# Category Archives: Math

## December Literacy and Math Pack – 17 Centers and Activities for Christmas

Ho ho ho! It’s time for some December and Christmas fun! This pack is full of 17 themed math and literacy centers and activities. Lots of ready to use ideas with all sorts of holiday fun and Christmas cheer!

These activities are appropriate primarily for First Grade but will also work with Kindergarten and Second Grade depending on the ability levels of the students.

The design is clean and uncluttered to help students focus on the learning activity at hand.

Student pages are included in both color and black/white.

The 45-page packet includes a wide variety to last for a few weeks. Here is what is included.

Literacy

Rhyming Match Center – Students will find the rhyming long vowel word cards and record the pair on their sheet.

My Christmas Favorites Book – Students will complete the various sentences about their holiday favorites. There are twelve different pages so the teacher can choose the ones she would like to use whether it is just five, eight or all twelve!

Christmas Words ABC Order Center – Students will choose three cards to put in ABC order and record them on their sheet. They will then choose three different cards and do the same. They will repeat this four times until they have used all twelve cards.

Label the Christmas Tree – Students will label the parts of the picture using words from the word bank.

Label the Gingerbread House – Students will label parts of the picture using words from the word bank.

Christmas Syllables Write the Room – Students will record Christmas words grouping them by whether they have 1, 2, 3 or 4+ syllables.

Santa Letter – Students will write a letter to Santa. Two versions include primary and standard lines.

How to Decorate a Christmas Tree – Students will list the steps to decorate a Christmas tree.

Christmas List It – Students will try to think of one Christmas word for every letter of the alphabet.

Reindeer Can, Have, Are – Students will write facts about reindeer.

Fall versus Winter Venn Diagram – Students will compare and contrast fall and winter using a Venn diagram.

Math

December Calendar Center – Students will answer questions on task cards while referring to a December calendar filled with information. They will record their answers on their sheet.

Number Ordering Center – Students will order six sets of six cards each from least to greatest. They will record their answers on their sheet.

Help Santa Get Home – Students will color the squares with odd numbers to create a path to get Santa home.

Fill in the Math Sentence – Students will add a + or – to the number sentence to make it correct.

Time for Fun! – Students will write the time for the clock (half hour and hour).

It’s a Sweet Time – Students will write the time for the clock (half, quarter and three-quarter hour).

December Literacy and Math Pack - 17 Centers and Activities for Christmas
December Literacy and Math Pack - 17 Centers and Activities for Christmas
Price: \$7.00

## America Literacy and Math Pack – Centers, Activities for All Patriotic Holidays

Celebrate America with this pack full of 30+ centers and activities! Designed to offer the teacher or parent maximum flexibility, it contains a wide-variety of activities with options for a number of them so the teacher can choose what is most appropriate for his/her classroom or student.

This pack is perfect for Presidents’ Day, Veterans Day, Labor Day, Memorial Day, Election Day and Independence Day. The America theme will work across all of the holidays for maximum flexibility. Use part of the packet for one holiday and another part for a different holiday!

These activities are appropriate primarily for First Grade but will also work with Kindergarten and Second Grade depending on the ability levels of the students.

Everything is designed in a colorful but simple way. This uncluttered look helps students focus on the learning activity at hand.

All of the student pages are provided in both color and black and white.

This 90+ page packet is full of activities that can be used for weeks!

Math

Graphing America! – Students will sort and count the cards with different objects. They will then fill in the bar graph with the appropriate number.

July Calendar Task Cards – Students will answer the task card questions by using the provided calendar filled with information. They will then write their answers on their recording sheet.

Measure with the Stars! – Students will cut out a ruler of stars and use it to measure various objects on task cards. They will record their answers on their sheet.

Adding Change – Students will add the change pictured on the cards and write their answers on the recording sheet.

Help George Washington Get Home – Students will follow the path of odd numbers to get Washington back to his home.

Addition and Subtraction Story Problems – Students will determine if the story problem on the task card is addition or subtraction and then write the correction equation on the recording sheet. There are two sets of cards. One is simple addition of single digits and the other set is double digit with no regrouping/borrowing. The teacher can choose the appropriate set for her class. OR Use the easier set at the beginning of the year and the more challenging set later in the year.

Literacy

Word Bank – A printable sheet word bank with 42 relevant words for any America-related unit. Teacher can laminate and put in centers or hand out for students to use during the unit.

Word Wall Cards – A set of 42 word wall cards on red and blue star background.

President True or False – Students will cut out statements and determine if they are true or false. They will glue them in the correct section of their sheet.

Scrambled Sentences – There are two options for this activity. In the first, students will unscramble the sentence on the six card set. They will write the correct sentence on the recording sheet. OR There is also a worksheet with the scrambled sentences (no cards) that can be unscrambled and written down.

America ABC Order – Students will put four words on each task card in ABC order and write on recording sheet.

Write the Room – Students will complete write the room tasks. There are four sheets in this pack: short/long vowels, common/proper nouns, 1-2-3-4+ syllables, and person/place/thing.

President versus King Venn Diagram – Students will brainstorm the differences and similarities between a king and president.

George Washington versus Abraham Lincoln Venn Diagram – Students will brainstorm the differences and similarities between the two presidents.

If I Were President – Students will write a brief statement and illustrate four things they would do if they were president.

My American Favorites Mini Book – Students will fill in blank of up to 12 different favorites and illustrate each half page. The teacher may choose as many different topics/pages as she would like.

America Cross Out – Students will cross out the word in each row that doesn’t belong with the rest. They will then write a few sentences at the bottom using some of the words listed above.

My July 4th History Book Mini Book – Students will learn fascinating facts about July 4th and illustrate each page.

How To Become President – Students will list five steps to becoming president.

Dear Mr. President – Students will write a letter to the president.

Four Great Things about America – Students will write about four things they think are great about America.

My Favorite Place in America – Students will write about their favorite place in America and illustrate it as though it is a newspaper article.

America List It! – Students will attempt to write one word about America for each letter of the alphabet.

I Love America! – Students will tell what they like about America by writing one word for each letter in “I Love America”

How Many Words? – Students will write as many words as they can using the letters in “Washington, D.C.”

Reading Response – Students will illustrate the Beginning, Middle, End and My favorite part.

A Story Map – Students will identify Title, Author, Characters, Setting, Beginning, Middle and End.

A Story Web – Student will identify Title, Author, Main Characters, Setting, Problem and Solution.

America and The President Writing Papers – Titled pages with lines for writing and a large box on top for illustrating. Includes both primary dotted lines and regular lines options for both topics.

Other

America Word Search – Fun America-themed word search. No backwards or diagonal words.

Memory Game – Fun game for center time or early finishers.

Inauguration Day KWL – Explore Inauguration Day with this KWL activity.

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America Literacy and Math Pack - Centers, Activities for All Patriotic Holidays
30+ American themed centers and activities for all patriotic holidays!
Price: \$9.00

## Should elementary students formally study mathematics?

In a 2010 article from Psychology Today, Peter Gray, Ph.D., makes the case that math should not be taught until middle school. He shares a fascinating study from 1929 that has largely disappeared from the nation’s collective radar. But the findings are stunning. In When Less Is More: The Case for Teaching Less Math in School he writes:

As part of the plan, he asked the teachers of the earlier grades to devote some of the time that they would normally spend on arithmetic to the new third R–recitation. By “recitation” he meant, “speaking the English language.” He did “not mean giving back, verbatim, the words of the teacher or the textbook.” The children would be asked to talk about topics that interested them–experiences they had had, movies they had seen, or anything that would lead to genuine, lively communication and discussion. This, he thought, would improve their abilities to reason and communicate logically. He also asked the teachers to give their pupils some practice in measuring and counting things, to assure that they would have some practical experience with numbers.

and

The results were remarkable. At the beginning of their sixth grade year, the children in the experimental classes, who had not been taught any arithmetic, performed much better than those in the traditional classes on story problems that could be solved by common sense and a general understanding of numbers and measurement. Of course, at the beginning of sixth grade, those in the experimental classes performed worse on the standard school arithmetic tests, where the problems were set up in the usual school manner and could be solved simply by applying the rote-learned algorithms. But by the end of sixth grade those in the experimental classes had completely caught up on this and were still way ahead of the others on story problems.

In sum, Benezet showed that kids who received just one year of arithmetic, in sixth grade, performed at least as well on standard calculations and much better on story problems than kids who had received several years of arithmetic training. This was all the more remarkable because of the fact that those who received just one year of training were from the poorest neighborhoods–the neighborhoods that had previously produced the poorest test results.

I found this article especially fascinating as I have an almost seven year old daughter who already dislikes math. By math I mean formal math. She has no problem making elaborate constructions with Tinker Toys or figuring out how to evenly divide the cookies. She will decide to measure things on her own. She will clean your clock in Uno. She effectively uses practical math when it makes sense in her world. But like many right brained children, formal math (especially memorization) is not her cup of tea.

I have mostly backed off from math up until this point. We do bits of things, but not a lot. This year I was going to try doing more math (since I’m feeling guilty), but I’m already seeing this is not going to be the year either. I bought the first book of Life of Fred to use this year after reading so many glowing reviews.  She hated it. (Anyone need to buy a copy?) She said she would much rather do the worksheets we were doing last year.

I continue to feel the unschooler in me begging to be given free reign. Somehow I can’t get past my personal hangup that it is just irresponsible to home educate that way even though I know that isn’t true. I observe many unschoolers doing spectacular things and admire how they educate their children.  I’m just not able to personally make that final leap (yet). But as I work that out for myself, one thing is certain.

I’ve slowly come to the conclusion that much of what children are asked to do in the elementary years is busy work (often developmentally inappropriate) designed to keep them occupied until they are far enough along the conveyer belt to really begin their formal learning.

## Apples Galore! Literacy and Math Pack – 10 Centers and Activities

There are apples galore in this literacy and math pack that features five math and five literacy center activities!

These activities are appropriate primarily for First Grade but will also work with Kindergarten and Second Grade depending on the ability levels of the students.

The design is clean and uncluttered to help students focus on the learning activity at hand.

All of the student pages are provided in both color and black and white.

Here is what is included.

Math:

Telling Time (Three Options of Hour and Half Hour) – Students will determine the time on each card and record their answers on the student recording sheet. There are three different recording sheets so this activity could be done three times. The first sheet is for 12 cards and hour only. The second sheet has 16 spots and is for both hour and half hour. (The teacher can choose any combination of the 24 cards to use with it.) The third sheet has 24 spots so all hour and half hour combinations can be used.

Apple Addition – Students will complete the addition problems on the cards and then record their answers on the answer sheet.

Odd or Even? – Students will sort the number cards into odd and even piles. They will record their answers on the student sheet. Two optional sorting mats are included.

Write the Shapes – Students will determine the shape on each card and then write the appropriate word on the recording sheet. The recording sheet has a word bank with the shape words to be used.

Literacy

Apples Galore! Student Book – Students will complete the fill in the blank sentence on each page with a word or two and then illustrate. There are seven different pages so you can select as many as you would like to include based on your class’s ability level.

Apple Sentence Scramble – Students unscramble the six sets of sentence cards and then write the sentences on the student recording sheet.

Apple True or False? – Students will cut out the ten sentences about apples. They will determine if the statement is true or false and paste it in the correct column on the student sheet.

Write the Room - Students will practice writing words from around the room. There are four different Write the Room pages in this pack. They are: Letters in the Word (words with 2 letters, words with 3 letters, words with 4 letters, and words with 5+ letters), Words with A or E, Words with I or O, and Words with U or Y.

Apples and Watermelons Venn Diagram – Students will compare and contrast apples and watermelons. They will complete one fill in the blank sentence at the bottom that explains which one they like best and why.

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Apples Galore! Literacy and Math Pack - 10 Centers and Activities
10 Literacy and Math Centers and Activities with Apples Galore! theme
Price: \$6.50

## Fall Literacy and Math Pack – 30+ Centers and Activities with Autumn, Pumpkins for First Grade

This mega-pack is full of more than 30 fall-themed math and literacy centers and activities! Lots of ready to use ideas with apples, pumpkins, colorful leaves, and other autumn favorites.

These activities are appropriate primarily for First Grade but will also work with Kindergarten and Second Grade depending on the ability levels of the students.

The design is clean and uncluttered to help students focus on the learning activity at hand.

All of the student pages are provided in both color and black and white.

There are NO Halloween graphics in this packet. The packet is 98% Halloween-free so all teachers will be able to use the activities. (See descriptions below)

The 80-page packet includes a wide variety to last for weeks. Here is what is included.

Math (with a touch of Science!)

Addition and Subtraction Center – Students will read the simple story problem on the card and determine if it is an addition or subtraction problem. They will then record their answer on the answer sheet.

Write the Missing Number Center – Students will determine the missing number on the card (example: 14, ___, 16) and record the answer on the answer sheet.

Measuring with a Pumpkin Ruler – Students will cut out pumpkin ruler and measure various objects. They will record their answers on the answer sheet.

Pumpkin Measurement – Students will record predictions about their pumpkin (weight, number of seeds, circumference, and height) and then record the actual measurements.

Pumpkin Properties – Students will illustrate the inside and outside of their pumpkin. They will also write one word descriptions of their pumpkin as prompted.

Fall Patterns – Students will cut out the object pictures and glue to complete the pattern.

Odd and Even Pumpkins – Students will cut out squares with the numbers 1-20. They will then paste them into the appropriate section (odd or even).

Pumpkin Count – Students will write the missing numbers in the pumpkin (1-20).

Autumn Addition – Students will add the objects and draw a line to the correct answer.

Seasons – Students will circle the fall pictures with orange and the other pictures with green.

We Love Pumpkins! Classroom Graph – Class will create a graph of who likes which choice best (pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread or pumpkin seeds).

Literacy

Short and Long Vowels Center – Students will sort the cards into short vowels and long vowels. They will then record their answers and then write two sentences using some of the words. Optional sorting mats included.

Write the Room– Students will complete seven different write the room activities. Themes include: Autumn Words (A-L and M-Z), Ending Sounds (t, n, r and s), Short A and Long A, Short E and Long E, Short I and Long I, Short O and Long O, and Short U and Long U.

“Little Mouse Likes Fall” Predictable Reader – Students will read an original predictable reader in full color AND b/w version for coloring

Beginning Sounds – Students will write the beginning sound for each picture.

Ending Sounds – Students will write the ending sound for each picture.

Autumn ABC Order – Students will put two sets of four words in ABC order.

Reading Response – Students will complete a graphic organizer with four sections for drawing and/or writing: beginning, middle, end and my favorite part.

How to Carve a Pumpkin Graphic Organizer – Students will draw and/or write the six steps to carve a pumpkin.

How to Carve a Pumpkin Writing – Students will write the six steps to carve a pumpkin.

A Story Map – Students will complete a graphic organizer with title, author, characters, setting, beginning, middle and end.

A Story Web – Students will complete a graphic organizer with title and author, main characters, setting, problem and solution.

Word Wall - 25 fall-themed word wall cards with blank word wall cards for typing additional words

First Hundred Words - Flashcards for Fry’s First Hundred Words with blank flash cards for typing additional words

Extra Fun

Venn diagram – Students will compare and contrast apples and pumpkins.

Pumpkins KWL Chart – Two pumpkin-themed KWL charts (one vertical and one horizontal)

Fall Word Search – Students will look for nine fall words. (No backwards or diagonal words.)

Memory Game – Students will look for matches in fall-themed memory game.

Halloween
At the end of the packet are 10 Halloween-themed word wall words for teachers who wish to use them. There are also blank word wall cards with fields to type in additional words.

There is a “How to Carve a Pumpkin” writing activity that is Halloween related.

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Fall Literacy and Math Pack - 30+ Centers and Activities with Autumn, Pumpkins
Fall Literacy and Math Pack with 30+ Centers and Activities
Price: \$8.50

## Back to School Literacy and Math Pack – 10 Centers and Activities for Back to School

Back to School is the theme of this literacy and math pack full of colorful school supplies graphics. Perfect for your first few weeks of school! (Please note: This product is also sold by me under the title “Learning is Fun!” because it is graphically appropriate for year around use. The content is identical.)

This packet includes five literacy activities and five math activities perfect for centers. Colorful and clean designs make it easy for all children to concentrate on the task at hand rather than being overwhelmed by excessive graphics.

Each student recording sheet is offered in color and black and white.

These are appropriate primarily for first grade, but will also work well for kindergarten and second grade depending on current student skill level.

The packet includes:

Word Families – Students will sort the word cards by word family (-at, -et, -it, -ot, and -un). They then list the word families on their answer sheet. Optional sorting mats are included.

ABC Order – Students will write the three words on each card in ABC order on their recording sheet.

Rhyming Match – Students will sort the cards to find the word pairs that rhyme. They will then write the pairs on their recording sheet.

I Have, Who Has – Students will play “I Have, Who Has” game featuring words from Fry’s First 100 Words. Words used include: the, and, you, that, was, for, are, with, his, be, it, this, have, from, words, not, we, had, said, all, your, she, will, up, out, many, so, by, about, how, each, their, them.

Short Vowels – Students will write the correct vowel in the box and then write the word.

School Supplies Graphing – Students will sort the school supplies cards into groups. They will then correctly graph the number of items.

Counting Blocks – Students will count the blocks (10s and 1s) on each card and then write their answers on the recording sheet.

Tally Marks – Students will count the tally marks on each card and record their answer on their answer sheet.

Number Match – Students will cut out the words for eleven through twenty and then glue them next to the correct number on their worksheet.

Number Ordering – Students will put number cards in order and then write on their recording sheet.

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Back to School Literacy and Math Pack - 10 Centers for Back to School, All Year
10 Back to School Themed Literacy and Math Centers
Price: \$6.50

## Learning is Fun! Literacy and Math Pack – 10 Centers for Back to School, All Year

“Learning is Fun!” is the theme of this literacy and math pack full of colorful school supplies graphics. I purposely designed this pack to be appropriate at any time of the year, including back to school! (Please note: This product is also sold by me under the title “Back to School”. The content is identical.)

This packet includes five literacy activities and five math activities perfect for centers. Colorful and clean designs make it easy for all children to concentrate on the task at hand rather than being overwhelmed by excessive graphics.

Each student recording sheet is offered in color and black and white.

These are appropriate primarily for first grade, but will also work well for kindergarten and second grade depending on current student skill level.

The packet includes:

Word Families – Students will sort the word cards by word family (-at, -et, -it, -ot, and -un). They then list the word families on their answer sheet. Optional sorting mats are included.

ABC Order – Students will write the three words on each card in ABC order on their recording sheet.

Rhyming Match – Students will sort the cards to find the word pairs that rhyme. They will then write the pairs on their recording sheet.

I Have, Who Has – Students will play “I Have, Who Has” game featuring words from Fry’s First 100 Words. Words used include: the, and, you, that, was, for, are, with, his, be, it, this, have, from, words, not, we, had, said, all, your, she, will, up, out, many, so, by, about, how, each, their, them.

Short Vowels – Students will write the correct vowel in the box and then write the word.

School Supplies Graphing – Students will sort the school supplies cards into groups. They will then correctly graph the number of items.

Counting Blocks – Students will count the blocks (10s and 1s) on each card and then write their answers on the recording sheet.

Tally Marks – Students will count the tally marks on each card and record their answer on their answer sheet.

Number Match – Students will cut out the words for eleven through twenty and then glue them next to the correct number on their worksheet.

Number Ordering – Students will put number cards in order and then write on their recording sheet.