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Math Activities with Numbers 0-10

What can you do with a card set of numbers 0-10? Maybe more than you can possibly imagine for good, simple math fun! They can be used for addition, subtraction, comparing numbers, even/odd practice, place value and more! 

I made a set of number cards for each of my students to use for various math activities and partner games. I like them better than a deck of playing cards because we don't have as many face to cards to take out and sometimes you just need a ZERO! 

If you like, you can download this FREEBIE set from my dropbox for your kiddos to use by clicking on the image! 

Math Activities with Numbers 0-10

The file includes a list of some easy peasy activities to use in the classroom. Read below to see how I used them!

Cards in Action

For a cute and colorful set, I printed mine on colored cardstock and laminated them. I store them in library pockets from Creative Teaching Press and keep them in this cute box from the Target Dollar Spot. 

Math Activities with Numbers 0-10

Math Activities with Numbers 0-10

Math Activities with Numbers 0-10

 Some activities start with a shuffled deck turned upside down in a draw pile. 

Math Activities with Numbers 0-10

We lined them up in order from greatest to least and then turned over some to show only odd numbers.

Next, the students had to show a two-digit number that was even.

Math Activities with Numbers 0-10

The cards went back into a pile and then they were asked to flip up three cards. The task was to show the greatest number with those cards. It got tricky when those zeros turned up. Zero is not nothing! Zero is something!

Math Activities with Numbers 0-10

Elbow partners had to work together and compare numbers to see who made the largest. 

Math Activities with Numbers 0-10

 When a ten was turned up, it lead to some great discussion regarding place value to the thousands place.

Math Activities with Numbers 0-10

 Hmmm...what to do with that zero?
 The rule was set that it can't be taken away. 

Math Activities with Numbers 0-10

  Yes, that works!

Math Activities with Numbers 0-10

Next, four cards had to be turned up. The students could create a double digit addition problem of their choice and record it and solve it in their math notebook. Next, they were asked to rearrange some or all of the cards to create a different problem in which the sum remained the same (most saw that it could be the turn-around), and again in a way that would result in a different sum


Math Activities with Numbers 0-10

 The next challenge was just that, but it was such a great one for getting the kiddos really thinking. 

I called out a direction to create a two-digit subtraction problem where regrouping would be necessary. This is a new concept that was only recently introduced.

One student showed this problem. They were on the right track with the digits in the ones place but failed to look at the entire problem. This was a great opportunity for questioning.

Math Activities with Numbers 0-10

 This student got it right away!

Math Activities with Numbers 0-10

  Another student made a model using his pencils to help himself to better see tens and ones in columns as he had seen on many practice papers. Because he had trouble with the concept of regrouping, I was able to pull out another card from my teaching set of extras to use as an overlay to demonstrate what we had done days prior when we decomposed cubes stacked in towers of ten. 

Math Activities with Numbers 0-10

Math Activities with Numbers 0-10

I cannot wait to get the cards out again!
 My students love all card and dice games, basically, any opportunity to get away from a worksheet and so do I! 

In just 15 minutes, we had a wonderful math review and I learned so much about my each of my students and where they each were in their mathematical thinking and skill

Enjoy the freebie! Hope you can find some great ways to use the cards with your class!

 Remember the Giveaway Friends!
Math Activities with Numbers 0-10

There are a few more hours to enter the TPT gift certificate GIVEAWAY
The winner will be announced on Tuesday (possibly my fifth snow/cold day this season with -25 degree wind chills this year... brrrr...)
Hope you are reading from somewhere toasty warm! :)

Freebie Winter Math Center Activity

Set out some mini marshmallows, a cute game mat and a recording sheet and you have a fun and easy winter math activity! I named it Penguin Snowball Toss!

I made this fun center to help my kiddos who struggle with addition combinations to twenty. There is also a recording sheet for combinations to ten for little learners. 

Have the children help you count out ten or twenty marshmallows in small festive cups or a little plastic bowl. At the center, they take turns, shake the snowballs and spill them across the mat. Then, they count how many landed on the mat and how many were tossed off the mat and record the combinations on the chart included. 

Freebie Winter Math Center Activity

If you think this looks like a fun thing to add to your penguin or winter thematic unit, you can download this freebie at my store. Click on the picture to take you there! 

I'm having a TPT gift certificate giveaway at Creative Lesson Cafe to celebrate a big milestone at my store! Won't you join me in celebrating and hop on over to enter?


Win a custom Pinterest button to match your Facebook page!

The countdown is on and it's time to make the switch to Bloglovin! 

Head on over to my Creative Lesson Cafe blog too so you don't miss out on any special giveaways or posts!

 Enter my current giveaway to win a custom Pinterest button for your Facebook page!

Win a custom Pinterest button to match your Facebook page!

Click on the picture to see the details and learn how to add your own custom buttons!

Hope to see you there! :)

Valentine Owls and a Giveaway

Hi Friends! I'm still here but have been posting at my new blog lately. :) 
A year ago, I posted a photo of a Valentine owl project I had made with my firsties and it turned out to be one of my all-time most popular posts! I just wanted to let you know that I have finally gotten around to making a packet for the project. I have a giveaway going on at my other blog~ Creative Lesson Cafe. I'd love to have you stop by to say hello! 

Valentine Owls and a Giveaway

Valentine Owls and a Giveaway
Click on the picture to see this item at my TPT shop. :)


What fun do you have planned for Valentine's Day? Whatever you do, have a hoot!:)

Font Tip and July Giveaway

Finding the perfect font and font size for your classroom creations can sometimes be a challenge. When working to create my new Play Dough Fun Letter Mats for my kindergarten and first grade teacher friends, I needed to find an open font for commercial use and make it large enough to fill. I have found that PowerPoint is the easiest to use for the items I create. The only problem is that there is a limit to the font size you can select for some of my favorite cutesy fonts.

 Here's a tip or two learned by trial and error :):

Create a text box in a word document. Type in the font size and select your favorite font. Type what you need to and then copy and paste the text box into your PowerPoint and you can get the size you need that way. 

If you are creating a SMART Notebook file and want cutesy font, type what you like in a document, then create a JPEG or PNG image of your wording. Insert the image into your Notebook file. That way the font itself will become part of the file.  My Back to School Calendar Math was created in this way. It was a bit time consuming, but I created the wording so that it is general enough to be used in other files I create later on down the road.

So here is the link to Play Dough Fun:


Font Tip and July Giveaway


July Giveaway!
 Can't believe I have to say July already! Summer is just going by way too fast!

I'm giving away Play With Dough Letter Mats and any item of your choice from my shops to the first ten beautiful bloggers to comment and

~Let me know you follow my blog
~Let me know you follow my shop at Teachers Pay Teachers or Teachers Notebook
~Tell me the item of your choice that you would like 
~leave me an email so I can send it to you
~tell a friend or two to stop by or blog about the giveaway

Thanks! I look forward to hearing from you!

The Giveaway I am running on Teachers Notebook for the Classroom Chic Decor Set ends today, so hop on over and enter to win!



Watch for a HUGE Giveaway mid-month to celebrate my new blog! I am counting down the days and can hardly wait! 

Jeannine







Classroom Chic Giveaway and Classroom Cute

I am so excited because this summer, I will get to move into and set up a new room!  I am going for an entirely new look and want to move away from the primary colors I have had for so long. So, I've been playing around with some theme sets and working on several to see which one will look best with the storage items, posters, pocket charts, lamps, and furniture that I have spent a bundle on over the years in the name of cuteness. I'd like to give it all away and start over but that's not about to happen so, I've got to see what works best with what I have. Most importantly, to work around the glider from my baby's room (the baby is heading off to high school next year :)) which is now the cozy corner and focal point for gathering in the room! 

 I love the simple look of black and white with some brights here and there. This is my new Classroom Chic Set in black and teal. I am having a Giveaway on Teachers Notebook. If you like it, here's the link to enter to win it:



Classroom Chic Giveaway and Classroom Cute

Classroom Chic Giveaway and Classroom Cute

Classroom Chic Giveaway and Classroom Cute

I saw that Creative Teaching Press just came out with a whole new line of black and white borders and accessories that would be perfect for my bulletin board wall. Yes, an entire wall that takes three days to cover in fabric, add borders to and decorate, so I'll have to love it for a long time! I'll be walking into Joanne's with my printables in hand matching fabric colors! 

Here's theme idea #2 in my Classroom Cute Set-Polka Dot Owls (our school mascot):   

Classroom Chic Giveaway and Classroom Cute

Classroom Chic Giveaway and Classroom Cute
Classroom Chic Giveaway and Classroom Cute
Classroom Chic Giveaway and Classroom Cute


Coming soon to the collection: Classroom Colorful, a coordinating polka dot owl clip chart for behavior management and new CAFE posters so check back to see what's new! 



I'd love to hear about your classroom theme, or ones you've seen that you might like to have:) so leave me a comment and a link to see it if you can!  Have a lovely week!






Slices of My Year Pizza Box Giveaway on Teacher's Notebook

The year is sadly, happily, well, just coming to an end in the next few weeks and so my class is getting ready to do some thinking about our school year and how much they have grown in first grade! 

I've been saving a project each month in a jumbo storage bin for our keepsake pizza boxes. The students really enjoy looking back at all of the fun times we have had with each of our themes and holidays as we pass back their forgotten treasures and photos I have taken.  I've been doing this craftivity for years and it is wildly popular with the kids and parents!

 It's now available at my shops and as a giveaway promo on Teachers Notebook!

Slices of My Year Pizza Box Giveaway on Teacher's Notebook


Click here to enter the giveaway on Teachers Notebook:



On another note~I've been looking into custom blog designs (that is on my summer bucket list) and thinking about names that speak to lower elementary teachers and creativity. The one that comes to mind, especially when putting our projects into the pizza boxes is "Glitter Everywhere"! I'm sure you can relate!

Teachers Notebook Sweepstakes and my Banner Contest Cuteness for Teachers Pay Teachers

Hi! Just a friendly reminder to log in to Teachers Notebook today to enter the Sweepstakes promotion! I just did. You can enter every day! Sadly, my name is not listed as a winner for days one and two. Still keeping my fingers crossed! While you're there, enter my giveaway promotion!  I'm giving away my best-selling Comprehension Cafe Companion!


So this is one of my banner entries for the contest. It didn't win, but why waste cute?
 You can use it on your blog too if you ever would like to, just link it back to me somehow! Thanks!

Teachers Notebook Sweepstakes and my Banner Contest Cuteness for Teachers Pay Teachers


There are such awesome sales and freebies being offered at Teachers Pay Teachers! The sale ends soon, so get the things on your wishlist from your favorite teachers!

I've got a huge sale going on at both of my shops, so take a peek and see if there's something there you may be glad you found!

 I'm off to shop!

Mother's Day Scrapbook and Gift Ideas

My Mother's Day Lunch Bag Scrapbook is officially my number one selling item to date and I am just thrilled! I've gotten such positive feedback letting me know how adorable the projects turned out! I made one for my mom too and she loved it! If you're looking for a sweet, unique gift idea, you'll have to check it out at my shops! The giveaway on Teacher's Notebook has expired but check back often because I'll have more on a monthly basis!

Mother's Day Scrapbook and Gift Ideas



We are busy crafting away in first grade. The children are painting 4 inch terra cotta pots with their choice of a variety of beautiful, spring-colored acrylic paints. I have decorated pots with my students in every way shape and form over the years and think I have finally come up with the simplest, nicest design of all-plain old white polka dots on a colored pot! I found the perfect supplies for painting at Joanne's. They make disposable rollers with handles! These are great for little hands and cheap too! I also purchased some dot painting sticks. They have a felt tip rather than a sponge. They are the perfect size and won't splat paint when used.

Rather than planting the traditional flower in the pot, I am sending home the gift as a planting kit. I am putting the soil in a ziplock baggie. I purchased large seeds and put them in one of those plastic ziplock earring bags also at Joanne's. I made colored copies of the seed pack and reduced the size of the image to place one in each tiny bag with the seeds. I found colorful shovels and kids garden tools in the dollar aisle at Target. I attached the seed bag to the stake with a ribbon and little cardstock card that read:
Mom, my love for you grows and grows! 

Mother's Day Scrapbook and Gift Ideas

The kit was adorable and I did not have to worry about the plant getting crushed or broken on the way home or dirt spilling inside the bag and making a mess of our pretty pots! Depending on your budget, you could add a pair of garden gloves to your kit. That would be super-cute!

Math Activities with Numbers 0-10Freebie Winter Math Center ActivityWin a custom Pinterest button to match your Facebook page!Valentine Owls and a GiveawayFont Tip and July GiveawayClassroom Chic Giveaway and Classroom CuteSlices of My Year Pizza Box Giveaway on Teacher's NotebookTeachers Notebook Sweepstakes and my Banner Contest Cuteness for Teachers Pay TeachersMother's Day Scrapbook and Gift Ideas

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