Spring Themed Math Bundle

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When teaching early math skills, hands-on activities are critical in helping our little learners understand number concepts. Adding a little seasonal twist into these activities certainly makes them engaging.  The Make, Take & Teach Spring Themed Math Bundle contains 12 hands-on activities for learning basic number concepts, counting, number order, writing numbers and basic addition facts. Here are just a few of my favorites contained within this pack:

Play Doh number mats are always a hit. When you download this activity you will receive the number mats for the numbers 1-10. Each mat contains an area for forming the number as well as counting balls using a ten frame.

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The Caterpillar Number Order Activity can easily be differentiated as you choose how many numbers/caterpillar body pieces to use during your lesson.  There are circle body pieces for the numbers 0-20.

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Students love to build their own caterpillar with the Build A Caterpillar activity. There are 10 cards (numbers 1-10) where the student places the correct number of Play Doh balls on the mat.

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I love the How Many? activity as you can place the cards on a ring and students can practice counting and writing numbers nearly anywhere. I know some my parent friends have created these cards and used them while traveling. Once laminated, the students write the correct number on the card using a dry erase marker– simply wipe clean and use over and over again! Ideal math center activity.

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Student practice correct number formation with the Number Writing Mats. When you download this activity you will receive number writing mats for the numbers 1-20.

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It’s always helpful to have number cards on hand. A numeral card, number word card and a 10-frame card is included for numbers 1-20.

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There are 4 different missing number activities. The first activity works on missing numbers 1-10, the second 1-20 and then the third 1-100.

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For your kiddos who are ready to add, the Fly Swat! activity is certainly a hit! Simply print the flies, place a piece of Velcro on each fly and then a strip of Velcro on a fly swatter. Students “swat” the flies and solve the math problem on the flies they catch.

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Also included in this activity pack is the Race To The Top activity for practicing counting and number formation.

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The Make, Take & Teach Spring Themed Math Bundle can be found in my online Teachers Pay Teachers store on in the MT&T website.

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Mitten Math Freebie!

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Looking for a fun winter-themed activity for your math centers?  The Make, Take & Teach Mitten Match activity for addition may just do the trick.  Simply print, laminate and cut out the mittens and your center activity is ready to go.  Put a few clothespins in the storage container and have your students clip the problem and the answer.  They absolutely love it!

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Just click the following link to download this freebie Mitten Math

If you like this activity, you may also enjoy the Mitten Match Rhyme activity.  This file contains 30 rhyming mitten pairs!

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The Mitten Match Rhyming activity is available through my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

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Cookie Sheet Activities Pre K- K Bundle- Early Literacy and Numeracy Activities

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We all know that young children learn best through hands-on activities.  When children can manipulate letters to form words or use manipulatives such as counters to learn critical concepts their learning accelerates.  The Make, Take & Teach cookie sheet activities offers students hands-on  fun for learning and practicing beginning literacy and number concepts.  These activities are ideal for both direct teaching and independent practice.  The cookie sheet keeps the activity contained as well provides the engagement of using magnets!

There are 6 volumes of cookie sheet activities each volume targeting a specific skill.  Just to keep it simple, I combined the volumes into two grade level bundles- one bundle for my Pre K- K friends and another for my first grade friends.  Volumes 1, 2 and 4 comprise the Make, Take & Teach Pre K- K Bundle.

Cookie Sheet Activities Volume 1- ABC Order, Rhyme and Building Words

Cookie Sheet Activities Volume 1 contains 3 activities for teaching early literacy skills.  The first activity addresses the skill of alphabetic order.  There are 9 differentiated templates that can be used.  In addition to ordering the letters of the alphabet, this activity can be differentiated as students can match upper- to uppercase letters, lower- to lowercase letter, or upper- to lowercase letters.

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There are also 10 differentiated rhyme templates.  Several templates require students to sort 2 rhymes while others 4 rhymes.  The colorful pictures make this an engaging activity for teaching this skill.

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Volume 1 of the cookie sheet activities also contains 8 Making Words templates.  Our little kinders love building CVC words with magnetic letters.

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Cookie Sheet Activities Volume 2- Number Order, Number Concepts

Cookie Sheet Activities Volume 2 is the early numeracy volume.   14 number order templates are included.  These templates are differentiated as students who struggle with this skill can simply match the numbers on several of the templates.  There are templates for number order 1-10, 1-20 and 1-100.

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Students can practice counting with the beginning number concepts templates.  There are two number concepts templates: 1-5 and 6-10.

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For our little advanced students, these number concept templates can be helpful.  There are 20 templates where the students are required to identify the number before and after, provide a number word, tally and count objects.

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Cookie Sheet Activities Volume 4- Beginning Sounds and Short Vowels

So you may be thinking–what’s up with Volume 3?  Volume 3 is for sight words which we may address towards the end of kindergarten, but it was most appropriate for the first grade volume.  Volume 4 certainly belongs in the Pre K- Kindergarten bundle.  Volume 4 is the volume which addresses beginning sounds and short vowels.  The order of introduction of the letters follows a curriculum commonly used in schools, but I’ve included blank templates for you to use if your order of introduction differs.  You will receive 20 beginning sound templates complete with the colorful pics for sorting.  The templates are differentiated as some templates allow for 2 sounds and others 4 sounds.

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Those short vowel sounds can be so tricky!  Sorting activities are perfect for helping students learn those vowels.  When you download volume 4, you receive 11 vowel sorting templates with the corresponding pictures.  This volume contains over 200 colorful pictures for sorting!

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The Cookie Sheet Activities Pre K- Kindergarten Bundle is guaranteed to keep those little learners engaged in learning early phonemic awareness, phonics and number skills.

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The dowloadable pdf activities are available in my online Teachers Pay Teachers store.

Not quite sure you want to print the activities yourself?  When you order the Printed Cookie Sheet Activities I’ll mail you the colored templates printed on office paper, the colored pictures printed on 90 lb card stock and a red cookie painted cookie sheet.  The Printed Bundle is also available in my online Teachers Pay Teacher store.

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There are several different ways to store your cookie sheet activities.  I found that using the 15 x 11 1/2 x 3″ Sterilite containers work great.  The templates, letters and pictures fit perfectly  and stack nicely on a shelf.  You can find the containers at Walmart or most any local department store.  I created these stickers to fit the containers (they are contained in the pdf file and also included if you order the printed materials).

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I’m pretty picky about the shape of the magnetic letters.  Of course you can use magnetic letters purchased at a dollar store and many of dollar stores have appropriately shaped letters.  I purchase my magnetic letters at Banks School Supply- they are about $2.50.  Not only do I like the shape and size of the letters, but the consonants are blue and vowels are red. You also have the option of purchasing uppercase and lowercase letters so that you can extend the cookie sheet activities to include upper- to lowercase matching.

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So not necessary, but I have a thing for color coordinating activities.  It’s probably not a healthy obsession with color.  If you’d like to add a little color into your centers, these painted cookie sheets are available for purchase through the Make, Take & Teach website.

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Hope you enjoy the cookie sheet activities!

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Winter Themed Math Bundle for K-1

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I’m not sure which season I love best- fall or winter.  When you live in the great white north, you have to like winter even just a little bit.   So, in the spirit of one my favorite seasons, I created math center activities for kindergarten and first grade.  This bundle is jam packed with 12 hands-on winter-themed activities for your kiddos.   Here’s a peek of what’s in the pack:

Play Doh mats are one of my favorite hands-on activities for introducing basic number concepts.  I’m pretty picky about my doh so I make my own using a common recipe that can be found on the internet.  The trick is to make the doh using either alum or cream of tartar and the recipes that have you cook the ingratiates are the best.  I use the Wilton cake decorating coloring are more vibrant.  To add a little wintery fun into my doh, I added glitter.   Mats for the numbers 1-10 are included in this pack.

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Number formation mats are also included.  Simply laminate the mats and have your students practice writing numbers using a dry erase marker.  Wipe clean and the mats can be used over and over again.

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 I love how these “How Many?” winter-themed cards turned out.  You can use the cards as single cards as my friend, Eleanor, is doing in the picture below or you can punch the cards and bind them together with a loose leaf ring.  Have your students count the number of winter-themed items on the card and write the number on the line.  Again, if you laminate the cards, they can be used forever!

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There are a total of  32 colorful How Many cards in this bundle.  Here’s just a sample:

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Another important skill introduced in kindergarten and first grade is number order.  There are several differentiated number order activities.  The Number Order Penguins activity contains 20 penguins for learning number order to 20.

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Number order boards for numbers 1-10, 1-20 and 1-100 are provided for the diverse needs of your students.

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There are 5 different addition games included in this bundle.  These games are ideal for independent math centers or for small group instruction when practicing addition.  Also included in this bundle are number word cards, number cards, and ten-frames to 20.

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Storing activities can be a challenge.  If you choose to store your activities in baggies or in separate containers, I’ve included labels for each activity.

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 Thanks for checking out the Make, Take & Teach K-1 Winter-Themed Math activities.  Enjoy your winter whether it’s in a sunny part of the world or in the deep-freeze zone of Northern Michigan!

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Mitten Match Math

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Looking for a fun winter-themed activity for your math centers?  The Make, Take & Teach Mitten Match activity for addition may just do the trick.  Simply print, laminate and cut out the mittens and your center activity is ready to go.  Put a few clothespins in the storage container and have your students clip the problem and the answer.  They absolutely love it!

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Just click the following link to download this freebie Mitten Math

If you like this activity, you may also enjoy Mitten Match for Rhyme and Mitten Match for Beginning Sounds.  These activities are available through the Make, Take & Teach website or through my online Teachers Pay Teachers store.

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Halloween 4-In-A-Row FREEBIE for Math

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Click HERE to download this free activity from my online TpT store.

 Here’s a fun little freebie for practicing addition and subtraction facts.  It’s great for either your small group instruction or as an activity for your math centers.  The game is super simple to play.  To play, you’ll need two players each with different colored chips.  Each player takes a turn solving a math problem and then placing their chip in the square.  The first player to have 4 of their colored chips in a row wins the game.  Sounds simple?  Not so fast- players have to be sure to block their opponent as they try to get their 4-In-A-Row.  When you download this file you’ll receive 4 colorful 4-In-A-Row boards for practicing addition and subtraction facts to 10 and then to 20.

If you like the 4-In-A-Row activity for math, you may like this same activity for practicing sight words.  Just to add a little fun, try substituting Halloween themed erasers for chips.  You can typically find these erasers in any dollar store.

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The Halloween Themed 4-In-A-Row Game Boards for Sight Words is available through the Make, Take & Teach website or through my online Teachers Pay Teachers store.

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