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Autumn Math Bins! (Including Differentiated Freebies!!)
29 Sep, 2012. 8 Comments. A Day In First Grade, Autumn, First Grade, First Grade Science, Free, Kindergarten Science, Math, Science. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Hello Friends!!
Happy Fall :) We have been very hard at work during math! We have introduced addition, number sentences and have been using lots of fun games and activities to reinforce these skills. 
First of all, to help my firsties understand the concept of making numbers I have them use counters. On the day I took these pictures we were working on how to make the number 5. (Since we were studying apples, they each got 5 apples.) 
I then demonstrated how I was going to put some apples to the LEFT of my paper and then the rest to the RIGHT of my paper. We then recorded our number sentences. We talked about how the sum would never change because we only have FIVE apples.
Then after practicing it together, I sent them off to work. They did a really great job! We have done this activity every day since changing our numbers and counters. They are getting really good at writing, reading and understanding number sentences! 
Here is a copy of a blank recording page:

 Another way we have been practicing addition has been with or dominoes. My kids have really loved playing dominoes and then recording their addition sentences.

We used the wonderful packet created by The Moffat Girls! If you have not checked out their blog, you MUST head over there!!

Here is the link: http://moffattgirls.blogspot.com/2012/09/fall-math-pack-freebie.html

Another one of our favorites from his packet is their “Roll a pumpkin game.” My kids sure loved using the counters I found at Hobby Lobby and my big soft dice to play this game! 

 We also have used our Pattern Blocks to make creations and then add up our shapes! I found this activity here from Mrs. Will’s Kindergarten! 

Another way I have been helping my lovelies has been by having them create their own number sentences. My students LOVED this. When we were doing this they kept saying “Miss Smith, this is SO much fun!!!” They loved writing their friends names in the story problems and really loved creating their own! If you click on the picture you can download a mini packet that also includes a challenge page where students have to write their own number sentence!
And finally here are two new differentiated math activities that I have created. One helps students with their addition facts and the other helps students read numerical numbers, number words and tally marks. Feel free to download a copy by clicking on the cover page’s picture! Please leave feedback if you like it!! 
**A special shout out to DJ Inkers who provided the awesome clip art in my Fall War Pack!!
If you love clip art, head over to their page to see all their awesome stuff!! **
Differentiating these math activities really allows students to work on the concepts that are right on level for them. They are not too bored with easy concepts and not overly frustrated with concepts that go over their head. 
To help my firsties they know which color card they are supposed to take or which “creature” they are looking for when they take out their math bin. I have this posted in a pocket chart next to my math shelf. This system also allows me to switch the groups weekly dependent upon which skills we are working on and how the students are doing.
I use the buckets above to organize my math bins and then inside of them are separate containers that students take out to use their correct cards. This helps the games stay organized and easy to put away!
I hope that your students enjoy these activities!! 
Kristen :) 

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8 Comments
  1. Love the activities! Thanks for sharing! :)

  2. Your kids are such cuties :) Love the activities Kristen. Thanks so much for sharing!!!

    Heidi
    My (Not So) Elementary Life

  3. Thank you for all of the great ideas! I cannot wait to let my firsties use your freebies! I am super excited about the Fall War game.

    I’m curious if you incorporate any technology into your math centers? I’d love your input!

    The Frizz in First Grade

    -The Frizz

  4. I love the noun pizza! Definitely doing this one. thank you for sharing. :-)

    imgoingfirst@gmail.com

  5. Aww…thank you so much for the shout out on your ADORABLE blog!!
    The Moffatt Girls

  6. Hi Kristen! I just found you through Jen’s (the Teacher’s Cauldron) blog. I’m so glad I did! I love your creations and ideas! :o)

    œKaryn
    A is for Apple B is for Blog
    Kideducator@comcast.net

  7. You have such great ideas! Love the differentiation of everything!

    I am your newest follower! Come check me out over at http://www.AisforAfterschool.blogspot.com

  8. I love that fall war game! I’m going to use it in my math stations next week! Thanks so much for sharing..all your stuff is amazing!

    Sarah
    teachingiscolorful.blogspot.com

8 Comments

  • Love the activities! Thanks for sharing! :)

  • Your kids are such cuties :) Love the activities Kristen. Thanks so much for sharing!!!

    Heidi
    My (Not So) Elementary Life

  • Thank you for all of the great ideas! I cannot wait to let my firsties use your freebies! I am super excited about the Fall War game.

    I’m curious if you incorporate any technology into your math centers? I’d love your input!

    The Frizz in First Grade

    -The Frizz

  • I love the noun pizza! Definitely doing this one. thank you for sharing. :-)

    imgoingfirst@gmail.com

  • Aww…thank you so much for the shout out on your ADORABLE blog!!
    The Moffatt Girls

  • Hi Kristen! I just found you through Jen’s (the Teacher’s Cauldron) blog. I’m so glad I did! I love your creations and ideas! :o)

    œKaryn
    A is for Apple B is for Blog
    Kideducator@comcast.net

  • You have such great ideas! Love the differentiation of everything!

    I am your newest follower! Come check me out over at http://www.AisforAfterschool.blogspot.com

  • I love that fall war game! I’m going to use it in my math stations next week! Thanks so much for sharing..all your stuff is amazing!

    Sarah
    teachingiscolorful.blogspot.com

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