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Survive Halloween Week With This:

It's Halloween Week! Keep the "calm" with these ideas:

I created this cute little Halloween book that your students can make on Monday or even after Halloween!

This cute project is written in the the same pattern as Brown Bear and reinforces recognizing and writing color words.

It's filled with loads of cute Halloween "characters" who end up at a Halloween party.

It begins with the black cat who sees an orange pumpkin, who sees a white ghost....

There are several "characters" and each one is a different color.

The last page says, "I see a Halloween party!  That's what I see!"  All of the characters are printed on the lat page!

This would be a great project for this week or it can be a cute gift to give to your students for Halloween.  Here is the link to the:   Halloween Story.

Speaking of Halloween gifts.  I think the kids will be getting enough candy and don't need any more from me, so I always give students a toothbrush for Halloween.  I know it sounds strange, but I try to get really cute ones and the kids LOVE them!  After our costume parade and witch's brew (room temperature apple juice poured over dry ice that is encased in a cheesecloth bag so the pieces don't break off and get into the kids' cups), we sit at our tables and complete the Halloween Story book.  :)

So here is your question:  What do you give your students for Halloween?

See you all next month on the 30th!
Palma :)
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Fall Fun CGI

Hello Kinder Tribe Friends! This is Meghan from Meghan's Pad. Are you having a hard time starting your CGI groups?  Do your kiddos long for math group?  Do you Kinders want to practice CGI during independent time?  Well, I am able to answer yes to all of these questions!

Wait, what?  I for one was having a hard starting my math groups this year.  I wanted group time to be fun, engaging, and something that the children would want to come to.  After much thought, I came up with the perfect solution.....CGI games!

My kiddos now love math group AND ask to play this game during free choice!

This is how it works:

You have the choice of 3 different game boards AND 3 different levels of cards.  Since our focus this month was on addition, the game cards are only join result unknown (JRU), but each set focuses on different sums (to 10, crossing the decade, and to 20).

During group, I call the kiddos to my table.  Player 1 goes first by picking a card.  We read the card together and everyone solves the math story (I make sure to have cubes, whiteboards, fun counters, etc.).  Once everyone has solved the math story, Player 1 says there answer.  If someone got a different answer we talk about how we solved it, and then solve it together.  If Player 1 got the answer correct, they roll the die and move that many spaces.  The game continues with each player picking a card and solving the math story.

If you are interested in the game, you can pick it up for free here.

Here are a few pictures of the game.  I hope you all enjoy!  What do you do to engage and encourage problem solving in math?


Fall Math Freebie

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Hello Kinder Friends. I hope you all are starting to enjoy some cooler weather! I have finally gotten to break out my sweaters, but it's still a little to warm for my tall boots and scarves.

Today, I'm here to share with you one of my favorite my games - Roll and Cover.
For this classic game, students roll the dice, count the dots, and cover it. Super simple and kids love to play it over and over again.

You can make it a partner game and have students race to see who can cover their board.

At this time of year, we are working with the numbers 1-10. I didn't want to do two dice and go to twelve, so I made a spinner to go to 10.  I LOVE how the kids are getting extra practice with the ten frames on this game. You can get all the game boards and the spinner FREE HERE.

{When you download it, yours will say spin and cover not roll and cover}

I bought these spinners off of amazon a few years ago. I found that when I stuck them straight into the spinner, they didn't spin very. So instead of directly attaching them to the spinner, I cut a square of leftover laminate, hole punched the middle, and added the spinner.

Then, you just lay the laminate on top of the spinner. It works for ANY SPINNER! 

You click above to buy 8 spinners to make your own spinners.

Are you looking for more Fall Math Games?
Check out my Fall Math Centers
(Yes, I used the same spinner for the 1 more/1 less game!)

I often get asked where I found my plastic pumpkins. I got them at Target a few years ago. I did find that they do have similar ones on Amazon, but as cute as they are, they are 7.99 for only 25!

Thanksgiving CVC Freebie

Hello Kinder Tribe friends!  It's Cori from Mrs. B's Beehive with a quick and simple freebie you can use with your students in November! 

Use this resource in a center, or as a whole group activity to help assess your students on their blending skills!

Cut up the turkey cards, and have your students match the words to the pictures.

Then have your students write the words on the corresponding turkey recording sheet:

Quick and easy assessment for this very busy time in the school year!  You can grab this freebie here:

Have a wonderful rest of the week!

Dollar Store Finds for Fall

Hello kindergarten friends!  Heather here from Learning with Mrs. Langley.  Is there anything better than getting kids engaged with some Dollar Store finds?  I love filling our math tubs with fun activities.  Today I will share some of new math activities I found recently at the local Dollar Store. 
First up: Ten Frames!
We use ten frames for just about everything in Kindergarten.  I introduced counting collections this week with these fun ice cube trays just in time for my pumpkin unit.  I got the colored pom poms at the Dollar Store too so they could have something festive to count.  
This group counted by color and sorted their tens into little boats from the cafeteria.  We are loving counting our larger collections by tens!
This group just wanted to count all of their collection before time was up so they just went for it!

These little cuties were counting their pom poms by size.  So many ways to differentiate with this activity! 

Next up: BIG DICE!
I love big dice!  I was really excited to find these big dice in the toy section.  We will be using these for some addition activities next week but we wanted to try them out in our math tubs just for fun.  I use dish pans to store all of our math tub materials in and they work wonders for keeping those die from flying all over the room.
Fun right?  Kids are racing to the math tubs every day to get their hands on these fun materials.  The best part?  I didn't break the bank!

Thanks for stopping by for some math fun today. Share your favorite Dollar Store finds in the comments below!  

Favorite Fall Books

Hey friends!  It's Amanda from Mrs. Pauley's Kindergarten here with you today!

Do you have any favorite books that you love to teach for fall?  I do!  And I love using them to teach a standard that is really difficult for my kindergarten kiddos.

I love using The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything and There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves to teach the standard R.L.K.9 (With prompting and support, compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in familiar stories).

My students really struggle with this standard, especially at the beginning of the year, but when I use these books to start us out the concept becomes easier to grasp.

I start by reading both books multiple times.  My students LOVE to help me read The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by saying the sounds the different items make and doing motions with them.

Then after my students are familiar with both stories we do a retelling of each story and put story cards in order.

Once we have the pictures in order, we start to compare and contrast the books.  I ask the students what they noticed was the same and different in the stories.  Then as they tell me we make a Venn Diagram with the pictures.  It is quick and easy activity and covers multiple standards.

Would you like to have some of these picture cards to do this activity with your class?  Just click here to grab them for FREE!