Math Ideas



Five for Friday: March 24

Hi guys!

How was your first week back from spring break? I have lots of freebies to share with you in my Five for Friday recap this week!


I am totally a write it down, check it off = productivity kind of person.  So when March break rolled around I knew I had to make up some goals and a daily scheduling papers to keep me on track.

I shared these originally on Instagram when I first made them but wanted to share them here too, since you can use them at anytime of the year! The goal setting sheet is completely editable so you can use it to fit your needs! I made a new one on the last day of March break and put #MARCHGOALS at the top and re-planned for the rest of March!

Click here or on the image below to download the editable goal setting sheet and the daily schedule sheet for free:


Again, sorry I'm sharing this so late! I made these for the first day back so the students could draw and write about what they did over March break.  They loved this and so many students wanted to write about what they did over March break!

I know it's too late now, but if you can use this printable for next year, you can grab them by clicking here or on the image below to download the sheets for free!


My group needs lots of practice with patterning this year! I have a core group who gets it and then lots who don't quite understand the concept yet.  So I try to have lots of patterning activities that I switch out every so that the centre is inviting for the students to visit.

This week we put out different sized gemstones and this patterning mat out.

The students were invited to make colour or size patterns.  This side is a little easier and the back side has more complicated patterns.  I told them the back side was a "challenge" and my high achievers flocked there! "Challenge" seems to be the magic word for my high achiever this year!

I just added these to my patterning unit on TPT.  Click here or on the image below if you are interested in checking them out!


This week our sight word was "yes" so after learning the sight word I set out this "Read & Answer" sheet at the writing centre for the kids to do.  

I purposely picked these animals because they appear in the level 1-7 books in our PM Benchmark books.  I love these because most students can complete it independently and it requires them to think because they have to answer each question based on their own personal preference.  I'm hoping to make more when our focus sight words lends itself well to this type of format!

You can grab this printable for free by clicking here on the image below to try it with your class:


I had a new kiddo start this week with a strawberry allergy.  They are not as common as nut allergies and I couldn't find any posters or letters already pre-made that I liked so I made my own.

If you could use them too, you can download them for free by clicking here or on the image below:

That's it for this week!
I hope you were able to get some ideas to use in your classroom!

To read more Five for Fridays, click on the button below to visit Kacey's Five for Friday link-up at Doodle Bugs Teaching!

Have a great weekend!

- Yukari

Five for Friday: March 17

Happy Friday! Although it was spring break for me this week, I uncharacteristically took a bunch of photos the week before break so I'm back with another Five for Friday post sharing with you 4 new subtraction ideas and a writing freebie!


I already had a similar mini book (you can see it here) but last year I found it a little too open-ended for some of my kiddos so I updated the pack and added this version! In this mini book there are animals on each page (6-10) and the students roll the dice, cross out that many animals and write the answer.

My kiddos love mini books this year and the dice definitely helped them focus! These (and the subtraction printables below) have been added to my subtraction unit on TpT.  You can check it out by clicking on the image below:


I always read "Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons" when I introduce subtraction! It's such a fun book with a great message :) The kids always love it too.  This year I made these felt shirts and put out some buttons for the kids to retell the story with!  They did such a great job retelling the story independently!

I also put out these recording sheets so the kids could record their subtraction sentences if they wanted to.  I love these because I can add them to any subtraction centre to encourage some math writing!


Just before spring break we started to introduce some subtraction strategies. Here are some mats I set out for the kids to practice the strategies "use manipulatives" and "use a number line"!

I love these rainbow erasers (from Party City) but any small manipulative would work in these ten-frames!

 I print them double-sided to save on paper! I laminate them and for the number line one I set out dry-erase markers as well so the kids can practice using the number line at the bottom over and over!


My kiddos love dry-erase markers and whiteboards, so I'm always trying to add some dry-erase printables to the whiteboard centre that encourages them to practice what we are learning in the whole group setting at the time.  Since we are focusing on subtraction right now I made up these subtraction dry-erase cards! I always try to find images that would engage my little learners (that doesn't infringe copyright, so I can share them with you guys).  Video game consoles, snacks (not pictured) and cute animals? Sold.


Here is our writing for March! We read the book "City Dog, Country Frog" by Mo Willems and since the story takes place through the four season, the question was "The story "City Dog, County Frog" takes place through many seasons.  What is your favourite season? Why is it your favourite?"

I have a group of great writers this year but I really noticed the JK's ROCKING IT this month! They are using so many strategies to support their writing which makes my teacher heart so happy! 

Here is one of my JK gals and her fabulous writing! She is absolutely ready for a second sentence and we will be working towards that goal next month.

 "My favourite season is summer because we get to go to the pool."

For the kiddos who are ready we also get them to check and edit their work using the writing checklist! These are kept in a drawer in our writing centre.  

You can download this writing paper for free by clicking on the image below:

The writing checklist (and lessons to introduce all 8 components of the checklist) is in my Step by Step: Kindergarten Writing Plans pack on TpT. 

That's it from me for this week! I hope you were able to grab some ideas to use for your classroom! And if you are going back to the classroom after March break on Monday like me, I hope you have had a restful spring break and that you are excited to be returning on Monday. Always remember that you are making a difference in the lives of those little people, your best effort is more than enough and that you only have these little people for a little while longer! Enjoy them and have fun!

- Yukari

If you are looking for more teaching ideas, you can check out Kacey's Five for Friday link-up by clicking on the button below:


Five for Friday: March 10

Hey hey! Is it anyone else's first day of SPRING BREAK???

I'm so excited and ready for much needed R&R but first I wanted to recap my week.  I know school may be the last thing on your mind right now but I hope you can use some of these ideas when you go back to school!


I had lots of St. Patrick's Day activities I had made from last year (you can see those here) but making centres is one of my favourite things about teaching, so I couldn't resist making a few more!

At this centre, students are invited to look at the pots and either read the numeral or addition sentence.  Then put that many shamrocks, pom poms or beads in the pot with the tweezers! Fine motor, 1:1 correspondance and number ID/addition practice all rolled into one!


We are focusing on addition and subtraction right now in math so I set out this invitation to show math with loose parts.  Students were invited to make number sentences (addition or subtraction) but were free too show other types of math as well (e.g. patterning, creating sets etc.)  The first day I set this out it was crickets... but then I moved it to a different table and the next few days so many kids went there and showed me some great mathematical thinking! Sometime's all a centre needs is a fresh location ;)


I saw this on @everythingfdk's Instagram and knew I had to try it! This was a HUGE hit.  So many of my kiddos need fine motor practice/scissors skills and some still need some shape ID practice as well.  This centre allows them to work on all of these skills! We had this centre out every day since last Friday and the table has been full consistently all week! At first we had circle, triangle, square, heart, star and hexagon but after a few days also added rectangle, diamond, pentagon, trapezoid, moon and octagon.

This centre also gave them an opportunity to talk about which shapes were easier/harder to cut which led to comparing attributes (e.g. the curves are harder to cut then the straight lines.  Squares are easy to cut because they only have straight lines.)

If you would like a copy of these cutting cards you can click on the image below to download them for free!


As mentioned above we have been focusing on addition and subtraction so we have been rotating through some addition and subtraction centres! I love these cards because it helps the kids practice so many skills (fine motor, 1:1 correspondance, numeral identification) in addition to the addition (does that make sense? lol).  My kiddos love anything with play dough so they loved these!

If you are interested in these addition play dough cards they are included in my addition pack on TpT.  If you already own the pack I recently added 41 new pages to it! Click here or on the image below to redownload it to get the updates for free!


I saw this post by Hefty on Facebook and thought these number line bags were such a great idea! I made them and set them out with some addition flashcards. I also added a recording sheet to the centre to support the kids who wanted to record their work. I love this recording sheet because you can add it to any centre! They are included in my addition pack on TpT as well.

I'm linking this post up with Kacey at Doodle Bugs Teaching for her Five for Friday link-up.  You can check out more Five for Friday posts by clicking on the image below:

That's it from me this week! I hope you have a great weekend and if you are on spring break as well a great spring break!

- Yukari