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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