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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.



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

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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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