Keeping these kinders engaged is definitely a full time job.
Once they understood the concept of patterns, the students had a great time working in pairs to create their own using the connecting blocks and then using the same colors to color in the squares on the page. Unfortunately, I don't have a link to this activity, but you'll find similar resources at the very bottom of this blog post.
Recently, I introduced the little ones to dominoes as a way to have more fun with counting and adding. During our mini lesson I demonstrated counting one side of the domino and saying "plus" for the dividing line followed by counting the remainder of the dots and saying "equals" the total number of dots on the given domino. If they were successfully able to tell me the number sentence for the domino, I would allow them to keep it in their hands for the remainder of the mini lesson.
We also played a more simple form of dominoes and completed the various worksheets in the images below. After a few days of dominoes, the kids grew uninterested so I decided to bring in some playing cards for a modified version of I "Declare War". Basically the exact same concept, but instead of using 4 cards when partners flipped the same card, they would simply flip 1 more card to determined who won the set. It was also essential the repeatedly ask, "Who has the larger/bigger number?" or "Who has the card with more/the most shapes in middle?" We also played a round where the person with the fewest/least/less amount would win the round.
Finally, I had them work with the dominoes, playing cards and a set of manipulatives to practice their numbers. Each student selected a playing card between the numbers 2-10. Next, they had to find the domino that represented the same number. Afterwards, they were asked to count out the number of manipulatives that equaled their selected number. Finally, they were ask to write the number, draw the domino, draw the number of shapes and write the number in word form in four separate boxes.
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