Sunday, November 29, 2015

5 Ways to use Christmas Erasers in your math centers

I found these cute little mini erasers at The Dollar Tree over the weekend I thought they would be perfect for my math centers.  Here are 5 simple things you can do with this one little manipulative.


These are perfect for children working on fine motor skills.  The size is great for working on using the thumb and forefinger.

Have the children sort the erasers into like piles.


Have the children use a small spoon to scoop out a spoonful of erasers.  Then have them graph the erasers to see which one they have more of.

Using real objects are important for children with disabilities who haven't made the connection to paper representations.


Have the children use the objects to make a pattern.  For some children they may need you to start the pattern and then have them extend it.  For children with visual impairments, have them feel the difference between the shapes to make a pattern.

Counting to 100

Since the package contained 100 erasers I thought I would be a good exercise for the children to arrange the erasers in groups of 10 to count to 100.

The visual representation of laying them out was perfect for my students that needed the concrete objects.


For my older students we rolled a dice and practiced adding.  They rolled once and choose that many snowflakes.  They then rolled a second time and choose that many snowmen.  We then added up the total number of erasers.

This was perfect for students that still need concrete objects to aid in their counting.

I hope I've given you a few ideas today.  You don't need to spend a fortune to stock your math centers with fun, practical ideas that cover a variety of skills.

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Saturday, November 14, 2015

Fall Math

It's fall and we have been doing some fall math centers.

We have been practicing putting numbers in order.  My younger students did 1 to 10 and my older ones did 1 to 100.

We did some sorting.

We sorted by shapes.

And by colour.

We did lots of practice with counting to 20.

We did some more sorting with pictures.

We counted leaves.

And we counted squirrels with one-to-one correspondence. 

We filled in the missing number.  I used number cards for my students who can't print.

Making patterns was a favorite activity.  Some were a little tricky.

 Last but not least, we have to give the correct number of nuts to the squirrel.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Thanksgiving Deal

Are you ready for Thanksgiving?

My Thanksgiving Bundle is currently on for 1/2 price over at my Educents store.
It includes my Build a Turkey interactive books and 12 math and literacy activities to cover a variety of kindergarten skills.

It's only on sale for the next 8 days.  Grab it before it's gone.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween Sale

Happy Halloween everyone.  Have a safe night.

Monday, October 26, 2015

SPED Tricks and Treats

I'm joining in with my SPED blogging buddies to bring you some tricks and treats for Halloween.

My trick is a simple and inexpensive way to work with ten frame for children with poor fine motor control.

I picked up these Halloween ice cube trays at the Dollar Store.

I also picked these mini erasers.

Together they made an excellent 10 frame.  
The children put the erasers in the indents and they won't fall out.

Now for the freebie.

This cute little sight word game contains all the pre-primer sight words.
The children have to find the word "boo" hidden under the words.
I order to look, they have to say the words.
I hope you like it.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Halloween Adding and Subtracting No Prep

Halloween is coming up fast and my grade one's are working on their adding and subtracting skills.  Because most of them have poor printing skills, I made these simple pages so they would only have to cut and paste (which is a much easier skill for them).

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Bright Ideas October

I'm so excited to be linking up in the Bright Ideas link up.
It's been awhile since I did one.

This month I thought I would share with you how we count to 100 during our calendar.

It starts with 3 different sized cans.
You can decorate them however you want.
I've covered them in construction paper before but this year I decided to cover them with tissue paper and Podge them.

 I then wrote "ones" on the smallest can, "tens" on the middle can and "hundreds" on the largest can.

 I then use straws to count.  I just bought a cheap box of straws from our local Walmart.  One year I found florescent ones that were bright and colourful.

On the first day of school I take one straw and tell the children that we will be counting the number of days that we have been in school.  To do this, we will put one straw in our can every day.  I have each child pass the straw to a friend while they repeat "one".  The last person puts it in the ones can.

On the second day we add a straw.  I get the children to once again count the straws to a friend.  They pass them to their friend while they repeat "one", "two".  Again the last person puts them in the can.  I have cards with the numbers 0 to 9 in the can and change it according to the number.

When we get to 10 straws, I explain to the children that 10 straws are too many to fit into our ones can.  We have to bundle them up with an elastic band and move then into our tens can.  Once the straws are bundled, I have the children pass the bundle to friend while counting "ten".  The last person puts the bundle in the tens can.

Counting continues each day with the children starting with the bundles. 

For the picture below, the children would count "ten", "twenty", "twenty one", "twenty two", "twenty three", "twenty four", "twenty five", "twenty six".

I also start by saying, "how many straws are in a bundle?"

Once we get 10 bundles, they of course are too big for our tens can and must be moved to our hundreds can.  We then also celebrate with a 100's day party.

How do you count to 100?

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