Sunday, October 23, 2011

Smartboard Freebie

I created a smartboard file to help with number recognition.  It is on my TpT store for free.  The students have to say a number, click on the pumpkin with that number, and see if they found the hidden candy corn.  My students love playing these "hide and seek" games.  I have created them for other themes that we are doing in class and I will work on creating one for teen numbers as well.  Just click here to get this freebie!
Friday, October 21, 2011

Guess The Letter

This week in one of my literacy centers the students played "Guess the Letter" and they loved it!  All you need is an old plastic container (or cup), a tube sock and large magnetic letters.  Place the container inside the sock, I use tube socks so there is a long reach between the opening of the sock and the container (that way they cannot peek at the letter).  The students play this game with a partner.  One child closes his/her eyes while the other child places a magnetic letter inside the sock and container.  Then the child whose eyes were closed opens them and reaches into the sock.  They have to feel the letter and try to guess before pulling it out.  After they pull it out I had them record which letter it was by highlighting that letter on a paper with the alphabet on it.  Then the children switch roles and play again.  It is amazing how good they are at guessing the letters!  They wanted to do this game over and over, so I will be bringing it back and next time I will do lowercase letters.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Ten Frame Game

I just posted another smartboard activity on my Tpt store.  It is a very simple game but I thought that others may want to use it as well.  I will be using it next week because we are focussing on the numbers 6-10. The children will click on the random number generator and place that many counters on the ten frame.  Click on the image to get it.
Sunday, October 2, 2011

10 Apples Up On Top!

During our Apple unit we read the book 10 Apples Up On Top by Dr. Seuss.  My kids always love this book and it lends itself to many different activities.  Last year we made these cute hats after reading it.

We also made a class book using the sentence frame; _________ apples up on top ______ will not let them drop.  We added the number of apples (from an apple punch from Michael's) and the child's name on the lines.  Here is a copy of the paper I use for the book.  Right above the words on the paper the children glue a picture of themselves (we just cut our their head so it looks really cute).  Then they glue the punched apples on top of their heads.  The cover to the book is here.

I created a couple smartboard activities for my apple theme and they are posted on my TpT store.  One is based on the 10 Apples Up On Top book.  The children can take the apples off of the animal's head and place them in the 10 frame to count them and then write the number on the line to complete the sentence. Click on the image to get this free at TpT.

Each year I ask the students to each bring in one apple so we can count, sort and graph them.  I use this floor mat to graph the different kinds of apples that they brought in.  At the end of the week we taste the apples and make a graph to show which kind each person liked the best.

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