Friday, September 19, 2014

An Apple for the Teacher (and a freebie, giveaway, and patterning ideas!)

I'm joining some blogging friends to kick off the start of the school year with an apple for the teacher blog hop. Hop along for some freebies, giveaways, and fun apple themed ideas. We've been working on patterning in first grade so I thought I'd share some pattern activities that we've been enjoying.

After reading "Ten Apples Up on Top" by Dr. Seuss we had pattern workmats in our math centers. There were workmats for extending patterns as well as creating patterns.

Apple manipulatives to make patterns are easy to find in the classroom!

Clear pocket dice are one of my favorite classroom items. I stuck apple pattern cards with interlocking cubes and bam!...instant center.  

We also spun a pattern. I projected the spinner and added a big magnetic spinner to the middle. The kids made the pattern using various manipulatives.

"Bad Apple" has become a hit in our room this week. It is played like Oh, no! or Bang!. Students turned over a card and named the type of pattern. If they got "bad apple" all of their cards went back. 

You can find all of these apple pattern activities in my "Apples of Patterning Fun!". It will be on sale for $1 through the end of September because we all need a little help making it through September!

And speaking of a little help, here is an apple freebie for the teacher! Race to Twenty was another fun apple game we played to practice our numbers 1-20. 

Students played against a partner taking turns rolling a die and coloring the correct number of apples. The first player to get to 20 wins. Each player colors in if they won or their friend. Super easy to play! You can grab a free copy here as a thank you for stopping by!

Enter to win a free item from my store...just follow my adventures to enter!

I hope you enjoyed some apple fun! Hop on over to Teacher Tam's Educational Adventures for some more apple fun!

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