Sunday, December 14, 2014

Christmas Tree Craftivity - A Number Bond Math Activity

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My class and I began exploring number bonds last week. They have been having a lot of fun building them with counters and unfix cubes.

I wanted to try something festive and fun last Friday. I always try to incorporate art into our math lessons whenever possible. You can never get enough art in Kindergarten!

We began by painting trees, I showed them the easiest three trees to draw, a giant triangle, three stacked triangles and a tree with branches that curve inwards.

Next we filled in our trees. I passed out a bunch of different choices for coloring: crayons, colored pencils, markers and oil pastels. I like to mix up our supplies whenever possible, it makes the bulletin board look more dynamic!
Then I passed out their number bonds. They had to come up and choose two colors of finger paints to decorate their tree. The top number of the bond is one color and the bottom was another.

After that, they just had to add all the ornaments together to solve their number bond equation!

The best part was how easy it is to assess, I just had to see if they painted the correct number of ornaments!

It was a great way to reinforce this concept this holiday season!  You can find this item in my shop!

How do you incorporate art into your classroom?

Sunday, November 30, 2014

TPT Cyber Sale - Bundled Sets Discount!

If you follow my blog, you know that I love a good bargain, so this holiday season I want to share a great deal with you!

TPT's Super Cyber Savings Sale is this Monday and Tuesday! (December 1st and 2nd!) You can save 28% off everything in my shop when you use the promo code: TPTCYBER

This sale includes all of my bundles. Each set is already reduced for savings (up to 20%) but with this additional discount you can get them for a steal when they are an additional 28% off the already reduced price!

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I'm headed off to fill up my cart for tomorrow. My wish list has gotten out of control and I cannot wait to shrink it down! ;)

 Happy shopping! Don't forget to use the promo code: TPTCYBER

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Thanksgiving Reflections in Kindergarten

Like all Kindergarten teachers, my class is on many different levels when it comes to writing.  I wanted to create a Thanksgiving writing set that would allow all my students to reflect with ease, no matter where they are in the writing process!

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I included checklists, with reasons why both family and friends are important, to help them gather their thoughts.

This allows them to feel more confident when it is time to write!

Next, they can choose from one of three writing templates:

  • This Thanksgiving, I am most thankful for....
  • This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for my family because...
  • This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for my friends because....
I also included two different bulletin board display signs and black and white copies of all the pages. 
Happy writing!
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