## Reflection: Flexibility Let's Count on the Polar Express! - Section 2: Santa Identify and Count Book

Along with our Polar Express Day, this was also our school's Breakfast with Santa Event, so it was a super busy day!  Trying to fit everything in on these special event days can be a challenge.  I knew ahead of time that I probably over planned, but on these days when the students are excited, it is better to have too much to do and cut some things out than to plan too little and have down time.    This math activity ended up being one of the activities that I needed to cut at the last minute due so changes in our schedule.

We still did the Problem of the Day, but instead of making the book, I explained it and sent it home as a fun activity to do over winter break to practice numbers to 10.  My return rate on assignments given over long breaks is normally low, so I offered a reward for students who returned the book completed on the first day after break!

Time Constraints on Special Days
Flexibility: Time Constraints on Special Days

# Let's Count on the Polar Express!

Unit 3: Numbers to 10
Lesson 19 of 19

## Big Idea: As part of a day of fun Polar Express activities, the students will create a counting book by counting Santa's reindeer!

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### Christina Yingling-Smith

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