common Core Thanksgiving Math

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.

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

## 10 Frames Bookmark

1 page.

Are you teaching with 10 frames? This bookmark is a quick, easy and fun activity to help reinforce counting to 10 with a 10 frame. There are six on a master page for quick printing.

## Common Core Thanksgiving Math Packet

70 pages.

This packet has a lot of quick, easy and fun math activities, covering a variety of Common Core standards. They are versatile, so you can differentiate, making the lesson easier or more difficult to fit your needs and grade level. There are worksheets as well as dice, spinner and paper-pencil games for the following:

## Shamrock 10 Frames

10 pages.

Review a variety of math standards during March or for St. Paddy's Day, with this shamrock 10-frames packet.  If you enjoy using 10 frames, be sure and check out the rest of our themes.  We have LOTS! I've included extra tiles to use as manipulatives for sorting, making groups/sets & patterning.

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