Monday, August 29, 2016

Giant Ten Frame Memory Game


I am always looking for new ways to practice skills with my students.  This summer, Marsha from a Differentiated Kindergarten shared an idea for jumbo Bump games.  Well, that inspired me to try a giant memory game.  I mean, who doesn't remember playing memory or concentration from when you were a kid?!    (Does anyone remember the game show where the prize round at the end was the person matching the two pieces of the car...and if they matched them all they won that car?!   Anyways...)

So, thanks to Marsha, today we had a BLAST playing ten frame memory!  In fact, when we were finished they 'staches asked if we could play again tomorrow.  And guess what?!  That was not in my lesson plans...but guess what?  We're playing again tomorrow!   If they like it and they ask for it, we're doing it.

This game got us up and moving and was great to practice number recognition and counting skills!   And lots of giggles and laughter!

I made giant ten frames (mustache of course) and numbers and printed them on bright cardstock.  Then laminated them for durability.


After we reviewed what a ten frame is and what we use it for (to count) and how counting tells us how many...On one side of the carpet I placed the numbers face down in random order.  I did the same thing with the ten frame cards on the other side of the carpet.



Then I called a student to turn over a number.  Then I called a student to turn over a ten frame.  We counted to see if we had a match.  Each time we also had a little convo about remembering where that ten frame was.  




If the number and ten frame did not match, we left the number up and turned over the ten frame and had someone come up and choose another ten frame.  We continued until we found the right ten frame!




Now, I will say this...it took about 10 minutes to find our first match.  And quite honestly, I was getting very nervous that this game might not work....but after we found that first match, we were off and running.

It was fascinating to see them helping each other and pointing and giving advice and to see them start remembering where we saw certain ten frames....And if they turned over that pink 2 ten frame once, they turned it over a billion times....seriously....


This picture sums it up....look at him cheering in the background.  That's how the game went.  For 30 minutes we were engaged, and talking math and cheering and supporting each other. 

I call that a successful lesson!

Click the image below to get your free giant ten frame memory game!






Sunday, August 28, 2016

Schedulin Sunday: Dinosaurs And Ten Frames!



Happy Schedulin Sunday!  

It's the day when I spend my day planning and prepping engaging, hands on ideas to keep my 'staches excited and learning.  And you know what?!  I LOVE IT!!!!   I love the planning and prep work!  And I love it even more when those plans come to life in our classroom and someone says:  "I love school!"

Here are my lesson plans for the week:



This is week two of our dinosaur unit!   I'm so excited!  We had a blast learning about dinosaurs last week that I can't wait for week 2!

To see week 1 of our dinosaur unit CLICK HERE!

We are using my Dinosaur Research Project resource this week!


This week we're going to be reading these books:



Monday we are focusing on dinosaur feet!  We will read How Big Were The Dinosaurs.  We will make a lifesize t-rex foot and estimate how many of our shoes it will take to fill a t-rex foot.  Then we will put our shoes in the t-rex foot to see if we fill it up!  We will then trace each of our feet in the footprint and label our feet.

We will also place the t-rex footprints in the hallway 15 feet apart to show how big a t-rex stride was.  We will see how many 'staches it takes to make the stride and we will measure our strides and compare those to the t-rex stride!

Then we will make our own dinosaur feet using craft foam!


Tuesday we will read Dinosaurs Love Underpants and make a flow map to work on beginning, middle and end.  We will make a paper plate pterodactyl using paper plates and tissue paper!

Wednesday we will read If The Dinosaurs Came Back.   We will use flour, salt, cornstarch and rice and sticks to make our dinosaur poop craft.  We will continue talking about what dinosaurs ate and sorting dinosaurs by herbivores and carnivores.   We will also be paleontologists and excavate a fossil dig.  Or we will dig chocolate chips from cookies!



Here is a free kindergarten friendly book about paleontologists!

Thursday we will read The Dinosaur Who Lived In My Backyard and we will make life size T-Rex teeth!

Friday we will read  Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs and do a flow map to work on beginning, middle and end!

We will wrap up our dinosaur unit with a fun dinosaur snack!  Dinos In A Cup!  Pudding, oreos and a toy dinosaur!


We are also continuing ABC BOOTCAMP this week with letters P, Q, R, S, T!  We will make our circle maps and do handwriting and of course, our silly hats!


In math, we are working on numbers to 20 and counting to 20 using ten frames!  We are also continuing our number bootcamp!


We will play a giant ten frame memory game!  Thanks to Marsha at A Differentiated Kindergarten for this awesome idea!

I made giant ten frame cards and giant number cards.  Students will turn over the cards one at a time and see if we can find a match!

We will do a ten frame Post-It Note activity.  I will print numbers and ten frames on Post It Notes.  Students will match the numbers and ten frames on chart paper!

We will use Cookie Crisp cereal to practice making ten frames and counting in small groups.  


And that's our week!

Here are some freebies for ya:


Here are the resources we will be using this week:





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