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We love Valentine's Day in Kindergarten!  I'm always looking for a fun way to have my students decorate their Valentine's Day bags, but also I also like integrating an academic piece into the decorating.  This year I put together something for my students to glue on their bags, count, and write about.  They LOVED it and their bags turned out so cute!  


To begin, students first were able to label their bag with their name.  I found the bags at Michaels. 


Then they cut out how many of each picture they wanted on their bag.  They glued the pictures on their bag and colored them.  


Students then used a chart with the images to help them write about how many of each picture they had on their bag.

They were able to use sight words to help them write how many of each picture they had on their bag.  I love integrating a math and writing activity together. 

My students really enjoyed this and it was an academic way to decorate Valentine bags!  You could also have students compare their pictures.  For example, they could say, "I have a greater number of hearts than cupcakes."  or "I have less roses than bears."  They could also compare their pictures with a friend's bag.  Lots of fun math ideas for these bags!

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Happy Winter!  Aren't penguins just the cutest?!  This Penguin Spin and Write will have your students working with numbers 11-20.  They will be counting dots, subitizing, and writing the number.  It's perfect for independent work, partner work, or a math station.  
This activity is super easy to prepare.  I first printed the Penguin Spin and Write mat on white cardstock (free download found below).  I printed the color version, but there is also a black and white version that could be printed on colored cardstock.  I recommend laminating the mat so students can use a dry erase marker with it.  Then I grabbed a pencil and paper clip for the spinner.  I also grabbed a dry erase marker for writing the number and an eraser.  Then we were ready for some Penguin Spin and Write.

To start, students first spun the 11-20 spinner.  Then they counted the dots on the ten frame.  Students could also subitize (instantly recognize) the ten frame arrangement.  Then students wrote that matching number on a penguin belly.  
In the picture below, the student spun a ten frame with 17 dots.   They recognized that ten dots and seven more dots was 17.  
The student wrote 17 in a penguin belly.  
Students continued spinning, counting, and writing until they had filled in all of the penguin bellies with numbers.  
Students could erase the numbers and begin the activity again if there was still time left to work.
My blogging friends and I have teamed up to bring you some FREE penguin themed resources!  Check out all of these amazing resources below!

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT
Penguin Alphabet Clip Cards // Kindergarten Connection
Penguin Short Vowel Sorting Center // Mrs. Jones Creation Station
Penguin Research // The Primary Post
Free Penguin Number Bonds // The Simplified Classroom
Penguin Writing Craftivity // Literacy with the Littles
Penguin Color Clip Cards // Fairy Poppins
Penguin Cut and Paste Sentence Writing // The Letters of Literacy
Penguin Addition Games // Sara J. Creations
Penguin Spin and Write // Recipe for Teaching
Penguin Playdough Mat // Teach Me Mommy
Editable Penguin Board Game // Fun Learning for Kids
Penguin Emergent Reader // A Dab of Glue Will Do
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BONUS DOWNLOAD!!  Also included in this Penguin Spin and Write resource is a Comparing Numbers penguin themed mat!  For this activity students spin the 1-20 spinner.  They write the number in the first penguin belly.  They spin the spinner again and write that number in the second penguin belly.  Students compare the numbers to determine which number is greater and which number is less.  There is a number line for students to use to help compare the numbers.
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What is your favorite emoji?  I love the heart eyes and the laughing face ones.  Those are probably the two that I use the most.  This Emoji Counting activity will have your students counting using emoji erasers.  It helps work with numbers 1-10 and 1-20.  The Emoji Counting mat is also differentiated so you can meet the needs of the learners in your class.

This activity is easy to prepare.  I found my emoji erasers from Five Below, but it looks like you can also find them on Amazon.  The emoji counting mats (free download found below) include mats for ten frames 1-10, numbers 1-10, and numbers 1-20.  There are also color and black and white versions included in the download.  I like printing the black and white version on yellow cardstock because it reminds me of emoji colors.  Laminating the mats is a good idea for durability.  In addition to the emoji erasers for counting, I also grabbed a pencil and paper clip for the spinner.  Then we were ready for some Emoji Counting fun!

To start, students first spun the spinner.  They looked at what the spinner landed on.  In the picture below, the spinner landed on the ten frame representing 6.

The student then counted out 6 emoji erasers.

Also included in the free download is a spinner with the numbers 1-10 on it.  This student spun the number 3.

They counted out 3 emoji erasers on their Emoji Counting mat.

If your students are ready to work with numbers 1-20, there is also a spinner for numbers 1-20.  In the picture below, the spinner landed on the number 14.

The student counted out 14 emoji erasers.  They can also see that one group of 10 and 4 extra erasers is 14.  

Students continued spinning the spinner and counting emoji erasers until their time was finished.  
This activity is perfect to use during small math groups, partner work, or at a math station.



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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

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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.  

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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.  

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