I love the Polar Express story. Even before it was movie, I would read the book to my class. For I few years we even put on the play for the parents.
For the past week we have been practicing some of our skills with a Polar Express theme.
We practiced counting and colouring.
Graphing was favorite. For my students who colour in the boxes, we used bingo dabbers.
I love these, because even if my students can't print well enough, I know if they can match and count.
This can be a little tricky but it's good practice to fill in the missing numbers.
Patterns are part of the Kindergarten Ontario curriculum and the kids love this Polar Express pattern page.
You can never have enough practice counting and matching numbers.
I like to have the children practice putting numbers in order.
This one is a little tricky too. There are several answers that go under each number. I like to have the children practice cutting while they are working. I love them working on more than one skill at a time.
I found these cute little mini erasers at The Dollar Tree over the weekend I thought they would be perfect for my math centers. Here are 5 simple things you can do with this one little manipulative.
These are perfect for children working on fine motor skills. The size is great for working on using the thumb and forefinger.
Have the children sort the erasers into like piles.
Have the children use a small spoon to scoop out a spoonful of erasers. Then have them graph the erasers to see which one they have more of.
Using real objects are important for children with disabilities who haven't made the connection to paper representations.
Have the children use the objects to make a pattern. For some children they may need you to start the pattern and then have them extend it. For children with visual impairments, have them feel the difference between the shapes to make a pattern.
Counting to 100
Since the package contained 100 erasers I thought I would be a good exercise for the children to arrange the erasers in groups of 10 to count to 100.
The visual representation of laying them out was perfect for my students that needed the concrete objects.
For my older students we rolled a dice and practiced adding. They rolled once and choose that many snowflakes. They then rolled a second time and choose that many snowmen. We then added up the total number of erasers.
This was perfect for students that still need concrete objects to aid in their counting.
I hope I've given you a few ideas today. You don't need to spend a fortune to stock your math centers with fun, practical ideas that cover a variety of skills.
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