Plaid In Kindergarten – Thrifty Thursday – Paper Pencils Math Centers

Another Thrifty Thursday courtesy of the Target Dollar Spot! This time I found these paper pencils (that come in 6 different colors) for classroom accents that come 24 to a pack. (Don’t they know how many letters in the alphabet?) Since there weren’t enough in a pack for upper and lower case letters, beginning sounds, etc… I knew I could use them for numbers!Number Pencils 1I decided to use these to make a math center that could either grow with the class or be easy to differentiate for leveled learners. For this I bought 3 sets which gave me enough to make three versions of cards.

  • just numbers
  • dots (in the same pattern as tens frames)
  • number words

By making three versions of cards it enables me to have the students use them in several ways. Thinking out load here…

  • put the numbers in order
  • match numbers to words
  • match numbers to dots
  • match numbers to both!
  • concentration
  • put sets in a sensory bin and have them matchnumber pencils 2

Next, I wanted to come up with a way to have them show, or document, their practice and learning. I made several matching activities (above) where they could track what they are doing. One sheet has numbers, one has number words, and one has tens frames. So, for $3.00 and a little computer time, I made a center that, I hope, can be used throughout the year. How else might you use these? Let me know! I’m always open to new ideas!

number pencils 3


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