My Number Book-10 Black Dots

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My Number Book- 10 Black Dots

One of my favorite books to review numbers at the beginning of the year is 10 Black Dots by Donald Crews. My students love to use their imagination to create pictures with black dots.  I order black dot labels from Amazon or Office Depot.

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As a first grade teacher, I would use this Number Book as a review, but this would be a great resource to use in Pre-K or Kindergarten as students are learning about numbers. My grade level and I were looking for a way to review numbers, number words, and number representations. I made this into a book for each student to complete in class as a follow up to the daily lesson. We used this book as a project/minor grade in Math. In this packet, you will find a page with each number from 1-10 in different representations such as tally marks, dice, dominoes, and ten-frames.

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The students then infuse Art into Math when dots are used to create pictures on the following page to represent the number.

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You will also find a page that you can use to quickly assess your students progress at the end of the packet.

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This Number Book is available in my TPT store!  It is on sale for Back to School!  Click here to download.


Start Your Day the SMART Way!

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Last year I decided to try something a little different.  I wanted to make my calendar more interactive, but my bulletin board with my calendar just wasn’t cutting it!  What better way to make it more interactive than with the SMARTBoard.  I looked on SMART Exchange and found an adorable notebook that a teacher had created with a calendar and many other activities.  I downloaded it and edited the notebook by adding my own personal touches.  I added my own pages as well to incorporate things I was already doing during my Morning Meeting/ Calendar Math.

This 36 page SMART Notebook Activity will engage your students as you start your day with the following activities:  Attendance/Calendar/Days/Months/How Many Days in School-Place Value/Weather Tally/Lost Tooth Graph/Venn Diagrams/Survey Question/Counting Money and Coin Review/Addition and Subtraction/Number Line/Numbers and Number Words/Fact Families/Shapes

There are 12 calendars included with interactive number cards and holiday cards to label your calendar.  The kids love to manipulate the pictures on the calendar!  The other activities can be used on different days of the week to introduce, review, or reinforce the skills you are teaching in math. Throughout the notebook you will see empty boxes with a music note.  This is where I inserted my songs that I use during my calendar time.  The songs are not included due to copyright, but most of my music came from my trusty Dr. Jean and Mr. AL CDs.

I start off on the first day of school with this notebook by teaching the students how to move their name on the attendance chart and completing the calendar activities.  I always do the daily routines like calendar, weather, counting how many days in school, and tooth tally every day.  I don’t do all of the other activities every day.  I pick one or two extra each day and change it up throughout the week.  Directions are included in a pull-down tab on each page, but if you have any questions let me know.  The original version of this can be found on SMART Exchange under Calendar.

Counting Fun with Ten Red Apples!

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I LOVE APPLES! What a fun way to start off a back-to-school Numbers to 10 math unit by reading Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins. It is one of my favorite books, and I love to accompany this book with Ten Apples Up on Top by Dr. Seuss! This Ten Red Apples Activity Pack has many activities to help your Preschool, Kindergarten, or First Grade students have fun while learning about the numbers 1-10 and their corresponding number words.  The included poem, Ten Red Apples, is an awesome way to have your students get moving as you act like an apple tree losing its apples.  Let me know what you think!

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Rainbow Shapes- Math Centers and Posters

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Rainbow Shapes Activity Pack is a great way to introduce 2-D shapes to your students. There are 11 basic shapes included, each one having its own 8 1/2 x 11 page. You can use the pages to write characteristics of each shape to display in your classroom. They would also make a great shape display for your students to reference for writing activities!

Rainbow Shapes Math Centers and Posters

Included are the following:
11 Shape pages
Shape Memory Cards/Flash Cards
Shape Matching Game
Shape Sorting Mats for sides and corners
The Greedy Triangle Shapeshifter Worksheet
My Favorite Shape Writing Prompt Checkitout


Counting Money SMARTboard Activity

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counting money Many students struggle with counting money, especially combinations of dimes, nickels, and pennies.  I created this SMART Notebook activity to engage students in counting combinations of coins.  It is grouped into 3 parts.  The first part is an Erase to Reveal self-checking activity.  The students will count combinations of pennies, nickels, and dimes, write the amount, and erase to reveal the correct answer on the pig.  The second activity gives the student the amount of money to make using pennies, nickels, or dimes.  The coins are cloned for easy manipulation.  The third activity is hands-on.  The amount for each student to make is on the pig, and the students use coin manipulatives at their desk to make that amount.  It also includes a song and video for coin recognition and a link to a website with a fun interactive counting game.  The activity is in the format of the Cycle of Instruction.  Pages can be cloned to add more pages of each activity. This would also make a great math center!  Have fun teaching about money!