Thursday, November 21, 2019

Christmas Math Ideas

With Thanksgiving Break just around the corner, it is time to start planning for CHRISTMAS!!!! I really do love Christmas. I know, I know, some people don't believe in talking about Christmas before Thanksgiving BUT...I know you all want to have plans in place before you go on break. Hopefully, you can spend most of your Thanksgiving Break thinking about your family instead of work. I have some fun and free ideas that you can use.

Subitizing is the ability to look at a group and know how many there are. When  you look at a dice showing four dots, kids should know that without counting. Dice patterns are usually the first kids learn, especially if they play board games

 (I know, I know, some kids don't even know what Candyland is)

Eventually, they should be able to recognize various dot/shape patterns without counting. Maybe they will see the full pattern or maybe they will see two and three and know that is five.

I LOVE these FREE Ornament cards. Not only are they perfect for practicing subitizing, you can also introduce decomposing.

How many ornaments are there? How many are red? How many are green? So____ and ____ make ___.

I found both trees, the pompoms, and the bells at the Dollar Tree. I am all about the hands on learning. Plus, this is a really low prep center (so you don't have spend you entire break cutting). The cards should be laminated if you want to use them every year, but the can easily be cut on a cutting board. The Dollar Tree trees and "ornaments" don't involve any prep (WINNING).

Aren't the Christmas Math Crafts adorable? There is also a Christmas tree, not shown. You can hit on so many skills and standards with these. Obviously, math skills. You can work on decomposing 5 or ten. Plus, each craft has a matching math center for additional independent practice on decomposing 5 and ten.  Also, your working on fine motor skills, and listening to and following directions, which are so important. When I do these crafts, I have a completed one to show kids. Then, I build one with the kids (id you have a document camera, that's even better). By model, I cut out Santa's head, then have the kids cut out Santa's head. Then, I cut out the hat, and they cut out the hat. I won't wait for of my kids to be done to model the second step. I wait for about 2/3 to be done (we all have that one or two children that take longer).  I only give them one or two pieces at a time so they don't lose them. I do let them pick out the five or the ten pieces, so every student does not end up with the same number sentence. For kids who really struggle with fine motor, I may help with SOME of the cutting, but never all of it. If students don't practice cutting, they will never get better. Do they all look perfect? No, but that is half the fun. Follow me on Instagram @myfabulousclass and you can see some that my students have made. They may not be Pinterest perfect, but the kids love them. You can buy these crafts here. (I also have a seasonal bundle here, but it does not include Christmas).

I originally shared the addition version of this a few years ago, but I added one with numbers and a blank one. (trying to help my preschool, Kindergarten, and First grade friends out). You can usually find stamps at the Dollar Tree or Target Dollar Spot. They have them for every season. I like to buddy kids up. One student stamps, and one writes the number. You can get the template free here.

If you have been following me for awhile, you know I love Sensory Bins. The kids love sensory bins. Now, I do have sensory bins that all play, but I also use these smaller ones for my math and literacy centers. This one includes chickpeas colored red and green (food coloring), and various Dollar Tree items. The Reindeer numbers come from a FREE File Folder game that I have.

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving Break. Be sure to sign up for my newsletter for lots of useful teaching tips, free resources, and to know when I have special sales (I may have something special planned next week for Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday).


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