Christmas Counting Book

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Objective

Students will count from 1-10 using number words.

Big Idea

It's Christmas time! Kindergartners make a counting book and participate in a holiday dance.

Introduction

10 minutes

This is an activity that I use as one of my math stations, so there is not a formal introduction to this lesson. The stations are very briefly discussed at the beginning of the week. This takes approximately 10 minutes. I am fortunate to have a para-pro and parent helper each day of the week during my station time, so  they are able to assist students, keep them on task, and work with them at stations. With 3 adults in the room, instructions are able to be brief, as anyone who is having difficulty will be noticed. My station activities always target skills that we are currently or have previously learned.

During station time, my students are broke into 2 groups (12 students in each group- totaling 24). On Mondays & Wednesdays, group 1 is working on stations, while group 2 is using technology. Technology includes i Pads, lap tops, and the smart board. On Tuesdays & Thursdays, group 2 is working on stations, while group 1 is using technology. Fridays are free choice. All students use technology and re-visit any of their favorite stations from the week. I have included a picture of my schedule that is displayed in my classroom.

Christmas Counting Book

15 minutes

This assignment requires students to count ornaments on a Christmas tree and glue the correlating number & number word on the page. For example, if a tree has 2 ornaments, children glue the present with- 2 two, onto the page. 

I had this station placed on the carpet, which is next to our math wall. The math wall has numbers and number words, so I thought it would be a great resource while children worked. I have included a picture of the math wall, and a few pictures of the finished product.

This activity covers a number of Common Core standards, which is why I like it. Students are counting, and understanding the relationship between numbers and quantities.

Closure

5 minutes

My kids beg for the Christmas Time song during this time of the year. On this day, I promised if they were working hard at stations, I would allow the class to do the Christmas Time song afterwards.This song is from Harry's Kindergarten YouTube channel. I have not included the video of this song, because the song is only posted on Harry's Kindergarten around the holidays. I have included the general link to his page, where you will find the song closer to the holidays. I have also included a clip of my class during the song. They enjoy it!

 https://www.youtube.com/user/HarryKindergarten