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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Common Core Freebies and Numbers to 20

"Bears at the Beach" by Niki Yektai

As I was reading and thinking about the Common Core Standards, I decided that I wanted to change some of my materials to focus more on numbers 10 to 20.  I have found that it's difficult to find quality books that concentrate on the teen numbers.  One great book that does is Bears at the Beach by Niki Yektai.  I like this book because the watercolor illustrations are colorful and fun.  I'm going to place this book in my math center after reading it so that children can count the objects over and over again.

Another game that I'm going to place in my math center, in a pocket chart, is this matching activity where students count the number of objects and then have to choose the correct numeral to place next to it.  This corresponds with this Common Core Standard:

K.CC.4:  Count to answer "how many?" questions about as many as 20 things arranged in a line, a rectangular array, or a circle, or as many as 10 things in a scattered configuration; given a number from 1-20, count out that many objects.
Number Matching 1 to 20

For the students' independent seat work after we read Bears at the Beach, I'll have them do these cut-and-paste activities where they cut numbers from the bottom of the paper, trace the numbers, color the pictures, and glue them into the missing boxes.

Number Fill in the Gaps 1-20 Bears Dashed
Number Fill in the Gaps 1-20 Shirts Dashed

Some really great songs that count up from 1 to 20 are "Counting 1 to 20" by Jack Hartmann, "Country Countdown" by Dr. Jean, and "The Number Rock" by Greg & Steve.  My kindergartners have often enjoyed wearing number necklaces and bouncing a ball the number of times that is on their necklace when I call out their number.

If you are interested in number books from 1 to 20 where students color and draw shapes, as well as write the sentences on each page, I do have a beautiful set on Teachers Pay Teachers for $2.00:

Number Shape Books

I also just opened a new shop on Teacher's Notebook called "Sharon's Shop" that has a set of the cut-and-paste sheets from 1 to 20.

Thanks for stopping by!  If you know of other great number books, please tell me about them in a comment below.


  1. These are so cute! Thank you for sharing! I am your newest follower!

    1. Thank you Jennifer! I'm glad you like them.


  2. Thank you for the great math goodies! My kiddos are ALWAYS needing practice with the teen numbers!!
    Jen's Kinder Kids

    1. Mine too, Jen! There will be more to come.


  3. Sharon! These are terrific and thanks for the book resources too! I am always looking for books with counting for my kinders. Where do you get your clip art for your projects? I like the style a lot:)
    I am super excited that your blog is in the lead for the Fascination Award! How exciting! I wish I could vote for you again! You are really an amazing teacher and I love that we can see how much your students love you and that you love what you are doing!

    1. Christina, you are super amazing yourself! The name of the Clip Art package is Art Explosion, and it's completely royalty-free. I did a great deal of research to try to find something that I can legally include in finished products that I'm selling.

      My power was out for the last 3 days, so I was a little bit sad that my blog fell behind in the contest. But it's not over yet!

      Congratulations on your wonderful post on Really Good Stuff! Please let me know when you do more guest appearances. :)

  4. Hi Christina! I recently became one of your followers. Yesterday, I received the Versatile Blogger award and would like to pass it on to you. I know that I am going to get a lot of creative ideas to use with my students in the fall. Thank you for sharing...and Happy 4th!