Monday, September 17, 2012


Ok so it's not quite that time of year yet. But I've been awol so long I thought maybe I'd scare you with a post. LOL
This weekend I found some really cute pumpkin ice trays at the Dollar Tree. I think they'll be perfect for Halloween and Thanksgiving 10 frame/counting games. Just change up the seasonal "markers" for fun.

I actually found even cuter mini erasers at Target today-cute little ghosts. A peer teacher said she found mini pumpkins too. So, tomorrow after work I'll have to go hunt them down.
I bought ten of these trays so I could either use them in small groups with one ten or two tens when we work on numbers to 20. So many game options:
1. Roll a die and place an eraser in that many spaces. First one to fill their tray wins.
2.  Use two die and roll and fill to make sums. I'll make a simple pumpkin sums recording sheet for this.
3.  Fill all spaces and roll one die to subtract.

I'm sure you guys have lots of other great ideas too. If you do-share away, I'd love to hear them.
On another note, Kim from Lakeshore Learning sent me two great products to review. One is the Plinko Phonemic Awareness Game. This is an awesome language game where students identify beginning, ending and rhyming words. So simple, yet my students LOVE it. We've been using it as a whole group, end of day activity at this point. But I can see this being a wonderful independent activity a little later in my year. Check it out if you haven't seen this product. You won't be disappointed!

The other item is
Build and Learn Geometry Kit. This is pefect for helping to meet geometry core standards.
• Attributes of 2-D & 3-D shapes
• Identifying and comparing faces, vertices and edges
Hope you find something of interest in this post.
Happy Teaching!


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  2. Thank you! Now all I need to do is spend more time blogging- haha!

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    happy teaching!


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