To follow up on my week of fun post yesterday, I'm going to share my newest product with you that I created to add a little excitement to our math centers this week! My students are wiggly and losing focus in anticipation of winter break and holiday fun so I knew I needed to kick it into gear to get them excited about school this week! I revamped our centers so that they have a winter focus.
We work on 5-6 centers a day during math time and right now we're focusing on counting on, matching numbers to their value and representing numbers in different ways. We currently have 4 of my 10 center choices from my Winter Math Activities product out in our classroom (which leaves 6 new ones to come back to after break!). I added another hands-on measuring activity in place of one from my product as well.
1. Collect 10, 15 or 20 Together: In this activity, my students roll the dice and put that many mini marshmallows on their 10 frames. They then have to keep rolling the dice and count on until they reach their goal number. This game is a play off of Math Investigations, the curriculum we use. We're currently working on collecting 20 together.
2. Number Matching: In this center, students get to fill up their "hot coca" with as many marshmallows as the paper indicates. My kiddos LOVE this center because they often make the personal connection to their memories of drinking hot chocolate. Students also get to practice writing the numbers as well which they enjoy.
3. Match the 10 Frame: In this center, my minders have to match the 10 frame given on the top of the page and correctly count and identify the total number of snowflakes needed to make their own. I found these cute snowflakes at Michael's on sale!
4. Tally it, Make it: We have been working HARD on representing numbers in different ways, especially with tallies! It can be hard to remember that diagonal line for 5! Instead of having students just write the tallies, I decided to use small popsicle sticks so that they can easily manipulate them. My kinders also represent the value of the number by using craft snowflakes.
5. Measuring with marshmallows!!: This one isn't in my product, but it's pretty self explanatory. Anything my little ones can reach from the carpet, they can measure with large marshmallows! They took after their leaf measuring center and began to measure themselves today.
As we continue our week, we're working on a TON of winter crafts that I hope to get up by the end of the week. We're creating ornaments and completing writing prompts with art activities. I'm excited for you to see it! I hope you're enjoying your week before break with your kiddos!