Roll A Christmas Tree

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Students will be able to recognize and count numerals 1-6.

Big Idea

Kindergartners are in a race to build a Christmas tree in this station.


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 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.

Roll A Christmas Tree

15 minutes

This station was planned the week before Christmas break, and only a few days prior to Christmas. My Kindergartners had one thing on their minds-SANTA. For this reason, I tried to make the math stations this week more relaxed, yet still meaningful, knowing my students' attention would not be 100%. 

This activity requires one die for the table. The children roll a number, and draw a corresponding picture. For example, if a student rolls a four, they draw the trunk of the Christmas tree. After one child has a turn rolling, the next child goes. If a student rolls a number they already have, they lose a turn. 

Students draw the Christmas tree on the back of the direction page to save paper. The first child to draw the complete tree with a star, one ornament, and tree trunk wins. I have included video of us working.

This activity is helping my students with one to one correspondence as they count the die. Children are connecting counting to cardinality and strengthening their their subitizing skills.