Cube Grab and Record
This is a recording sheet using the idea from Kathy Richardson’s book. You put 10 cubes in a small paper bag (or how ever many cubes your kids need to use). They are in partners. Each child takes a turn taking a handful out of the bag. They record the number of cubes they grabbed on the graph.
When we play this game on the 1st day, we only grab cubes–we do not record.
Later in the year, each child will take a handful and they will add their two handfuls together and record that number.
You could also do this for some subtraction-but you would have to make sure that your kids understood to subtract the smaller number from the bigger one.
———————————————————————————–Graph of the Day Questions
I really, really need to be better at graphing more with my Kinder kids-I have the best intentions and then time just gets away from me. I made a flannel graphing area about 8 years ago and need to use it more.
I purchased 3 yards of felt in light blue from Wal-Mart and sewed up the sides with some of that silky feeling blanket binding from Joanns. I then free-handed 20 boxes up and 6 boxes wide to make a graph. I drew numbers up the left side so we didn’t have to count each time. I ask my kids a question and they respond using small paper cutouts that I’ve laminated and put the “hook” side of the velro on to. They stick really well to the felt and stay that way until moved.
So here are some questions I’ve asked them…
What is your favorite color?
What color are your eyes?
How many teeth have you lost?
How old are you?
How many brothers and sisters do you have?
How many people live at your house?
How many letters are in your name?
What is your favorite season?
What is your favorite weather?
Do you like the snow?
Have you ever thrown a snowball?
Have you ever made a snowman/snow angel?
Do you think the groundhog will see it’s shadow?
Did you return your library book?
Did you wear sneakers for gym?
Do you like frogs?
Do you like chicks?
Do you like butterflies?
Did you bring your lunch?
Do you have any pets?
What kind of pet do you have or would you like to have?
What is your favorite color apple?
Which is your favorite pumpkin? (Jack-o-happy, sad, mad, silly)
How far around is the pumpkin?
How many steps to___?
How old is our principal?
What is __+__?
What’s the missing letter?
~*~Part of what we will do with these questions this year is to have them typed on paper and each Monday, the Kinder Kids will poll their peers and find out an answer. We will then have a class vote, talk about the results, and write about them. I will then post the graph in a pocket chart in the hallway with our writing for everyone to see.
Here are some sorting sheets to use for Math/numbers. I made these after reading Debbie Diller’s Literacy Work Stations book and making some for the ABC station, I thought they could be used for math as well. Check out the home page for the literacy versions of these:
This is a template I made to have fun with addition during our “Bugs” theme. We read The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle and I introduce telling time. Look under the “Lang.” tab for the download of pictures you can use for sequencing the creatures in the book.
To use this template, I print it on a transparency and use it on the over head projector. Using a Vis-a_Vis marker, you can make spots on the ladybug. The students help you write a math sentence to go with it. Each side of the wing is one number in the equation. Foe example, 2 spots+3 spots=5 spots. .
A sorting lesson…
Some excellent Math related websites…
Roll and Record Seasonal Games
You may need to add some pictures and dots to the dice to finish them before copying. My kids use them as partner games, but you can also play individually as well.
These are some cards I made to fill time with my kids standing in line and waiting. You can see more about them under the “Tech.” tab.
Jack and the Beanstalk Math Sheet
Cat In the Hat Glyph
All About Me Glyph
I use this glyph during our “Getting to Know You” theme. I give the children an outline of a boy/girl and then in small groups have them listen and color according to the directions. Because this is a theme near the beginning of the year, I have them complete this in small groups, but later in the year we are able to do these as a whole or part of the whole group.
I use apples up on top after reading the De. Seuss story by the same name. Each of the children has their picture taken and they glue that at the bottom of the page. I then give them a random amount of apple stickers/die cuts and they glue them on the top of their head and write that in the sentence below. I bind these into a classbook.
The apple tree is used as a parent helper small group activity. I print out both sheets and laminate. I give the parent helper a bag of red hots or red licorice and each child gets five. They say the rhyme listed and move their apples accordingly. They also use a dry erase marker and fill in the numbers and number sentences on the second sheet.
I use this sheet during my Jack and the Beanstalk theme. I give the students scraps of green construction paper cut into varying lengths, but all about 3/4 of an inch wide. They glue them on and decorate with tendrils and leaves. The students then write their name and measure how tall their “beanstalk” is with unifix cubes and write that number at the bottom. I bind these into a classbook.
Here are two graphs I made to use at the beginning of the year. The first is a color graph. Each child gets a copy and walks around the classroom asking other children what their favorite color is and then they color in a box accordingly. We then talk about the graphs and make a large classroom graph and discuss those results and write about them.
The second graph is an eye color graph. I use it with my “Getting to Know You” theme. Used just like the color graph, the students walk around the classroom and survey other students eye colors and record. We then make a large classroom graph and talk and write about those results.
Developing Number Concept: The NEW book by Kathy Richardson
I made this 10 dot frame to use as a math mat and this NEW book by Kathy Richardson. If you don’t have it, click the link below to go to Amazon.com and read about it. It is Outstanding! I use it everyday–after the first 6 weeks of exploring tubs, I start in with these lessons 2-3 times per week and have the children use traditional Math Their Way tub activities the other 2 days per week.
These are some assorted documents I have created. The first I created as an assessment for our Kindergarten team to use for Math. It is aligned closely to our report card. The second two are math related pages that will go into our binders this year. You can find out more about binders by clicking on the binder tab above.
Here are some activities for the 100th day of Kindergarten. The blank 100 frame is for the children to put 100 stickers on to. There are also several notes to send home to parents, and a copy of the centers I use and the directions to help the parents and children. I usually set up 6-8 stations in my classroom and have the children rotate through them and the parents stay at one table and help. The 100’s Day counting sheet is for the students to use when counting out 100’s Day Hash, pompoms for necklaces, or Fruit Loops. I print them out on 11×17 construction paper and laminate-durable for many years!
Daily Guide for Math and the Indiana Core Standards
Here is the power point presentation I gave during a presentation I did for our district Kindergarten teachers. I was speaking on the topic of aligning our Daily Guide for Mathematics instruction and the new Indiana State Core Standards for Mathematics.
Pattern Block Graph
This is a graph I made a few years ago that I just love! I have a seasonal shape that I have my kids fill in with paper pattern block and then to stretch the learning just a bit, and since each child fills in a hexagon a different way, I have them graph their results on this page.