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Hands-on Geography: Make Your Own Treasure Hunt

Most geography curriculums begin with learning map skills, such as reading coordinates and cardinal directions.  A great way to practice geography and learn map reading skills is by creating your own treasure hunt! Your elementary student will have fun with this hands-on geography activity.
Head on over to 123Homeschool4Me to see how we set up our treasure hunt that reinforced concepts such a longitude and latitude and proved to be a great afternoon activity for Big Brother and Little Sis!


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Fall Themed Math Bump Games

Learning and reinforcing concepts through games is way more fun and effective than drill, drill, drill!  A great way to reinforce math concepts is by playing a math game called "Bump!".  The object of the game is to get rid of all your manipulatives, but while playing, someone can "bump" you off one of your spots!  This game can be played with your 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grade student(s).

This week we teamed up with the 2nd Grade Blogging Crew for some Leaf Themed Fun.  We created 4 Fall Leaves Math Bump Games for you to enjoy!
4 Math Bump! Games for Children 1st-3rd Grade; cute fall themed printable!
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To play:
print off a game board {laminate or place in sheet protector for durability}
grab 20 manipulatives-- 10 for each player {Unifix Cubes would work well!}
dice

I started by creating one Fall Leaves Bump! Game, and ended up with four!  Three game boards focus on addition and one game board focuses on multiplication for factors through 6.

For the Fall Leaves Bump! Games, one person rolls the dice to find the answer.  The player will add a manipulative to that leaf.  Player 2 rolls and does the same thing.  If a player rolls a number that someone is already on, they can "bump!" the person off.  The trick is if a person has two manipulatives on that number, they are "safe!"  Continue playing until someone gets rid of all their manipulatives.

Click on an image below to download that Bump! Game:
Fall border clipart provided by Artifex.
Leaves clipart provided by The3amTeacher.

Hope you enjoy this fall themed printable for your classroom or homeschool!
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Fingerprint Math: Counting Apples

My 4 year old loved the Counting Fish  Bubbles Math Activity we shared several weeks ago, so I decided to make another counting activity involving her fingerprints for the upcoming apple season!
Practice 1:1 Correspondence and Counting with your preschooler with this fun apple theme math activity! Use your fingerprint to make the apples or adapt activity to be re-used later with other manipulative.
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This activity could be used several ways.  We chose to make it into a keepsake counting book, but you could instead laminate the printable to re-use this activity in the future by using pom poms, buttons, or some other small kind of math manipulative instead.

Whichever suits your fancy!

We first began this activity working on number recognition and sequencing by putting the apple trees in order from 1-10.

Next we pulled out the red paint and Little Sis dipped her finger in and made fingerprint apples on each apple tree counting card.

So on the apple tree that said "1," she made one fingerprint apple... and so on!

Such a great hands-on way to reinforce counting skills and 1:1 correspondence!

Once the apples dried, we stapled the counting cards together to make a little keepsake booklet!

Enjoy this preschool math activity with your preschooler! Thanks to MyCuteGraphics for providing the tree clipart!
Apple Tree Counting Mats
Apple Tree Booklet Cover Page

More Preschool Math Activities:
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Counting Ice Cream Scoops Preschool Math Activity
Googly Eye Monster Math

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Roll It and Write! Journal Activity for Kids

If you find yourself homeschooling a child that is a reluctant writer, worry not-- we are in the same boat! Many times we do our school lessons orally, but being that writing IS important I try to sneak in some fun ways to practice writing skills when possible.  

This week's 2nd Grade Blogging Team theme was Journals and so I came up with a journal activity that got my son writing with no complaining! Yay!  Our Roll It! and Write! Journal Activity is sure to be a hit with your reluctant writer(s), too!
Roll It! and Write! is a fun and simple journal activity for your reluctant writer(s) no matter what age!
To set up Roll It and Write! you'll need to print off a blank dice template.

Next, in each square write some kind of writing task.  Our tasks were:
  • Draw It
  • Explain It
  • Write 3 Sentences
  • Acrostic Poem
  • Make a List
  • Write words that Rhyme
Use the same journal tasks or come up with your own!  Make it adaptable to your student(s)!
With a journal and pencil handy, brainstorm with your child a focus word-- maybe a specific animal, place, activity, person, etc.  Next roll the die and write!

The first writing challenge we used the word "boy."  My son rolled, "Draw it!" and drew a picture.
Another Draw It! Challenge for the word "Ninja Turtle"....
 "Make a List" Challenge for the word "Zoo"....
My son thought of this more as a game, so he did this activity a few times and wanted me to join in as well.  I picked the word, "Griffin" and ended up rolling "Acrostic Poem."  Here's what I came up with.... 

We had so much fun!  Going to give our Roll It and Write! Journal Activity a try?  If so, come back and tell us how it worked for you!

You might also like our Thankful Journal Prompt for November! 

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Superhero Contractions Memory Game

Introduce and/or reinforce contractions with your 2nd Grade student with our Superhero Themed Contractions Memory Game!
Fun grammar game introducing contractions! Play a game or two of this Superhero themed Contractions Memory Game!
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Learning grammar concepts doesn't have to be boring! Bring it to life with a hands-on game such as memory!

To set up the game:
  • print out our Superhero Contractions Memory Game (see below).
  • cut out each set of cards and glue them to a piece of construction paper.
  • cut them out again and place in a laminating pouch
  • laminate for durability.  
  • cut again and your are finally ready to play!
I added an element of self correction on each card for those students who may not yet know the contractions by heart.

To play:
Place the cards face down.  Player A goes first and chooses two cards, if they match the player gets to keep the cards, if they do not, the cards are to be turned back over and the next player goes.  Continue playing until all the cards have been matched. 
Click the link to download the Superhero Contractions Memory Game!
Have fun!
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