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.
After reading this Dr. Seuss classic, I thought it would be a good idea to try a couple activities I've seen around on Pinterest.
Honestly, the students had a more difficult time with drawing the fish than I'd imagined.
On the bright side, counting the multi-colored gold fish and placing them in the fish bowls was a huge success!
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Drawing 1 Fish, 2 Fish...
Counting Fish Bowl
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.
We also use this fantastic freebie by Lavinia Pop to practice reading and writing the word "and". There are so many great activities featured in this packet, but sadly I didn't get a chance to take a picture of all the finished work.