Using Game Chips and a Ten Frame to Teach Addition to 10 – Commutative Property – CCSS 1.OA.B.3

Game Chips Ten Frame

My first grader and I were working on math this morning and the picture on the workbook page we were ‘supposed’ to do had a picture of a ten frame with white and black colored circles on it. The task was to write addition sentences by drawing circles onto the ten frame and then writing the sentence for the picture.

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I instantly thought of our Othello game. This game has chips that are black on one side and white on the other. So instead of writing on another piece of paper….we chose to play a game with these chips, a paper ten frame and a student sized chalk board.


I simply folded a 1/2 sheet of colored paper into a ten frame and then we placed one chip onto each spot on the ten frame. We took turns flipping over chips and then writing the addition sentences that corresponded to the chips. What a fun way to practice the commutative property of math too. We took a look at all of of the addition sentences to see which ones had the same numbers in different positions.

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Don’t have an Othello game? Check out this cool Ten Frame Set!


We avoided another worksheet! Hooray!!! I hope you enjoy playing this game with your kiddos too!

Greater Than, Less Than Snowman! CCSS 1.NBT.B.3

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Math is always more fun when you are playing a game to practice skills. So I developed this game for my children to practice evaluating number sentences for greater than and less than values. I designed this game with two levels of game play so that my first grader and my third grader can enjoy playing the same game!

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This colorful winter themed game contains 80+ game pieces. Your students will compare numbers using greater than and less than symbols in a fun matching game format. The game is designed with two levels of play for beginner and intermediate learning. Both levels are self-correcting and can be played individually, in a small group, or in a learning center. Teacher notes and assembly instructions are included. Common core CCSS.Math.Content.1.NBT.B.3 is covered by playing this game with your students! Yay!

You can find this game on my Teachers Pay Teachers Store here


Chill ‘E’ Penguins – A Silent ‘E’ Matching Game and Word Book – CCSS RF.1.3c

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As you may know I homeschool my children. My daughter is in 1st grade and we have been working on reading with fluency and understanding. Her skills are developing nicely, but words with the silent ‘e’ ending still trip her up sometimes. There are MANY worksheets that claim to practice this skill but frankly I don’t really like worksheets, so I set out with a plan to develop a game to help my daughter practice identify and read words with the silent ‘e’ ending.


The Chill ‘E’ Penguins Silent ‘E’ Matching Game and Word Book helps your students practice matching words that have silent ‘e’ endings and their partner words that do not have the silent ‘e’ (such as ‘cap’ and ‘cape’) with pictures. This 34 piece colorful set is designed for your student to practice matching the words on the penguins with the correct pictures. Some words are=> pin, pine, can, cane, cap, cape => plus a lot more! The game is self-correcting. Directions card, teacher notes for instruction and assembly are included.

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The companion word book is colorful, cute and the perfect way for your students to practice reading sentences and using picture clues to determine the missing word. Then your student writes the missing word on the line. All of the missing words end in silent ‘e’ and are a part of the matching game. A handy word bank on the first page of the book helps your student to spell the missing word correctly.

The Chill ‘E’ Penguins Silent ‘E’ Matching Game and Word Book covers common core standard CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.1.3c Know final -e and common vowel team conventions for representing long vowel sounds. The game is perfect for individual or small group play or you can use it in your literacy learning center. The word book is great for independent practice or for use in small instructional groups.

My daughter LOVES to play the game and I have set it up using a pocket chart in our homeschool classroom. You can check it out here on my Teachers Pay Teachers store!


Turkey Fractions – An Equivalent Fractions Matching Game

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I asked my son,”What kind of game would you like for our Thanksgiving Math Center?” He said, “I want a fractions game!” My son is in 3rd grade and fractions are coming up as part of the core curriculum (3.NF.A.3, 3.NF.A.3a, 3.NF.A.3b), so I decided this was a good opportunity to start the learning!

Fractions Turkey Set

This colorful matching game has 20 matching turkey and feather pieces. The student reads the fraction that is on the turkey and looks at the fraction model picture. Then he finds the feather pieces that have equivalent fractions and matches them to the turkey. The set comes with teacher notes, self-correcting answers for all of the feather pieces, and an answer key.

My son loves playing this game so much that he has interested his sister (first grade) in learning more about fractions. She plays the game with assistance from either her brother or myself! I love it when games make learning more exciting and they don’t even realize they are learning! Here’s the link to the product on Teachers Pay Teachers

Hundreds Chart Bingo!–CCSS.Math.Content.1.NBT.C.4, C.6


A friend of mine opened her first grade child’s homework folder to find the assignment depicted below. She found herself wondering how to teach her son how to add complex numbers and do division to complete this assignment. Are these first grade concepts?


Well, yes….essentially they are. The concept of spiraled math is that the same math principals will be introduced and taught at each grade level with varied complexity. So with that in mind this assignment is appropriate for a first grader with the proper tools! A hundreds chart is a tool that can be used to teach how to add and subtract by tens easily. Thus completing the assignments for Monday and Tuesday with ease.


I created my Hundred’s Chart Bingo game to help first grade students learn how to add and subtract tens with ease while having fun! The player first draws a number from the first pile and places her finger on that number on the chart. Then the player draws a card from the second pile. That card tells them a number to add or subtract from the first number. The student slides their finger up the chart in the same column to subtract by tens and down the chart in the same column to add by tens. It’s that easy! Check out my Teachers Pay Teachers store to get the full description of the game here:

The Hundreds Chart Bingo game covers CCSS.1.NBT.C.4, CCSS.1.NBT.C.6 and practices the skills necessary to complete these computations as mental math which covers CCSS.1.NBT.C.5.

If you want to learn how to teach your child how to answer Wednesday and Thursday’s assignments from above check out my Turkey Tens set here:

Thanksgiving Reading Comprehension- CCSS.RL.1.1, 1.7,1.10


My first grader is coming along very well with her reading. She is working on her phonics skills daily and I also like to reinforce reading for understanding daily. I work with her on reading comprehension after she reads to me, but I want to have a game in our literacy center that practices reading comprehension too! I love to create themed activities that liven up our classroom with bright colors and engaging images so I created this set for our Thanksgiving literacy center that accomplishes both goals.


This set is two games and an interactive student mini-book that covers CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.1, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.7, and CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.10. The game cards and book are non-fiction and discuss the first pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving tying beautifully into Social Studies for the month of November.


The individual student book comes with a page of images that are to be cut and pasted into the book on the appropriate pages. The student can also add their own images to illustrate the words on each page of the book to really make it their own story of Thanksgiving! If you want to make the book reusable just laminate the cut and paste pictures and the pages of the book. The student can place the pictures on the corresponding pages and illustrate with dry erase markers or crayons and then wipe the entire book clean when finished! I hope you enjoy using this set with your little learners as much as I do!

Turkey Tens: Using Place Value to the Tens Place and Ten frames!

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My first grade daughter is at a point in her educational development where math concepts are clicking! She is ready for place values and understanding number patterns in a ten frame. These concepts may seem like they are too easy for a first grader but understanding the base ten number system that we use is fundamental in moving forward to more difficult concepts in math like adding large numbers that require regrouping.

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I developed this Turkey Tens set with three math concepts in mind. I want my daughter to learn about place value. The ones place holds numbers zero through nine. But what about 10 and up? The tens place also holds numbers zero through nine so that we can talk about bigger numbers all the way to 99! The turkey tens matching game asks children to match turkeys (10-20) with base ten block pictures to turkeys with numbers in standard form by counting the ten rods and the ones cubes.

I also developed the Turkey Ten Frame matching game for this set. Have you ever rolled the dice with your child while playing a game and he needs to count the dots on the dice to know what the number is? But you know the number by sight, right? This is a skill that needs to be developed. Using a ten frame can help children develop a sense for number pictures in groups to easily identify number amounts from zero through nine.


Finally the last component I developed for this set is the Math Word Book. I am a big believer in writing/reading across the curriculum. Writing and reading don’t stop when we are done with a language lesson. So I developed the Math Word Book for Turkey Tens too! This book has the same cute Tom Turkey character on every page along with base ten blocks.

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Your student will need to count the tens block(s) and write the number. Then they will do the same for the ones blocks. Finally on each page your student will write the number word to complete the sentence. When the book is finished it can be read aloud to the teacher or another student.

This set will help my daughter learn about numbers to the tens place during the next month. We will play the matching games together first. Then I will put the games into learning centers for her to practice on her own. They are self-correcting so they are easily played independently. She will complete the word book after she has completed each game on her own. I will work with her while she completes the word book to reinforce the pronunciation and spelling of each number word.

I expect she will be ready to learn about adding two digit numbers in December after completing these games!

Halloween Themed Language Arts, Math, and Science Learning Games for K, 1, or 2!

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Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. My children love to decorate the house and the front porch and walkway. I like to gear our home learning in a festive direction for the month of October too! This bundle pack of 4 learning activities will fill our Halloween day with loads of fun. I plan on putting out the matching games (3 Little Monsters, Green Spider and the -ing, and Candy Corn Math) the week of Halloween and then celebrating on the BIG day with all of the games and the simple circuit science lab, Making Connections! The best part of the science lab is I print my own matching worksheet to create the games and I am printing my Halloween themed worksheet from THIS website.


The 3 Little Monsters Matching game and word book includes 24 colorful printable game pieces and a printable 9 page activity booklet to help your students practice reading comprehension in a fun way. The materials can be used individually, in a small group, or learning center! It also teaches your reader to look back into the text for details (a great skill for standardized testing!) Best of all this game and word book cover the common core standard RL.1.1.

Candy Corn Math

Candy Corn Math offers 16 Addition Sentences (and matching answers) that demonstrate and allow students to practice the Commutative Property of Addition. It is a printable Halloween themed activity that can be used in a learning center as a matching game or as 2 file folder games for individual or small group use. It covers common core standard 1.OA.B.3.


Green Spider and the -ing helps your students read, write and practice the –ing suffix. This colorful matching game and word book practices common verbs and adding the –ing suffix to these words. The word book allows your students to practice writing common verbs with the –ing suffix in a fun word book format. It is a 12 page document that includes teaching notes that detail the grammar rules associated with the verbs in the game and book, directions for assembly as a matching game or a file folder game, and coordinating common core standards RF.1.3f, RF.2.3d, L.3.2e!

Making Connections

This packet is a lesson plan for students to create an electronic game using easily sourced materials like aluminum foil, masking tape and brass brads (among others.) The step by step instructions will teach students how to make a simple series circuit. National Content Standards are included with the lesson plan.

I hope your children enjoy these lessons and you have a VERY HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!!

Practice the -ing Suffix with My ‘Green Spider and the -ing’ Game


My daughter is a second year reader. I taught her some foundational phonic skills last year in Kindergarten and she knows all of her Dolch High Frequency Words. She can read simple books and we are progressing forward with more difficult text. With all of that being said she was still struggling with the ‘-ing’ suffix. She tried to sound out each letter every time she approached a word in a sentence that ended in -ing. So I created this game and matching word book to teach her about the -ing suffix and how it sounds with some common words she sees in a lot of books.


The pieces for the matching game can either be used as such or glued into a file folder to create a file folder game. I had my daughter pronounce each word as she selected it and its matching ‘-ing’ partner card. For example as she picked up ‘smile’ she would say ‘smile’ then she looked for the matching ‘-ing’ word. When she found ‘smiling’ she would say ‘smiling’. We followed up the game with the matching word book. I read the word bank words to her and explained how the book worked by writing the matching word for each page on the blank line to complete each sentence. After she completed the pages in the book she read the book to me!


She was so excited about the book that she read it to her dad when he got home from work AND her brother and sister! I LOVE IT when she gets excited about reading! I really feel like I have done my job as a home-schooling mom when my children want to share what they have learned with others!

I included the common core standards that this set covers in the set as well as teacher notes to guide you through the grammar rules that apply to the words that are used in the set.

Common Core Standards:
1st Grade: RF.1.3f Read words with inflectional endings.
2nd Grade: RF.2.3d Decode words with common prefixes and suffixes.
3rd Grade: L.3.2e Use conventional spelling for high-frequency and other studied words and for adding suffixes to base words.

‘SH’ as in Fish Game to Practice the ‘sh’ Digraph!


My daughter is reading on her own but still struggling a bit with some phonic rules. One of the digraphs that was giving her trouble is the ‘sh’ sound. No matter how many times I explain that ‘sh’ makes the ‘quiet sound’ and put my finger to my lips and say, “Shhhhhhh.” She still attempted to sound it out when in the context of a book.


So I decided to create this game to practice the ‘sh’ digraph while reading words that begin and end in the sound. I also created a word book to help her remember the words and the spelling of the sound by writing it out in a simple book format. The game and word book also cover the common core requirement RF.1.3a which states “Know the spelling-sound correspondences for common consonant digraphs.”


Once she completed the game and the book she was no longer trying to sound out each letter for ‘sh’! Yay! Now to move onto the other consonant digraphs like CH and TH! Look for those game and book sets coming up soon!