We just met as an entire district grade level to go over our new common core assessment packets and were discussing how much number sense and learning to write and use numbers 0-10 there is in just the first nine weeks of school. Is your pacing anything similar?
I created an monster numbers audio book (and extension tools) that my kinders LOVE and it is beginning to help me accomplish working towards mastery of these standards with my kinders in a short amount of time.
Monster Numbers Audio Book
It talks about the process of counting 1:1 all the way up to four as an example and then goes over well-known number formation chants to practice forming the numerals correctly.
My kinders have begun to pick up on the numeral formation chants quickly and I am including a set of the chants to go home with our parents at our parent night this week. Hopefully these will earn some at-home fridge space for a few weeks.
Monster Number Numeral Formation Chants
There is a parent-friendly copy of the numeral formation chants to send home. But, I didn’t stop there! Here are more fantastic pieces of the monster numbers set.
Ten Frame Workmats, Puzzles and Decomposing Mats
Since I kind of loathe worksheets, I’ve added a mini student-book, set of ten frame puzzles, and ten frame workmats.
And to make it usable past just the first few weeks of school, there are decomposing workmats or worksheets (the printables can be used either way) to building numbers in different ways up to 10.
Use the workmats to build and then use the worksheets to record their thinking! They were fun to make and I love the idea of even using bingo-daubers for representing items in a ten frame. In this case, those daubers will create fantastic monsters.
Add-On – Playdough Number Mats
I made an additional item – the playdough numeral formation and ten frame work mats. These are by far my favorite extension to the read aloud and is easy to put as your first practice zone activity.
Numeral Formation (Monster Numbers) Video
I made a free version of the audio book and turned it into a video but the audio version of this printable read aloud is included in your purchase!
It works great if you break it up into parts to focus on just a couple numbers!
Enjoy this free how to write numbers video – it’s about 10 minutes so it is a mini-lesson in itself, but should help get kinders moving while they’re learning.
We love throwing it up on a big screen to practice forming numbers with arms, elbow, legs and heads. So much fun!
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