Five for Friday: February 24

Hi guys!

Happy Friday! Apart from feeling a little crummy at the beginning of the week (fever & cold carrying over from last week..) I had such a great week with the kids this week!

Here are some of the highlights!


We wrapped up composing numbers and started addition this week.  Here is one of our new centres, addition with unifix cubes! For example (for the card at the bottom right corner) the kids would grab 1 blue unifix cube and 3 purple unifix cubes and snap them together.  Then they count them to get the answer.  I laminated the strips so that they could write the answers with dry erase markers.  This little gal chose to use these hand manipulatives to show her answer (the question was 1+1=)!

I have added these addition cards to my addition pack on TPT.  If you already own it, you can redownload it and get the new pages for free!

Here is our current composing numbers and addition math board!

We also made these hand prints to reinforce skip counting by 10. I love how they turned out!

One day, I had students roll a home made dice (I put dots and numbers 1-4 on a wooden cube with a flair pen) and a regular dice, compose the two numbers they rolled on a ten-frame with snap cubes and record it on this recording sheet with bingo dabbers:

We also reviewed some problem solving! I loved these questions because I could easily differentiate the numbers for each student based on their ability and the kids loved it because they got to pick the names of the people in their word problem! If they choose a strategy other than "draw a picture" I took a photo of their strategy and added it to their work.

You can grab both composing printables for free by clicking on the image below:


I found these adorable alphabet beads at Michaels and picked them up since I had a 40% off coupon. I set them out with pipe cleaners and this pattern mat to encourage naming the core and writing! Our kids need lots of practice with patterning and they seem to enjoy this invitation to pattern!

You can grab the pattern mat for free by clicking on the image below:


I made this centre quickly one morning and it has been a surprising hit! It's super easy to differentiate for your class (just use the sight words that your kids need more practice with) and for the kiddos who are not yet working with sight words they can practice reading the letters and clipping them in the right order!


My kids love writing numbers but I felt like they needed a challenge so I made up these "I Can Write to 100" dry-erase sheets! I also printed and laminated 2 hundreds charts and stuck it on our math wall so that the kids could use it as a reference.  I printed the "I Can Write to 100" sheets double-sided, one side with the tracing lines and one side without.  They have loved these and so many of them are having fun working with bigger numbers!

You can grab these for free as well by clicking on the image below:


I wanted sight word cards that had formation arrows and a simple sentence so that they could be used at many different types of centres. I use them for the salt tray centre, add them to the whiteboard centre or put them out with keyboards (I got these at Dollarama a few years ago!). When I set it out with the keyboards I encourage the students to type the sight word and then for an extra challenge to type the sentence underneath.  My kids like anything remotely technology related, so this centre was a hit!

I had a request to make these with no formation arrows so now the pack has words with formation arrows and writing lines, words with writing lines (no formation arrows) and words with no lines or formation arrows! I hope now they will meet everyone's needs!

You can grab these cards by clicking here or on the image below:

Phew! I feel like that was a long post! I hope you were able to grab some ideas that you can use in your classroom! Have a great weekend!

- Yukari

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  1. I love the Math Centers Ideas!! Thanks for sharing!
    Very Perry Classroom

  2. Thank you for your great post! I like using clothespins to reinforce the pincher (pointer and thumb) grasp needed for proper pencil grip. Easy and quick ten frame practice! Keep sharing. Have a fun week.

    1. I like using clothespins to reinforce pincher grasp too! Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment :)

  3. The hand prints for counting by 10's is a great idea. Love it. Thanks for sharing.
    Once a Teacher, Always a Teacher

    1. Thanks Beti! I love how the hand prints came out! Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment!