Math Games for Math Fluency

Hey there, thanks for stopping by.  Do you use math games in your classroom?  My kids absolutely love to play games. However, I sometimes find it difficult to make sure they are actually learning and not just playing around.  Through trial and error, I learned a lot along the way to help me be more successful for when I do use math games in my classroom.
Math games for kindergarten.  Math maths using dice are a great way to teach number concepts.  one more, one less and one, ten fames, subitizing and finger counting.  Include math games in your daily math routines.  Your students will love playing these quick and easy engaging math dice games. easy no-prep print and go. just add dice. Great for early finishers use in math centers.

First things first, you need to know what the overall objective is.  What is the purpose for using the specific game?  Hopefully you have picked one that builds upon the concepts you are currently learning in class.  Right now my kids are focussing on one less.  Although this sounds easy, it isn't that easy for all.

Below is what a math lesson might look like in my class for this concept.
Before we use the Roll and Cover Math Games we would do some whole class activities such as word problems, white board work, counting backwards, and number writing.  Each of these activities will all focus on one less.  Starting with word problems I'll engage my students by using their names in my word problems and it usually involves food. Examples...

Ryan had 5 donuts, then he gave one to his favorite teacher. Now he has one less.  How many donuts does Ryan have? Using their white boards I have the kids draw out the word problem then explain it to their math partner.

White board Work- I write a number then call on students to tell me one less.

Counting backward- I state a number then the class begins counting backwards from that given number.

Number writing- I say a number then using their personal white boards students write the number that is one less.

Now it is time for the Roll and Cover Math Games.  All of these math games involve rolling a dice and then covering a space on the math mat.  The game we would be using for this activity would one less. I have several to choose from. I could pick one with numbers, ten frames or a variety of fingers, dice and frames.

Math games for kindergarten.  Math maths using dice are a great way to teach number concepts.  one more, one less and one, ten fames, subitizing and finger counting.  Include math games in your daily math routines.  Your students will love playing these quick and easy engaging math dice games. easy no-prep print and go. just add dice. Great for early finishers use in math centers.
Before I pass out any of the materials I demonstrate how to play the game. I do this every time, even if we played the same game the day before.  They are only 5 and 6 years old and they forget!!!   These games all come with dice patterns that you can print and build or you can use foam dice as well.  I also use foam counters for the markers.  They are quick and easy to pass out and clean up.  I will link all of them below.

Once I demonstrate a few times, I quickly call upon one student to demonstrate as well.  I always call a student who I need to make sure they understand the concept.  This lets me quickly assess the situation to see if they are going to need extra help.  Then I send them off with their partners to play.  

Math Partners: My students are paired together with another student who is at their same skill level or just above or below them.  I do not pair an academically high kid with an academically low kid.  I need both partners to work together.  If one partner is really high academically and one is not, then we know what happens, the high kid does all the work.  Finding the perfect partners is challenging.  I often need to change it up and sometimes need to form triads, but eventually it all works out.

If we were working on one more and with larger numbers I'd probably use the same lesson plan above and use one of these math mats.
Math games for kindergarten.  Math maths using dice are a great way to teach number concepts.  one more, one less and one, ten fames, subitizing and finger counting.  Include math games in your daily math routines.  Your students will love playing these quick and easy engaging math dice games. easy no-prep print and go. just add dice. Great for early finishers use in math centers.

What I like best about these is that there is literally no prep print and go.  You can skip the laminating part and place in a protective sleeve.  Many teachers tell me they leave them out for students to use as an early finisher assignment.  Other teacher use them to start their morning.  Kids come in and start playing while waiting for other kids to arrive.  

You can find these in my TpT store.  There are 30 different math mats in color and black and white.  and dice to go with the mats is also included.


Materials I use for my Roll and cover Math Games can be found on Amazon.
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Do you play math games with your students? Drop me a comment, I'm always wanting to learn about new games to add to my bag of tricks.  

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100th Day of School Stem Activities

Last week we celebrated our 100th day of school! Usually, I go all out with lots of prep, but this year I wanted to try something new.  I put together some activities I thought my kids would find engaging and that were ongoing.  I am happy to report it worked!!!

100the Day of School STEM Activities
My kids were actively engaged in small groups all day long.  I had enough centers to keep them occupied all day.  There was no fighting, no complaining, instead, there was lots of conversation, and cooperation. In fact when it was time to clean up- they didn't want to.  They asked when they could do it again.

What did I do that was so engaging for a bunch of kindergarteners? Most of the stations were hands on using math manipulatives.  There were of course some of the old time favorites like the 100th day snack, hat and necklace.   However, all of the STEM building stations were the most popular.

  • 100 Cups.
  • 100 Snap cubes
  • 100 Pattern blocks
  • 100 Legos
  • 100 Building blocks
  • 100 Marshmallows and toothpicks
  • 100 Art project
  • 100 Gum-balls
  • 100 Hat
  • Hooray-Brighter for Glow sticks bracelets

100th Day of School Easy No Prep STEM activities to engage your students
Keep the fun going with the traditional 100th day activities.
100th day of school celebration activity resources

Both of these resources can be found in my TpT store.



Have you celebrated your 100th day yet?  I do have a Freebie to get you started. 

Last, but not least, just for fun our Kinder team and kiddos dressed up for the occasion.  So this teacher looking dress is a blast from the past.  When I first became a teacher, my grandma made me a few teacher themed jumpers.  I have saved them because they are from her, and they "Give Me Joy" .  They were the perfect outfit for the day.  My wig is from Amazon.  I had ordered quite a few to try and this was the perfect fitting one. 
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Well, that is it- Have a great week and Enjoy your 100th day of school.

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Valentine Box Project

Every year My kids make a family Valentine box project.  This year will be no exception.  I can't wait to see what they come up with.  Some of these boxes are just so creative. I send the letter home the first week of February.

This gives them time to work on the project.  You can get a copy of the letter here.


Classroom Valentine Container Project
Here are a few boxes projects from years past.
Student valentine box homework project

I've been working on updating resources- so... If you own this resource, you are in for a huge TREAT!!! It has been completely overhauled.  ALL NEW FONTS AND GRAPHICS.  It's like a brand new resource.
but now it looks like this
Here are just a few of the activities inside
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February Literacy centers for kindergarten
For my friends back East, stay warm, and stay safe. Have a great week!!!

Does Student Assessment Drive You Bonkers?

We all know that student assessment is important.  Data should drive instruction, but too much assessment can drive a teacher bonkers. If teachers are spending all of their time assessing, when are they doing the teaching?
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About 5 years ago I came across ESGI and my teacher heart was overjoyed.  I love technology and the fact that I could assess my students on any device, anyplace, I was sold!!!!  I signed up for the FREE 60 day trial and began using it right away.  Then I showed it to our assistant Superintendent.  Next thing I know my colleague and I are put in charge of ESGI and creating all of the kindergarten assessments for the district.  It's like having magic keys to the kingdom.

No more carrying around large binders of assessments and having to shuffle through stacks of papers. I can assess a kid on the playground if I so want to.  I just pick up an iPad and go.

Right now ESGI is having a Go Bonkers promotion.  The great news is there are some extra perks if you sign up now for the trial and then decide to purchase.  
I have GREAT NEWS!!!! Teachers that sign-up for a new ESGI trial account and/or purchase:
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  • All teachers who purchase an account with TiffaniBonkers between Feb. 1st - Feb 8th will receive a $50 Amazon gift card with their purchase.

Why ESGI? Because it -

  • Saves you over 400 hours a year!
  • Guides instruction by providing you with real-time student data.
  • Automatically generates parent letters & customizable flash cards.
  • Grants you free access to thousands of customizable assessments or you can instantly create your own!
ESGI Tests This is where all the assessment tests are located.  Click the tab for assessments.  So easy to locate a test to see how a student is performing.  You can look at overall class percentages. or just one student.
This is what my assessment dashboard looks like.  I simply click the tab I am assessing on and then the student name which is off to the left. 
ESGI Flashcards with students names.  Print the exact items your student needs more practice with.  ESGI will print flashcards for every student who needs help with certain items.  Send the flash cars home with the parent note.  Students can work on the exact skills they need more help with.  Flash cards print with students name right on them.

For students who need extra practice I can have ESGI print out flash cards for each student with the exact skill they need to know, with their name on it.  For example, if they didn't know specific numbers or shapes, it will print those flash cards for them.
ESGI Parent Reports, lets parents know exactly how their students are progressing academically in school.  The reports can be printed in English and Spanish.

Parent information.  this is what I LOVE!!!!!!! it can be printed in English or Spanish.  I use if for parent teacher conferences and I attach it to my report cards too.  I also send it home throughout the school year like a progress report with certain students as a reminder to parents.  These are students that I am checking on more often in between report card assessments.  This is to remind parents that their child needs more help at home.  Can you see how beautifully it shows exactly what the students knows and does not know.  So simple.  This is much easier for a parent to understand than a standards based report card.  I actually write in my report card comment to please see the attached data sheet.
Here is a great Video to show you more

Follow the link below to the training module:
ESGI Training Module

Have a Great Week- if you have any questions about ESGI- feel free to contact me.

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Winter Books and Centers for Kindergarten

Winter is here and that means snowflakes, snowman, arctic animals and penguins.  January is always jammed packed full of frosty fun.  It is also that time of year when our kids start to really take off and we see that burst of learning and lightbulb moments.


Last week we read my all time favorite book, The Snowy Day.  Then we made this adorable art project.  I've been making this for years, so if you've been a follower, you've seen this before.  If you subscribe to my newsletter, you know that the template for Peter was this months Free download.
The Snowy Day art project using snow paint. A kindergarten art project.  Create snow paint by mixing glue and shaving cream together until it is thick use more cream than glue.  Than dab the mixture onto the paper making peaks as if you were covering a lemon merengue pie.  Let dry overnight or longer.  Add Peter the next day.#thesnowyday #ezrajackkeats
Books about Snow. Snow themed books for kindergarten and first grade.
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We've been reading a lot of snow themed books, I have collected quite a few over the years.  
Here are few of my favorites


For more Snow books check out these books 

Centers this month are from my Winter Math and Literacy Centers for Kindergarten.  There are enough centers in this resource to get me through the entire month of January.

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Winter Themed Centers
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Leave me a comment about what theme you are learning this month; snow, penguins, polar bears???  Is there a resource you need more of?  I'm here to help.

 Have a great week.



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