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Monday, January 6, 2014

Bear Addition

Happy New Year, everyone!  I am so sorry that I've been slacking on my blog.  I went to visit relatives in New York over the holidays and read lots of books.  Is anyone else experiencing really cold temperatures?  It's going to be in the teens tomorrow.  I can't believe that Maryland is having these temperatures!

Over the long break, I tried to think of really cool products I could make to match manipulatives that I already have in my classroom.  So I thought, why not do addition cards that would match the little plastic bears that we all have in our classrooms?  Here is a freebie, if you'd like to test it with your kids, to see how it works:

On TPT I'm selling all the different combinations up to 10, including missing addends and sums.  The reason I made this is so that the children could use them with me in small group or in math center independently.  The bears are to scale so that the children can place the bears right on top of the cards.

Some really cool songs for addition are "Addition Pokey" by Dr. Jean, "Doubles" by Mr. Al, and "Butterfly Addition" by Miss Jenny.

Also here are some addition videos put together by Harry Kindergarten:

Add 'em Up

A really great book to integrate reading and math is Monster Math: Picnic.  The thing I like about this book is that it shows different combinations to 10 in descending order: 10+0, 9+1, 8+2, etc.  The pictures in the story have a lot of kid appeal.  I've noticed lately that my kids are a lot more into monsters than they've ever been in the past.  Maybe that's because their parents are watching a lot of vampire and zombie shows.  I don't really know!  Why do you think the kids like monsters so much?


  1. These look like great addition activities, Sharon! I have loved checking out your blog. Your video is inspiring! You rock! I'm your newest follower!


    1. Thank you so much, Tiffany. Did you get through the cold snap in our area without too much trouble?