Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Common Core Freebie

We are in our second year of math common core here in SC and our first year of ELA common core. It's been a busy year of reinventing the wheel at the perch. We've got a new reading series, new handwriting, a new guided reading program, balanced literacy along with the new standards. Needless to say, it's been hectic, but in a good way for sure. I've been trying to keep up with everything and create new things as we approach new units. I stumbled across an awesome blog called Math Coach's Corner. If you're not following her you need to be. She's an IC in Texas and she knows Common Core to the...well, core! (pardon the pun). Anyhoo, one of the primary focuses of CC now is subitizing, which is being able to look at a number or quantity and instantly know the sets. In kindergarten we're doing this with dots, tens frames, tallies and fingers. I've seen so many worksheets to help students with subitizing and decided to adapt one for myself. I'm posting it here for you. It's called "6 Ways to Make 5" and you can get it free at my TPT store. I had my students use 2 colored bingo dobbers to create their sets of 5 and them write the corresponding number sentence to the side. It really helped my lower group understand the concept of making 5. I hope you enjoy it!


  1. Hi Keri! I just found your blog today. I can really identify with all of your school's new initiatives. Our school is doing Race for the Top, implementing Common Core, doing full-out lesson plans for every subject, implementing SIOP (sheltered instruction observation protocol) for our ESOL students, and about 6 other new initiatives.

    So, if you feel like stopping by my blog, I have some freebies that you may like. Or just stop by to say hi. :)

    Your latest follower,

    Sharon Dudley, NBCT
    Teaching with Sight

  2. Thank you! It's been hectic for sure but the changes are definitely for good. I'm excited to see the impact at the end of the year.

  3. Thank you for the great *freebie*. We can always use any activity that works on composing and decomposing numbers...especially to 5 and 10. =)

    I am happy to be your newest follower. I would love for you to hop over and visit when you get the chance. I have some leprechaun *freebies* that you can grab. =)

    Heather's Heart

  4. Thank you! I'll definitely check out your blog!