Thursday, May 14, 2015

Math Packet GIVEAWAY!

Thursday already?? Where did the time go?? How many weeks are left on your Countdown Til Summer? My district still has four weeks for students and five for teachers. I know some of you are down to single-digit countdowns! We have several snow days to make up, which always makes our school year last longer. Ah well, the weather is nice enough to do lots of stuff outside during those last few weeks!

Did you notice that I'm having a GIVEAWAY?? In case you missed it, I'm having a GIVEAWAY!!! I've been hard at work on my newest activity, a packet of a month's worth of Math with Self and Math with Someone activities with a panda bear-theme!

I want to include enough activities to last an entire month. So far I have three activities in this packet, and I intend on adding at least three more. My giveaway ends next Friday, May 22. Until then, I'll be sharing with you some of the activities you can expect to see in this packet. I am trying to hit as many Kindergarten Math CCSS as I can, and I'm also trying to differentiate the activities as much as possible while also providing a quick check assessment to help you determine if you kiddos are understanding the skill or not. Here is a sneak peek inside my newest product!

One of the activities focuses on K.CC.5 - Count to answer "how many?" questions about as many as 20 things arranged in a line, a rectangular array, or a circle, or as many as 10 things in a scattered configuration.  This activity is divided into 2 parts to help you differentiate for the needs in your classroom. The first part focuses on the numbers 1-10 and the second part focuses on the numbers 11-20. First, students choose the set of cards they are going to work with, either the set for 1-10 or for 11-20.

This is a sheet of cards from the 11-20 set, you'll just need to print them out and laminate then cut them into cards. I usually mount mine onto construction paper before I laminate them, it just provides that added durability. I can also color-code different activities based on the construction paper used. Before you laminate the cards, you'll need to label the backs. I have included a sheet of labels you can use, or you can just write the letters on the back. I have provided a guide to tell you which letter to affix to the back of which card so that the cards will match up with the recording sheet.

This is the front of one of the recording sheets. Students will look at the letter on the back of their panda card and then find that same letter on the tummy of a panda on the recording sheet. They will then color the panda on the recording sheet to match the color of the panda on the card. After coloring, they will count up the set of panda bears on the card and then color in the frame with the matching numeral. For example, the card labeled 'A' has eight red panda bears on it. So, students would color the 'A' panda red on the recording sheet and then color in the frame with the numeral '8' to show that the letter 'A' card has a set of 8.

On the back of the recording sheet is the rest of the number sets, and then on the bottom students are asked to draw pandas to create either a partner of 5 (on the #1-10 recording sheet) or a partner of 10 (on the #11-20 sheet). They should use two different colors in their illustration, and then complete the number sentence by writing in the numbers of the panda set they created.

There is also a quick check for each part, the numbers 1-10 and the numbers 11-20. Students have to count up the panda sets and then find the matching numeral to cut and glue next to the corresponding set.

The quick check for the numbers 11-20 each start with a ten frame, and then students add on the set to determine the number. Once they have figured out the number they cut and paste the numeral to match. Each quick check is double-sided and the numerals to cut out are on a separate page, two sets per page to help save on copies! If you don't want your kiddos to cut and glue the numerals then you can have them write them in.

This activity is one of the Math with Self activities included in this packet. I try to create each activity so that kinders can complete them as independently as possible. You may have to introduce the activity as a small group guided lesson, but afterwards you can set it out at a math center. Depending on how you rotate your centers and kiddos, this one activity could last an entire week in your classroom!

If you want to enter my GIVEAWAY to win a copy of this packet for yourself, it's super easy! All you have to do is follow my blog by clicking on the pink Bloglovin' button underneath the Follow Along heading. Then leave a comment answering a question for me. How many activities do you look for in a packet that says it will last all month? Does having the Common Core Standards on the front of the product help you when searching for activities? Would you want a packet that contains an equal amount of Math with Self and Math with Someone activities, or is it okay to have activities that could be used either way?

See how easy it is to enter!! I'm running my GIVEAWAY through next Friday, May 22. Then I will contact the winners and get them a copy of my newest product!! I'm so excited, and I hope you are too!


  1. Erin,
    I'd like 7-10 activities for the month. Yes, the CC standards are very helpful. If you put them on each page/game it is the most helpful when planning. I'd like different activities for self and with someone, so the kids don't get tired of the same thing all of the time. An equal amount of each would be fine or possibly a little more with self than with someone. Hope that helps answer your questions! :)

  2. Thank you so much for your feedback! I truly appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts! You are so kind to take time from your day and help me out, thank you so much!