Monday, September 3, 2012

Simple, Fun Counting Activity

Well, I'm kind of back in blog land. I even visited/commented on three blogs today! I'm still super busy with school and still very overwhelmed with everything, BUT it is getting better, day by day. Can't wait for life to slow down just a little bit!!! By the way, I'll have some pictures of my finished classroom for you very soon!! I just l-o-v-e how it came out.

I did want to stop by and share something of worth with you! Here is a math activity that me and my team have planned to do this week with our 1st graders. By the way, 1st grade has been AWESOME so far! I have 21 kids in my class. We just finished week 1 of school and in this week, I have given at least 20 hugs a day (WAY more than the 1-2 per week in 4th grade), talked to lots of parents, have wanted to pull my hair out only once or twice, sang LOTS of songs, read LOTS of books, and have done more phonics than I even have thought about since college. I'm in a good place and I think it will be a GREAT year!! My kids are SO sweet and are totally enamored with how fast I can write and color, and how AWESOME my drawings are (lol). It's the simple things...

The activity I am sharing with you is an adaptation from one of the ones I learned at Math Camp. (Check out my other Math Camp posts here!!) I was able to prepare for this activity and will use it without having to spend any money at all! (Well...any new money. I already had all of the supplies at home.) Here is what you need:


  • scrapbook paper (or fabric) with many objects in the print
  • colored paper plates
  • scissors
  • unifix cubes

After the activity go over how many objects the students counted and what exactly they counted. Be sure to instruct students to only connect cubes that make sets of ten. When they share results they will tell how many tens and ones they have, and then the total count. Example: "I counted the whole polka dots in the circle. I have 1 ten and 2 ones--12." 

Hope you enjoy and are able to use this activity! I think we will have fun with it--I'll let you know after Wednesday. ;) See you SOON (though not sure how soon...)! 


  1. Yay! So happy to see you back and glad you are enjoying 1st grade. I'm not sure I would survive! This is a really neat activity. Thanks for sharing!

    Learning's a Hoot

    1. Thanks, Kristi!! Your support has meant so much to me! :)

  2. You are making me miss first grade, girl! I am at 3rd this year and know I am going to miss all those sweet hugs and oohs and aaahhhs over my art work!! Glad you are having a great year! Enjoy every second of down time you can get, we need it this time of year!


    1. Down time??? What's that??! Lol. Hope you are having a great start to the year!

  3. I would never have thought of paper plates to use as a venn diagram! Thank you!

    Chickadee Jubilee

  4. Love love love this. It is so creative and simple to make. Thanks for sharing.

  5. This is such an easy and great game for place value! Thanks for sharing! I always need new math centers to keep my kiddos entertained. :)


  6. I just love everything you do! I'd love to be a fly on the wall in your classroom! :o)

  7. I love how this helps contain the space for some of my most disorganized students!!