Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Beginning of the Year Math Stations- FREEBIES

We are beginning our math work stations. The kids are really excited! They love it! We are mostly doing activities with counting and numbers. Here are a few pictures and FREEBIES!
 This is called Grab and Count. I wrote about it in a previous post. You can check it out HERE and HERE along with other activities I do for math stations. I made the bag from a gift bag and added a label and I got the foam cubes from Dollar Tree. They are nice and quiet! 
 This activity I tweaked from a Math Investigations lesson. I have 6-7 boxes with items in them to count. The students count and then record on the sheet. I have things like buttons, beads, chips, clips, and tiny toys to count. Click on the sheet below for a PDF of the recording sheet.

This activity is an idea from Shari Sloane. She has tons of math center ideas. If you've never checked out her sight you need to go there. Click HERE for the link. I think she calls it 'Make a Train'. I added a few more ropes and a recording sheet and called it 'Make a Cube Train'. The kiddos straighten out the 4 different sized ropes and then make a cube train as long as each of them. Then they count the cubes and record the number. My kids LOVE to make cube trains. This is a very easy activity to make and lots of fun. Click on the sheet below for a PDF.
Another activity from Shari Sloane is 'Race to Trace'. She has one for numbers 0-6 and adding numbers. I made one so my firsties can practice writing their numbers 0-9. You'll need a 10-sided die 0-9 to play. Click on the picture above for a PDF.
This activity I got a long time ago but I again tweaked it a bit. I really like my kids to see the ten frames and tallies. You will also need a 10-sided die for this one too. Again, click on the sheet above for a PDF.

I don't know about you but I couldn't teach without 10-sided dice. I use them for tons of things. If you don't have any you can check them out here at
These are a few of the activities for my math stations this month. I try to change them every month and add new things that we've been working on.

I hope you find something that you can use in your classroom. Even if you don't do math stations, a lot of these activities can be used with your whole class or in small groups.

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Tanya said...

Perfect for beginning of the year. Thanks for the freebies!
☺ Tanya
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Mrs. D said...

Love the games! Thanks for sharing the recording sheets!

Amanda said...

These are great! I love the race to trace game from Sheri Sloane... thanks for making a 0-9 version too! :)

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Shelley said...

Thank just made next week easier for me! :)

Barbara said...

Great activities, Sheree. I love them all!

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Megan said...

Thanks for the activities! Just went to amazon and ordered a bunch of dice, too.

Learning with Mrs. Brinn said...

These are fabulous math games!! Thanks for sharing and where to find more resources!

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twilliams said...

Wow! Love all the freebies! I am teaching a low group in math this year and these will come in handy! I am now a follower!


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Oceans of First Grade Fun said...

You have saved me tons of work for next weeks stations! Thanks so much for sharing these incredible ideas! Love it! Love it! Love it!


Kim said...

You always have awesome math freebies! Thank you so much!

learningmyself said...

Thank you so much for the freebies! You are so generous!! Love them!! :)

Unknown said...

I'm featuring this post on Bagels and Blogs today!

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Kelly said...

Thanks for sharing the freebies. These are great & I was looking for some ideas. I found you through Bagels and Blogs, today & am your newest follower. Stop by sometime :)

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D. M. Keahey said...

Thanks for sharing! I needed something to begin the year and these are perfect.


Liz said...

Thank you for these! My kids are really lacking number sense and I think that these activities will be really beneficial!
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Unknown said...

Thanks sooo much! Love these . . .

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mcoop1125 said...

Thanks for the ideas! I've added several new centers to my collection today. Thanks so much for sharing!!

Deb said...

That dice numbers sheet is PERFECTLY what I needed! Thanks, friend! Hope your year is going well! Hugs!!

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Karyn said...

I'm your newest follower and I just have to tell you that I LOVE your blog! I've already spent over an hour just browsing your "old" posts. You have such great ideas and resources! Thanks so much for sharing them!

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Wintaka said...

THANK YOU!!! You are helping me so much. My students will benefit greatly. I wish I taught next door to you...the internet is a wonderful thing.

TinaM said...

Thanks so much! I love your activities!!

Jennifer said...

Thanks so much for sharing! I am always looking for new ways to keep the children interested!

Suzanne said...

I love your workstation ideas. I posted a link on my blog to your blog. Thanks for sharing!

Chelsey said...

I love the dice numbers worksheet! I pinned this onto pinterest. Thanks so much!!!

Jennifer Weberman said...

these ideas look wonderful and i look forward to using them in my classroom! As a first year teacher (in second grade) I truly appreciate all these wonderful resources.
Thank you!