Cherries on Top!

I use this activity for my lower level kinders, and also my students who are starting to add. It’s great for math centers, and/or a math station for kids who finish early.

I laminate the “milkshakes” and include visa-vis pens for easy clean up and ongoing use! I am working on some retro hats the kids can wear while they do it…but my crafting skills might not be up to par for that ;).

*head to my teachers pay teachers page to download the product (it’s free).

TPT Cherries on Top

COMMON CORE

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.CC.A.3 Write numbers from 0-20. Represent a number of objects with a written numeral 0-20.

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.CC.B.4 Understand the relationship between numbers and quantities; connect counting to cardinality.

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.CC.B.4.A When counting objects, say the number names in the standard order, pairing each object with one and only one number name and each number name with one and only one object.

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.CC.B.4.B Understand that the last number name said tells the number of objects counted. The number of objects is the same regardless of their arrangement or the order in which they were counted.

Apple Counting Mats

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These apple mats are great for students who are new at counting! I use them with everyone at the beginning of the year, but continue using them with my lower-level math groups all year round. They love using play dough, but you could use counters or flat marbles as well.

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COMMON CORE:

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.CC.B.4: Understand the relationship between numbers and quantities; connect counting to cardinality.
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.CC.B.4.A: When counting objects, say the number names in the standard order, pairing each object with one and only one number name and each number name with one and only one object.
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.CC.B.4.B: Understand that the last number name said tells the number of objects counted. The number of objects is the same regardless of their arrangement or the order in which they were counted.
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.CC.B.4.C: Understand that each successive number name refers to a quantity that is one larger.
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.CC.B.5: Count to answer “how many?” questions about as many as 20 things arranged in a line, a rectangular array, or a circle, or as many as 10 things in a scattered configuration; given a number from 1-20, count out that many objects.

Spider Counting

  • I made this activity around Halloween but my students can’t get enough! I keep them out all year and they get plenty of use :).
  • We use EnVision math curriculum at our school, which requires the kids to practice writing the numbers that come before and after quite a bit. This activity is very helpful for that.
  • There are 2 versions…one for approaching-level students and one for on-level and beyond-level students.

*download by swiping over spider-web-counting below

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COMMON CORE:
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.CC.B.5Count to answer “how many?” questions about as many as 20 things arranged in a line, a rectangular array, or a circle, or as many as 10 things in a scattered configuration; given a number from 1-20, count out that many objects.
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.CC.A.2: Count forward beginning from any given number within the known sequence (instead of having to begin at 1).
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.CC.B.4: Understand the relationship between numbers and quantities; connect counting to cardinality.
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.CC.B.4.AWhen counting objects, say the number names in the standard order, pairing each object with one and only one number name and each number name with one and only one object.
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.CC.B.4.BUnderstand that the last number name said tells the number of objects counted. The number of objects is the same regardless of their arrangement or the order in which they were counted.

Alligator Mouths

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  • The kids love this activity! I laminated them on construction paper and use during math rotations. It took the kids a few days to catch on, but now they are using them during free choice :). This is also a great way for kids to practice marking objects as they count them.

*download by swiping over alligator-mouths below

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COMMON CORE:

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.CC.C.6Identify whether the number of objects in one group is greater than, less than, or equal to the number of objects in another group, e.g., by using matching and counting strategies.

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.CC.C.7Compare two numbers between 1 and 10 presented as written numerals.