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?
So I created a set of materials that really ramps it up and helps us learn how to form the numerals and learn how to count one to one all the way to ten. Let me share many of the pieces included with you today – they work really well!
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Audio Book and Video
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.
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.
I’ve also made a video version of this book to that gets kinders moving. They use body parts to form the numbers!
Mini Handwriting and Counting Book
Student make their own mini version to take home! They create their own Monster Numbers book and “capture” monsters by completing the work pages. I like using this as a lesson with my guided math groups.
It prints great in black and white.
The mini book that focuses on numbers 5-10 since that’s where most kinders need work on counting 1:1 when they enter kindergarten.
Number Formation Chants
My kinders have begun to pick up on the numeral formation chants quickly from the audio book (or when I just read it aloud), the video and from the mini-book. 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.
Ten Frame Workmats
Introduce a ten frame by using the monster keeper. It’s a great visual for kinders and you can print as many monster manipulatives you’d like.
Use them whole group or with small groups as needed. They are fantastic for exploring how to count, touching objects 1:1 and getting to know the layout of a ten frame.
Number Ten Frame Puzzles
I needed a center activity that was ready to go and didn’t need explanation of how to do it. Puzzles were my solution to make it easy on both me and my new students. They have the general concept of how to do a puzzle – I just provided the pinpointed content.
There are two different kinds to allow for differentiation. The 3-piece number puzzles all have the same shape which means they have to count if they are to get the puzzle correct.
Decomposing Numbers Workmats
Since I kind of loathe worksheets, I’ve added ten frame workmats. They are great for giving students a target number to make in different ways. Making 5 is a huge concept in kindergarten, so I always go more in depth on numbers 0-5… but this activity I included means you can extend the life of your Monster Numbers materials well beyond the beginning of the school year.
You can use the workmats along with the recording sheets if you want. 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.
Simply laminate (or slide into a plastic sleeve) and you’re set to go! 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.
Grab this video on YouTube to add to your playlist here.
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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