## Counting & Number Fun With Pumpkins

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

Make learning how to count and identify numbers, super-fun with pumpkins; which are not only perfect for October, but can still be used throughout November too.

I find that if I have an interesting theme for things that I’m trying to teach my students, they get excited and are happily engaged and on task.

With that in mind, I designed a variety of pumpkin number activities, which will help your students practice counting, number recognition, sequencing, subitizing, sorting, patterning, and one-to-one correspondence.

The packet includes:

* Eleven sets of different pumpkin cards. There's a sample of each set in the photograph.

You can use them for all sorts of activities, including a variety of games like "Memory Match", "I Have; Who Has?", "Kaboom", "Speed" and "Flip It"

I've included a 4-page tip list, filled with interesting and fun ideas of how to use the cards, including directions for a variety of games.

There are also covers for some of the sets, so that your kiddos can make (just the right size) "Itty Bitty" booklets.

Because of the nice selection of cards, students will also njoy sorting them into "Pumpkin Piles".

For example, children put all the pumpkin cards that represent the number one in a pile; all those that show the number 2 in another pumpkin pile and so on.

To strengthen upper body muscles, have children lie on their tummies and sequence the numbers in long lines.  A group of my Y5s enjoyed making a "pumpkin snake" all the way out the door!

I also made a specific set of pumpkin cards to be puzzles. These make a wonderful math center

There are 5, strip puzzles on a one-page pattern, which makes them "just the right size" for little learners.

Simply snip on the line to cut the number from the matching group of pumpkins.  Each line is different, so there's only one way for students to complete the puzzle, which will give them the correct answer.

Another fun way to practice with the cards, is to make Jack.  This cute pumpkin pattern is printed on card stock, then laminated.

Cut out the jack-o-lantern's "mouth" and place over the opening of an empty Kleenex box. (There are lots of fall-patterns available. A Boutique box also works).

Pass the pumpkin cards out to your students, then call for the number one pumpkin.

The child holding that card comes up, shows the number to their classmates; everyone says "One", then she "feeds" Jack by dropping the card into his "mouth".

Another fun, whole group game is done with pumpkin seeds.  I use a package of real pumpkin seeds, which you can buy in most food stores.  You can also save the seeds when you carve your pumpkin.

Make a class set of pumpkin "mats" that you can use each year, or run off the worksheet.

My kiddos sit at tables, so I spill a cup of seeds on a paper plate.  They each count 10 seeds and put them in their Dixie cup.

When everyone is set, choose a pumpkin number card;  show it to your class; they count out that many seeds and place them on their pumpkin mat.

You can see at a glance who is having difficulty. My kiddos LOVE this activity.

Added bonus: pinching & placing pumpkin seeds, is a great fine motor skill that will help strengthen finger muscles.

I've also including one-to-one correspondence mats that you can use for an independent math center.

If you don't have access to pumpkin seeds, simply print, laminate and trim the page of realistic-looking seeds that I've included in the packet.

There are also a nice variety of interesting worksheets as well as "print and go" game sheets, like "I Spy" or "Pumpkins on a Roll" which is played with dice.

Use them for individual and whole group activities, assessing, and math centers; homework, early finishers and help for those who are struggling.

Nice for a substitute, and fun for a harvest celebration or Halloween party day.

Do you know the song "Ten Little Indians?"  This popular rhyme is a super-fun way to help students learn to count forwards as well as backwards.

I substituted pumpkins for Indians, and included a poster poem "10 Little Pumpkins in a Pumpkin Patch" in the packet.

Stick Velcro or magnet dots to the back of the 10 pumpkin cards, and use them as manipulatives, to attach to a flannel board or white board.

I make an extra set of the "puzzle" cards, and instead of cutting them apart, I use the whole strip in my pocket chart.

The song poster and set of 10 pumpkin cards from the packet, are today's featured FREEBIE. Click the link to download your copy today.

While the concentration in this packet is on numbers 0-10, there are several activities which also include numbers 11-20, so that you can diversify your lessons and add a challenge.

Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by. Time for a nature walk and much-needed break.

The fall colors are beautiful here in Michigan.

"October's poplars are flaming torches lighting the way to winter." - Nova S. Blair

## Let's Practice Numbers!

1-2-3 Come Make Some Number Booklets With Me

If your kiddos are like mine, they will absolutely love making these “just the right size” number booklets.

Teachers will enjoy the easy-peasy "Print & Go" prep as well.

There are eleven, 2-page booklets for numbers 0-10 .

Besides number recognition the booklets also provide great fine motor practice while cutting & gluing.

Each booklet has a bit of a different shape, as they follow the contours of the numbers, which adds interest to their appearance, as well as provides “curved” cutting practice as well.

The assembly of each booklet is also simple, and is a great way to practice listening & following directions too.

For the inside pages, children trace and write the number & word, then color the group of that many things.

I include number words because even though I’m not teaching “reading” or number word recognition at this time, I’ve included it “on and in” the booklet, for several reasons.

At the same time we are learning numbers, children are also learning letters.  Seeing them together helps kiddos differentiate the two.

Children will also realize that a number symbol has a word that’s also associated with it, and that those words, are made up of letters.

Even though children might not be able to correctly match up a word to a number yet, I’ve discovered that by continuously seeing numbers with their matching words, my students were successfully recognizing them later!

It’s sort of like being able to read the word Cheerios, or McDonalds simply because they are associating.

When everyone is done with their booklet, we “read” it together.

We count from 0 to that number, flash that many fingers, then clap each letter as we spell the word.

You can send each booklet home after your kiddos create it, or you can have children keep them in a 5x7 manila envelope.

Holding the envelope horizontally, I slit the top. Students seal the flap shut .

After they have colored the picture, they glue their worksheet on the front.

When we finish studying a number, children trace and write it, then tuck the booklet inside the envelope.

I also give my kiddos a "student number". This matches the alphabetical order of their first names; Anna, Bill, Bob etc.

Along with their name, they write this number on any work that I keep for folders, portfolios etc.

This way, students can assist me in filing "stuff", which I keep in tubs.  This takes just a minute, and finding a student's work is a breeze.

Plus I never have piles of "need to file" papers all over the place!

Because students are tracing and writing the number on the front, I can also see at a glance, who was absent and is missing a number.

After we are done with the envelopes, I call for a number; as we all, slowly count out loud.

Number one student brings theirs up, then 2 and so on. Everything is now numerically filed and easy to accesss, in a plastic shoebox.

These are great to take out and share during parent-teacher conferences too.

Once all of our booklets are done, I have students sit on the floor and arrange them in order from 0-10, practicing the "sequencing" standard in a fun way.

The packet also includes a certificate of praise, as well as several “I Spy a Number” worksheets.
This game is a super-fun way to whole group assess, while practicing number recognition.

Today's featured FREEBIE is a collection of 5, fall matching games, which help practice 2D shapes.

Print, laminate and trim.  Students place the colored shape tile on the matching shape on the leaf, spider, bat, owl, or turkey card.

I've also included a blank template for each theme, so you can program with more shapes or whatever.

Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.

Time to put my party hat on, as we're celebrating my birthday early, and hitting the beach for some fun in the sun.

Wishing you a stress-free & relaxing day.

"Live the party. Love the party. Be the party." -Unknown

## 0-20 Number Fun Activities

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

## Hidden Numbers In A 100s Chart

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

## Taking A Bite Out Of Common Core With The Very Hungry Caterpillar

1-2-3 Come Chew On Some Common Core With the Very Hungry Caterpillar and Me

Since so many people read The Very Hungry Caterpillar, I wanted to use Eric Carle's cute little critter as a spring board to studying a variety of Common Core Standards.

I created the caterpillar template and made a list of all sorts of ways I could use it, then set about to design the details.   You can choose which one you want your students to do, or give them a choice.

Teachers could also make up their own set and laminate to use as anchor charts

Make several sets but don't glue the body-segment circles together, to use for independent, sequencing centers or to play games with.

You could also use them to  independently or whole group assess the various standards.

In The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eats the Alphabet, students trace and write upper and lowercase letters.

I've also included a set where a bit of the butterfly's life cycle is also included with the letters.

For example, for the letter  Zz, I added:  Zzzzzz sleeping in a chrysalis, and then included a butterfly pattern with the letters all over her wings to be cut and glued on the last section.

Completed projects make a sweet spring bulletin board.  I've included a poster for the center of you display.

The packet also includes an alpha-pillar craftivity teachers can make, which features upper or lowercase letters, which actually look like the background pattern of Eric Carle's book!

These make a wonderful  border, or puzzle center as well.

There's also a set of uppercase, as well as lowercase (12-on-a-page) letter cards, with matching picture cards of things that begin with that letter, plus a set of word cards for those objects, which provides a variety of center activities and games.

I also made a set of 2-on-a-page alphabet anchor charts, which feature the beginning letter object on the caterpillar's tail end.

This packet makes a nice spring review, as I find that just because I've taught and practiced something with my kiddos at the beginning of the year, doesn't mean everyone retains everything later on.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eats a Rainbow, is a quick review of color words, plus days of the week, which follows the format of Carle's story line.

There's a blank version, where older students think of something edible that color, then write it down and draw a picture of it, as well as a simpler version, where the black line graphics are on the page for children to color.

I've also included a teacher's copy with full color graphics, so you can quickly make a sample to share.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eats Some Numbers, is similar to the alphabet packet.

This caterpillar counts from zero to ten, where students trace and write the numbers as well as the number words

There are also caterpillar "body" circles for skip counting by 2s 3s, 5s, and 10s.

If you are practicing counting backwards from 10 to 0, simply have children put the caterpillar in reverse order.

I've also included a "You Can Count On The Very Hungry Caterpillar" craft for teachers to make, just like the alphabet one mentioned above.

As with the alphabet packet, there are posters, anchor charts, games and a worksheet.

In all of the packets there are 4 patterns for the caterpillar's head, plus a variety of options for butterflies.

Since I have many requests for shape craftivities, particulary 3D shapes, I thought I'd make The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eats 2D & 3D Shapes, which reviews: the circle, oval, triangle, square, rectangle, rhombus, trapezoid, star, heart & crescent, plus 3D shapes: cone, sphere, cylinder & cube.

There are various options to choose from. Simply choose which "body segments" are appropriate for your students.

Older students can write the attributes of each shape on the back. One of the options also practices the days of the week.

On the last day the caterpillar rests in his chrysalis, then awakens as a beautiful 3 dimensional butterfly with the various shapes on its wings.

Since telling time is also a standard, I made a "clock-apillar" which reinforces time to the hour and half hour

Use as a whole-group craftivity, game, center or assessment tool.

Like wise, we are also studying coins at this time, so I made a "coin-apillar" too.

These caterpillars feature a penny, nickel, dime, quarter, half dollar and dollar coins.

The packet also includes "What's the Value?" caterpillar-coin worksheets.

Finally, if you want to practice reading with a very hungry caterpillar, your kiddos will enjoy making the versatile "Word-apillar".

I use this craftivity as a super-fun way to build vocabulary and practice whatever “word work” I want to reinforce: Dolch & Fry sight words, word-family words, seasonal words, whatever...

I’ve included a list of 31 “word work” ideas, along with ideas for games you can play after you choose your words.

Whew! That's a lot of Very Hungry Caterpillar options!  I hope they help your kiddo-caterpillars blossom into smart little butterlies!

Today's FREEBIE also features a butterfly.

It's one of my personal favorite spring craftivities, which makes a wonderful keepsake for mom, as the wings of the butterfly are a child's shoe print.

Do this with your butterfly activities, then tuck it away for Mother's Day.

Click on the link for the "Fluttering By With A Mother's Day "Hi" craft.

Thanks for visiting. I normally don't post on weekends, but I finished so many things up over spring break that I wanted to share.

Wishing you a relaxing and fun-tastic weekend.

"Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself." -John Dewey

## Pair Pears

1-2-3 Come Pair Up With Me

Welcome to another one of Diane's Dollar DealsThis cutie-patootie, Pair Pears Packet is packed with versatility.

At the beginning of the year, when children are learning their classmates' names, glue a photo on the top of the pear, and write students' names on the bottom half.

Children can match their friend's photo to their name in an independent "get to know you" center.

Use the puzzle pair pears as a classroom management tool for a fun way to have children partner up.

Use them to play games like Memory Match & "I Have Who Has?"

I have included pairs that review shapes/shape words, numbers/number words, and uppercase/lowercase letters etc.

You can also run the templates off so that each student can make either an alphabet, number or shape booklet.

Covers are included, as well as blank pears for you to program with whatever.

Be sure and grab the "teachable moment" to discuss homonyms

Click on the link to grab this super-fun Pair Pears Dollar Deal.

The featured FREEBIE for today, includes another fun way to pick a partner.

"It's Partner Time!"  is an "oldie but goodie" that I made years ago, before all of the cool graphics programs, fonts & clipart that I now use.

Yet it's still popular & a fun way to practice colors, shapes & numbers while picking a partner.

Well that's it for now.  Thanks for visiting.

I'm busy working on the rest of my letter packets. Wishing you a peaceful & productive day.

"In the past a leader was a boss.  Today's leaders must be partners with their people...they no longer can lead solely based on positional power." -Ken Blanchard

## Fall-Themed Shape and Number Activities

1-2-3 Come Do Some Fall-Themed Activities With Me

I just love fall.  It's my favorite season, not only because of the spectacular fall colors and wonderful weather, but because of the super-fun themes that we get to teach.

In this blog article, I  want to feature some of the fall groupings I did to cover numbers (1-10), skip counting by 10's, number words and shapes.

Using the adorable clip art of Laura Strickland over at mycutegraphics.com as well as Dianne Hook at djinkers.com, I whipped up 24 number puzzles.

There are a dozen for sequencing numbers 1-10, as well as another 12 for skip counting by 10's.  Print, laminate and trim and then store in Ziplock Baggies.  To help little ones, I've also included blank templates.

Besides using these as independent centers or something "early finishers" can do, choose 3 or 4 and make a flip book.  I give directions in the packet.  (A sample is pictured at the bottom of the photo.)

If you want to reinforce shapes as well as shape words, then I think you'll enjoy these fall-themed, shapely matching games.  Simply print, laminate and trim.

Students place the colored shape tile onto the matching shape on the leaf, spider, bat, owl, or turkey card.

I've included a blank template for each theme, so you can program with more shapes or whatever. If you like this set, be sure and check out the apple and pumpkin ones.

Finally, to practice number word recognition, click on the link for some fall-themed clothespin number games. Students clip a clothespin to the number that matches the number word on the card.

Pinching a clothespin, is great for strengthening a little one's finger muscles.  Children also seem to really enjoy this activity, so it's a win-win. :-)

To make the cards self-checking, mark an X on the back of the card where the correct number lies on the front. These are something different for your kiddos to do for their Daily 5 word work activities too.

I've included a blank set of cards for each theme, so that you can program them with higher numbers or whatever else you'd like your kiddo's to practice.  If you like this set, be sure and check out the apple and pumpkin ones.

Thanks for visiting today.  Fall is in the air; the sun is shining and a lovely breeze is blowing through my office window.  The weather is calling me, so it's time for a much-needed break.  Wishing you a refreshing day filled with everything and everyone you enjoy the most.

"Success: To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded."  -Ralph Waldo Emerson

## The Kissing Hand Number, Shape & Letter Sliders

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Review a variety of standards with these cute raccoon sliders.  Packet includes sliders for shapes, upper and lowercase letters, numbers to 20, plus skip counting strips for 2's, 3's, 5's, and 10's.  This FREEBIE is part of my jumbo Kissing Hand (Raccoon-themed) packet in my TpT shop.  For your convenience, I've included a preview in this FREE packet.

## 123 Count With Me!

In my teaching experience, I found that it was a bit more difficult to get the boys excited about doing some of the daily activities I had planned.

I also learned quickly, that if I incorporated something as simple as clip art into the lesson, that this would peak their interest, and I’d have a real motivational tool to helping them get down to business.

Even though God’s given me the wonderful gift to be able to draw a lot of my own creations for this website, it’s always nice to integrate clips from a male perspective.

When you tell a little boy that you’re going to count today, you’ll likely see eyes roll in a bored fashion, followed by audible groans.

Instead, whisper that they’re going on an adventure, to see how many snails, snakes, frogs and  dragons they can find and count; and you’ll not only have  their attention, but they’ll probably WANT to get going right away!

I designed Counting Creatures with this in mind, and was delighted to have Phillip Martin’s permission to use his wonderful clip art for my TeachWithMe projects.

Click on the link to check out his awesome site.

I think the girls will have fun too.  I used to say my daughter was a princess with hiking boots.

This packet includes the following:

1. An easy reader booklet where students read the sentence, trace and write the number and number word, make that many tally marks, circle the number in the sequence, and then glue the number creature to the matching box in their booklet.

2. Number cards + a cover so that students can make an Itty Bitty booklet.

You can also use these for flashcards, or a variety of games.  I’ve included a tip sheet  of what else you can do with them.

3. A graphing extension

4. An anchor chart number poster +

5. A certificate of praise.

I hope these cute creatures get your creative kids counting!

Feel free to PIN anything you feel others might find helpful!

“What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to a human soul.” –Joseph Addison