Math Station ActivitiesOrnament Color: students use 3 different colored unifix cubes and see if they can find all the different ways to line them up. There are 6 ways total. I am always amazed at how well the kids do with this activity! I have them re-order their cubes and put it next to each ornament to see if it is the "same" or if they found a "new way". For more of a challenge, I give kids 4 unifix cubes and see how many of the 24 ways they can find! (I just put four of theses sheets on 1 piece of paper, and have them color the hook as the 4th spot on the ornament.)
You can pick up a copy of this HERE
Christmas Pattern Block Pictures: I originally had a pattern block present activity that I had gotten out of the Mailbox magazine years ago, but since I "misplaced" about half of my Christmas file, it is missing so this is what I had to create for a similar activity. Can you spot the errors in this student's work?
HERE's a copy to save you the trouble of re-creating it should you misplace your file :)
Help Santa Grow his Beard: To practice the concepts of adding and subtracting, we play this fun Santa game. Students roll the +/- dice and add/subtract that many cotton balls from Santa's beard. To help work on sharing and playing fairly/correctly, I have each student use their own Santa board, but they are to share the die.
Santa's Sleigh Drop: I really like how this activity is worded, color coded, and the concept, and the kids did MUCH better than I thought they would! They put presents in Santa's sleigh (which just happens to be a 10 frame) and then - oh no!- Santa's drops some and they have to figure out how many are left! I used erasers as "presents" because they fit in the squares so nicely! I can't take credit for this activity at all though - I got it HERE for FREE!
Tannenbaum tallies: I got this from Deanna Jumps' and Julie Lee's Winter Packet and the kids ROCKED the tally marks! I was so impressed that they remember that "number 5 goes across them all" and to leave spaces between their groups of 5! Yeah!
Present Patterns: For some reason my class LOVES to color this year, so I have been letting them color patterns. I have a sheet like this for just about every season/month, and the patterns get harder as we go along. Here we are coloring and labeling a pattern. I always include a "make your own" pattern on the back to see who truly understands the concept of creating a pattern that repeats..."no.... red, blue, yellow, blue, green, is not a pattern...." :)
Finally, I stumbled upon a new blog http://livelaughlovek.blogspot.com/ and got a few new centers from there as well! We will be doing those next week (yes, we have school until the 23rd!) so I will post those, along with some of our literacy centers next week.