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Math Work Stations

We started our Math Work Stations the 4th week of school.  Here’s a look (in pictures) of what’s in the tubs right now.

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Fun Fall Freebie!

I’ve been so busy lately, but I found some table scatter recently in the Target Dollar Spot and created some pattern cards to go along with them.  In Indiana, as part of our new Indiana College and Career Readiness Standards, patterns were reintroduced into the Kindergarten math curriculum!  So, we are gearing up to work on patterns for the next couple of weeks and these will go right into one of my Math Work Stations.  You can grab a set here or by clicking on the picture below.  Please don’t forget to leave feedback (or let me know if there are other patterns you would like to see included).

Target Table Scatter *Freebie*Target Table Scatter *Freebie*


Tpt is having a sale!!

That’s right friends!!  Tpt is having a sale to celebrate 3 Million Teachers using Tpt in some way!!

The sale doesn’t start until Thursday, February 28th, but go start filling up your cart right away!

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I’ve made some new products to share with you and they will ALL (along with the rest of my store) be on sale for 20% off!  Keep watching for the special code to type in at checkout so you can get up to 28% off!

First, I created a new set of Rainbow Pom-Pom Games!  This set helps your students practice the 88 sight words in the Journeys reading series.  Its played the same way the Rainbow Pom-Pom Toss game is, except with sight words!

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If you don’t have the original game and really want it along with the new one, you’re in luck!!  I’ve bundled the two together so you can have your students practice a variety of skills!  Shapes, Numbers, Letters, Die Recognition, Sight Words and more!  33 different mats are included to help you reach a wide range of students and their abilities!Screen Shot 2014-02-23 at 6.54.59 PM

Finally, if you missed it last week, I created these “Ways to Make” practice sheets.  My kiddos LOVE these!  All you need is some mini-erasers, sheet protector, and some dry erase markers and you are go to go!  This activity is great for practicing composing and decomposing numbers!

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So there you have it!!  Some new products that will be on sale beginning on Thursday!!

Kristen 🙂

New Year…New Math and Literacy Work Stations!

Over the past two weeks, I’ve been introducing some new Math and Literacy Work Stations with more to come next week!


I added some more french fries and hotdogs to this station to help the kiddos spell our new sight words. IMG_1516

Playing a Community Helpers game on the iPad. IMG_1517

See it, Stamp it, Write it–anytime you have stamps–a big hit!!IMG_1518

Roll a sight word, snowflake style!IMG_1519

Add some Community Helpers together and clip the answer (we have subtraction and greater than/less than/equal to also! I’m working on getting these on Tpt soon. 🙂IMG_1520

Roll, Say, Keep Addition and Subtraction boards.  The kids love seeing how many cards they get to “keep”! 🙂 This will also be on Tpt soon–just need to make some more cards to go with it!IMG_1521

I got this game from Marsha at A Differentiated Kindergarten here. It’s Community Helper Yatta! The kiddos just love saying “Yatta!” when they bump their partners cube off a number! We play by rolling two dice, adding the numbers together and then we place a cube on the sum.  If your partner rolls the same number you have your cube on, they can bump you off! IMG_1522

More new activities to come…including two new “Write the Room” activities!

Kristen 🙂

New Math Work Stations

Here are my first Math Work Stations for the year:


The first activity is from my Stamp a Number or Letter pack.  The children will use the do-a-dot stampers to stamp the numbers the appropriate colors (we’ve gone over how to use the color words hung in the room to help us figure out the color).  We’ve also talked about how to use the color word from the side of the bottle to help use as well. IMG_0983

I got this page from a Didax Education book called Dice Activities for Math.  The children roll the die and write the corresponding number in the box–they do not draw the dots. 🙂IMG_0984

This page is from Little Miss Kindergarten.  It’s free on her blog. 🙂IMG_0985

This activity is from my Rainbow Pom-Pom Toss pack.  I shared this with you last week.  My kiddos LOVE it, so I promised I would put it out again for them to use. 🙂


Another Roll and Cover activity from Little Miss Kindergarten. 🙂IMG_0987

I’ve had this one in my pins on Pinterest for awhile. 🙂  It was created by one of my very first blogging friends Donna Glynn. IMG_0988
This activity is from my 2D Shapes Game Pack.  The children use the do-a-dot stampers again to stamp the shapes the correct color. There are 6 games in this pack and I’ve just finished laminating all of them to phase into my Math Work Stations and small math group work. 🙂


This activity is also from the 2D Shapes Game pack mentioned above.  The children will grab one of the cards I just laminated and look at what shape it is.  They will then color one of that shape on this recording sheet and put the card into the discard pile.  IMG_0990

From my 2D Shapes Game pack, this activity the kiddos love because it involves dice!  I programmed 2 dice with these 4 shapes.  I left two sides blank for now (didn’t want to weight the chances of getting one shape over another!!).  The children roll a die and draw the shape in the correct box. IMG_0991In this last tub, the children will use math mats that I made (I need to get a picture of them!) and place the correct number of objects on them.  For example, the fish at the top left get placed into numbered fish bowls (on the mats).  The stars go on a moon, the red pom-poms go on apple trees, the dinosaurs go into toy boxes, the pumpkins go on a fence, and the stars go on a flag.  I created the mats based on the types of erasers I have.

I have quite a collection as you can see!  I got some of these from the Target Dollar Spot, the Dollar Tree, but most came from a local supply place we have here called KIPP Brothers.  They have all sorts of erasers and when they open to the public, I go!  Shipping is free that way! 🙂

IMG_0980I’m going to work on some more mats soon and when I do, I’ll post them in my TPT store. 🙂

Kristen 🙂

Rainbow Pom Pom Toss

I found this game online somewhere and sketched it in my idea book a few months ago.  I finally decided to make it and I’ve tried it out with my kiddos and they LOVE it!

I call it Rainbow Pom Pom Toss (not sure where the toss part comes in because there is no tossing happening in this game! 🙂

All you need are dice and pom-poms. 🙂

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Its really easy to play too!  The children roll the die that you have programmed with the letters, numbers, or shapes that are on the mat.  They place a coordinating pom-pom on the mat.

Here we are using the 1-6 mat.  You should of heard the squeals of excitement when we played!! I’ve been asked 5 or 6 times today when we can play again! 🙂


These will be going into my Math and Literacy Work Stations. 🙂  I’ll also be using them in my small groups. IMG_0974 IMG_0975

I put the pom-poms in little buckets that I got in the Target Dollar Spot.  The kiddos kept playing until their table ran out of pom-poms and then they put them all back and played again.


I told them if they rolled a number and didn’t have anymore pom-poms left in that color to roll again.  I really wanted them keep playing and to learn to share. 🙂

We played with a dot die so that my kiddos had practice matching quantities on the die to the number on the mat.

I’ve also included mats for:

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Lowercase letters a-z

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And a blank sheet for you to write in whatever skills you would like for your kiddos to work on.  I’ll be adding sight words later as well as pictures of two dice (when we start addition).

You can click on any of the product pictures to get your own. 🙂

Kristen 🙂

Name Cards

I like to make name cards each year for a variety of uses in my classroom.

Screen Shot 2013-08-11 at 9.11.10 PMI print them out using the “contact sheet” option in iPhoto.

I use my 1 1/2 inch square punch and cut out pictures of each one of the kiddos 3-4 times.  I use one set on business cards.  I glue about 1/3 of the picture on to the right end of the business card.  I then write their name on the other part of the card and then laminate.   I then stick magnets on the back of them and we use them when the kiddos have to go to the restroom.  They move their card from the filing cabinet to the magnetic board so we know who is where. 🙂

I also make a set without magnets and use them to call on students when we are doing something whole group.  I cycle through the cards and that ensures each child gets a chance at the activity.  I call them Morning Message cards.

I also make several copies (3 to be exact) for my Literacy and Math Work Stations.  We are going to be doing 2 Literacy Work Stations this year, so I will have two pictures of each student that I can rotate through their Literacy Work Stations.  I will also use one set for Math Work Stations.

Kristen 🙂

2D Shapes Game Pack

Summer vacation is wonderful! 🙂  I’m getting caught up (but not quite ever done) with my to do list! 🙂  I made this 2D Shapes Game Pack  as part of the Math Work Stations my kids will use at the beginning of next year.

There are 6 activities included:

2D Spin a Shape (this activity is also included in my 2D shapes game)

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2D Shape Grab (this activity is also included in my 2D shapes game)Screen Shot 2013-06-15 at 9.07.35 PM

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2D shape BINGOScreen Shot 2013-06-15 at 9.07.09 PMYou can click any of the pictures or the link at the top to get your own. 🙂

Kristen 🙂

Oriental Trading

I was given the opportunity to be a Community Blogger for Oriental Trading Company. I got a gift card and could buy anything I wanted to use in my classroom, so here’s what I got!  (I’m SO excited!!!)

This is the Awesome Alphabet Pocket Chart.  I’ve wanted one of these for a long time!  I’ve seen these on different sites and they were always so expensive so I kept waiting.  Now I have one and it didn’t break the bank!  I love this chart because it comes with the pocket chart which can be hung on a garment rack with a pants hanger or book binding rings.  It can also be hung on the wall with some of those 3M Command hooks (love those!)  I also love how I can use this pocket chart over and over with a variety of activities:


The pocket chart comes with all these different cards.  IMG_5158

The kids can put the picture cards in the appropriate pockets on the chart. IMG_5159

Each picture card is labeled with the word on the back–I’m thinking how great this would be later in the year during Writer’s Workshop.  How do you spell raccoon Mrs. Poindexter?  The kids can go get the picture card!IMG_5160

Also included are the lower case letters so the children can match lowercase letters to the correct pocket. IMG_5161

And of course there are uppercase letters as well! 🙂IMG_5162

I also got these Center Organizing Charts.  I didn’t know that Oriental Trading carried Carson-Dellosa charts, but they do! 🙂  These are going to be great next year for my Literacy Work Stations.  Sometimes there just isn’t any room to put a center activity in my already crowded class room, so these will hang wonderfully from the wall or door!  IMG_5163


Each chart (there are 3 in the package) has two larger pockets on the top and a smaller clear pocket on the bottom.  I’m thinking that any materials for the activity will go in the top two pockets and dry erase materials or small items like dice will stay in the smaller pocket.  They are super strong too!  They will hold up to 5 year old use! 🙂 IMG_5165

You get three charts in each package, green, blue, and yellow. IMG_5166

The next item are these dry erase stars.  (They also come in apple shapes too!).  I’m going to use these at my small group table next year so my kiddos can write down their work and not have to waste anytime getting out paper and pencils.  The stars are removable and reusable!  I hung this one on my wall to try it out and it was super sticky and took a little effort to pull off, but the paint wasn’t harmed! 🙂  IMG_5167

I took this picture after I erased the words just to show how cleanly they erase. 🙂IMG_5168

I also picked up this 100 Days of School Countdown Banner.  It was a steal at $1.49! 🙂  I’m going to hang this up in my classroom and we are going to have some fun counting up to the 100th day of school next year! 🙂IMG_5169


I can’t ever have too many dice! 🙂  I got a dozen of these foam dice (1 1/2 x 1 1/2) so my kids could play some math games.  We always loose the traditional sized dice so these will be great and easier for us to find!  I also like them because they’re foam.  That means they will be quiet! 🙂  I liked that there are two of each color, making them easier to put 2 in a center and to figure out what center is missing a die. IMG_5171

I got these Laser Smile Face notepads because I had a great idea about how to use them!  I watch my kiddos when we are out and about collecting information in our science notebooks and although those are wonderful, they are sometimes really bulky to carry around.  I thought we could use some of them as travel sized notebooks! There are 6 dozen in a box–that’s 72 of them in all, so they will last me a few years!  When we are done writing down information, the kids can tear out a page and put it right into their bigger science notebook.  IMG_5172

I also thought I might order some more notebooks with the spiral biding and use them to respond to math questions.  I’m thinking I could write and number on each page and the kids could flip to the correct number that answers my question. 🙂

Did you also know that Oriental Trading offers FREE shipping on orders over $25 until August 24, 2013?  That’s a great deal!  I’ve already got a wishlist going there! 🙂

What are your favorite Oriental Trading products?  I’m always on the hunt for more! 🙂

Kristen 🙂

The opinions expressed in this blog post are entirely mine and were not influenced by Oriental Trading in anyway.  I was provided with a gift card by Oriental Trading Company. 🙂

New Center Activities

I went into school to work today (we are on Spring Break) and to check on the tadpoles.  While I was there I copied A LOT of new pages we will be using to write, glue, and illustrate!  I also laminated more than the law allows and brought it all home to cut out. 🙂  Here are some of the new things we will (and have been) using in our Math and Literacy Work Stations.  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.  This rhyme will go in our Pocket Chart Station as well.


We used 5 Green and Speckled Frogs two weeks ago to introduce subtraction.  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.  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. 🙂photo

This activity is also from my Ponds and Plants pack.  This activity can be used in two ways.  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. 🙂  ).


How many more to get to 10?  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.  After adding the green flowers, children record their work on the recording sheet.  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!  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!  I printed off the entire pack and copied most of the activities…I’ll share those when they are in use. 🙂


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.  These cards represent just two of the activities in this huge pack!  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! 🙂


This is one of our new Promethean Board activities for Math.  It includes both addition and subtraction activities and the kids love them!  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!  It’s called Beginning Operations.  Here is a shot from Lakeshore’s website.


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

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! 🙂  )

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.  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!!  The children set up the 10 pins and then roll the sphere at them.  They count the number of pins (cups) that fall down and record that on their recording sheet.  I found this activity through a pin on Pinterest, from a site called What the Teacher Wants.  Click the words above to go there. 🙂photo

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


These are our Domino Mats I got in my Math Swap last summer.  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.  I decided to step it up a level by asking the kiddos to record their work on this recording sheet.  It’s not available yet, but I’m working (slowly) on a pack of domino ideas and this will be in it> 🙂


This is Dunk it Dominoes again.  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.  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. 🙂  They can now slow down, take their time, and show me they are working on mastering their addition facts. 🙂

This was a long post! 😉  If you’re still reading, thanks for sticking with me! 🙂

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

Kristen 🙂

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