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Tuesday- Math Bin Freebie!
19 Jun, 2012. 6 Comments. Back to School, Free. Posted By: Kristen Smith

Math Bins are one of my favorite time during our school day. It’s the time where my students get to explore the math concepts that we are learning and apply them in a fun game format. Not to mention, math bins help students problem solve and interact with their peers. 

My students loved this time during the day; however, this year I am planning on fine tuning this time even more. I want to make sure that my students are using the correct verbiage when playing their games and that there is a good balance between games that include a recording sheet, are differentiated, and that are easily adapted for my high students as well as my lower ones. 
At the beginning of the year it seems that the skill level varies tremendously. Some of my kids still are having a hard time recognizing the numbers 1-100 and others have mastered their addition facts. ((That’s quite the spectrum!!)) 
So, the activity that is for free today is called “five frame fun.” In this game, students are trying to fill up five frames by using different combinations to make five. 
For this game you will need:
*the five frames
*the talking bubbles
*a numeral cube (with the numbers 0-5 on the sides)
*the recording sheet
*unifex cubes (or counters) for each child

Students will take turns rolling the cube and attempting to fill up the five frames. 

The way you fill up a five frame is by rolling the numeral cube and covering all of the white squares. 
(Three five frames)

If you roll a 3, you cover up three white squares and then say, “ I have three, I need two more to get to five.” In order to fill this five frame, students MUST then roll a 2. (You can’t roll a one and then another one.)  Players take turns rolling the numeral cube attempting to fill a five frame. 

Let’s say in the same example the second player rolls a four. They would take another five frame out and place four counters or unifex cubes on that frame. They then say, “I have four, I need one more to make five.” 

Player number one now gets to roll.  If player number one rolls a ONE, they can complete the five frame their friend started and earn a point. They must then say, “I have one: four and one makes five.” 


The goal is to fill up as many five frames as possible. FOr every five frame you fill, you earn one point. The player who fills up the most five frames, WINS!
There also is a recording sheet to this game to help keep students accountable for their learning.

In this game students are not only working on number concepts but also gearing up for addition, fact families and combinations.

To download this freebie, please click HERE for your free download!
Don’t forget there is a RAFFLE going on where you can win GREAT prizes!!

(Prizes include: $10 to a Donors Choose project of your choice and TpT prizes!!!)

Click on the picture or HERE to get taken directly to the raffle!!
(this game was inspired by Debbie Diller’s book “Math Work Stations.”)

I hope you enjoy this freebie!!

6 Comments
  1. Thank you! This is a great game.
    Jennifer

  2. Kate -

    I LOVE this idea! I have some things I my site you may like so stop by and grab them. Oh and be sure to join. I’m doing a giveaway very soon!

  3. I tried to download the freebie, but SCRIBD is saying I need to pay. Would you be willing to email it to me? trishjlandis@gmail.com Thank you :)

  4. I too am trying to download the file and Scribd is asking for a payment, If you don’t mind would you email me it me at latasha.stinson@cms.k12.nc.us? I really appreciate it!!!

  5. I also tried to download the file and Scribd is asking me for a payment. Would you mind emailing it to me as well at lnowak1@rochester.k12.mi.us? I’d greatly appreciate it, thank you!!! :)

  6. I also had issues with Scribd wanting payment information even after I joined with an email address:( Are you able to email it to me as well? It looks so fun for my Kindergarteners!! Jennifer.Rukavina@d303.org Thank you!!

6 Comments

  • Thank you! This is a great game.
    Jennifer

  • Kate -

    I LOVE this idea! I have some things I my site you may like so stop by and grab them. Oh and be sure to join. I’m doing a giveaway very soon!

  • I tried to download the freebie, but SCRIBD is saying I need to pay. Would you be willing to email it to me? trishjlandis@gmail.com Thank you :)

  • I too am trying to download the file and Scribd is asking for a payment, If you don’t mind would you email me it me at latasha.stinson@cms.k12.nc.us? I really appreciate it!!!

  • I also tried to download the file and Scribd is asking me for a payment. Would you mind emailing it to me as well at lnowak1@rochester.k12.mi.us? I’d greatly appreciate it, thank you!!! :)

  • I also had issues with Scribd wanting payment information even after I joined with an email address:( Are you able to email it to me as well? It looks so fun for my Kindergarteners!! Jennifer.Rukavina@d303.org Thank you!!

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