I've linked up with Primary Possibilities with another group of teachers, who are having sales! So many sales, so little time!
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Friday, March 28, 2014
I wanted to make something fun that centered around my favorite food- DONUTS! To add to the fun, I wanted to add one of my favorite characters the "Old Lady"! I created a set of "Roll, Add, and Cover" Games centered around the "Old Lady" that swallowed some donuts! This packet includes "Roll, Add, & Cover" games, "Roll, Add, and Color" printables, recording sheets, and extension worksheets. The skills include adding 2 numbers, doubles, and adding 3 numbers. Click here to see the pack.
If you are trying to save ink, you can use the "Roll, Add, and Color" games. These are just as much fun, especially if you use Bingo dabbers. It is exactly the same concept, except students are coloring the sum, instead of covering it. Below, is an example of adding 3 numbers.
Pick up a Free Sample of the "Roll, Add, & Color" games here. I would love to hear what you think of it!!
I'm also sharing a Free: Donut Missing Addend game. Missing addends is a difficult concept for so many kids. I try to use a number of hands on activities to try and help some of my students grasp the concept. This center focuses on finding the missing addends for 10. There are donut mats 0+_=10 to 10+_=10, donut manipulatives, and a recording sheet. I have some students who are able to use the donut manipulatives to find the answer. They are able to "count on" from the first number. Other students needed help from a magnetic ten frame with double sided counters. You can get a free template here. Students would build the first number on the ten frame and see how many spaces are left.You can find detailed instructions on building the hanger manipulative here.
I attached the hanger to the back of a chair by using a hair band and a clothespin. Simple, but it worked!
I love class number lines. I love how students are able to really interact with the numbers, by walking forward and backward on the number line. Students are also able to visually and physically feel the different amount of space between two numbers. Fore example, students can try jumping from number 1 to 2. It is an easy hop. Then, have them try to hop from 1 to 10. This is a great, concrete way to see the differences in spaces between numbers. You can use any thing to make your number line: construction paper, foam shapes, ANYTHING!!
You can see my donut number line in action here.
I have the pleasure of connecting to one of my best blogging buddies! Jenn from Crayons & Cuties in Kindergarten. You need to hop on over to check out her amazing freebie! It will have you bowled over in delight :)
I've also linked up with Classroom Freebie's Manic Monday!
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Subtraction is one of my favorite concepts to teach to young children. You get to take objects away and find out what is left. What better way to help them understand the concept, than to feed donuts to an old lady. Students are able to feed the donut manipulatives to the old lady and then move on to subtracting with a number line. Check out "Devouring Donuts!" here.
I created three different types of old ladies. I first laminated and cut out the hole in the middle of the old lady's mouth. I attached the old lady to a gift bag, a cereal box, and to a plastic tub. I cut holes for the mouth in the gift bag and cereal box. I used a razor blade to start the hole and then used scissors to finish. I simply taped the old lady to the plastic tub.
So easy and kids are able to actually "feed" the old lady! I have included a recording sheet, where students will record the subtraction sentences that they completed.
There is also an anchor chart to help students remember the steps needed to subtract two numbers.
Learning subtraction on the number line is trickier. Students are not actually taking the numbers away, but moving backwards on the number line. I find it very helpful to provide students with a life size number line that they are able to actually move up and down. It is wonderful for kinesthetic learners.
I included focus wands to help students really narrow their focus to a specific number. The focus wand is also the old lady "eating" the donuts, so it helps make the concept a little more concrete. Students will focus on two strategies for subtraction: "counting back" and "counting up".
I included an anchor chart to explain the steps for "counting back", when using a number line. Students can refer back to the chart for help. You can complete this activity as a whole group with the class number line and extend the learning, by letting each student use a personal number line.
There is also an anchor chart for "counting up".
I have included extension worksheets, where students demonstrate their understanding of "counting back" and "counting up".
I have also included many other extension worksheets to explore the concepts of equal numbers, greater than, less than, and solving subtraction sentences. Here is an example of students finding the number that is smaller that the target number. They will use a bingo dabber or crayon to color in the number that is smaller. Students are able to use the number line and focus wand to assist them.
Another game that I love playing with the number lines and subtraction flash cards is "Eat 'Em Up", which is the same as the old game "War". Students will play in pairs. They will each flip a card at the same time, solve their subtraction sentence on the number line, and whoever has the largest difference "wins" the cards. You can also play the same game with the large donut cards (from the number line). Make a set for each student and they can explore the concepts of greater and less than.
I also wanted to share my "New Old Lady"! She is much more durable than the cereal box old lady. I used an Oxi-Clean box, which is much thicker cardboard. I laid the old lady on top of the box and cut out the shape of the mouth.
Cut it out.
Covered in scrapbook paper.
Used Velcro to keep the top shut.
Last, I hot glued the old lady to the box. She is ready to go and SO durable. Your kids can really "play" with this toy and it should survive. :)
I hope you found some fun ideas! I teamed up with Teaching Momster for her "Math Madness Wednesday". Be sure to head over to her blog for tons of subtraction ideas!!
Friday, March 21, 2014
It seems like every child loves super heroes! They are so intriguing and exciting. I had to make some super hero activities for my daughter. Both of my kids have super hero capes that they play with all the time. We needed to make super hero crowns to complete the costumes! I have included the super hero template that I created. Print them on colored papered and glue them to a sentence strip. To create a crown, just staple the sentence strip around the child's head.
I had the kids write the letter of their first name on their super hero crown, but you can also use them for the "Letter of the Day" or whatever you want. To get the super hero template click here!
Below is an example of one of the activities in the math scavenger hunt. I included all three types of super hero cards, so that you could see examples. In this pack I include: numerals, ten frames, and objects. Only put up the cards that you are working on. I have included recording sheets to: trace numerals, write numerals, identify the number of dots in a ten frame, write the number of dots in a ten frame, addition sentences, and blank recording sheets.
Here are two of the awesome focus wands! Students can use the focus wands to focus on specific letters or numbers.
I made super hero focus wands and super hero templates to share. Click here to get your focus wands and super hero templates!
Linked up with Classroom Freebies "Manic Monday"!
I've linked up with Kids Activities Blog, too!