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


Plaid In Kindergarten – Thrifty Thursday – Magnet Letters

I have a confession. I am slightly addicted to anything for a dollar. This week, I was too excited to find some magnetic letters in the Dollar Spot at Target for $1.00.  After 15 years of teaching in grades 2-5, I am making a move to Kindergarten, which means it’s time to go even more primary. With this in mind, I knew magnetic letters would be a must. So…. I bought a “few” to have in my class. Hopefully I have enough. While there, I did notice they had upper case and numbers too.lowercase magnet letters

Lots of ideas are running through my mind on how to use them!

  • Putting the letters in alphabetical order
  • Matching lower and upper case letters
  • Identifying missing letters and sounds
  • Sight Words
  • Spelling their names
  • Word families
  • If have some more ideas, please share!

I’m sure more will come to mind. If not, that’s what Pinterest is for!

While at Dollar Tree the other day, I did pick up a few cookie sheets so students could use them in small groups or individually.

Dollar Tree Cookie Sheets

But I know I want to set up a wall or center that would be a bit more permanent. Maybe some of you have some ideas on how to make that happen!

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