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postheadericon Beginning of the Year Math Centers

While trying to keep the tears at bay and get everyone home, the first week of school is basic survival.  Teaching expectations, routines and modeling consumes the first six weeks of first grade.  

I have compiled a bunch of easy to make Kindergarten review math centers to take the pressure off while still keeping my firsties busy.  These centers review the kindergarten skills and give students the opportunity to freely explore with the math manipulatives.  

*All of these were found using Pinterest or a simple google search and none are my original ideas.  I have credited the links and directed you to the FREE download if available.

 

Independent Centers

Counting Towers- number recognition 1-10

Materials:

2 sheets- 12×18 construction paper (taped together)

1 package shaped decor sheets- Dollar Store (write #s 1-10)

tape/glue stick

sharpie

unifix cubes

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*Another way to make this center is to glue the blank shapes on, laminate and use as a write/wipe off mat.  Could easily be used as a math center one day and a word work center another.

 

Number Puzzles (1-10)

These can be printed for FREE here thanks to The Reading Mama

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Snap Cube Number (1-9) and Pattern Cards

FREE download here thanks to One Beautiful Home

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Paint Chip Number Line

Count forward beginning from a given number within a known sequence. Use paint chips, a Sharpie and laminate. Credit to A Kentucky Kindergarten

Number Line

 

Number Talks/Small Group Instruction

Subitizing Dot Plates- number sense 1-10

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Subitizing Arrangements

YouTube Video with tutorial Subitizing Made Easy

 

I Have Who Has Subitizing Cards

I found a free download here at TPT, but these can be easily created to add more to your deck.

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For more ideas visit some of my older posts on First Week of School Work Stations,  Operations and Algebraic Thinking and to learn more about how I run my work stations visit my organization and management posts.

postheadericon Teaching Character Traits- Kindness

This month we are learning how to be caring individuals.

November is a great month to teach Random Act of Kindness.

September- Responsibility

October-Trustworthiness

November- Kindness

December- Respect

January-Citizenship

February- Fairness

March- Courage

April- Determination

May – Cooperation

June- Sportsmanship

Let's take a closer look at November- Kindness.  I've compiled a list of books to use throughout the month.  I will also give you some ideas for activities that can be done to reinforce the trait.

 

Books that teach Kindness

One Grain of Rice

The Teddy Bear

A Sick Day for Amos McGee

Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: an African tale

Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen

South

Great Joy

Bear Feels Sick

Those Shoes

Stand in My Shoes

Heartprints

Kindness Is Cooler, Mrs. Ruler

 

Anchor Chart

What a Kind person looks like:

  • compassionate and show they care
  • express gratitude
  • forgive others
  • help people in need

 

Kindness Game

Have the children gather in a large circle and throw a ball to another person in the circle. When they throw the ball, have them say something kind to the other person. That person then throws the ball to another person and says something kind. Make sure everyone has a turn (both hears and says something kind). For the second round, explain they need to say something nice about themselves and allow time for everyone to have a turn.

 

Writing Journal:

  • Gratitude Journal- Who/What are you grateful for?

 

  • Thank You Letter- Write a letter to someone who has given you something or done something kind.

postheadericon Teaching Character Traits- Trustworthiness

Last month I posted about my monthly character education units that I am starting this year with my  students.  Here's a look at how I set up each month.

September- Responsibility

October-Trustworthiness

November- Kindness

December- Respect

January-Citizenship

February- Fairness

March- Courage

April- Determination

May – Cooperation

June- Sportsmanship

This month I will give you an overview of October- Trustworthiness.  I've compiled a list of books to use throughout the month.  I will also give you some ideas for activities that can be done to reinforce the trait. 

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Books that teach trustworthiness

The Gold Coin by Alma Flor Ada

A Day's Work by Eve Bunting

Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel by Virginia Burton

The Principal's New Clothes by Stephanie Calmenson

My Big Lie by Bill Cosby

The Empty Pot by Demi

Jamaica's Find by Juanita Havill

A Bargain for Frances by Russell Hoban

Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook by Barbara Park

The Honest to GoodnessTruth by Patricia McKissack

Brave Irene by William Steig

Sam Tells Stories by Thierry Robberecht

 

Anchor Chart

What a trustworthy person looks like:

honest, tells the truth, keeping promises and being loyal so people can trust you.

Trustworthy people don't lie, cheat or steal.

They have integrity and the moral courage to do the right thing and stand up for their beliefs even when it is hard to do so.

Writing Journal:

  • What makes a trustworthy friend?
  • What are some ways you can be a friend who is trusted?
  • Why is it important to keep your word?
  • Make a list of book or TV characters that are not trustworthy.  Talk about why they are not trustworthy.
  •  How do you feel when you plan a game with someone who cheats?
  • Who are some people that you can trust?

postheadericon Teaching Character Traits- Responsibility

I am starting a monthly character education unit with my students this year.  Social skills are such an important part of first grade that it's only fitting to begin right away. Use the beginning of the year to set classroom climate and start to build students' character.  I don't have a curriculum that I'm working off of.  I will be teaching each trait using read-alouds and interactive activities.  At the end of the month 1 student will be selected as a student model.  That student will have proven that he/she has demonstrated the trait qualities all month.  There may be times that more than one student is worthy of the acknowledgement and will also be recognized.  I made a list of 10 character traits and placed one trait into each month September-June.  These can really go in any order this is just my way of setting them up.

September- Responsibility

October-Trustworthiness

November- Kindness

December- Respect

January-Citizenship

February- Fairness

March- Courage

April- Determination

May – Cooperation

June- Sportsmanship

This month I will give you an overview of September- Responsibility.  I've compiled a list of books to use throughout the month.  I will also give you some ideas for activities that can be done to reinforce the trait. 

 

This is the time to assign classroom jobs/duties.  Students should be taught how to do each job through modeling.  Use circle time to teach each of your classroom responsibilities.  Explain through role play, showing what is acceptable and what is not acceptable.  Pinterest has many different options for setting up your classroom jobs and there are many FREE downloads available at TPT

 

Books that teach responsibility

The Signmaker's Assistant by Tedd Arnold 
 
The Messy Room by Stan and Jan Berenstain

The Emperor’s Egg: Read and Wonder by Martin Jenkins

The Pigsty by Mark Teague

I Just Forgot by Mercer Mayer

The Paperboy by Dav Pilkey

Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola

Arthur’s Pet Business by Marc Brown

Know and Follow the Rules by Cheri J. Meiners M.Ed

The Way I Act by Steve Metzger

 

Anchor Chart

How To Be Responsible Person 

Be reliable and dependable

Demonstrate Self Control

Take care of your own business

Finish what you start

Take responsibility for your actions

Make smart choices

 

Praise worthy Focus Traits

Ready to Learn

Rule Follower

Model of Good Behavior

Radical Hand Raiser

Spot on Participation

Hard Worker

 

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Here a prettier sample of a responsibility anchor chart.

 

Writing Journal:

  • Make a list of your responsibilities at home.
  • Make a list of your responsibilities at school.
  • Write about how it makes you feel when somebody doesn't do what they said they would do.
  • Describe someone you think is very responsible. How does that person act? What do you like about that person?

 

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