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Decomposing within 5 is one of our pre-k math standards.  There are lots of books that count to five, including Five Green and Speckled Frogs.  This Frog Decomposing math activity is perfect to go along with that text.  Students will put some frogs in the pond and some out of the pond to show ways to break apart five.  It is a great visual for young mathematicians.
 
To prepare this activity, I just copied enough of the frog pond mat and recording page for my students.  I also made sure that each student had a set of 5 frogs.  Students also need crayons, scissors, and glue to complete the activity.  Then they were ready for some Frog Decomposing.  
 
Starting the lesson with this book is a great way to begin.  I love using literature during my math lessons.
 
Students start by cutting apart their 5 frogs.  
 
Then students decided how many frogs to put in the pond.  In the example below there are 3 frogs in the pond.  
 
Students then decided how many frogs to put out of the pond.  In the example below there are 2 frogs not in the pond.  
 
Students have a recording page to complete to tell how many frogs are in the pond and how many are not in the pond.  They can color their page when they finish!
 
Also included in the download (found below), is a color version of the frog pond mat and five frogs that you can use to model decomposing for students.
 
I've teamed up with some of my blogging friends to provide you with some FREE pond themed resources!  Check out the links below for some FREE pond resources!  

 
 
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT
Groups of Frogs Activity //Teach Me Mommy

Weather Mats {Frog Pond} // Fairy Poppins

Frog Learning Stations // Sarah Chesworth

Decomposing With Frogs // Recipe for Teaching

Turtle Rhyming Puzzles // Fairy Poppins

What the Ladybird Heard Story Sack // Play & Learn Every Day
 
 
Ready to grab your FREE Frog Decomposing activity?!  Just click the image below to grab your download!
https://drive.google.com/open?id=16lhL9sozOe1UGWwPqOChMiDa_V5fAfT_
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We have been busy talking about the different parts of organisms in pre-k and the "What If You Had Animal..." were perfect for teaching about different animal parts to my students.  They were pretty much obsessed with these books.  We would read them in parts and they asked me when we would finish the book!  I created some little books to use during small groups with my students that go along with each book.  They have sight words, predictable text, and a picture to match.  They are great for new readers.
 
These books are so easy to prepare.  I just printed enough for my small groups.  Then you fold along the horizontal line and then along the vertical line to make into a little book.  When the book is folded there is a cover page and then three pages for students to read.  Preparing these books for your young readers is SO easy!

These are the books included to match each of the "What If You Had Animal..." books.  Within each of the little books students will find animals that are also in the read aloud books.





Ready to grab these FREE little books?!  Just click the image below to grab your FREE download!
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1iXD7qzY0wpIogeZA-hA_a2XUVRqSGCF8

Looking for more pre-k sight word books?  Check out these books by clicking the image below.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Pre-K-Sight-Word-Books-5052500

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I always like to give my students a little treat around the holidays.  I already had two books, Creepy Carrots and The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin, for my students (both $1 books from Scholastic).

When I saw Jennifer from Crayons and Cuties in Kindergarten share the image below, I knew I needed to add the pumpkin brick kits to my gift as well!

Creepy Carrots and The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin were both found in the Scholastic Book Club book orders for only $1 each.  I thought they would be perfect for my students and I love that Scholastic has their bonus points program to use toward purchases.



I ordered the pumpkin brick kits from Amazon.  It looks like they are currently sold out, but they came in a pack with 15 for $14.99.


I added a gift tag and student gifts are ready to be passed out on Halloween!


If you would like to grab the gift tag to use, just click the image below!  
*It is not editable so just sign your name and you are good to go.

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One-to-one counting is an important skill for my pre-k students.  These Construction Counting Cards are a fun way to practice one-to-one counting to ten, with a construction theme.  There is also the opportunity for students to practice number writing.  This is a great resource to add to your block center or to a math station.
To prepare this activity I first printed the download (found below) on white cardstock.  I recommend running the cards through the laminator so students can used dry erase marker to trace the number.  Then I used my paper trimmer to cut the cards down the middle of the cardstock.  You could put these cards on a binder ring so students can flip through them like a book or you can keep them individual.  We were ready for some Construction Counting Card fun!
Students first started by picking a card to count the number of objects.  In the example below, the student picked a card with 1 object.  They counted 1 construction hat and 1 dot on the ten frame.  
Then they used a dry erase marker to trace the number 1.
In the example below, the student picked a card with the number 4.  They counted 4 pliers and counted 4 dots on the ten frame.  

Then they traced the number 4. 
Students continued picking a card, counting, and tracing the number until all of the cards had been completed. 
Looking for more construction themed resources?!  Check out the links below for some awesome ideas from my blogging friends.  
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT
CVC Word Board Game // Literacy with the Littles
Construction Counting Cards // Recipe for Teaching
Construction Math Puzzles // The Primary Brain

Grab your FREE Construction Counting Cards by clicking the image below!
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Counting from 1-10 is an important skill for my pre-k students.  I am currently trying to give my pre-k students lots of counting opportunities so that they become confident with their counting.  These Counting Pumpkin mats are a fun way to practice counting from 1-10.  They are hands on and provide students the chance to trace the number.  They are perfect for fall.

To prepare this activity I first printed the download, found below, on white cardstock.  Also included in the download is a black and white version of the mats that could be printed on orange cardstock for a pop of color.  

Then I used my paper trimmer to cut down the middle of the cardstock.  There is a Counting Pumpkins cover for the mats if you wanted to hole punch them and put them on a ring.  You can also just keep the cards separate.  

I ran the mats through my laminator because we would be tracing the numbers on the mats.  

I grabbed some pumpkin mini erasers that I found in the Target Dollar Spot and we were ready for some Counting Pumpkins fun!  



To begin, students first picked a pumpkin mat.  They could look at the number to see how many to count out.  If students are still working on number recognition, the pumpkin ten frame is provided on each card so that students can have a visual representation of how many to count out.  

In the example below, the student picked a mat with the number 1 and a ten frame showing one pumpkin.  

The student counted out 1 pumpkin eraser on the mat.  Then they used their dry erase marker to trace the number 1.

In the example below, the student picked a mat with the number 4.  The student checked to make sure it was 4, by using one-to-one counting skills to count the pumpkins on the ten frame - 1, 2, 3, 4.

Then the student counted out four pumpkins on the mat.

Students continued to pick a mat, count out that many pumpkin erasers, and trace the number until all mats had been completed.

If you do not have pumpkin mini erasers, playdough is also another fun, hands-on way to use these mats.  We just grabbed some orange playdough and rolled them into balls for pumpkins.

Ready for some Counting Pumpkins fun?!  Just click the image below to grab your FREE download!
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1barH4IjddXyAnF-pCn4CkHeugvJBfV2z/view?usp=sharing
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