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Have you seen the adorable cat, pumpkin, and candy erasers from the Target Dollar Spot?!?!  They are perfect to use as manipulatives for this Fall Race Math Game.  For this game your students will be counting and comparing cat, candy, and pumpkin erasers to see which one races to the top of the graph first.  
To prepare this game I first printed it on white cardstock.  I like to laminate the game for durability, but a plastic page protector would also work.  I grabbed a paper clip and pencil to use for the spinner on the game.  I used erasers from the Target Dollar Spot to mark the spots on the graph, but if you don't have them, you could use a dry erase marker or other manipulative as a marking piece.  
For this game students spin the cat, candy, and pumpkin spinner using the paper clip and pencil.  To spin, they just put the pencil inside the paper clip and put the pencil point on the dot in the middle of the spinner.  They give the paper clip a flick to spin it.  When the spinner stops, students mark that same spot on the graph using their manipulative. 
Students continue spinning until one of the fall shapes reach the top first.  Some of the ways I like to have my students talk about math while playing this game are:
*Counting how many of each fall shape they have collected
*Counting how many more to reach the top
*Counting which has more/less  
There are a lot of opportunities for students to discuss math within this simple and fun activity.  This game can easily be played independently or with a partner and would make a great addition to a math station in your classroom. 
Ready for some Fall Race math fun?!  Just click the image below to grab your FREE download!
And once again my friend Alex, from The Kindergarten Connection, and I have teamed up to bring you two free downloads that you can use with these fall themed Target erasers!  Click the image to head to her blog and grab her download!
Check out our Bubble Themed Math Activities Post by clicking the image below.
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I love using books with repetitive texts with my students.  They are great for independent reading and give my students the confidence they need to become fluent readers.  This Farm Counting Book is great to use with your students for independent reading and it also includes a math integration. 
To prepare this little book for my students I first printed the pages of the book.  I made enough copies for my class.  The best part is that I only needed to copy half the size of my class because there are two of each book page per page.  Then, I just cut the page in half and put two staples along the side of the book. 
*Copying Tip: This book can be copied double sided to save paper. 
For this book I first read the book together as a class so that my students were familiar with the text.  We counted the animals on each page for some one to one counting practice.  I modeled coloring a few of the pages for my students.  Then, I passed out the books for my students to read and color.  After they finished, they could put the book in their book basket for independent reading.  
This book is a great addition to a farm unit, animal unit, counting to 10 practice, etc.  You could also send the book home and have students practice reading the book to their families. 
For some Farm Counting Book fun, just click the image below to grab your FREE copy of the book to use with your kiddos!
Also, be sure to check out these amazing Farm Themed activities from some awesome bloggers!
Farm CVC Words // A Dab of Glue Will Do
Farm Counting Cards // Playdough to Plato
Expressing Feelings on the Farm // Liz’s Early Learning Spot
Count and Graph on the Farm // Sara J Creations
Pigs in the Mud Alphabet Match // The Kindergarten Connection
Farm Animal Puzzles // Powerful Mothering
Farm Play Dough Activity // Mom Inspired Life
Farm Washing Sensory Bin // Coffee Cups and Crayons
Farm Counting Book // Recipe for Teaching
Interactive Farm Book // Mrs. Jones’ Creation Station
Gross Motor Farm Game // Modern Preschool
Farm Animal Sorting // Still Playing School
Making Farm Footprints // Pleasantest Thing
Farm Muffin Tin Syllable Counting Game // The Educators’ Spin on It
Farm Themed Old Maid // Stay at Home Educator
Farm Emergent Reader // The Letters of Literacy
Farm Busy Box // Teach Me Mommy
Farm Animal Ten Frame Cards // Preschool Inspirations
Farm Addition Cards // The Stem Laboratory
Farm Animal Sentences // (Not Pictured) The Simplified Classroom
Old MacDonald’s Farm Busy Bag // (Not Pictured) Adventures of Adam
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I absolutely love using clip cards with my students.  They are so much fun, students can practice a variety of skills, and they are the perfect fine motor activity.  With these Back to School Clip Cards, your students will have fun counting school objects from 1-20 and clipping the matching number.
To prepare this activity, I just printed the clip cards on white cardstock.  I recommend laminating cards for durability.  I used my paper cutter to cut the cards.  I also grabbed some clothespins.  If you are looking for a place to get clothespins, the Dollar Tree sells packs of them.  
For this activity, students count the objects on the card and then clip the number that matches the set.  Students continue counting and clipping the cards until they have clipped all of the cards.  This set of clip cards includes sets 1-20.  This activity is perfect to use as a math warm-up, during small guided math groups, or to put out at a math station.  I just used these in my classroom with a small math group and they were so engaged and excited to clip the number!
*Self-checking tip: I recommend putting a dot sticker on the back of the card on the correct answer.  This way students can easily check their answer to see if they are correct.  

Ready for some Back to School Clip Card fun?!?!  Just click the image below to grab your FREE set of clip cards!
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Coverall games are so much fun for my students.  They can play them independently or with a partner and are so easy to prep.  These Johnny Appleseed Themed Apple Coverall Games are a great way for your students to practice identifying numbers 1-6, as well as recognizing different representations (numerals, fingers, and ten framers) for numbers 1-6.
To prepare this game, just print the game boards (included in the download below).  I like to laminate the game boards or put them in a plastic page protector sleeve for durability.  One dot cube and some manipulatives for covering the apples are needed to play the game. Red/yellow counters work really well to cover the apples, but you could also use cubes, buttons, pom poms, etc. to cover the apples.

To play this game students roll the dot cube.  After rolling they cover the number on their game board that matches what they rolled.  Students continue rolling until they have covered all of the apples on the game board.  This game is a great addition to a math station in your classroom.  It is also perfect to use when working with a small group of students in a small math group.
Included in your free download are three versions of the coverall game.  The versions included are: numeral representation, ten frame representation, and counting fingers representation.  This is a great way to differentiate the game for your students.  It is also important for students to see numbers in different ways because this helps build number sense skills.  

Are you ready for some Johnny Appleseed themed Apple Coverall game fun?!  Just click the image below to grab your FREE game boards!
Looking for more apple themed resources?  Check out these apple themed ideas from some fantastic bloggers!
Apple Lacing Fine Motor Bag // Coffee Cups and Crayons
Apple Life Cycle Printable Book // Stay at Home Educator
Apple Number Match // A Dab of Glue Will Do
Apple Life Cycle Hat // The STEM Laboratory
Apple Tree Counting Puzzles // The Kindergarten Connection
Oatmeal Apple Crisp: A Recipe for Kids // Liz's Early Learning Spot
Apple Play Dough Surprise Activity // Play & Learn Every Day
Apple Counting Book // Fun-A-Day
Balancing Apples Up on Top // Sara J Creations
Apple Seed Counting Busy Bag // Powerful Mothering
Apple Alphabet Puzzles // The Letters of Literacy
Apple Subitizing Cards // The Simplified Classroom
Apple Tree Busy Box // Teach Me Mommy
Apple Ten Frames // Still Playing School
CVC Spelling Mats // Fairy Poppins
Apple Color Matching Activity // Frogs Snails and Puppy Dog Tails
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I love giving a little gift to my students on Back to School Night.  I also love giving my teammates a little gift when we go back to school.  I created a gift tag for a student gift, as well as a gift tag that you can use on a gift for your coworkers.  
I picked up some bubbles from the Dollar Tree.  They come in packs of 3 bubbles for $1.  What a great deal!  I printed the gift tag, punched a hole in the gift tag, and used some ribbon to tie the tag around the bubble.  Such a fun back to school gift for my incoming kindergarten students!
I also like to give my teammates a little back to school gift.  I had picked up these adorable buckets from Target sometime during the summer.  I stuffed some purple tissue paper down in the bottom of the bucket, added a bag of mini Reese's cups (yum!), and a $5 Target gift card.  Teachers LOVE Target!
If you want to use these gift tags just click the image below to grab your FREE gift tags for back to school gifts!
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Bubbles are so much fun for kids!  This Blowing Bubbles Math Game is perfect for students to pretend they are blowing bubbles while counting out gems that look like bubbles.  This activity could be used as a math warm-up, a math lesson, at a math station, or at home with your own children to practice counting.

The Dollar Tree has these amazing blue gems that I am pretty sure young kids think are jewels. They are always an engaging manipulative for my students and they are perfect to use for this activity because they resemble bubbles.  To prepare this game, just print the Blowing Bubbles game board and recording sheet.  Laminating the game board and recording sheet or putting them in a plastic sleeve is a great idea.  A pencil and paper clip are all that is needed for the spinner.  If you want to have your students use the recording sheet, they will need a dry erase marker and eraser. 
The game board is organized so that two children can play this game while sitting across from one another.  Students use a paper clip and pencil for the spinner.  They just put the pencil on the center of the spinner, inside the paper clip, and give the paper clip a flick.  When the paper clip stops spinning, they look to see what ten frame it landed on.  This is how many blue gems (bubbles) they count on their Blowing Bubbles game board.  Their partner does the same thing on their side of the board.  Students can then share with their friend how many bubbles they each have and who had more/less.  They can also compare who has more/less by recording on the recording sheet.  The recording sheet is optional for this activity and is a great way to differentiate for the needs of your students. 
Included in your FREE download are two versions of the game.  One version has a spinner with ten frames representing numbers 1-5 and the other version has a spinner with ten frames representing numbers 1-10.  This allows you to meet the needs of your students when they are playing the game with a partner or in a small group with the teacher.  
Ready from some Blowing Bubbles Math Game fun?!  Click the image below to grab your FREE download!
My friend Alex, from The Kindergarten Connection, and I have teamed up to share two FREE bubble themed downloads using these blue gems from The Dollar Tree.  Just click the image below to head over to her blog and grab your FREE "Fishy Bubbles" alphabet activity!
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Taking pictures of my students on the first day of school is always something I do my best to fit into our schedule!  The first day is always so busy, but having that picture on the first day is such a great memory.  I typically use their first day of school picture for a lot of things in the classroom right away.  Some of the things I use their pictures for are lunch cards, a class book, class name cheer, and a pocket chart that has their picture and name next to it.  Having pictures posted in the classroom is a great way to build a community of learners and it really helps for students to get to know the names of their classmates.  
I wanted to share the First Day of School Signs that I used with my students last year with you.  I like to take their picture with the sign on their first day.  These signs can also be used with your own children on their first day of school!  It's always so neat to look back on the first day of school when the end of the year rolls around!
To grab these First Day of School Signs, just click the image below!  I have included pre-school, pre-kindergarten, transitional kindergarten, kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, middle school, and high school within the download!
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