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So Fidget Spinners seem to be everywhere you look these days!  The kids love them and I have to admit that I was using one the other day and it is kind of fascinating to watch to see how long it spins (I'm definitely just a big kid!).  I have several (and by several I mean many) students in my class interested in them so I decided to make a math problem using Fidget Spinners.  As soon as my students saw the clipart images with Fidget Spinners they were hooked and excited about the activity!  

Preparing this activity was super simple.  I just printed the word problem page and made enough copies for each student in my class.  I have 23 students in my kindergarten class this year.  I also printed the Fidget Spinner images.  In the download (found below) you will see there are 3 sets of 10 Fidget Spinner to a page.  I gathered all of my copies and I was ready to go!  

When presenting word problems to my students I always like to write the problem they are solving on chart paper so we can have a discussion about the problem.  I wrote the problem on chart paper and we read the problem together.  Then we talked about what they noticed in the problem.  Having them share what they notice eventually leads into a discussion of how they are going to solve the problem.  After discussing as a class I had a few students share how many Fidget Spinners they were going to give to their friend.  We talked about how they would need to use the Fidget Spinners as the objects to subtract, how they should draw an "X" over the ones they are subtracting away, and how they needed to write an equation on their paper to represent the problem.  I gave my students their materials and they were off to work!  


I love doing open-ended word problems with my students!  It shows them that there can be more than one answer to a problem and it's a great way to differentiate because students are in control of their own learning.


Ready for some Fidget Spinner Subtraction fun?!  Just click the image below to download your FREE Fidget Spinner Subtraction word problem!  
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We have been focusing a lot on learning digraphs in kindergarten.  They can be tricky for young learners, but they are an important foundational skill to learn for reading.  This Pirate Digraph Spin and Cover game will have your students excited about digraph sounds.  My students loved it!
To prepare this activity I first printed the games on white cardstock.  There are two versions of the game included in the download (found below).  I printed 6 copies of each game board because I knew I would be using this game with my guided reading groups.  I recommend laminating the game for durability.  I also grabbed some gold coins to use to cover the pictures on the game board.  This game has a spinner so I got a paper clip and pencil for my students to use as a spinner.  
 
I used this game with my students in a small reading group.  I like to start my guided reading groups with a word work activity so I used this at the beginning of the lesson.  I first went over the pictures on the game board with my students and then we reviewed the sounds that ch sh, th, and wh make.  
 
There are two pictures that represent each digraph on the game boards.  The following pictures are included on the game boards:
*Pirate Boy Game Board Pictures: whale, three, thumb, sheep, shark, whistle, chair, cheese
*Pirate Girl Game Board Pictures: chick, shovel, whisk, thermometer, wheat, cherry, shell, think
 
After reviewing the pictures and digraphs with my students, we were ready to play the game!  To play, students first spun the digraph spinner.  They looked to see what digraph the spinner landed on and then covered a picture on the game board that had that digraph at the beginning.  Students repeated this until all pictures were covered on the game board.  

My students were SO excited about this game and they were super engaged in the activity!  I let them choose which game board they wanted to start with and then as they finished they were able to trade for the other game board.  
 
"ARRRRRRRR" you ready to check out some other fun pirate themed activities?!  Be sure to check out these fun pirate themed activities from my blogging friends!  
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:
Paper Bowl Pirate Craft // I Heart Crafty Things
Color by Code Addition Sheets // The STEM Laboratory
Pirate Busy Box // Teach Me Mommy
Pirate Maths: Doubling Numbers // Adventures and Play
Treasure Chest Beginning Blends Match // The Letters of Literacy
Digging for Pirate Treasure Numbers // Play and Learn Every Day
Pirate Digraph Spin and Cover // Recipe for Teaching
Pirate Color by Sight Word Activity // A Dab of Glue Will Do
Glittering Pirate Treasure Slime // Schooling a Monkey
Pirate Dice Activities // Fairy Poppins
Pirate Sight Word Bingo // Mrs. Jones' Creation Station
Sink the Sight Word Pirate Ships // Liz's Early Learning Spot
Pirate Themed Number Puzzles // Sara J Creations
Treasure Chest Math Facts Sort // The Kindergarten Connection
Editable Pirate Sight Word Game // Playdough to Plato

Grab your FREE Pirate Digraph Spin and Cover game by clicking the image below!

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Unicorns seem to be everywhere I look these days!  I found the cutest unicorn counters and erasers in my favorite spot...the Target Dollar Spot!  I just knew the counters and erasers would be perfect for a math game.  This Unicorn Minus One Coverall Game is a great way to practice subtraction skills with young learners.  The unicorn counters and erasers are perfect to use as manipulatives for this subtraction math game.  
 
This game was easy to prepare!  I first printed the game board and the ten frame on white cardstock for durability.  The ten frames come two to a page, so I used my paper cutter to cut out the ten frame.  There is also a black and white copy included in the download (found below) that could be printed on colorful paper.  I then ran the game board through my laminator.  I also grabbed a basket of unicorn counters and unicorn erasers, as well as a dot cube.
 
My students were so excited when they saw we would be playing a math game with unicorns! 
 
For this game, I had my students roll the dot cube.  They used the unicorn counters to count out that many unicorns on their unicorn ten frame.  Since this is a minus one game, they then took away one unicorn from the ten frame.  Some of my students were able to determine one less without counting the leftover unicorn counters and some counted the leftover unicorns.  I like to hold my students accountable for their math work by having them say the subtraction equation to the partner they are working with.  For example, in the picture below, they rolled a 6 and took away 1.  They would tell their friend, "6-1=5."  After students determined what "minus one" was, they covered that number on their game board with a unicorn eraser.  Students continued this process on each partner's turn.  The goal of the game is to cover all of the numbers on the game board.  After students have learned this game and are familiar with it, this game would make a great addition to a math station. 

Looking for some ways to differentiate the game:
*Have students record the minus one equation on a dry erase board or in a math notebook
*Have students draw a picture to represent the unicorn minus one subtraction
 
Ready for some Unicorn Minus One Coverall Game FUN?!?!  Just click the image below to grab your FREE copy of the game!    
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-kLuB6C2FdhVUcyMDRuSkcwTjQ/view?usp=sharing
 
Be sure to check out some other fantastic unicorn themed activities from these amazing bloggers! 
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:
Unicorn Number Mats // Mrs. Jones' Creation Station
Unicorn Felt Page // Teach Me Mommy
Unicorn Color Recognition // M is for Monster
Unicorn CVC Word Match // The Kindergarten Connection
Unicorn Color Clip Cards // Fairy Poppins
Unicorn Place Value Game // Pages of Grace
Unicorn Alphabet Puzzles // A Dab of Glue Will Do
Ulla Unicorn's Very Busy School Day! // Liz's Early Learning Spot
Unicorn Sight Word Matching Game // Letters of Literacy
Unicorn Minus One Coverall Game // Recipe for Teaching
Unicorn Sensory Bin // Sara J Creations
Editable Unicorn Sight Word Game // Playdough to Plato
Unicorn Spin and Graph Freebie // The Simplified Classroom
 
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If you are anything like me, you are always looking for creative ways to help your students learn their sight words!  We use the kindergarten Dolch word list for our kindergarten students.  There are 52 words on this list and we have really been working toward them learning these words.  Many of my students have also moved on to the first grade word list!  I created a word game for my students using the donut erasers from Target (love those erasers!).  

This game is super easy to prepare!  To prepare this game, I just printed the game board on white cardstock and ran it through my laminator.  I grabbed some donut mini erasers that I picked up at the Target Dollar Spot and I also grabbed a dot cube.  
To introduce this game to my students, I played the game with my students.  I took a turn and then I picked a student to take a turn for the class.  On each person's turn, they rolled the dot cube, moved that many spaces on the game board, and read the word.  We continued this process until one of us reached the donut box first.   
This game was so fun for my students and it can be used in many ways:
*At a word work literacy center
*In small reading groups
*In intervention groups
*Partner work
Ready for some Race to the Donut Box Word Game fun?!  Just click the image below to grab your FREE copy of the game!
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Coverall math games are absolutely one of my favorite resources to use with my kindergarten students.  They are super easy to prepare and so engaging for my students.  These Robot Coverall games are a great way to incorporate number recognition, addition, and subtraction concepts in your classroom.  They also make a great math station activity for your students.  
 
To prepare these games I first printed the games on white cardstock.  I have also included the black and white version of each game in the download for ink saving options.  I also laminated the game boards for durability.  This game requires either one or two dot cubes and a manipulative to cover the number.  I chose to use blue gems that I picked up from the Dollar Tree to cover the number.  
 
Included in this Robot Coverall download are five different versions of Robot Coverall games:

Version #1
Students will need one dot cube for this game.  They roll the dot cube and then cover the number on their board.  Students continue rolling until all numbers on the board are covered.

Version #2
For this game students roll two dot cubes, combine the dots, and cover the sum.  Students can take turns rolling the dot cube and covering the number until all numbers are covered. 
 
Version #3
This game is similar to the Version #2 game, only instead of numbers, there are ten frames on each robot.  Students again need two dot cubes for this game.  
**You could make this version a little more challenging for students by having them roll two number cubes, instead of two dot cubes.  They would have to add the numbers together and then cover the ten frame.  

Version #4
This version is a "Plus One" version of the game.  Students need one dot cube.  They roll the dot cube, add one to the number, and cover that number on the board.  This is a great way for students to use mental math strategies to add.  Students continue playing until all numbers on the board are covered.

Version #5
This version is a "Minus One" version of the game.  For this version, students roll one dot cube, subtract one, and cover that number.  Again, the goal is for students to cover all of the numbers on the board. 

Ready for some Robot Coverall game FUN?!?!  Just click the image below to grab your FREE games!  
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-kLuB6C2FdhZ1hrR0g5UEpQam8/view?usp=sharing

Looking for more FUN robot themed resources??  Click the links below to check out some super ideas!

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:
Name Puzzle Robot // Still Playing School
Beginning Blends Robot Puzzles // Mom Inspired Life
Robot Preposition Posters // Liz's Early Learning Spot
Free Robot Bingo // Powerful Mothering
Robot Sums of Ten Puzzles // The Kindergarten Connection
Counting with Robots // Teach Me Mommy
Robot Subtraction Cards // The STEM Laboratory
Robot Coverall Game // Recipe for Teaching
Robot CVC Word Puzzles // A Dab of Glue Will Do
Robot Reading Buddy // Play and Learn Every Day
Robot Beginning Digraph Puzzles // Letters of Literacy
Robot Digraph Scratch // Adventures and Play
Robot Rhyming Mats // Fairy Poppins
Robot Addition Cards // Playdough to Plato
Robot Pattern Task Box Activities // My Creative Inclusion
Robot Beginning Sound Match // Sara J. Creations
Painting Brush Bot // Schooling a Monkey
 
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Addition is such an important skill for my kindergarten students.  I want my students to understand that adding is putting things together.  I always teach my students addition using a variety of strategies.  This Penguin Addition Problem will give your students the chance to add using pictures of penguins.  It's the perfect winter activity!
 
To prepare this activity I first printed enough copies of the ice habitat picture for my students on white copy paper.  I also printed the addition problem for my class.  I made sure that my students had 10 penguins for the problem.  You could give students more or less depending on what best meets the needs of your students.  I wanted my students to glue the ice habitat picture and the problem on a picture of 11x17 construction paper so I also grabbed some construction paper.  In addition to the recording papers, construction paper, and glue, my students also needed scissors, crayons, and a pencil to complete this activity. 
 

For this activity students get to choose how many penguins they want to put on the ice and how many penguins they want to put in the water.  They do not have to use all ten of the penguins. 
 
Next, they glue the penguins in the spot that they want them.  I always let my students take the extras home or they can recycle them.  So many of my students love taking the extras home!
 
Students record how many penguins are on the ice and how many are in the water.  The last thing students do is record the total number of penguins they have.  I like to have my students share their work so that we can see all the different ways that students completed the problem.  
   
Ready for some Penguin Addition fun?!  Just click the image below to download your FREE Penguin Addition Problem!
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-kLuB6C2Fdha19DWHNiVHFkSm8/view?usp=sharing
 
Looking for more penguin fun?!  Check out the links to posts from these amazing bloggers for some more penguin activities!
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:
Penguin Felt Busy Box // Teach Me Mommy
How Penguins Stay Warm // Science Kiddo
Penguin Counting Mats // Mom Inspired Life
Penguin Letter Identification Freebie // The Simplified Classroom
Penguin Patterning Mats // Fairy Poppins
Penguin Labeling Printable // Letters of Literacy
Penguin Number Words // My Creative Inclusion
Feeding the Sight Word Penguin // Play & Learn Every Day
Penguin Shapes Roll and Graph // The Kindergarten Connection
Penguin Ice Races // Still Playing School
Penguin Rhyming Game // Sara J Creations
How Do I Feel Emotions Chart // Liz's Early Learning Spot
Penguin Syllable Sort Printable // A Dab of Glue Will Do
Penguin Addition Problem // Recipe for Teaching
Penguin 10 Frame Worksheet // Schooling a Monkey
Penguin Number Puzzles // The STEM Laboratory
Penguin Dice Addition Game // Adventures of Adam
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