Category Archives: Common Core Standards-Math

1-10 Number Books

As I was writing my lesson plans for this week, I saw that I am supposed to do two new things this week.ย  One is to begin introducing the first 5 Math Work Stations and the second items is to begin teaching the K.CC.3.A standard (writing numbers to 20) (we are just writing to 10 at this point in the year).

I decided to create a set of booklets that would let me accomplish both of these things:

(click the color picture below to get yours). ๐Ÿ™‚

Each book contains 6 pages (7 if you count the cover page) and helps your students to represent numbers in a variety of ways (see below).

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These would be great for individual, small, or whole group work.ย  I think these would be excellent for homework too!ย  Screen Shot 2013-08-24 at 8.25.06 PM Screen Shot 2013-08-24 at 8.24.42 PMI will say that when I first saved this file, I intended to include the number zero, but after thinking about it, that would be a pretty empty number book!ย  No way to show zero other than to write the number and write the number word, so I left it out.ย  If I have requests for it, I could make those two pages just for zero.ย  I did include zero in my August Problem Solving Pack if you do need a page for zero.

Kristen ๐Ÿ™‚

P.S. I’m going to start working on the October Problem Solving Pack soon–trying to stay ahead! ๐Ÿ™‚

New Center Activities

I went into school to work today (we are on Spring Break) and to check on the tadpoles.ย  While I was there I copied A LOT of new pages we will be using to write, glue, and illustrate!ย  I also laminated more than the law allows and brought it all home to cut out. ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Here are some of the new things we will (and have been) using in our Math and Literacy Work Stations.ย  I’m putting the link to where I got them (if there is one) underneath the picture.


Literacy Activities


We practiced subtraction last week using this song/poem and the kids loved it so much that they asked me to write it down and put it in Pocket Chart Work Station so they could “play” with it more.


Our chicken eggs arrive next week and I always like to add Humpty Dumpty to the egg mix when we learn about them.ย  This rhyme will go in our Pocket Chart Station as well.


We used 5 Green and Speckled Frogs two weeks ago to introduce subtraction.ย  The kids loved it…so it’s going into Pocket Chart Station as well…along with these guys:

photoThe kids can retell the poem while acting it out.ย  I’m going to add some velcro to the back of the frogs and the top of the log when I get them back to school. You can get the poem and the frogs in my Ponds and Plants pack. ๐Ÿ™‚photo

This activity is also from my Ponds and Plants pack.ย  This activity can be used in two ways.ย  You can either show the children the words and have them practice reading them, or you can have the children sort them by middle vowel sound, put them under the correct letter, and then write the words on the included recording sheet.

Math Activities


I just made this this week and you can get them here. The children match up the sum with the math sentence and then write their work on the included recording sheet (it’s at school. ๐Ÿ™‚ย  ).


How many more to get to 10?ย  This activity helps children learn to see quantities quickly on a ten frame and to visually help see how many more they need to get to ten.ย  After adding the green flowers, children record their work on the recording sheet.ย  The recording sheet asks the child to record both the ten frame work and the math sentence that shows their work (ex: 3+7=10).


These awesome cards are part of a pack I purchased from my blogging friend Kathleen Pedersen from Growing Kinders! You MUST own this pack!ย  In addition to these “I have, Who has” teen number cards, Kathleen has booklets for all the teen numbers (11-20) designed to help your kiddos master them!ย  I printed off the entire pack and copied most of the activities…I’ll share those when they are in use. ๐Ÿ™‚


Next up are these awesome cards by another blogging friend Greg from Kindergarten Smorgasboard! These are from Greg’s Snapping Numbers, Composing and Decomposing Numbers.ย  These cards represent just two of the activities in this huge pack!ย  I’ll be hitting up my favorite LEGO store later this weekend to score some of these bricks off the pick-a-brick wall (I love that wall!)

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I’m a LEGO nerd at heart and it helps my obsession that my 8 year old is too! ๐Ÿ™‚


This is one of our new Promethean Board activities for Math.ย  It includes both addition and subtraction activities and the kids love them!ย  I got this at Lakeshore down the street from my school, but I can’t remember right now what the name is…

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Found it!ย  It’s called Beginning Operations.ย  Here is a shot from Lakeshore’s website.


This pond roll and cover sheet has funny story behind it.ย  I set out to make something that resembled a lily pad and got that finished.ย  Because I was so tired, I started adding cattails and grass around the edges to finish up my pond.ย  Then I colored it green…still thinking that it was a lily pad, but also thinking it was a pond.ย  So now it’s either a really big lily pad, or a pond pad, a mix of a pond and a lily pad! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  The children roll the two dice and cover the sum with a cube. ๐Ÿ™‚

photoThis activity is also from Lakeshore (if anyone from Lakeshore is reading this, I LOVE your store and would LOVE to be a spokesperson for you or guinea pig some of your new products! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  )

The children use two different colors of linking cubes (included) and then write all those combinations down on the opposite side of the card.


Here is our Frog Dice Toss activity.ย  The children roll the two pocket dice and then write the two numbers down along with the sum.


This is Subtraction Bowling…the latest craze to hit our Kindergarten classroom!!ย  The children set up the 10 pins and then roll the sphere at them.ย  They count the number of pins (cups) that fall down and record that on their recording sheet.ย  I found this activity through a pin on Pinterest, from a site called What the Teacher Wants.ย  Click the words above to go there. ๐Ÿ™‚photo

I thought they would throw the sphere everywhere, but with lots of careful modeling, they did an awesome job! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  They were so engaged too! ๐Ÿ™‚


These are our Domino Mats I got in my Math Swap last summer.ย  I pinned the idea on Pinterest from Kindergarten, Kindergarten. photo

We’ve been using the mats for about a month now, to get us warmed up to the idea of addition with the amounts on the dominoes.ย  I decided to step it up a level by asking the kiddos to record their work on this recording sheet.ย  It’s not available yet, but I’m working (slowly) on a pack of domino ideas and this will be in it> ๐Ÿ™‚


This is Dunk it Dominoes again.ย  I’ve shown it before in this post, but I wanted to show you that I also added the same recording sheet here in this station as well.ย  The kids were getting done earlier than everyone else and they were truly trying to dunk the dominoes from far away, so I added this sheet. ๐Ÿ™‚ย  They can now slow down, take their time, and show me they are working on mastering their addition facts. ๐Ÿ™‚

This was a long post! ๐Ÿ˜‰ย  If you’re still reading, thanks for sticking with me! ๐Ÿ™‚

What are your favorite Literacy and Math Activities you can’t live without right now?

Kristen ๐Ÿ™‚

February Problem Solving

It’s here!ย  I had lots of requests for a February Problem Solving pack after I shared the one I created in January.ย  You can click the picture below to get yours. ๐Ÿ™‚

This pack contains 25 problem solving activities that cover subtraction, measurement (length/comparing lengths), and decomposing numbers…the three big standard strands I’ll be covering in February! ๐Ÿ™‚

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The specific CCSS that are covered for Math are: K.OA.1, K.OA.2, K.OA.3, K.OA.4, K.OA.5, K.NBT.1, K.MD.1, and K.MD.2.

There are three basic sheets that are included in this pack and you can see them on the picture above.ย  This pack does require cutting, so make sure you have scissors available. ๐Ÿ™‚

Kristen ๐Ÿ™‚

Valentine’s Day Math Work Stations

Sorry that I’ve been a little absent lately…I worked really hard during at least 5 days of my winter break so that I could come home from school for a few weeks and just relax!ย  I have some pictures that I’ve been taking and will get those posted later this week, but today, while watching the Inauguration, I worked on this set for Valentine’s Day/February Math Work Stations.

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It’s a set of 5 activities that are quick and easy to set up and get going!ย  I’ve included all the manipulatives you might need, but you can add your own if you want to.ย  I found pink and red heart shaped table scatter at the Dollar Tree this weekend and some foam Conversation hearts from the Dollar Tree and in the Target Dollar Spot.ย  I plan on using them with these activities in my classroom, but I will let the kiddos have the real Conversation hearts when we sort and graph them on the sheets included in this pack.

Two different kinds of patterning cards are included and a recording sheet is included so the children can record their patterns. I’ve also added a Valentine’s Day “Make ____ on the Ten Frame” that is very similar to the winter and fall themed ones I have created before. I also put in a “How Many to 10?” game where children look at a Ten Frame with hearts in it and figure out how many more they need to make 10.ย  There is a spot on the bottom of each sheet for children to write the corresponding math sentence.ย  I’ve added a recording sheet for that activity as well, so using 2 different colors, students record combinations to 10.

I’m giving one pack away, so hop on over to my Kristen’s Kindergarten Facebook page and leave me a comment telling me what your favorite Valentine’s Day Math activity is! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Click on the picture above to get your own pack> ๐Ÿ™‚

Kristen ๐Ÿ™‚

January Problem Solving

I’m on a roll creating things for my classroom (and posting them for sale in my TPT store!).ย  I’m trying to get as many things made as I can during winter break so that I can have some free evenings to train for the Mini-Marathon in May. ๐Ÿ™‚

This time, I created a 30 page pack of sheets that can be used during math for your students (and mine) to reinforce the Math Common Core Standards K.OA.1-5.ย  There are at least 5 activities for each of the 5 standards and these would be great as morning work, as a math journal, or as independent/small group work.ย  They would also work on an interactive white board (SMART Board or Promethean Board).

These are the 5 standards I’ll be focusing on the most this next 9 weeks, as that’s what my data indicated I needed to teach more about. ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I’ll be using these in conjunction with other mini-lessons and then these will be used for reinforcement. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve even included an optional cover page if you wanted to make these into a January Math Journal. ๐Ÿ™‚

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You can click the picture to go to my TPT store and check out the preview and the whole pack. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m trying to decide if a February Pack would be in the future. ๐Ÿ™‚

Kristen ๐Ÿ™‚

Kindergarten Common Core

I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for ways to improve my teaching of the Common Core Math & Language Artsย  standards in Kindergarten.ย  I’ve found a great resource that can help!

The people over at Common Core State Standards have just released their new Common Core Standards Workbook that has LOADS of activities, worksheets, and posters to help you teach the Common Core Math & Language Arts standards in Kindergarten.

You can click click here {Kindergarten Common Core} to find out more about this awesome resource.

Make sure you check it out!

Kristen ๐Ÿ™‚

New Math WorkStation

Here is a picture of a new Math Work Station I introduced this week. In the past we played this game with 5 chips and I noticed that we were getting bored with 5 so I increased the game to 10. The children shake ten chips in a cup and record how many are red and how many a yellow.



Kristen ๐Ÿ™‚

Math Common Core Standards

I shared in a post last week, how to access the basic scope and sequence we are using in Indiana.ย  I created a document back in June last year that I carry with me everywhere to help me wrap my head around what I’m supposed to teach when.ย  When I created this document, we (I) had just attended some PD provided by our Math Coaches and had been given several new resources to help with the implementation of the Common Core standards for Math.ย  These resources are in addition to our adopted text of Math Their Way.ย  I’m going to share this with you below because it’s been working for me.ย  I know this is the order of the standards in Indiana, but I do not know if other states have chosen to follow the same order (it seems logical that they would considering how these standards build on each other–but nothing is ever logical!).ย  On the left side you will see the standards and on the right, activities that I found out of the resources we were given (they are listed on the last page of the document) that helped me to teach these standards.

I hope you find this helpful and can at least adapt this to your states.

Kristen ๐Ÿ™‚

Kindergarten Common Core Standards and Math Their Way

Common Core Standards

I’ve had lots of questions since I last posted about the order of the Common Core Standards.ย  I’m not sure if Indiana set them in this order or not, this is just the order we were instructed to teach them in.

If you visit the Indiana DOE’s Learning Connection site, you can find the Common Core standards under “Learning Standards”.ย  Just find Kindergarten after that and you can see our scope and sequence for the year.

Kristen ๐Ÿ™‚

Race to 10

Here is a simple game I came up with this week (I’ve probably read about it somewhere a long time ago and then just remembered it, so I’m not sure if I was the one who actually made it up!! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  ).ย  We called it Race to 10.ย  I created a simple 10 frame in Word and made a copy for each child.ย  Each child also got ten cubes and they shared a die (to encourage turn taking!).

They rolled the die and put that number of cubes on their ten frame.ย  Then their partner took a turn. They repeated this process until each one of them had filled their ten frame up.ย  Later, we will use the overage (numbers past ten) to fill up another ten frame, but for right now we are just working on numbers to ten.

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Each day before math work stations but after calendar, we play a new game like this one that then gets added (eventually) to a math work station tub.ย  We play for about 15 minutes and then have math work stations for 30ish minutes.

Kristen ๐Ÿ™‚

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