Teacher Feature: Ms. Preppy's Adventures in Primary and Polka Dots {Freebies Ahead!}

Hi there!  I'm Caitlin from over at Ms. Preppy's Adventures in Primary and Polka Dots

That's me.  I'm the one with the cool shades, ponytail, and pink nails...not the one with the fin, in case you were wondering.  I teach math to kiddos in kindergarten, first, and second grade {we switch classes like high school}.  This is my third year teaching and I can't get enough of the cute little ones I spend my days with!  They crack me up and keep me coming back for more.  I love blogging about their latest antics and sharing teaching ideas with all of you fabulous people.

Spring is in the air in my neck of the woods.  Are your friends suffering from spring fever too?  We have a week and a half until spring break and it can't come soon enough!  We've been in school FOREVER since Christmas break and everyone is ready for some time off.  But there's still a week and a half of instruction left before we can rest, so we have to make the most of it!  Here are a few springy number sense activities for you!

We use a Singapore math program and it is so heavy on number sense.  I think we've been working on composing and decomposing 10 for, like, ever in kindergarten.  But the good thing is, they know their stuff by the end of the year.  Here's a fun little activity for making 10.  I copy the butterfly cards on one color and the bee cards on another.  Laminate for durability and cut them out.  Play the game like memory, but they need to turn over one card of each color to try to find a match that makes 10 {ex. 7 and 3 would be a match}.  Then they record their matches on the recording sheet.




Download the memory cards here.
Download the recording sheet here.

In first grade, I teach number bonds all year long to help them recognize part/whole relationships.  I try to spice it up with some cutesy themed practice every now and then.  Here's a springy number bond worksheet:

Download it here.

The last activity I have to share isn't spring themed, but it's lots of fun for building number sense and recognizing different representations of a number.  I laminate and cut out the cards before passing them out to everyone in my class.  Then I have them go find the other representations of their number and sit together.  There are 4 different representations: ten frame, numeral, number word, and number bond.  At the beginning of the year, I might have my kindergartners just match the ten frame and numeral, then gradually work up to all four representations.  They have lots of fun finding their partners!

Download it here.

That's all I have for you guys today!  I hope you'll stop by and visit me sometime!





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