Sunday, November 28, 2010

Money Honey

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Here are a few money games  I made over the break. I’m hoping these will help my students become proficient  in terms of counting a collection of coins and identifying them.

Bank on It

In the game below, the students roll a regular dot die. They cover up the coin on their mat which corresponds to the number they rolled. The first person to fill their bank wins. Your more advanced students could count all the money in their bank at the end of the game. You could use counters or plastic coins to cover the coins on the banking mat.




Click here to download Bank on It


Count Your Money Honey

In this game the teacher can decide which coin you would like students to work with (pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, or a combination). You will have to assemble the dice and they are provided in the download. I forgot to take a picture of them. You will also need to make the regular number die (included also)

First the student rolls the number die, then they roll the coin die and take that many coins. (Ex. if they roll a five and a nickel, they have to take five nickels.)

The coins are placed on the counting tray. Make enough counting trays for the number of students playing.  After the student counts their money, they fill in the amount for their first roll (I’m laminating the counting trays and the students will use a dry erase marker). They keep rolling and counting for nine more times. This games could be played with a small group of three to four students or alone. There is no winner or looser, just the satisfaction of counting money.



Click here to download Count Your Money Honey



Nickel Piggy Bank

This game is played with a regular dot or number die. The student rolls and takes that many pennies( they must start with pennies first, even if they roll a six). Each time they collect five pennies they can trade them for a nickel. Students keep rolling and trading until they fill up the Nickel Gameboard. The winner is the person who fills up their board first. At the end they can count all of their nickels. I will use plastic pennies and nickels.



Click here to download Nickel Piggy Bank


I have also created Dime and Quarter Piggy Bank. I will up load those later in the week. If you use these, I would love to hear feedback.

For all of these games you can use  counters, beans or plastic coins.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Skip Counting: Math Activities

These are quick and easy activities for math time. Sometimes we use them whole group or sometimes I'll assign a small group to complete the activity during math stations.

Beach Bum Count by Fives

For some reason on the last three documents you can't see the numbers on the screen...but when you download the activity all the numbers do show up. CRAZY!!!

Count to Twenty Mini Crab

Dinosaur Skip Count

Ladybug Skip Counting

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Work on Words

During Daily Five my students have several options. But the ones they return to again and again are the activities in a sack. Most of these I make myself to go along with our reading series: SF (Reading Street). They are quick and easy to create and assemble…but if you don’t have the time I’ve provided a few downloads below. Please feel free to use them, and let me know how they work for you. Hint, hint: Leave a comment Open-mouthed smile


In this activity the students sort complete sentences and incomplete sentences. Then they have to write  their own complete sentences.

Click here to download Farm Fresh Sentences


In this activity the students sort the asking sentences from the telling sentences. Then they have to write three of their own asking or telling sentences.

Click here to download Cheer for Asking or Telling



Students sort blends then fill out an accompanying  worksheet. Sometimes I ask my more advanced students to write silly sentences or stories for a set of blends.

Click here to download Pizza Maker Blends


These are just a few of the activities I like to use. I have tons more. Next up Short and Long vowel Bingo Games.

Happy Thanksgiving


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Friday, November 19, 2010

Thanksgiving Fun

This week was hectic. It was American Education Week and there were lots of activities going on. But we did manage to get quite a bit done.
Towards the beginning of the week we worked on Thanksgiving stories. I found the stickers at my trusty Hobby Lobby location. The students did a great job on these.



Do You Like Turkey

This week we also did another round of graphs. Our question was “Do You Like Turkey?” We completed three graphs and the students completed a graph sheet to go along with our big class graphs.

It’s hard to see the picture below. But the sheet is a compilation of all the graphs we completed this week.

Turkey Addition

During math time we created and completed these addition turkeys. The students enjoyed creating their own addition sentences, cutting and creating these wonderful turkeys.

These are turkey addition and subtraction problems. Students completed the story frames, created both an addition and subtraction sentence and illustrated for both.



Thanksgiving With Our Families

During Writing workshop I took small groups of students and we completed this story frame about spending Thanksgiving with our families. I believe reading and writing are so closely connected. The more a student writes the better reader they will become and vice versa. I think they did a fantastic job.



Life in the Forest

Whew! Well I guess we did get a lot done this week. Our story this week was Life in the Forest. As a writing extension about the story the students wrote what they learned about animals that live in the forest.
We even completed Circle Maps about forest animals.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Math Games

IMG_1886Here are some simple addition games we use for math game time. Each morning after the students complete the story problem of the day, they look at the math game board to see which game they are assigned to play. The games are a mixture of games I’ve created, games from Mailbox Magazine, or games I’ve found online.
Here is a picture of the math game board. My mother made it for me out of felt and seam binding. Why pay all that money for ones in teacher’s catalogs. Below are simple make ten games. The students toss two counters and try to get numbers that equal ten. They weren’t showing up on my last post so I docstocd them.


Gingerbread Tens



Clifford Makes Ten

Mouse Count to Ten

Movie Night Make Ten


Pizza Maker Tens

Turkey Tens

Monday, November 8, 2010

Math Time

Seeing how other teachers structured their math time inspired me to post this blog about math in my classroom. When the students first walk into the classroom they have to answer the question of the day. I got the kit from Lakeshore. The students place their pictures up, then we discuss the results during calendar.


After they answer the question of the day the students then complete the story problem of the day. I use address labels. I like them because they are easy. I can usually get three days on each sheet of labels.



After the students get started with the problem of the day, the survey person (a weekly job) goes around and asks the survey question of the day. I like this because it gives the students time each week to think mathematically about the results of our daily survey. I got the idea from Kim Adsit. Her e-book had questions monthly but I needed daily questions, and decided to make up some of my own. Thanks for the inspiration Ms. Adsit!

Each Monday the students answer the graph question of the week. We do lots of activities with the weekly graph. All the work we do with the graphs are placed in the students Weekly Graph Journal. On Monday they answer the graph question. On Tuesday they reproduce the results of the graph in their Graph Journals. On Wednesday they write a few sentences about what they observe about the results. Then they have to write two addition sentences (later we will add subtraction sentences). On Thursday they have to write a story problem using the graph. Ex. Ten people like red apples. Two people like green apples. How many in all?

Weekly Graph Journal




After the students complete the problem of the day, they look on the math game board to find out which game they will play. Sometimes it’s free choice, sometimes it’s flashcards. This provides good practice for addition and subtraction facts. At the beginning of the year I asked all students to bring in a set of addition or subtraction flash cards. They do triple duty as both partner practice, whole class math games (boys against the girls) and math games.



This is a picture of our Math Buzz book. I like doing math in the morning, because the students are alert and ready to work. We work with the buzz book during our morning meeting. I usually read some type of math trade book that goes along with whatever we are working on during our math unit.



This morning we wrote subtraction story problems. After writing them the students had to illustrate a picture to go along with their story.









Sometimes we complete math projects. This past Friday the students completed a count by tens chart.







Have a great week!

Ms. Arnold