Kindergarten Math Curriculum Program

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I am excited to announce that the new Kindergarten Math Curriculum Program has been completed.  You will find worksheets, workbooks and centre activities that will help you meet the Kindergarten common core math curriculum outcomes. The video below provides a brief overview of the program.                     […]

Math Counting Cardinality Strand – Video

Kinderplans is in the process of revising the Kindergarten Math Curriculum ProgramThe Counting and Cardinality strand has just been completed.  The

video below gives you a general idea of what this math curriculum strand consists of.


Video Numbers 1-20 Activities



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Using the the math workbooks and centre activities found within these units cover the curriculum outcomes below:


  1.  I can count forward starting at any number
  2. I can write numbers 0-20 and show the correct amount of objects for these numbers
  3. I know a number represents an amount of objects
  4. When I count, I know each number I say represents one object
  5. I know the last number I say is the number I say is the number of objects, even if I arrange them differently
  6. I know when I count the number gets bigger
  7. I can count 20 things
  8. I can tell if a group has greater than, less than or an equal amount
  9. I can compare two printed numerals between 1-10
  10. I can decompose numbers by how many tens and ones there are


Hands-One Centre Activities



To access the workbooks and centre activities click on the link below:


Accessing Resources



In the link below you can access the FREE  “Number Sets Workbook”


Number Sets Workbook on Kinderplans Website


Number Sets Workbook on Teachers Pay Teachers

Numbers Sets Sample Pages

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Pre-K and Kindergarten Ten-Frame Activities


Using ten-frame card math activities to develop number sense is an effective teaching strategy to use in your classroom.  In the video below I outline some activities that can be implemented using ten-frame cards to effectively teach number sense.


Ten Frames Video




View Video On How To Use the Ten Frames






Click the link below to access the materials from my Teacher Pay Teachers Store


Accessing the Resources



This music video effectively introduces numbers 1-10 through music and visuals.



Numbers to 10 Song on Youtube


Numbers to 10 Song on SchoolTube 



The students cut and paste the correct picture that is related to the video and text.


The students will count and color the pictures according to the text.




This music video effectively introduces 10-20 through music and visuals.



Teen Numbers Song on YouTube


Teen Numbers Song on SchoolTube


Students complete the ten frames with faces to make the teen number indicated.


Count and Color Teen Numbers

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Math Resources

Learning the teen numbers is the most difficult for young learners, as they do not follow a pattern.  I wanted to display the numbers to 20 on one of my bulletin boards as a point of reference, however, I also wanted to display the ten frames as a quick visual.  I went to the educational store in my area, but couldn’t find what I was looking for.   I decided to make my own, which is displayed below.  I am sharing these templates with you.  I specifically had these designed to copy on colored cardstock paper to use on our black and white photocopier.  They looked great, until I put them up.  The red cardstock I used did not make the numbers clearly visible from the distance. Back to the drawing board, I made circles to put in the middle to appear like a flower and copied these off on white paper. This did the trick, the numbers are now clearly visible. If you are going to copy these off on colored paper, I would experiment with this first to ensure the numbers are clearly visible.


Bulletin Board Display to 20

Bulletin Board Display to 20


Numbers to 20 Bulletin Board Display


Circles for the Middle (if needed)


Learning Numbers to 20

Addition Subtraction Mini-Workbook

Addition Subtraction Mini-Workbook

In the link below you will find a song videos and other resources that will help assist in learning the numbers to 20.


Numbers to 20 Song Videos and  Free Resources


New Resources

In the “Math Focus” curriculum you will find a newly added adding and subtracting mini-workbook.  More information on the “Math Focus” curriculum can be found in the link below:


Math Focus Curriculum


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100th Day Printables

100th Day Reader

100th Day Reader

We are going to be celebrating the 100th day of school in the next two weeks.  I wanted to share the printables that I have put together to celebrate this event.  In the links below you will find different versions of the reader I intend to use for shared reading.  I will be projecting the color version on my Smart Board and reading the print together.  Word work and follow-up activities will be related to the reader.  I like using the interactive version of the reader for the students to complete (cut and paste the picture that corresponds to the text).


Easy Version of the 100th Day Reader


100 Day Reader Color – Easy  Version


100 Day Reader Black and White – Easy  Version


100 Day Reader Black and White – Cut and Paste – Easy Version


100 Day Reader Harder Version

100 Day Reader Harder Version

Harder Version of the 100th Day Reader


100 Day Reader Color Version– Harder Version


100 Day Reader Black and White Version  Harder Version




Writing Templates

Writing Template

Writing Template

Each day I plan to have my students complete the patterned writing template provided in the link below.


What Would I Do With 100 Things?


Another Writing Project

This is another writing project I plan to have my students complete.  They will be writing five sentences on what they have learned since the beginning of the school year.  They will draw three of the activities in the light bulbs provided.


What I Learned In 100 Days


Fill in the Number Math Worksheet

Math Worksheet

The students would print the 100 sheet found in the link below by printing the correct number that is missing.


100 Fill In The Number Worksheet



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Pete the Cat Activities

If you have read my previous blog posts, you will know that I love “Pete the Cat” and so do my students.  In my school we are required to always have an emergency lesson plan ready, which also takes stress off us in time of need.  I have created a plan based on the literature selection “Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons” written by Eric Litwin.  I have outlined my plan below.  The mini unit is Pete-Cat-Buttons-Unitfound in the link.


Pete The Cat And His Groovy Button Mini Unit


8:34 – 9:15   Morning Routine

-Put on shoes, get book bin and whisper read to self using the whisper phones (previous readers they have worked on).
-After everyone is  settled, they choose a partner to read to.


Read Aloud in Circle Corner

Read book “Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons” by Eric Litwin to the students.


Book Reading from (project on Smart Board)


Video of the Book


Shared Reading 
Project emergent reader “My Groovy Buttons” on the Smart Board.

-Read the title of the selection.  Do a picture walk of the selection and discuss what might be happening on each page and how it might relate to the story you just read to them, “Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons” by Eric Litwin.  Discuss what the interactive component could be (add facial features and buttons)

-Read the selection to the children modeling the reading process completing the interactive component as you read (add buttons and facial features to each picture).

-Read again, choosing different students to be the word pointer.


9:15 – 10:00  Developmental Centers and Guided Reading

Half the class goes to play (development) centers,  5- 6 students do guided reading with me and 5-6 students go to craft with the assistant (working on guided drawing activities).


Interactive Component

Interactive Component

Guided Reading

-students add correct amount of buttons on the shirt and complete drawing their facial features on the emergent reader “My Groovy Buttons” reader.

-practice reading the book to themselves, then read to teacher

-After, partner reads the book to another student.


10:00 – 10:15  Bathroom Break, Snack and Get Ready for Recess

10:15 – 10:30      Recess

10:45 – 11:15   Literacy Centers

I use activities posted on the link below:


Literacy Center Ideas

11:15 – 12:00  Writer’s Workshop
-Students write what they think of “Pete the Cat”.  Complete the pattern: Pete the cat is ____________.
-Share what they wrote

12:00 – 12:55     Lunch

12:55 – 1:55  MathColor-Number-Buttons
Review Numeral Identification

-Distribute small math manipulatives.  Display numbers found on page  7 and the children display that many.  After, can complete sheet found on page 8.

Introducing Subtraction
-Put the following subtraction sentences on the board.  After, each sentence have the students use their manipulatives to act out the sentence (start with first number and take away the other number).  Explain how this is related to the story you read this morning “Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons” by Eric Litwin

5- 3 =___,   4 – 2 = ___,   3 – 1= ___,  5 – 0=____, 5 – 2 =______,  4 – 3 =_____
Button-SubtractionAssigned Related Seat Work–  Complete the subtraction sheet.  The students cross out the buttons that need to be subtracted in order to find the answer.  May need to do this sheet together using the Smart Board.

1:55  -2:10  Recess

2:10 – 2:50  Switch Developmental Centers, Guided Reading and Craft Groups

Students who did not have an opportunity to visit play (developmental) centers this morning now have an opportunity to do so.


3:00 End of Day





Free Worksheets and Resources

Math Resource Freebies

Follow-up Math Worksheet

Follow-up Math Worksheet

The Kinderplans site has many free resources that are available to the public.  I just wanted to make you aware of ones that would be applicable for this time of year.  If you are working with numbers, the link below you will lead to the page that has an animated number video with follow-up activities that can be used effectively to help students learn the numbers 1-20.



Animated Songs Number Video and Follow-Up Worksheets


Alphabet Activities Free Resources

Alphabet Picture Sorting Cards

Alphabet Picture Sorting Cards

In the links below you will find an animated alphabet video that is related to the “Alphabet Sight Word Readers” but it also contains other follow-up worksheets that can be used.


Animated Alphabet Video and Follow-up Worksheets


More Free Alphabet Activities and Worksheets


Free Emergent Readers

In the link below you will find free emergent readers which includes a reader about the changes that occur during the Fall or Autumn season.


Free Emergent Readers

Center Signs

In the link below you will find signs that can be used to identify your “Centers”.


Center Signs


Common Core Poster

Common Core Poster

Common Core Check List and Posters

Last year I condensed and modified the resources to help teachers meet the new common core standards that have become mandatory in many States.  On occasion, I receive an e-mail stating they want nothing to do with resources that relate to the “Common Core”.  Unfortunately many educators do not have an option.  The resources are designed to meet any curriculum outcomes.  Like any resource, it is up to the educator to adjust them according to the needs of their students and required curriculum outcomes.  They are generic enough to allow for this flexibility.

If you haven’t already accessed the common core checklist and posters, you can find them on the home page of the Kinderplans site.  You will need to logout of the member site in order to access the public site.  


Common Core Posters and CheckList


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Math Numbers Lessons

I have posted some ideas that can assist you in tackling the common core outcomes in relation to the strand “Counting and Cardinality”.  The activity sheets for these activities are found in the “Math Focus Program” which is included in the membership.



I can count to 100 by ones and tens

Counting by Tens

Math Counting to 100 and Positive Behaviors



This activity worked really worked well for me.  I combined earning positive behavior points with counting to 100.  I attach plastic cups to hooks on the wall and mark these off with tens numerals.  Each time I notice somebody practicing positive behavior they take an award and place it in the proper ten cup.  We count how many awards there are at the end of each day and together we ensure there are only 10 per cup.  We practice counting by ones and tens to see how many we have accumulated. We have a celebration once 100 awards have been accumulated. The awards I use are found in the link below.  The amount is also marked off on the hundreds chart.


Positive Behavior Awards



I can count forward starting at any number. 

In the  “Math Focus Curriculum Program” you will find a 100’s chart.  I use this for a number of math activities.  This can be used to help meet the curriclum outcomes.  A student can randomly come forward and select a number.  Together, practice counting forward from the number selected.

K.CC.A. 3

I can write numbers 0-20 and show the correct amount of objects for these numbers.

K.CC.B. 4

I know a number represents an amount of objects.

K.CC.B. 4aa

When I count, I know each number I say represents one oject.


Introduction of These Concepts 

Sample Page Printing Booklet

Sample Page Printing Booklet


Printing Practice

I use the ten frames to introduce printing numerals in relation to one-to-one correspondence, using the printing booklet found in the “Math Focus Curriculum Program”.  The students practice printing the numeral on the dotted lines first and then without the dotted lines.  They draw the correct amount of circles representing that numeral. A sample page is found in the photgraph on the left.


Follow-up Math Station – Numberal Identification Printing Center

Numeral Identification Printing Center

Numeral Identification Printing Center

This is one of the math stations used within the “Math Focus Curriculum Program”.    The students draw a ten frame card and print the numeral on the dotted printing sheet provided (can be placed in a plastic cover so they can be reused).  They continue to draw the cards until they have printed all the numerals.


Crack the Egg Game

Crack the Egg Game

K.CC.B. 4b

I know the last number I say is the number objects, even if I arrange them differently.


Crack the Egg Game

I spray painted lima beans on one side red and left the opposite side plain.  The students shake a container representing the focus number for that day. They draw the different ways that number can be represented according to how the lima beans were distributed (displayed in the photograph).  I also incorporate addition within this activity.


K.CC.B. 4c and 5

I know when I count the number gets bigger.  I can count 20 things.

Activities for these outcomes can be incorporated through your daily activities such as clapping, jumping and calendar.




K.CC.B. 6

I can tell if a group has great than, less than or an equal amount.

K.CC.B. 7

I can compare two printed numerals between 1-10


Ten Frames Activity to Help Meet These Outcomes.

Student pairs take turns drawing a ten frame dotted math card.  If they draw a card with a greater amount, they print the number on their dotted printing sheet.  If they draw an equal amount, no number is printed.  The game continues until both number sheets are completed



In the link below you will find you will find animated videos and sheets that also be used to address these learning outcomes.


Animated Numbers Video and Sheets


Included in your membership is the “Focus Math Program”, more information can be found in the link below:

Focus Math Program


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Pre-K Math – Counting and Cardinality

 Math and Literacy Integration



This week I was able to integrate Language Arts, Math and Music.  I find this integration so critical in helping meet the outcomes.  In reading the emergent reader “Ape Counts Apples” the students learned the following when we worked through the reader during shared (projected on the Smart Board) and guided reading:

1.  Identify the letters “Tt” and “Aa” and their corresponding sounds which were introduced in context from reading the reader together.

2.  The letter “Aa” is special because it makes two sounds like in the words “ape” and “apples”.  It is called a vowel.

3.  The difference between a word and a number.

4.  Left to right progression when reading and what a word is.  Most of my students can circle words correctly and track them this way.  We are working towards tracking words without the use of circles.Emergent-Reader-Apes-Apples

5.  Identifying numbers 1-10.

6.  During guided reading, I was able to see what students were able to display one-to-one number correspondence association by drawing the correct amount of apples indicated in the text.  Many of my students were not able to read all the numbers but they could draw the correct amount when told.  We will obviously need to work more on number recognition.

7.  We watched an informational video about apes, since many students would not necessarily be familiar with them.


Sometimes we don’t realize how much we accomplish in a day.  When I reflect back on how much we learned just from this single activity; I feel a greater sense of accomplishment.  It is important that we do this reflection each day.


Follow-up Literacy Center Activities

There are 5 – 6 students per group that rotate.

Center One

Practice printing the letters “Tt” and “Aa’.


Literacy Sound Sorting

Literacy Sound Sorting

Center Two – Sensory Bins Sound Sorting

Objects that begin with the sounds “Rr, Ff, Tt and Aa” are placed in the dry rice and soy beans sensory bins.  Students dig and sort the objects accordingly.  If you are a member, you can use the picture cards found under the headings “Alphabet Program” and “Alphabet Pictures” instead.


Literacy Sound Game

Spin and Print Sounds

Center Three – Spin and Print

Each partner takes a turn spinning a top and printing the letter “t” or “a” according to the picture they landed on.




Center Four – Letter Match

Partners take turns drawing a picture/letter card and matching it to the letters found in the pocket charts.  They must also say the name of the letter if they know it. The picture cards are related to the characters they will be introduced to when using the emergent readers and in the song video below.  These picture cards can be found in the member’s area under “Reading” and “Literacy Centers”.


Alphabet Song Video


Fabulous Math Freebies

In each newsletter I provide a fabulous freebie.  In the link below you will find a link to some math freebies.


Math Freebies 


Article About Teaching Sight Words

During this time of year, I do not focus on teaching sight words because my students are not ready for this yet.  They are being exposed to them during our shared and guided reading but I would not expect them to memorize them.  I read an article written by a K-12 Language Arts specialist on this topic and I totally agree with her point of view.


Common Core Reading Foundational Standards – Where Do Dolch Sight Words Fit In?


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January-Lesson-Plans-Week 3

I teach two days this week so this plan will extend over that period of time.  On the second day I will be doing similar activities but they also include show and share.  I do a modeled writing activity where we outline positive points about the “Student of the Week”.  We also have libary on that day.


8:28-9:00  Circle Time

Phonemic Awareness Warmup Activity – Mystery Word(s)

I have small little whiteboards that I print the letters that represent the phoneme. A child is assigned to each phoneme and holds the letter(s) that represents this sound.  We say each phoneme sound (usually review letters) several times as a review of the sound/letter and how it corresponds.  We talk about what makes the beginning, middle and end sound.  After, I place the students closer together and we blend the sounds together.  The students have to guess what the mystery word is.  I do this activity throughout the day as a review of letter sounds.


Mystery Words This Week:  dot, got, jot, pot, pop, mop, drop, stop, pop


Connection to Literature

Read the book “Rainbow Fish and the Big Blue Whale” by Marcus Pfister.


Information On Whales

Explain they are going to read a book about whale watching but this is just a pretend story.  In the video they are going to see and learn about real whales.  I will display the video on the Smart Board.


Information on Whales


Whale Watching Emergent Reader

Display the emergent reader on the Smart Board “Whale Watching”.  If you do not have access to a Smart Board cut out the pictures and place the sentences beside them on a pocket chart.


Sample Page from the Reader
Big Book Sample Page


Prior to Reading

Read the title “Whale Watching” from the emergent reader (shorter more predictable version).   Explain that the boy is going whale watching.  The whale does some very  strange things that begin with the “w” sound.  Have the students predict what these strange things could be (wink, whistle and wave).


Read the Story Together Modeling the Reading Process 

Possible Discussions and Concepts

1.  Introduce the initial sounds of “Ww” heard within the story.

2.  Possible sight words:  in, the, jump, I, like at and me.

3.  Discuss what they think of whales.  Could  the whale really wink, whistle and wave at the boy?


Guided Writing Activity

Have the students generate a short sentence about what they learned about whales and print this on chart paper modeling the writing process.


Example:  Whales are big.


9:15 – 9:45 Play Centers


Ocean Writing Activity

4-5 Students assigned to “Craft Center and Writing”.  My assistant works with them.

Students will color or sponge paint the whale template.  The will print a sentence about what they learned about whales (can use the sentences we printed during guided writing time).


Guided Reading With Emergent Reader 
4-5 students will be reading the black and white emergent reader  “Whale Watching” with me.


Rest of Class at Play Center with Parent Volunteer

Each month we change the Play Centers.  The Play Centers outlined below relate to the Ocean theme.  The rest of the students will be at the play centers while my assistant and I work with a small group.


1.  Sand – Treasure Island

Place treasures in the sand for children to count and sort.


2.  The “Housekeeping Center” becomes a “Travel Agency” – Incorporates Math and Printing

Students look through travel brochures and print a list of places they would like to travel to.  They would prepare for the trip by packing clothing in a suitcase.

Incorporating Math

They must determine how many pieces of clothing will fit in a suitcase.  What arrangement is best.   Compare weight of the different suitcases.


3.  Writing Center – the students will be printing the sentence I can draw a whale and connecting the number dots to complete the picture.


3.  Big Blocks, Social Studies and Science – Students will be working together to create a plane for the students coming from the Travel Agency to fly on.


4.  Computers – I have downloaded the  Smart Board activities outlined in the Literacy Centers on individuals computers and the students can work on this.


5.  Paint Easel has stayed the same.


6. Playdough and Lego


7.  Creative Craft Center – Paper, cards, tape, scissors, glue, all types of decorations and odds and ends are placed here


8.  Water Table and Science – Floating and Sinking

Experiment with floating and sinking as outlined on pages 33-37 in the Science Focus curriculum on the member site.



9:40 – 10:15 Get Ready and Go to Gym


10:15 – 10:35   Bathroom Break and Snack 


10:35 – 11:20 Literacy Centers

Circle Time

Practice Sound In Song

Sing “Head and Shoulders” original version then replace each word so it starts with a “Ww” sound.

Introduce the games played at the Literacy Centers.

Cartoon Alphabet Cards


Alphabet Cartoon Card Game

This is a review of the letters “Aa, Cc, Bb, Ii, Uu, Gg, Tt, Ee, Dd, Qq, Bb, Pp, Ss, Rr, Ff, Oo and now Ww.  The students will draw an alphabet cartoon card (displayed on the left).  They will compete against a partner but will have their own card sets. They must say the letter name and sound.  I still allow the students to use the pictures to assist them.  The weaker students are still working at hearing initial sounds.  They collect a bingo chip each for saying the letter sound and name.  The object of the game is to see who can collect the greater amount of chips.


Literacy Center Time – Rotation System

Center 1 – Alphabet and Print Awareness Center – Teacher Monitoring

Pairs of students will play the “Alphabet Cartoon Card Game” as explained above.  I will be monitoring this station (6-7 students).


Center 2 – Phonemic Awareness Center – Parent Volunteer

Sorting Objects Game

The students will be pulling objects from the rice tub and mystery bag and determining which letter/sound it begins with.  They will be placing the object on the sorting mat under the correct letter.  Focus on sounds Rr, Ff, Oo and Ww.


Center 3 –  Printing Center 

Assistant will be saying sounds of letters and the students must print the letter related to that sound.

11:20 – 11:35   Music

Introduce and sing song “Whale Watching” from the Alpha Tunes CD.  Sing other songs they have learned on the CD.


Animated Alphabet Video from link below:


Animated Alphabet Video


11:40- 11:55  Social Studies – Introduce mapping

Display a playground map from Social Studies series big book.  Discuss how it is a map and how it assists them from getting place to place.


11:55 – 12:00  Bathroom Break 
12:00 – 12:25 Eat Lunch
12:25 – 1:00  Lunch Recess
1:00 – 1:10 Bathroom Break

1:00 – 1:20 Circle Time 

-Calendar, count days on calendar, count how many days they have been in school, add this many straws to the 10’s cup.


1:20 – 2:00 Play Centers

Groups are switched from this morning so all students have an opportunity to visit the Play Centers during the day.


2:00 – 2:35  Introduce the Number 5 and Correct Numeral Formation

We are just beginning the Math unit on number sense.  In this unit the focus will be on the students identifying and printing numerals to 10.  The students will also be doing activities requiring them to create the focus number in a variety of ways.  The Math Focus program will be used to achieve the outcomes in this strand.

This concept can be introduced by viewing the song video below:


This music video effectively introduces numbers 1-10 through music and visuals.




Introducing and Printing the Numeral

Each day a new numeral will be introduced according to suggestions in the Math Focus program.  The video below displays how it can be introduced using the Smart Board.



Today focus on number 5.


2:55-3:10 Bathroom Break and Dismissal


3:10  Bus Students Leave


3:15  Walking Students Leave

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