Happy 100th Day of School!

It is one of my favorite days of the school year: the 100th day! This day was jam-packed with activities and fun. First, students were invited to dress up like they might look when they are 100 years old.

 

When students entered the classroom, their first job was to try and find 100 chocolate kisses that I had hidden around the room and place them on a 100 grid.

By lunch, there were just four chocolate kisses that were left to be discovered!

  On top of the bulletin board

 Hidden in between some books.

Next up, students completed eight activities that explored the theme of one hundred days of school.

Students stacked 100 cups. Watch this fun time-lapse video.

Students created something using 100 LEGO bricks.

 

Students made a bead necklace using ten beads of ten different colors.

How many licks does it take to finish a lollipop? 100 (or more!) Students recorded each lick and then counted by tens.

 

Next, students linked number cards from one to 100 in order.

 

Students used 100 marshmallows to build a structure.

 

Here, students stamp 100 gumballs….ten gumballs in ten colors!

 

Finally, students read a decodable reader called “When I am 100…” and practiced spelling the high-frequency word when.

Students also were invited to create a collection of 100 items. Look at these fun collections!

Even the teachers got into the 100th-day spirit!

We ended the day with a parade around the classrooms to see all the different collections, and we enjoyed 100 cupcakes!

But the best part of the 100th day of school is celebrating the special friendships we have made this year!

See you tomorrow for day 101!

October Morning Exploring

With the new month comes new Morning Exploring tubs. The creepy crawlies are out and these students had no problem using the thematic manipulatives!

Students dig in sensory putty for googly eyes. They then sort them by color.

 

Students match numbers to coordinating tens frames and then clip them together.

Using stickers, students outline the shape of a pumpkin. They count to see how many stickers they used.

 

Students choose a number card and use pumpkin buttons and a ten frame to build the number.

 

Color patterns are extended. Students use tweezers to put the colored pom-poms in order.

 

Students roll one or two dice and move that many flies onto the spider web using tongs.

Using a push pin, students create a stained glass window effect.

Students use a hole punch to punch out teen numbers.

The last activity has students counting and recording the number of pumpkins in each container.

These activities keep the students busy practicing so many different skills! We love Morning Exploring!

 

Math Centers-October!

Math Centers have been going really well in Kindergarten. I am just thrilled to see the differentiated activities in action. This months current rotation consists of nine centers, each with activities that teach and enrich specific concepts.

Center 1 is a patterning center. Students use Polka-Dot-Painters to make a specific pattern. One side of the worksheet has beginning patterns, while the other offers more complex patterns. Polka-Dot-Painters make ANY activity fun!

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Center 2 is a number recognition activity that provides students a chance to identify the two numbers before a specific number or the number before and the number after the specific number. The numbers to choose from vary from the number 11 to the number 40.

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At Center 3, students count the number of objects in a picture. For students who are practicing one to one correspondence, they  count the items and write how many there are.

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Students who are proficient with one to one correspondence are working on comparing number values.

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Center 4 has the students creating a game board using either two-dimensional or three-dimensional shapes. They roll a die, find the shape that coordinates with the number rolled, name the specific shape, and then remove the shape card from its position on their game board. Not only does this activity help with shape recognition, but the students are also counting.

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Center 5 has students sorting by color and graphing the results.

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At Center 6, students are exploring the communicative property using images of cats and pumpkins. An extension of this activity is for students to write the equations they have created.

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Center 7 is a measuring activity. Students measure different sized images of pumpkins using a unifix cube ruler.

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Oh Nuts! is the game students play at Center 8. One student hides a squirrel behind a number. The numbers vary according to what the group is ready for. Some students are working on identifying numbers 11-30, while others are exploring 31-50. Watch the game in action:

The last center is an addition and subtraction center. Students choose a card with a certain number of dots on it. They place a bear counter on the number line for that card. Next, a student spins the spinner to see if they are adding two more or taking one away. Finally the students moves the bear counter accordingly. Students who are looking for a challenge are encourage to write the equation using the addition or subtraction sign.

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Math centers are FUN!

*Some of these activities came from TPT seller Marsha Mcguire.