I seem to have math on my mind this week, so a lot of this week’s blog is dedicated to that topic! I have finally figured out some creative ways for the children to practice this skill in small groups, and I do think that they are really getting the hang of it! Also, I have not been listing the numbered weeks of the Kindergarten Pacing Guide I shared at the start of the year, due to holiday delays and such, but my class is tracking at week 20 if you are following along.
1. Bean Toss Addition and Number Combinations
To begin, you give each child a cup and just four beans. Then after that, each child spills out his or her beans and colors in the amount of colored beans that came up. The rest are left white. Then the child writes the appropriate matching equation under their colored beans on their worksheet. For example, if the child spills out two colored beans and two white beans, then he colors two beans, and leaves two beans white on his paper. Then he would write the equation, “2 + 2 = 4.” The worksheets get progressively harder, since the beans increase in number.
I know that bean toss addition worksheets are available to download free on the internet. I found my first ones by doing a search, and I regret that I do not know where I found them. But I've never seen them with a space for an equation on them, so that's why I started making my own. But I have only finished making four's and fives so far. I'm attaching these two worksheets that I made up to go with them. Other than that, I just downloaded mine from the internet and printed out blank equations and cut them out with scissors. I glued the equations down, and that’s how I got the copies that I use in the classroom. (Sorry! I don’t know if or when I’ll be able to finish up the rest of them, so if you like this activity, you may want to search online for a complete set.) I give my kids a packet of worksheets stapled together so that they can go at their own pace with it, picking up where they left off from the day before. Some children make it all the way up to the tens, and others do not.
2. Coin Toss Addition or Subtraction
Since I made this game up last year, it is all now completed and posted for sale on my website! It includes both addition and subtraction worksheets that have number combintations from four to ten. I also included some patterns for dice that you can print and fold up for the kids if you would rather not make the coins. So, if the child rolls a three, then he crosses out three bees. He colors the rest of them. Then he writes 6 - 3 = 3. There is a die pattern included for each of the number combinations, so that you have a die that doesn’t include a number larger than four, and one that does not go larger than five, and one that doesn’t include numbers larger than six, etc. I think you could also just use the beans for this activity, too. But the coins are definitely more fun!
3. Hundred’s Day Ideas
Counting to 100 Song:
If there were ever a day to pull this song out and do it again, this is definitely it! It’s a favorite, and totally exhausting if you do it right! We like to vary the movements and change it around as much as possible for variety. It is on both the Jumpin’ Numbers and Shakin’ Shapes CD/DVD and the Musical Math CD and DVD.
Hundreds Day Hat:
I cleaned it up and included it here for you as a free download! To make the hat, Duplicate on yellow construction paper. (The bottom edge of the paper forms the bottom edge of the crown.) Cut an extra 2” x 12” strip of paper to fit around the back of the head. I usually just cut the top part of the crown off for this. Children may decorate it as they wish, but glitter is always a special treat!
Hundreds Day Trail Mix:
For this, I ask parents to send in boxes of ten different types of snacks and the kids put ten of each item into a baggie. That gives them 100 things to eat! They do that at our math table.
Hundreds Day Writing:
At my language arts table, we write, "I can eat 100 _____." I have them write a couple of different sentences, (depending on their ability levels) and illustrate them. I read these to the whole class.
Hundreds Day Collections:
Of course, the kids also bring in their 100's day collections and share them. Don’t we all?????
One Hundred Stamps on a Paper:
I also like to have them put 100 stamps on a paper. To do this I have volunteers divide up a piece of construction paper into ten sections. I have lots of very small stamps. The kids take these and put ten of each stamp into each section. Then they write "10, 20, 30, 40..." etc. in each section til they get to 100.
Hundred Year Old Person:
Each child creates a self portrait of what he or she would look like when they are one hundred years old. Then I have a parent volunteer take dictation and ask the children what they will do for fun when they are 100, where they will live, if they will have pets, etc. The volunteer types up their sentences and we glue them underneath their pictures. Sometimes their views of what life will be like when they are old are pretty entertaining!
4. My kids LOVE the “His” Song!
Here is a video clip of the “His” song from Sing and Spell Vol. 4. The kids love it (especially the boys) because it has a car theme and sound effects. Isn’t it kind of funny how universal it is that boys like cars? I understand that even male primates show a strong preference for wheeled toys over any other! Anyway, here are the lyrics:
His, his, H-I-S!
“His” is for a boy!
His, his, H-I-S!
That car is his toy!
Vrooom! Beep, beep!
In the motions, the children drive a car around in circles, rev the engine on the “vroom” sound, and then honk the horn on the “beep, beep!” sound. At the end of the song, they hear the car crash and they all fall down as the sirens begin to sound. This song is our current class favorite, and is constantly requested. I would say that the video here doesn’t really even do them justice, since the boys got a little shy when the camera went on this time- and they are really supposed to be the “stars” of this particular show! They are really much more “into it” in person.
I am including for you here as a free download the worksheets for the word “His” that come in the Resource Workbook, and the Mini Sing Along Songbook that goes along with them! Perhaps if you have a projector and an internet connection in your class, you can show your students the movie and teach them the song in your classroom, even if you don’t own the CD or DVD. And now you will have the follow up activities, too! I never do all of the worksheets; I just choose the ones that I think best suit the level and needs of my students. I also usually only give the worksheets for homework, but we do the the Mini Sing Along Songbooks in class whenever we can find the time.
5. Shark Teeth Addition
I gave each child in the group a shark workmat and ten of the green triangle pattern blocks. We chose a child to spin the spinner, and then everybody put that many triangle teeth on the top of the shark’s mouth. (Notice the shark is toothless!) Then another child got to spin the spinner, and everybody put that many triangle “teeth” on the bottom part of the shark’s mouth. The children then added up the total number of shark teeth and wrote the equation on a white board.
So the next day, some of the groups repeated the shark teeth activity with the triangle pattern blocks, and some of the groups learned how to draw the teeth on the shark themselves and solve the equations that were printed on the worksheet. For the groups that went on to the worksheet, this is what they did: each child got a copy of the worksheet with the workmat printed on the back. I asked someone to spin the spinner again, but this time they drew the teeth on the big shark on the workmat rather than placed blocks down on it. Then they wrote the equation in the corner of their paper.
Hope you enjoy it!