Sunday, April 1, 2012

Froggy Math and Literacy Centers


Woo-hoo it's almost Spring break time for us! Usually our Easter break time is cut short due to snow make up days...but not this year! So in the short time I have with my class this week we are going to try to squeeze in a few new math and  literacy center activities.



I just loved this cute froggy note paper. My kids love blank books in the writing center. I  simply put  some sort of thematic paper on front for their topic and they write their own story to go with it.

We will be starting a new unit in subtraction this week! I have introduced subtraction during some of our calendar activities but this is the first set of centers focused on this skill.  I plan on having the kids begin with these next week and continue with them next week during their free choice times.
For this dice game the players roll a number and that is how many frogs are on the lily pad.  Since we are concentrating on subtraction facts 0-5 this first dice only has numbers up to 5 on it.  When the player rolls the second dice it only has numbers up to 4 on it. The second dice indicates how many frogs jump off of the lily pad.


Here is a link for the recording sheet for this activity:


My kids seem to love games that involve dice so here's another one. This game is very similar only our character is a lamb. The first dice is numbered to 5. Once rolled that is how many flowers are in the field. The second dice is numbered to 4. Once rolled that is how many flowers the lamb eats. Then the players record their equations.
One more link for you...this time it's the lamb's recording sheet.
https://docs.google.com/open?id=0By4ouZQTmzXYVHc5YU1Rc0dTd3FqMHFQUVVza2E3QQ

In our chart and big book center I have combined a literacy and math activity. We have a class made big book based on the song "Five Little Freckled Frogs." I made this with a class a few years ago and every class since then has loved reading it. I'm leaving it in the big book center with this chart. The kids use frog pointers to read the chart and dry erase markers to fill in the numbers as they act out the song with the frogs. 

This is a new and improved chart for me. I can also see that I need to add an "s" to the last sentence...oops! I had a smaller one that I used little frogs with. I'm hoping they will love this one even more since it's so big and they get to write on the chart instead of a recording sheet. We'll see I guess! I hope you are having a great Sunday....enjoy the rest of your week!
                                                                                                     Mrs. M

8 comments:

  1. Great ideas! I love those notepads too! I probably have way more than I need. But, who can say no to a notepad that can be used for so many things?!?
    Becky
    Teaching, Learning, & Loving

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    1. I agree...love the note pads! I buy way too many at the start of each school year!

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  2. This is a great idea!! I hope you have a great week!

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    1. Why thank you...you too! Thanks for stopping by =)

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  3. We sing that frog song that you are using for subtraction (although we say speckled rather than freckled :) so it would be great to use it for my kids, too. Thanks for the great idea!

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    1. Glad you liked it! For the longest time I kept switching between "freckled" and "speckled." The kids would laugh each time I got confused and said the wrong one! Once I made the big book I mentioned with that class it's been "freckled" ever since. =)

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  4. What a cute idea! I love these work boards!

    Nicole
    Rowdy in Room 300

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