Read Across America Day is March 2nd and my school is celebrating all week long with some fun Dr. Seuss inspired activities!  I love this week and we always have such a fun time reading Dr. Seuss books.  The kids always love hearing them and they love the silly rhyming words that are included in his books.
My plan for the week is to read a Dr. Seuss book during math and we are going to do a math lesson related to that book.  Here are some of the Dr. Seuss inspired activities we are planning for our Read Across America Celebration.
Fox in Socks
After reading this book, I am going to give my students a paper sock to cut out and color.  They can color it red, orange, yellow, green, blue, or purple.  After they cut out and color their sock, they are going to bring it over to the carpet where we will create a graph on the carpet by sock color.  
We are going to:
 *count how many socks are colored each color
*tell which color is greater
*tell which color is less
*combine two sock colors to create addition equations
*tell how many more to make two sock colors equal
 
So much math discussion in this math activity!  
 
What Pet Should I Get?
 After reading this book, I am going have my students collect some data about what pet their friends would want to have.  My students will ask seven friends the question: What pet would you like to have?  The choices on the graph are cat, dog, bird, or fish.  They will ask their friend and then color their choice on the graph.  At the bottom of the graph there are pictures of 7 kids so when they ask a friend, they color a kid's face.  Whenever I have used these types of graphs with my students, I always remind them they should have 7 boxes colored on their graph in the end.  I also have a recording sheet for students to share their data.
 
Ten Apples Up on Top!
I am going to read this book and then have my students glue their picture on a sentence strip facing in a vertical direction.  They will then put some red and some green apples up on top of their picture.  After that they will record an addition equation to show how many red and how many green apples they put up on top of their picture.  
*You could have students use all ten apples for ways to show ten with red and green apples OR you could have students decide how many apples they want on top, but some still need to be red and some need to be green.   
 
 Green Eggs and Ham
This is one of my favorite Dr. Seuss books!  After we read this book, we are going to play a "Plus One Egg Coverall" game.  For this game, I am going to have my students roll a dot cube and add one to the number they rolled.  Then, they will color an egg with that number green.  They will try to work to color all of the eggs green.
 
The Cat in the Hat
Have you ever played the game BUMP with your students??  If not, it is a lot of fun!  I created a cat themed BUMP game to use after reading The Cat in the Hat.  For this game, students each get 10 cubes (partners need to have different colors).  They take turns rolling two dot cubes and combining the dots to add.  They cover that number on the board with their color cube.  When two cubes are stacked together, that number spot is frozen and the cubes cannot be bumped off.  However, if a friend only has one color cube on a number and their partner rolls that number, they can BUMP off their cube and put their color cube on it.  The first to run out of their color cube is the winner.  It is a really fun game and the kids always get into it! 
 
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish
 I have a Goldfish Math Activities pack in my Teachers Pay Teachers Store with a lot of fun goldfish themed math activities.  I am planning to use the goldfish graph from this pack with my students to sort and graph goldfish snacks by color.  Then, they choose two colors to add together.  I used this with my students last year and they did a great job with it!
  You can check out this pack by clicking the image below.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Goldfish-Math-Activities-1734278

I also have a Counting Fish FREE download in my Teachers Pay Teachers Store.  Just click the image below to check it out.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Counting-Fish-2088466
 
I created a document with some of these activities that I shared for FREE!  Just click the image to grab your FREE activities!
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-kLuB6C2FdhV1F4NzFXNVA2dlE/view?usp=sharing
 
Does your school celebrate Read Across America Day?  What activities do you have planned to do with your students? 
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"Problem solving plays an important role in mathematics and should have a prominent role in the mathematics education of K-12 students." ~NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics)
 
I love teaching math and I love using manipulatives to teach math.  Open-ended math problems are one of my favorite ways to teach math because they allow my students to see there can be more than one way to solve a problem and there can be more than one answer to a problem.  It also shows them that just because their friend solves the problem one way, it doesn't mean they have to solve it the same way.
 
We have been working a lot on addition and I wanted an open-ended problem for my students to solve.  I came up with a problem where my students used red and yellow counters to add.  
The problem was: I have some red and some yellow counters.  How many counters do I have?
 
To introduce the lesson, I read the problem to my students and we really discussed it together.  Before they went to work I had them share with a friend how many red and how many yellow counters they planned to put on their paper.  This discussion really helps them to get an idea in their head and it also helps students who might be struggling with an idea to hear an idea from a friend.
 
I put baskets in the middle of their tables so they could share manipulatives.

I love how this friend colored the top of the organizer the colors of the counters.  My students even noticed that when we shared their work!
  
I was so impressed with their work and I said to my kids, "You all ROCKED that!!"  And one of my kindergarten friends replied back, "Oh yes we did rock that!!"  I love when they get excited about their learning! 

I told my students they could trace the counters if they wanted or they could just draw the circles. 

 I thought it was really neat how some of my students arranged their counters in the same way that they see them on the dot cubes!
 
After they finished we came back together as a class to share the different ways they solved the problem.  I think sharing their work is really important not only so their peers can see what they did, but so they get comfortable with speaking in front of their classmates.
 
My kiddos did such a great job with this and I wanted to share it so that you can try it with your students too!  Just click the image below to grab your FREE download.  If you use it with your students, I'd love to hear about it!
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-kLuB6C2FdhazIwbm5sa1ZwSUk/view?usp=sharing
 
You might also be interested in my word problems pack in my Teachers Pay Teachers Store.  Just click the image to check it out!
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Word-Problems-1821429
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Presidents Day is just one of the many celebrations in February.  My team and I like to teach about presidents and American symbols together and my kindergarten students always seem to enjoy learning about these two concepts.  One of my students even said, "I wonder if we are going to learn when he was born" (referring to learning about Barack Obama).  I love that they are so interested in learning about presidents.  

I created a "Race to the White House" game for my students to use during math as a math warm-up.  I thought it would be a fun way to connect our Social Studies unit to math. 
 
To play this game students will need the following materials:
*Race to the White House game board
 *2 dot cubes or number cubes
*2 playing pieces
 
To play this game I had my students take turns rolling two dot cubes.  They had to add the dots together, say the addition number sentence to their partner, and then they moved that many spaces on the board.  The first person to the White House was the winner.
My students loved this Presidents Day game and were so excited when they reached the White House.  They even were saying that their president made it to the White House.  It was the cutest!
 
If you want to grab this game to use with your students, just click the image below to grab your "Race to the White House" Presidents Day FREEBIE!
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-kLuB6C2FdhN1J3TEM3Y19jcWc/view?usp=sharing
 
Are you looking for more Presidents Day resources? 
These are some of the books I like to use with my students to teach about the presidents. 
 
And here are some other Presidents Day resources you might be interested in:
I used this with my students last year and took pictures of my students as George Washington or Abraham Lincoln.  They were adorable and it makes a cute picture to send home to families.  The original idea is from Lakeshore Learning.
Presidents Day Masks
 
 Suzanne, from Kindergarten Planet, has a wonderful Presidents Day Directed Drawing FREEBIE in her Teachers Pay Teachers store.  Directed drawings are so much fun and I think they really help students build their skills as artists.  

 Deanna Jump, from Mrs. Jump's Class, has a great George Washington emergent reader to use with your students.  It's a FREEBIE on her blog.

 Jennifer, from Simply Kinder, has compiled a great post with Presidents Day videos for kids.  Lots of choices to use with your students.
Presidents Day Videos
 
I thought this was a powerful quote from Abraham Lincoln about education:
 
What are some of your favorite Presidents Day activities? 
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I am SUPER excited to be joining the We Heart Maryland Blog Hop!  I am a proud Maryland blogger and love all things Maryland!  This blog hop is so much fun and everyone participating will be offering a special blog hop FREEBIE and GIVEAWAY on their blog.  We are also sharing something we LOVE about Maryland!  Cheryl, from Techie Turtle Teacher, did a great job of organizing everything for us!
Hop on over to my TpT store to grab this FREEBIEI've made this a FREEBIE only for this blog hop (February 13-20), so be sure to grab it now!  This is a fun way to have your students create equations and have a little St. Patrick's Day fun!  It is great for a math station, small math groups, or partner work.  Don't forget to follow my store while you are there so that you can be notified first of new products!  Just click the image below to grab your limited time FREEBIE!
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/St-Patricks-Day-Equations-2370391

And now for my GIVEAWAY!  I'm giving away $10 to my TpT Store!  That's like a little shopping spree!  The winner of this Rafflecopter will get to pick out $10 worth of products from my TpT store.  Just enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to WIN!
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I LOVE a lot about Maryland, but if you have never had Maryland crabs, you don't know what you are missing!  DELICIOUS!!  Summer is the best time for picking crabs!

I also LOVE the Ravens!  
Now that you have grabbed your FREEBIE, entered my GIVEAWAY, and read what I LOVE about Maryland, hop on over to Jenn from, Keep Your Chin Up, to check out her post!  Just click the image to head on over the Jenn's blog!
http://keepyour-chinup.blogspot.com/2016/02/maryland-my-maryland.html
 
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I love holidays!  I think they are so fun and there are so many fun activities to do in the classroom that go along with different holidays.  I also love to give my team little treats throughout the year and especially on a holiday!
 
Candy heart graphs are so much fun.  I am planning to have my students complete this Candy Heart Graph and then they are going to pick two candy heart colors to add together and write an addition number sentence.  I am going to have them do that on a sentence strip and then tape it on their graph.  Just click the image to grab your FREE Candy Heart Graph!
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-kLuB6C2FdhRGkwMnotTVhlTGs/view?usp=sharing
 
I also have some Valentine's Day Gift Tags for your students.  They are in my Teachers Pay Teachers store for FREE.  I bought some bubbles from Target and I am going to attach them to the tag.  You could really attach any little gift to the tag or just give them the tag by itself!  Just click the image to head over to my TpT store and download your FREEBIE.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Valentines-Day-Tags-1691777
 
I mentioned that I love to give my team holiday gifts.  I found the most adorable mason jars at Target for only $3 each!  I put some red paper shreds in the jar and then filled it with a Reese heart and some Dove chocolate hearts - YUM!  I attached a gift tag to it and TADA...a sweet Valentine's Day gift for my sweet teammates!  Just click the image below to grab your FREE Valentine's Day gift tags for your coworkers.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-kLuB6C2FdhNjYyaVpydE5taHM/view?usp=sharing
 
This week I had my students use some adorable heart buttons from the Dollar Tree to represent the dots on a domino.  Then, they recorded the addition number sentence.  My students LOVED these heart buttons.  Those cute little heart tubs came from Walmart. You can grab that FREE domino recording sheet in my Domino Math blog post by clicking here.
 
This Valentine Day Math Chat is part of my Valentine Math Pack in my TpT Store.  I have done many Math Chats with my students this school year so I decided to have them work in partners to write about the Math Chat.  I was so impressed with their work!
 
You can check out my Valentine Math Pack by clicking the image below.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Valentines-Day-Math-1694819
 
Happy Valentine's Day!  
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