Friday, April 24, 2015

Stop, Swap, and Roll + GIVEAWAY!

I am so excited to participate in the Stop, Swap, and Roll hosted by Melissa at Jungle Learners!

This is such a fun idea!  I was so happy to be paired with Molly from xoxokindergarten.  Molly is super sweet and is a kindergarten teacher in Minnesota who loves to camp with her family. 

It was fun to go shopping in Molly's TpT store xoxokindergarten.  I had a tough decision to make beacause I am terrible with decisions.  However, I have a soft spot in my heart for math materials and so I picked her Reusable Primary Math Stations and Games packet.  I am so glad that I did!  This packet is full of activities for your students to learn and stay engaged in math centers.

As soon as I got the packet I quickly printed materials, laminated, and got my centers ready to go.  I was anxious for my students to get started.  This packet is great because it has some things that are in color, and other materials that are in black and white so you are able to choose what you would like to print.  The packet was easy to print and prep.

One of the games we played was "Go Fish" with a twist.  The children were looking for multiples of 10.  Molly included a little "cheat sheet" which helped my children.  They quickly caught on that they were adding two numbers that equaled ten and gathering piles of those number partners.

I love the interaction this game provided and it was super easy to prep as well.  This will be an easy game to keep handy for my students to grab and play, ahem, I mean learn!

Another game we played was "Top it".  I like this packet because it had many activities for differentiation.  This is one of those games.  Students pick two cards and the highest card wins.  I put out base ten block cards to 30 and number cards to 30.  My strong students picked up the game quickly and went wild over it!  My students who need more support had fun, but it was a challenge.  In the future, I would only put this game out for certain learners and/or give certain groups cards to suit their own level.  I had all of my students participate in all of the activities because I wanted to see how they worked.  

"Ladybug Addition" was another fun activity that my students loved!  I laminated the mat and gave them large dice in dice.  They rolled the dice and put that number of dots on the ladybug - one side was the big die and the other side of the ladybug was the small die.  I handed out Expo markers so their work could be recorded on the page, and then it was transferred to the recording sheet provided. 

"Addition Crossout" was super fun!  Children worked in pairs and again rolled dice in dice.  The two numbers were added together and then partner A crossed that number off on the tower.  Partner B went and did the same thing.  The first person to cross out all of their numbers wins the game.  It was great to see my students so engaged in a meaningful partner activity!

"Double it!" was another great game.  All you need for this game is dice, crayons, and the recording sheet.  The children get one die and roll it.  Say a "3" is rolled.  They double it - so 3+3 is 6 and then they find the 6 on the page and color it.  Roll again.........Double it!..........roll again......Double it!......until the page is full!

Another activity we tried out of this great packet was "Math Mountain."  Think number bonds but instead of putting the manipulatives in the circles, you put them on the lines connecting the bonds.  See how it is like a mountain?  This was another great adding opportunity for my students to physically count the objects, as well as divide the objects on either side.  It helped them understand decomposing, adding, and even missing addends a little better.

The last activity we tried was a favorite of some of the kiddos because it involved food!  Molly created a few different pages for addition and subtraction stories.  I chose the subtraction story with a simplified layout.  I had some snacks left over from the 100th Day of School that we never used, so the children were given a certain amount of snack and then they drew that number on the mat.  As they ate, they crossed out the snacks on their board and recorded the equation.  Soon enough, they had eaten their entire snack and they were left with zero!  

There are so many activities in this packet that I haven't even gotten to try yet.  This is full of different skills that are good for review, a challenge, to work with whole group or centers, or to differentiate instruction.  You will be able to use so many parts of this packet and the prep is pretty easy too - bonus!

Molly is having a sale in her TpT store so you can get this product at a discount right now.  

For a chance to win this math packet, hop on over to my Kindergarten Planet Facebook page.  Make sure to like my page before entering to win.  Also, check out the rafflecopter at the end of this blog post to win this packet.  You should also like Molly on TpT, Instagram and Facebook so you can keep up with any new product she creates!

Be sure to check out Molly's blog post!!!!  She tried out my Rhyming Rocks! packet and you can read all about it and enter to win my packet on her blog and Facebook page!

In addition, I am having a sale in my TpT store to celebrate the product swap!  Make sure to stop on by!

There are also many other product swaps going on.  Be sure to hop around to different blogs and enter to win other amazing products!

You can try to win this awesome math packet from xoxokindergarten.  Enter the rafflecopter below.

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  1. Ahh! Looks great :) So glad you were able to use it in your classroom! THANK YOU!

    1. Hi Molly! We loved using your math packet and will enjoy using it in the future as well. You created a fine pack of activities. Thanks so much!

  2. Great post! This is my first time doing the swap, I am having so much fun discovering great products and tools for the classroom.
    Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi Ashley! Me too! I am having fun hopping around and seeing all of these great products in action! Thanks for stopping by :)

  3. Thanks for sharing, this pack looks amazing! It's going on my wishlist and I'll keep my fingers crossed for your giveaway. Thank you for sharing! I hope you've had fun with the swap, I'm glad you participated! :)

    Jungle Learners

    1. Hi Melissa! Thanks for stopping by! I loved the swap and look forward to the next one. Thanks for hosting :)

  4. Awesome giveaway; thanks for participating!