2 Scoops of Kindergarten

Friday, February 21, 2014

Bright Math Ideas Blog Hop!

This weekend hop on over and pick up some great math ideas from many fabulous teacher bloggers. 20 great ideas and FREEBIES (Woo - hoo)  for you and your classroom.....so let's get started!

 In my kindergarten classroom the boys and girls have been working on decomposing numbers less than or equal to 10.  I am always trying to think of new ways to engage them and love to add a fun theme into their every day math centers.
In getting ready for March, I made some math mats and tried them out on my kiddos today.  They LOVED them!! I am so thrilled to share this with you in hopes it will engage your kiddos too!

So  ... first I bought gold coins at the dollar store which I knew would excite even my struggling students. Right now gold coins should be easy to find but you can also use other maniputlatives you might already have. 
Then... I got busy making math mats and laminating them so they would survive my busy classroom. I made enough for a center which typically is for 6 children.  My class consists of 25 students of varied abilities so I differentiated the mats so each child would be challenged.  
I made a mat for numbers equal to 5, 10 and a blank one for those that have mastered 10. Then made an answer sheet to record their math equations on. My students had a ball pretending their gold came down from their rainbow and came up with different equations to equal to 5. How fun it is to see when students start to understand and have fun while learning. Next time we do this I will add the other mats to challenge a group of students who are ready for higher level equations. The Somewhere Over the Rainbow answer sheet is a freebie for you along with a glittering 5 math mat. FREEBIE is in the March Math packet preview. Enjoy!

I love freebies too!

The math mats are a part of a larger March Math packet filled with other fun math materials!
 The freebies are in the March Math packet preview! Just click on the picture below!

Thank you for stopping by, and continue on the hop to see more great math ideas for your class!
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Sunday, February 9, 2014

I love Valentine's Day !

What are you doing this week?  I love Valentine's day so we are spending a whole week to share our love in kindergarten!
Kindergarten Math & Literacy Stations
First in Math this week we are going to go over odd & even, greater than less than, equal to and sequencing numbers. Then we will review counting by 5s and 10s and 3-d shapes.
In Literacy we will start the week off by reviewing sight words by playing a sight word search game, finish a picture and tell a story, reviewing nonsense words and having fun creating our own Valentine cards!  I know the kinders will love this!
Then for Daily 5 time students will be busy working independently on scrambled sentences, a Valentine pocket chart and a sight word book to match!  

To celebrate our Valentine's Day we will be making our very own Build a Bear to hold our bag of Valentines!

To finish our week we are giving our students a Valentine with a special bookmark! 
Happy Valentine's Day to all!

One more freebie for you...if you use QR codes in the classroom ...here is a fun story for your kiddos.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Happy Groundhog's Day!

Not a surprise that the groundhog saw his shadow and we are going to have 6 more weeks of winter according to the legend.  I think everyone is working against us this year!  In my classroom we have embraced the snow and winter activities.  Most days we have been inside though but Friday being pajama day it was warm enough for them to go outside!  So they took off their slippers and had a blast outside in the snow.  Afterwards they came in and we wrote about everything they needed to wear in the snow that kept them warm and read, The Jacket I Wear in the Snow.
For Groundhog's day one of my favorite things to do is to make a silhouette of each child.  I am amazed at how beautiful they turn out.