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Friday, September 23, 2011

Welcome To School- Math

My math folders are organized according to area of study/standard on my computer. Since I am extremely visual, this helps me fill in the slots and easily see if I am missing an activity for a certain standard or study area.

So, this area of my post will flow just like I have my folders organized on my computer. I'm not saying it's the right way. I'm just saying it's the way that works for me! :D

Some items may be "filed" under areas that you would classify differently and I may end up moving them around later, but this is what I have so far.

Confessions of a Homeschooler has a bunch of great stuff! Her pattern block printable task cards are great to use as a Welcome to School Math Station for patterning. They allow for exploration of the wooden pattern blocks while focusing those "idle hands". Really great quality printables.

Making Learning Fun has a set of really cute school bus themed shape pattern clip cards. I plan on printing them out and placing a sticker on the back of the correct answer to make this station self-checking. This station is also double duty since it deals with shapes AND patterning. :) Not to mention the fine motor benefit you get with the clothespin action. Sweet!

Check out 2TeachingMommies for one stop shopping! You can get all their school themed resources in one easy cheesy download! This is another site you'll want to clear your calendar for- great stuff! I plan on using their school tools pattern task cards and printable pieces.

As a formative assessment or cumulative activity to go into student portfolios, you can't go wrong with Kindergarten Crayons. She made the cutest pattern strip book for kiddos to create their own school themed patterns.

Data Analysis and Probability
Another great resource from that one easy download at 2TeachingMommies is their School themed Roll and Graph Activity. Partners (or individuals or even small groups as an intro lesson) roll the school themed die and color the coordinating box on the graph. Laminate or stick in a page protector to use with dry erase markers and save a few trees! :)

I do a lot of the activities from The Mailbox resource book Gotta Have Graphs. I couldn't find it on their site, but it is available on Amazon. Some of the graphs we do from this book for this theme are: Are you a Lefty or Righty? and How Many Letters In Our Names?

Gotta Have Graphs

I saw this idea somewhere on the internet: a teacher posted a vertical age graph in her classroom. She listed the ages of her students along the bottom of the display and pictures of the students formed the vertical bar graph. As students celebrated their birthday, they got to move their picture over to the next age level! I don't know about you, but I have a TERRIBLE time remembering the age of all my kiddos! I love the visual display and the fact that the students get to celebrate another milestone on their birthday. :)

Play2LearnPrintables has a nice crayon spin and graph race game on their school theme page.

This is one of those tricky "How do I file this?" activities. I kinda want to file it under Algebra, but for now I am placing it here. Hmmm.... that may change. Anyway, I got this from Education.com. It's a worksheet that is a VERY easy, VERY beginner level school themed sudoku.
I LOVE it! Great logical and spatial thinking skills. I plan on cutting off the directions, laminating, and adding velcro dots to make it a little more interactive and a little less worksheet-y. :)

Positions in Space:
Mrs.Wills Kindergarten made a SUPER freebie game just right for Welcome to School. It's a Positional Words Backpack Hunt. Such a great game!

Childcareland.com has a nice song poster covering Five Little Shapes. This would be a nice focus activity or felt board option.

I cannot get by without my Frog Street Press Sing & Read Colors CD with Little BooksPosters, and Reproducible Books, the Shapes CD with Little BooksPosters, and Reproducible Books, and the Numbers CD with Little Books, Posters, and Reproducible Books. This is one of those "you gotta have this!" purchases you should make if you're a first year teacher. You won't regret it!  :) Pics and links are at the bottom of this post. :)

Making Learning Fun has a Shape Match Flip Book. Here is a partial pic for you.

Size Seriation/Sequencing/Ordering... whatever you call it. :) :
2TeachingMommies and that handy dandy all in one download has school themed sizing cards. Kiddos can put them in order from Big to Small or Small to Big; Short to Tall or Tall to Short. I made some simple task cards to go with this station. Students can pull a card and place the cards in that order, then pull another card and place the cards in a different order.

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Numbers and Operations
1 to 1 Correspondence:
Kindergarten Crayons made a super cute counting dots book for the kiddos to make using stickers, stamps, or bingo dot markers.
Check out Pre-KPages under the math and math printables sections for lots of ice cube tray and muffin tin games. Roll a die and place one object in each compartment to match the set. Also, check out the grid game mats. Roll a die and place one object on each square. Continue until the grid is full. This can be easily differentiated by cutting the mats to smaller sets of numbers or pairing the die to have students add the dots before placing the objects on the mat.

Addition and Subtraction:
Making Learning Fun has a great Roll and Color School Bus for Addition. Use a pair of dice to roll and count the dots on both die. Add the numbers and color the corresponding sum. As a partner game, the first to color their picture completely wins.

Counting and Sets:

We practice counting on skills by counting in the round starting with very low numbers. We stand in a circle and count off to our target number (3, 5, etc) the 3rd person sits or is dismissed if I used this as a transition activity. Play continues with the next person beginning the counting sequence again and again, the third person sits or is dismissed. Play continues until all are sitting or are dismissed. If you do a sitting version, I highly recommend you keep it upbeat by changing counting voices and keep it moving! :)

Kindergarten Crayons made a set of number dot cards for kiddos to make their own set of number flash cards by using bingo dot markers. After making these, I can see partners playing teacher all while increasing their number recogniton fluency!

2TeachingMommies has a set of school themed count and clip cards. Count the set of school themed objects on the card and clip a clothespin on the correct number listed at the bottom of the card.


Number Lines and Ordinal Numbers:

I have a set of School Themed Number Order and Skip Counting Puzzles on my TPT Store for $1.50. There are 5 puzzles in the set. Print them and mount them on different colors to eliminate confusion

This idea came from The Mailbox Magazine: Invite 5 students to line up in front of your group one behind another. Announce an ordinal number; then encourage the rest of the class to look at the line and notice who is standing in that position. Next, sing the following song:

(Tune: "Oh Where, Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone?")
Oh who, oh who is the {ordinal number ex.: first} child in line?
Oh who, oh who can it be?
Can you tell me that name of the {first} child in line?
Oh who, oh who can it be?

Repeat the song substituting different ordinal numbers and students/groups. You could make up a set of ordinal number cards to hold up or offer during independent choice time.

Numeral Formation:

I like using large number stencils made from posterboard on the chalkboard. I just die cut them in large enough squares for little hands to be able to hold them while they trace.
I also hole punch the numbers that are left over from these die cuts so the kiddos can make glue dot numbers. This gives great practice at making "just a dot; not a lot" and gives little ones a tangible model of the number for their very own. Clip the number to the paper with a binder clip to keep it in place. :)

Gel bags are great as well. Students pull a number card and form it with their finger. Just take some hair gel, food coloring, and maybe a little glitter to make it extra snazzy and fill the bag about 1/3 to 1/2 full. Seal the bag and tape it extra well with clear packing tape. Be sure to teach students how to handle the bags gently so they don't pop or tear. :)
Place sand, rice, oatmeal, baking flour, cornmeal, salt, shaving cream, etc. in a lidded flat container. Students pull a number card and form the numeral in whatever medium you choose.
Dr. Jean's numeral songs on her Sing to Learn CD and Frog Street Press' Sing and Read Numbers series (mentioned above under Geometry) are also great resources.

Sing to Learn

"Sing & Read" Numbers, Poster Pals, 8-1/2" x 11", 20/pkg"Sing & Read" Number, Reproducible Little Books, 10 books"Sing & Read" Numbers, Little Book Collection

"Sing & Read" Colors, Poster Pals, 11" x 17", 10/pkg"Sing & Read" Colors, Reproducible Little Books, 10 books"Sing & Read" Colors, Little Books Collection

"Sing & Read" Shapes, Poster Pals, 11" x 17", 10/pkg"Sing & Read" Shape, Reproducible Little Books, 10 books"Sing & Read" Shapes, Little Books Collection

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