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Addition is an important concept for my kindergarten students.  This Dinosaur Addition activity is hands-on, engaging, and it will have your students roaring with excitement for addition!  

To prepare this activity, I first printed the Dinosaur Addition mat (download found at the end of the post) on white cardstock.  I would recommend running the mat through the laminator or putting it in a plastic page protector because students will be using a dry erase marker to record the addition equation.  

I also grabbed a bucket of dinosaur manipulatives, dry eraser marker, eraser, pencil, and paper clip.  The pencil and paper clip were for spinning the 1-5 spinner.  We were then ready for some Dinosaur Addition.  

For this activity students first started by using the pencil and paper clip to spin the 1-5 spinner.  In the example below, a 4 was spun on the spinner so the student counted out 4 dinosaurs. 

Then students had to spin the 1-5 spinner a second time.  This second spin was to see how many more to add to the amount they had already counted.  In the example below, the student spun a 2 on their second spin so they counted out 2 dinosaurs onto the mat.

After students counted out the dinosaurs from each spin, they then recorded the addition equation on the mat using the dry erase marker.  For this example, the equation was 4+2=6.  I like to have my students say the equation to the partner they are working with.  I find that this really holds them accountable for their math thinking.

Students continued spinning, counting out dinosaurs, and recording the equation.  Once my students are familiar with this activity, it will make a great addition to one of our math stations in the classroom.

My blogging friends and I are so excited to share 20 dinosaur themed FREE activities with you!  Check out these awesome activities by clicking the links below!
Dinosaur Rhyme Time // Sweet Sounds of Kindergarten
EDITABLE Dinosaur Sight Word Game // Playdough to Plato
Editable Sight Word Dinosaur Game // The Kindergarten Connection
Dinosaur CVCe Puzzles // Pages of Grace
10 Little Dinosaurs Song // Stay at Home Educator
Dinosaur Counting Puzzles // Pocket of Preschool
Dinosaur Addition // Recipe for Teaching
Dinosaur Clip Cards: Matching Numbers 1-12 // Liz's Early Learning Spot
Dinosaur Board Game Counting Activity // Fun Learning for Kids
Dinosaur Addition Cards // The STEM Laboratory
Dinosaur Counting Play Dough Mats // Fantastic Fun and Learning
Dinosaur Memory Game // Teach Me Mommy
Bossy R Dinosaur Sort // Sara J Creations

Ready for some Dinosaur Addition fun?!  Just click the image below to download your FREE Dinosaur Addition mat!
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I am always looking for fun ways to practice syllables with my students.  It is important for early readers to be able to hear the parts in words.  Your students will love practicing sorting picture cards by the number of syllables with this Heart Syllable Sort activity.  

This activity was super easy to prepare.  I just printed the heart picture cards on white cardstock.  Then I used my paper cutter to cut out each card.  There are cards for words with 1-4 syllables and there are 6 pictures cards that can be sorted in each group. 

I would recommend laminating the cards since little hands will be working with them.  I like to put the cards in a basket, but you could just as easily put all of the cards in a plastic baggie.  Then you are ready for some Heart Syllable sorting!

For this activity we started with the numbers 1-4 at the top.  I mixed up the pile of cards and students took turns picking a card.

When students picked a card, they turned the card over and said what the picture was on the card.  We then clapped the number of syllables in the word.  In this example, when we turned over the card with "sock" on it, we did one clap since that word has one syllable.

We put the sock picture card under the number 1.  

Students continued picking picture cards and sorting by the number of syllables until all pictures had been sorted.  

This activity is perfect for a small reading group activity or to put out at a literacy center for your students.  It would be a great addition to a pocket chart literacy center.  If students are independently manipulating the cards, a tip would be to put the number of syllables on the back of the card so students could self check their work. 

Also, be sure to check out these fabulous heart themed activities from my blogging friends:
Heart Letter Puzzles // Pocket of Preschool
Valentine Hearts Ten Frame Clip Cards // Mrs. Jones Creation Station
Heart Digraph Puzzles // The Kindergarten Connection
  Printable Valentine's Math Activities // Stay at Home Educator 
  Alphabet Hearts // Playdough to Plato 
  Valentine's Day Emergent Reader // Sweet Sounds of Kindergarten 
  Heart Syllable Sort // Recipe for Teaching 
  Candy Hearts Count and Clip Cards // Modern Preschool 
  Heartbreakers Sensory Activity // Sugar Spice and Glitter 
  CVC Hearts // The Primary Post 
  Valentine's Day Number Recognition Bingo Game // Schooling a Monkey 
  Valentine's Day Activities (Heart Craft & Cutting Practice) // Fairy Poppins 
  Heart Counting Cards // Powerful Mothering 
  Sorting Hearts Fine Motor Tray // Teach Me Mommy 
  Candy Heart Estimation Station // The STEM Laboratory 
  Contraction Conversation Hearts // The Simplified Classroom 
  Chocolate Heart Play Dough Mats // Fantastic Fun and Learning 
  Jar of Hearts: Editable Sight Words to Read and Write // Liz's Early Learning Spot 
  Hearts Make Ten Game // Sara J Creations 
  Heart Roll, Cover and Write Mats // Fun Learning for Kids 
  Heart Ice and Oil Density Experiment // Science Kiddo 
  Candy Heart Sentences // Pages of Grace 
  Heart Sight Word Match // The Letters of Literacy 
  Heart Name Crafts // Fun-A-Day

Ready for some Heart Syllable Sorting?!  Just click the image below to grab your FREE download!

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Coverall games are one of my favorite activities to use with my students.  These Snowball Coverall games, with a Snow Monster theme, work on identifying numbers and ten frame representations for numbers 1-20 with young learners.  It is a fun activity for your students to do at a math station.  
This activity is easy to prepare!  First, decide which version of the mat you want to use with your students.  I would suggest laminating the boards for durability.  There are two versions of the mats - a mat with ten frame representations for 1-20 and a mat with the numeral representation for 1-20. 
You will also need a marker for students to cover the snowball on their mat.  Counting chips, unifix cubes, or mini erasers all work great.  A fun marker would be to use cotton balls since they remind me of snowballs.
I grabbed a 1-20 dice to use with the game, but if you don't have those there is also a 1-20 spinner included in the download.
You can find the 1-20 dice on Amazon by clicking the image below.  
I used the ten frame representation for 1-20 version of the game with my students.  To do this activity my students worked in partners.  One partner rolled the 1-20 cube and then both partners searched on the mat for the matching ten frame representation.  The students took a marker and covered that representation on their mat.  For example, if they rolled the number 11, they covered the ten frame representation that matched the number 11 on their mat. 
My students continued to take turns rolling and covering the number on the mat until all of the snowballs on the mat were covered.  
My students loved this activity and we have already added it to a math station basket!!  It would also be a fun math warm-up or small group activity.  
Looking for more monster themed resources?  Be sure to check out these other amazing monster themed resources from my blogging friends!

Feed the Monster Alphabet Match // Sara J Creations
Monster Alphabet Playdough Mats // Modern Preschool
Monster Counting Cards // Miss Kindergarten
Monster Math Addition Clip Cards // The Kindergarten Connection
Monster Counting Mats // The STEM Laboratory
Monster Measurement Cards // Fairy Poppins
Monster Alphabet Game // Stay at Home Educator
Felt Monsters Busy Box // Teach Me Mommy
Monster Letter Match // Schooling a Monkey
Monster Snowball Coverall // Recipe for Teaching
Snow Monster Addition Puzzles // The Simplified Classroom
Monster Shape Graphs // Playdough to Plato
Name the Monster Phonics Game // Play & Learn Every Day
Monster Counting Emergent Reader // A Dab of Glue Will Do
Color Monsters Write the Room // Letters of Literacy
Monster Truck Numbers: Bigger and Smaller // Liz's Early Learning Spot
Monster Creation Tray // Powerful Mothering
Monster Feelings Match Up // Pocket of Preschool

Ready for some Snowball Coverall fun?!  Just click the image below to download!
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I love giving my students opportunities to build words.  It is important for them to recognize letters and that we use letters to build a whole word.  This Apple Word Building activity is perfect to help students with building words.  It's a fun Fall activity for young students.  

The download (found below) includes a sight word list (the kindergarten Dolch sight word list), uppercase and lowercase apple alphabet letter cards, and two versions of an apple tree word building mat.  To prepare this activity, I printed all of these things.  I would recommend running the materials through a laminator for durability.  To cut the alphabet cards I just used my paper cutter.  For one of the word building mats your students can use a dry erase marker to write the word and for another word building mat your students could use Play-Doh or letter magnets.  

This activity can be very open-ended for students or you can have it more directed for the words you want your students to focus on.  

Both uppercase and lowercase apple alphabet cards are included in the download so that students could practice building their name or their friends' names.  I love having my students do activities with their names at the beginning of the year.  It helps them to identify their name and the names of their classmates.  

There is also a sight word list in the download that students can use to spell sight words so students could use that list to spell words.  Using Play-Doh is a fun way to practice fine motor skills and practice words that students need to read.  

This Apple Word Building activity could be used with small reading groups.  It would also be a great literacy center activity for your students.  

Ready for some Apple Word Building fun?!  Just click the image below to grab your FREE download!

Also, be sure to check out these Fall themed resources from some of my blogging friends!
Scarecrow Craft // I Heart Crafty Things
Fall Sight Word Dash // Playdough to Plato
Fall Letter Tracing Printables // The Letters of Literacy
Apple Word Building // Recipe for Teaching
Scarecrow Busy Box // Teach Me Mommy
Fall Tree Number Sense Activity // Mom Inspired Life
Pumpkin CVC Game // Pages of Grace
24 Free Fall Puzzles // Liz's Early Learning Spot
Fall Subitizing Math Center // The Kindergarten Connection
Rhyming Acorns Fall Literacy Activity // Mrs. Jones' Creation Station
Free Fall Printables // Stay at Home Educator
Fall Parts of Speech Sort // Sara J Creations
Fall Leaves Number Match // Schooling a Monkey
(Not Shown) Preschool Scarecrow Counting Activity // M is for Monster
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I know there is a lot of excitement about the solar eclipse happening on August 21!  Are you planning to watch?  Just be sure you have safety glasses if you are planning to watch!  These Sun and Moon Match cards are the perfect way to get young learners excited about the solar eclipse and math and reading!  They are the perfect resource for a math or literacy station.

 These cards are easy to prepare.  I just printed the cards on white cardstock.  I would recommend laminating them for durability.  I used my paper cutter to cut along the lines and cut out the individual cards.  Then I was set!  

The download (found below) includes:
*uppercase alphabet letter sun cards
*lowercase alphabet letter moon cards
*picture moon cards
*numeral 1-20 sun cards
*ten frame 1-20 moon cards

There are a few ways to use these cards. 

Alphabet Match 

Students can match the uppercase and lowercase letter cards.  Since the moon will cover the sun during the solar eclipse, the lowercase moon cards are meant to cover up the uppercase sun cards.  These cards would be fun to use at a literacy center, in a small reading group, partner work, or at a sensory bin.

Letter Sound Match

For this activity, students match the uppercase sun card and the moon picture card.  They match the picture card that has that letter at the beginning of the word.  Since the sound for "x" is a tricky one, I have included a picture of "xylophone" and "box" so you can decide if you want to use a word that begins with "x" or ends with "x." 

 Number and Ten Frame Match

For this activity, students match the ten frame moon card to the sun numeral card.  The numbers included on the sun and moon cards are numbers 1-20.  To differentiate you could only use numbers 1-5, 1-10, 10-20, etc.  You can differentiate based on the numbers you want your students to focus on.  This would be a fun math station activity for your students.  

Ready for some Sun and Moon Match fun?!  Just click the image below to grab your FREE download!  

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I just love browsing through Target!  I happened to find some adorable bear plates in Target over in the paper plate section and immediately knew that I could use them for a counting activity with my students.  Counting 1-10 is an important skill for my kindergarten students and this Bear Food Counting activity will help with mastering that skill.  

This activity was easy for me to prepare.  I picked up the bear plates from Target.  I printed the Bear Food spinner on white cardstock and laminated it for durability.  Since there are two Bear Food spinners to a page, I used my paper cutter to cut them in half.  I also grabbed a paper clip and pencil for students to use to spin the number spinner.  I chose to use Cheerios cereal for the "bear food," but you could use any manipulative of choice if you did not want to use food.  

For this activity students first spin the spinner on the Bear Food mat.  The download (found below) includes four versions of spinners:
*numerals 1-5
*ten frames 1-5
*numerals 1-10
*ten frames 1-10

Students then count out that much food for the bear on the plate.  I like to make sure my students are practicing one-to-one counting when counting out manipulatives.  I also like to make sure my students say the last number for the amount they counted and repeat how many they have.  This is a great way to practice number sense skills.  Students continue this process independently or with a partner.  

This activity can be easily differentiated because you can choose which spinner you want your students to use.  If you have laminated the spinners, you could also have students practice writing the number that matches the amount of food on the spinner board.  The bear's tummy is a perfect place for writing the number if you choose to do this.

This activity is perfect for your small math groups, independent work, partner work, or a math station.  

Ready for some Bear Food Counting fun?!  Just click the image below to grab your FREE download! 
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