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Baking cookies is one of my favorite things to do during the holidays!  This Gingerbread Problem Solving activity is a sweet way to practice working with the concept of greater than and less than.  It's open-ended so there will be opportunities for a lot of great discussion with your students.

This activity is easy to prepare.  I just printed the empty tray, recording page, and gingerbread cookies.  I copied enough for each student in my class.  I also grabbed some 12x18 construction paper because I like to have my students glue their work on the construction paper.  Since the students would be cutting and gluing, I also grabbed the scissors and glue stick.  There is also a black and white version included in the download (found below).  Then we were ready for some Gingerbread Problem Solving. 

To start the lesson, I first began by reading the problem to my students.  I showed them the large version of the tray of 10 gingerbread cookies that they would be able to compare their tray to.  
We then talked about the possible number of gingerbread cookies that could be on their tray.  In the example below, the student picked to glue 3 gingerbread cookies on their tray.  They said, "3 is less than 10."
 
Students then filled out the recording sheet.  I love having some reading pieces to go along with math.  This really helps to integrate subject areas.  

Students could then compare their gingerbread cookie tray to the friend's gingerbread cookie tray.  

My blogging friends and I have teamed up to share some SWEET gingerbread themed activities with you.  Just click the links below to check all of these FREE resources out!  
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT
Gingerbread Write the Room // The Kindergarten Connection
Editable Gingerbread Board Game // Fun Learning for Kids
Gingerbread Playdough Mats // The STEM Laboratory
Retelling the Gingerbread Man // Sara J. Creations
Gumdrop Patterns // Playdough to Plato
Gingerbread Problem Solving // Recipe for Teaching
Gingerbread Number Puzzles Freebie // A Dab of Glue Will Do
How to Bake Gingerbread Cookies Cut and Paste // Happy Days in First Grade
Gingerbread CVC Mats // Fairy Poppins
Holiday Gingerbread Syllable Sort // Mrs. Jones Creation Station
Gingerbread House I Spy // Teach Me Mommy
Gingerbread Sight Word Game // The Letters of Literacy

Ready for some Gingerbread Problem Solving fun?!  Just click the image below to grab your FREE download!  

Also be sure to check out this Gingerbread Coverall game!  Just click the image to check it out.
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I just recently purchased the book Creepy Carrots.  I had seen a lot of posts about the book on Instagram and thought I needed my own copy (#instagrammademedoit)!!  This Carrot Roll and Write activity is an engaging way for your young math learners to practice counting and writing numbers.  It's a fun resource to go along with the Creepy Carrots book.  

This activity is super easy to prepare!  I just grabbed the Carrot Roll and Write board (free download found below), a dry erase marker and eraser, and two dot cubes.  I recommend laminating the board so that students can use a dry erase marker on it.  Then we were ready for some Carrot Roll and Write fun!

To start, students first rolled the two dot cubes.  In the example below the student rolled a two and a one.  The student then counted all of the dots on the dot cubes.  

Students then wrote the number to match the total number of dots in the first carrot.  Since two and one is three, the student wrote the number 3 in the first carrot.  

Students continued rolling the dot cubes and recording the number to match on each turn.

The students worked to fill in numbers on all of the carrots.  Once students filled in all of the carrots, they could erase all of the numbers and repeat the same process again!

This game could be easily differentiated based on the needs of your students by having students use one dot cube instead of two.  This is a great addition to a math station.  

Ready for some Carrot Roll and Write fun?!  Just click the image below to grab your FREE download!

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We love camping and making s'mores during the summer!  This Marshmallow Coverall is perfect to use over the summer.  Just grab the coverall board, two dice, some markers for covering and you are set for "s'more" summer fun!

This activity is super easy to prepare.  I first printed the Marshmallow Coverall board on white cardstock.  The free download (found below) also has a black and white version included for color saving options.  It would look nice printed on a bright colored cardstock.  I recommend laminating the boards for durability for future use.  I also grabbed two dice and some pom poms to cover the numbers.  Then we were ready for Marshmallow Coverall!  

I had my students working in partners for this activity.  Students first started by rolling two dot cubes.  Then they combined the dots to add.  This told them which number to cover on the coverall board with a pom pom.  

Students continued rolling the dot cubes and adding on each turn.  In the example below, 4 and 2 were rolled.  Students said, "4 + 2 = 6 " to their math partner they were working with and then covered that number on their board.  

Students continued rolling, adding, and covering until all of the marshmallows were covered on their Marshmallow Coverall board.  

This would make a great math station for your students!

*You could also have your students use two numeral cubes.  This would be a great way to differentiate for students who are ready to move past combining the dots to add.  

Ready for some Marshmallow Coverall fun?!  Just click the picture below to grab your FREE download!
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We have been busy bees working on addition and subtraction in kindergarten!  These addition and subtraction bug story problems are perfect to work on addition and subtraction skills with your young learners.  My students loved them!
These are easy to prepare.  I first printed the materials I needed.  The free download (found below), includes an addition and subtraction story problem.  I chose to do the addition story problem with my students so I printed the grass story mat, the story problem page, and the bees and butterflies.  I like to have my students glue their pages to an 11x17 sheet of construction paper so I also grabbed some of that, in addition to some scissors and glue.  Then we were ready for some bug story problems! 
They each got 10 butterflies and 10 bees.  My students were able to choose how many butterflies and how many bees they wanted to put in their story problem.  I love doing open-ended type math problems because it allows my students some choice in their work.  
Once students decided how many bees and butterflies they wanted to have in their story problem, they then cut out that many of each and used a glue stick to glue them on the paper with the grass.  
Students then completed the blank lines in the story problem and the equation to match the number of butterflies and bees.  They also got to color the bugs they used in their problem.
I was so pleased with how my students did with this and they really enjoyed doing it.  Check out some of their awesome work!  I love how some of them added some extra details into their work!  



Be sure to stop by and see what other awesome bug activities my blogging friends have to share with you by checking out the links below:

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:
Ladybug Life Cycle Wheel // The STEM Laboratory
Bug Subtraction Cards // The Kindergarten Connection
Ladybug Editable Sight Word Puzzles // A Dab of Glue Will Do
Ladybug One More One Less Activity // Fantastic Fun and Learning
Bug Jar Addition and Subtraction Mats // Fun Learning for Kids
Counting Ants Math Game // Mrs. Jones' Creation Station
Insect Theme Prewriting Practice // Stay at Home Educator
I Spy Bugs Sensory Bin // Teach Me Mommy
Bug Counting Clip Cards // Playdough to Plato
Ladybug Counting Cards 1-20 // Powerful Mothering
Homemade Butterfly Playdough Kit // Sugar Spice and Glitter
CVC Bug Matching Game // Sweet Sounds of Kindergarten
Bug Story Problems // Recipe for Teaching
Bugs: How Many Syllables? // Liz's Early Learning Spot
Bug Theme Bingo Cards // Schooling a Monkey
Ten Frame Game More and Less // Sara J Creations
Buggy Partner Cards // Simplified Classroom
Ready to grab your FREE Bug Story Problems?!  Just click the image below to grab your FREE download! 

Looking for more story problems?!  Click the image below to grab another FREE story problem to use with your students!

Also, check out my Subtraction Stories pack in my Teachers Pay Teachers store!  Click the image to check it out!
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Making ten is an important skill for my kindergarten students.  This Making 10 mat is the perfect, hands-on way for my students to practice making ten.  
To prepare this activity I first printed the Making 10 mat on white cardstock.  I laminated the boards for durability and because my students would be using a dry erase marker on the mat.  

I also grabbed a small container filled with 10 red and yellow counting chips and a dry erase marker and eraser.  I like to use the little plastic containers from the Dollar Tree.  They are perfect for holding the counting chips and shaking and spilling activities.  

For this activity my students first had to shake the container with the ten counting chips.  Then they spilled the counting chips.  They sorted the counting chips by reds and yellows onto the ten frame.  This allowed my students to easily see the combination to make ten.  Then my students recorded the equation that made ten on their mat.  

In the example below, this student spilled out 5 red counting chips and 5 yellow counting chips.  They recorded 5+5=10 in the equation box.  

In this example, the student spilled out 7 red counting chips and 3 yellow counting chips.  They recorded 7+3=10 in the equation box.

My students continued shaking and spilling to show ways to make ten using the counting chips.

This is great for small group work or for a math station in your classroom.    

Ready for some Making 10 fun?!  Just click the image below to grab your FREE download!
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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!
LEFT TO RIGHT:
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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