Tuesday, 26 February 2013

shhhhh it's a secret

Be sure to keep an eye on my blog this week to find out how you could be the lucky winner of $100 in TpT gold!

Monday, 25 February 2013

Domino Dump

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Here is another fun game that will help your students with early number skills. Turn a plain domino sort activity into a motivating and engaging game by using some toy dump trucks!

Sadly, I only had one truck in our toy room at home, but I have used a couple of other vehicles here for the photo...

Make a range of cards with 'less than', 'same as' and 'more than' and a range of numerals from 0-12 (if you are using double six dominoes). Keep these cards for a range of maths games.

Students can play this as an individual or a group. Place a card on each vehicle (same number). The students then sort through all the dominoes and place them in the corresponding domino dump truck!

As your students are looking at each domino, they are being encouraged to
- recognise dot patterns (subitise)
- add two groups to find a total
- determine quantities of less than/more than
- think about equality
- recognise a range of combinations that add to make a number
- begin to develop more advanced strategies to add/subtract (e.g. they may sort a 3/3 domino into the 'same as' truck in the example above, and then sort a 3/4 domino very quickly, realising it is only one more than 6, as 4 is one more than 3).

These advanced strategies begin to emerge when you play simple games like these with your students. But play them often!
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Should you like to ask your students to record  their findings on a worksheet, I have provided one here that you can download for free from google drive.
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Challenge you more-able students by using a double-9 set of dominoes!

Here is something else I finished today that I just have to share.
It's a set of (Sight Word) Popcorn Word posters that can be printed and displayed in your classroom featuring the 100 most commonly used sight words. Great for when your students need to find a tricky word to spell in their writing.

I recently created a popcorn word wall for my classroom, and got blisters on my hands from all the cutting... and more cutting after I laminated :( It was then that I realised that there had to be an easier way - and this file was born! So if you need a fast and effective Popcorn Word Wall here it is - NO cutting required! Take a peek on TpT if you are interested.

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Have a great day my friends!

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Super Tens

Super Tens will help your students with a range of number, counting and early arithmetic strategies.

You will need: game boards (print about 10 from the FREE file HERE), matchsticks (the coloured ones are nice), dice (optional) and worksheet/pencils (optional).

This game can be played by an individual student or a small group. Students will work towards making groups of ten (by putting matchsticks on, as hair) and calculating the total by counting in tens and looking at how many tens are made, and how many additional 'ones' are left over.

Level 1 is to just give the group a pile of matchsticks and get them to place them on the game boards with 1:1 correspondence and count the total. Make the pile you give them reflective of their ability (perhaps 10-30 sticks). Tell your students that each super hero can have ten sticks of hair at the most. Once ten is made, they need to start a new game board.

Level 2 would see students rolling a dice, and placing the same number of sticks onto the board as the number rolled. Students keep rolling and adding hair to make up tens. This will help the students that need to work on dot and number recognition and counting.

Level 3 would see students rolling two dice, adding the numbers rolled, and then placing the matching number of sticks on their boards.

For levels 2 & 3, decide for your students what limit you would like to place on the group making 'Super Tens' - you might ask them to stop within a certain time frame, or when they get to a certain number. The worksheet that we have included will work with numbers up to 99.

Students record the number of tens and ones they made, and write it as a numeral.

I made all the sheets in this file blackline, to make it easier for you to copy so many pages. Your students may like to colour them in after you play, or you could also print them on brightly coloured paper and laminate them.

Have fun with Super Tens!

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Grab the Dragon

I learnt a wonderfully fun new maths game yesterday while working with my colleague teacher. It is one that she has played in her Number Groups for some time now. I love it! I came straight home and made a set. It is very simple to make and the best part is the countless ways it can be differentiated to cater for all needs in your classroom.
Start with a set of popsticks. You can make the set as big or small as you need. Number them with a permanent marker on the end. One number on each. I made 1-30, but a set to 100 would be ideal. Use the jumbo popsticks if you have them. I only had small at home, but next time I am at the shops I am going to stock up on the big ones!
Select a group of numbers that is suitable for your small group of learners (e.g. 1-20 or 1-100).
Turn the sticks over. Put a little toy dragon with the sticks.
Each student collects 5 sticks. To differentiate, you could ask some groups to take 10. Others could take 3. The more sticks, the harder the task.
Students turn their sticks over and look at the numbers. They must then start to put them into order from smallest to biggest number. You can, at this point, help children with the strategy of sorting. Tell them to take a stick, determine if its a relatively big, small or middle number, put it at the beginning, middle or end of the line. Once most are sorted generally, they can further differentiate by looking at two individual sticks and deciding where they should be placed in relation to one another (e.g. does 23 come before or after 26).
Each student sorts their own 5 sticks into correct order....
The first player to order their sticks, can GRAB THE DRAGON! This player may be determined the winner. If time permits, you could ask your students to play 4 or even 5 rounds of this game. I told you it was fun! And simple! A teacher's two favourite words!
Please hop over to Samantha's blog to read about Miracle. We need your help and prayers for this darling little girl.
I am a very proud member of the Classroom Freebies blog, co-ordinated by Charity Preston. She has just started a brand new 'The Organized Classroom Magazine" and her first edition is free today!
Head over to the OC Blog to find out all about it! I know I can't wait to have a read :)
Have a wonderful day friends :)

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Milk Shake Tens and Some Finds!

This weekend, I put the finishing touches on a project that has been on my desktop for around a month... It is a cute and fun little way to get your students to practise making combinations that make ten on a ten frame - or twenty frame.
This could easily be done using basic classroom equipment, or to 'pretty things up
 you can grab our file at TpT HERE to print labels, frames and worksheets.
You need double sided counters/chips for this game. Or you can make your own - by adding a sticker to the back of a set of counters you already have in your classroom.
You can use a plain milk carton/bottle, or print out our cute little label. We printed ours on sticky paper (love that stuff!)...
Make sure you clean your milk bottle and let it dry thoroughly. Otherwise you will be in for a very bad smell!

Once prepared, you add your counters to the bottle...
And shake, shake, shake that milkshake goooood!

Spill the counters from the bottle and see how they land..

Arrange them on your ten frame to show how they landed.

And record your combinations. You could ask your students to rotate their ten frame and record the number sentence in reverse e.g. 6+4 AND 4+6!

Here are a couple of wonderful things I have noticed in the last week or so!
Primary Penmenship font from Kimberly. LOVE! SO neat and clean!
These Tens and Ones Worksheets from Teach With Laughter. Amazing product and amazing value!
Cyndie, over at Chalk One Up for the Teacher has an amazing giveaway happening - don't miss out! Find it HERE
Brooke from Teachable Moments has 2 great freebies for kindergarten maths! Find them HERE 
Thanks Brooke!
Have a wonderful Sunday my friends!


Sunday, 10 February 2013


I have joined up with some fantastic blogging friends for a 14 day blog hop, to bring you some freebies to ease your prep time at this busy time of year. The freebies are all deliciously sweet - right in time for Valentine's day!

I have made a set of printable cut-and-paste worksheets for Valentine's Day

They are free for the next 14 days. 

They will help your students count and order numerals in the range 1-20. You can find them at TpT HERE

Start with the worksheet. Cut out the numbered pieces.

Place the numbered pieces on the desk. Talk to your students about the numbers. Identify the lowest number. Then together, sequence the numbers in counting order.

Glue the numbers in order on the frame provided on the worksheet.

Once dry, colour the Valentine's themed picture in!

That's all for tonight my dear friends - be sure to check in at the other great blog hop posts if you missed any.

Tomorrow will be another fabulous hop for you over to Laureen's blog for day 11! Don't miss it!

Teach With Laughter

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Pencil Grip Tip

Are you trying to get your kindergarten students to remember to tuck those last two fingers away when holding their pencil? Tell them to IMAGINE that they are holding a counter/chip with these fingers - leaving the other three to control and stabilise the pencil.
It is DAY 8 of our huge 14 day blog hop. Head over to Karla's blog to find today's sweet treat!
If you missed Day 7 - be sure to find it over at Merinda's blog!
Please let me know if you have any awesome ideas for pencil grip!
Wishing you a wonderful day!

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

FREE Write in and Win Bingo Board Worksheet

Head over to TpT to find this very simple activity that is perfect for using with any teaching content, and almost any grade!
Just ask your students to add some content (e.g. you could put a selection of focus sounds on the board for them to choose from, or numbers) and play a fast and fuss free game of bingo!
Too easy and lots of fun! This is a great standby activity or if you don't quite know what class you might be teaching as a sub or casual teacher!
Its FREE! Even better!
Don't forget the wonderful 14 day blog hop that is happening!

Catch up on these great posts:
 Have a great hump day my friends!