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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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Does it feel like winter where you are??  We haven't seen any real snow accumulations just yet, but it has been cold!  These snowman teen number and ten frame cards will have your students thinking winter!  Plus, they are great for working with those tricky teen numbers!  

To prepare this activity, I just printed the cards on white cardstock.  I laminated them because I knew that little hands would be using them.  Then I just used my paper cutter to cut out the cards along the solid black line.

This set of cards includes cards for numbers 11-19.  These numbers are always tricky for my students (I mean why isn't 15 "five-teen"?!?!).  I wanted something fun for them to use when practicing these numbers.  

The great part about these cards is that they can be used in different ways:
*Give students cards and have them match the number with the ten frame.
*Shuffle cards and lay them out to play a memory game with them.  
*Have students match cards and then use a manipulative of choice to count out that same number.  Cotton balls would be a cute idea since they look like snowballs! 

These cards are great to use with your students as a math warm-up, as partner work, at a math station, or with a small math group.

Ready to grab your FREE Snowman Teen Number and Ten Frame Match Cards?!  Just click the image below to grab your FREE set of cards!
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-kLuB6C2FdhS3ZHRmxMZ0RPcXM/view?usp=sharing


Looking for more snowman themed activities?!  Check out these ideas from some amazing bloggers!
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:
Snowman Number Match Printable // A Dab of Glue Will Do
Preschool Snowman Activity Pack // Schooling a Monkey
Snowball Shooter // The STEM Laboratory
Snowman Subtraction Mats // The Kindergarten Connection
Snowman Alphabet Activity // Mom Inspired Life
Snowman Writing Paper with Prompts // Liz's Early Learning Spot
Snowman Pattern Block Mats // Playdough to Plato
Snowman Sequencing Fun // Sara J Creations
Snowman Sight Word Search // Adventures of Adam
Snowman Rhyming Puzzles // Fairy Poppins
Snowman CVC Word Match // Letters of Literacy
Two Digit Number Snowmen // Play & Learn Everyday
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If you are a teacher, you probably love Target just as much as I do!  I LOVE shopping the Dollar Spot and I always find the cutest things for my classroom!  My teammate told me that she was giving her students the Christmas wands from Target to her students for Christmas gifts and I thought it was the perfect idea!  I made a gift tag that goes perfectly with the Christmas wands from Target. 
 
So if you haven't been to the Target Dollar Spot lately, right now they have the cutest Christmas items out!  These Santa, Snowman, and Reindeer Christmas wands were just too cute to pass up.  They are only $1 each.  They actually light up when you tap them on something, which I'm sure the kids will love.  I'm going to tell them to use them as pointers while they are reading!  
 
To get these tags ready, I just printed them on white cardstock.  I also have a black and white version included in the FREE download.  The black and white versions would look festive printed on green or red cardstock.  I just used my paper cutter to cut the tags in half horizontally and vertically.  Super easy!  Then I used a hole puncher to punch a hole in the left corner of the tag.  I found some festive ribbon, looped it through the hole on the tag, and tied it around the Christmas wand. 
 
 
I included two different options for you to use.  One version says, "Have a WAND-erful Christmas!" and one version says, "Have a WAND-erful Winter Break!"  To grab your FREE download, just click the image below! 
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-kLuB6C2FdhNWdnYzQzalUyR2M/view?usp=sharing
 
You might also be interested in these gift tags that you can find in my Teachers Pay Teachers Store!
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Holiday-Gift-Tags-2232044
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Teacher-Gift-Tags-2041574
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/End-of-the-Year-Gift-Tags-1868576
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Gift-Tags-Bundle-2896179
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Coverall games are always a big hit with my kindergarten students during math.  They are perfect for my students to play with a partner and can be easily differentiated.  These Gingerbread Coverall games will have your students counting and covering the matching ten frame or numeral on their game board.  They will love trying to cover all of their gingerbread men on the board. 

To prepare this game I printed and laminated the Gingerbread Coverall game boards.  Included are 4 versions of the game:
*Ten frames 1-6
*Numerals 1-6
*Ten frames 2-12
*Numerals 2-12
The different versions allow for differentiation to meet the needs of my students.  I also grabbed some dice and counters to use to cover the gingerbread men.  
 
To play the Gingerbread Coverall game students either use one or two dot cubes to roll, depending on the version they are playing.  For the 1-6 versions, students roll one dot cube and then cover that number representation on their board. The goal is to cover all of the gingerbread men on the board.
 
For the 2-12 versions of the game, students roll two dot cubes, combine the dots, and cover that number representation on their board.  
 
These games make a great math warm-up for your class, independent or partner work, and are great to add to a math station basket.  When I am introducing these games to my students I like to project the game up on my board from my computer and play as a class.  They love to see the game board enlarged on the big screen.  
 
To grab your FREE download of the Gingerbread Coverall games, just click the image below to download!
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-kLuB6C2FdhNDlrWkRJdWd5Qjg/view?usp=sharing
 
Looking for more Gingerbread Themed Activities?!?!  Be sure to check out these SWEET ideas from some amazing bloggers!
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:
Gingerbread Math - Making Five // Mrs. Jones' Creation Station
Gingerbread Pattern Cards // The STEM Laboratory
Initial Sound Gingerbread Puzzles // A Dab of Glue Will Do
Gingerbread Addition Mats // The Kindergarten Connection
Gingerbread Coverall Games // Recipe for Teaching
Gingerbread Man Counting Cards // Sara J Creations
Gingerbread Pre-Writing Strips // Letters of Literacy
Gingerbread Clip Cards // Fun With Mama
Gingerbread 2D Shape Match and Count // Liz's Early Learning Spot
Gingerbread Play Dough// Play and Learn Everyday
Gingerbread Man Busy Box // Teach Me Mommy
Gingerbread Man Sight Word Game // Playdough to Plato
Gingerbread Man Stamping // Simple Play Ideas
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So if you are anything like me, you are addicted to the adorable erasers from the Target Dollar Spot!  They make the most perfect math manipulatives for my students.  Target currently has snowmen, tree, and penguin erasers in the Dollar Spot.  I picked up a few bags of each and created a Winter Race Math Game.  This game will have your students spinning and counting to see which eraser makes it to the top first!  It is the perfect match to the Fall Race Math Game.

These are the erasers that I picked up from Target.  They are super cute and festive!
 
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 snowman, tree, and penguin 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 winter erasers 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 eraser 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 Winter Race math fun?!  Just click the image below to grab your FREE download! 
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-kLuB6C2FdhN3IwQ1ZYdHVQazQ/view?usp=sharing
 
But that's not all!!!  I've teamed up with some of my favorite blogging friends and we are all sharing a Christmas Themed Activity with you!  Hop on over to their blogs to check out their FREE download!
    
From Left to Right:
Have the Target Christmas erasers? 
Have fun counting to 20 with these Christmas Eraser Counting Cards from The Kindergarten Connection. 

Have a blast with blends with these Christmas Tree Blends Puzzles from A Dab of Glue Will Do. 

Don't put those erasers away yet! Spin and graph with this fun Winter Race game from Recipe for Teaching. 

Grab some dice to roll and dazzle your friends with this fun Decorate a Tree activity from Kindergarten Planet
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Last weekend my husband and I hosted the most delicious "Breakfast Bar" with our family.  The Washington Redskins were playing in London so the game started at 9:30 am.  When my sister called me and "volunteered" us to host the Breakfast Bar, we were totally up for it!  I had quite a few requests for the Breakfast Bar sign after I posted about it on Instagram so I figured I would share it with you in this post!  

I printed the sign and put it in a yellow frame from Michaels.  This picture shows the individual cereal boxes and bagels that we had.  I also made pumpkin muffins (recipe can be found here) and we had orange juice and cranberry juice. 
 

We just recently purchased new kitchen appliances and they are perfect for cooking breakfast!  My husband pretty much did all of the cooking!  In this picture we have eggs, hominy, and sausage gravy.  We had breakfast burritos with the eggs.  So yummy! 

Bacon and sausage are a MUST for breakfast!  

I made this yummy Hashbrown Casserole.  It was a really simple recipe.  You can find the delicious recipe by clicking here.

We had such a fun time enjoying the football game and eating breakfast!  Just click the image below to grab your FREE copy of the Breakfast Bar sign!
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-kLuB6C2FdhVUNkWDNFd2pVUUk/view?usp=sharing
 
And I also wanted to create something that you could use with your students that had a breakfast theme!

For this math activity, students pick a bacon ten frame card.  They count the dots on the card and then color the egg yolk yellow to match the total number of dots on the ten frame bacon card.  
 
Included in the FREE download are two versions of the egg recording sheet.  One has numbers 1-10 and one has numbers 1-20.  This way you can differentiate the activity to meet the needs of your students by only using the ten frames that your students need practice with.  
 
To grab your FREE copy of Bacon and Eggs just click the image below!
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-kLuB6C2FdhOFd5V0NTMU1CV1U/view?usp=sharing
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