Caterpillar Number Work

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Has it started to feel like spring in your area?? This week our weather has been warm, sunny, with a chance of green showers. Once spring hits a thin layer of green pollen covers EVERYTHING, and our excitement over sunshine is often diminished as everyone deals with red itchy eyes and runny noses.

Despite all that we have spent as much time as we could outside, and I wanted to create a spring like math activity to celebrate this season.

I can’t believe C will be starting Kindergarten in August. We are continuing our work on sight words and the CVC words, and he joins in for most of N’s math activities. Some he gets, and some fly over his head. He enjoys this time with us though, so I let him participate and see what sticks.

Today though I decided to create something just for him.

Caterpillar Number Work!!!

These cute little guys are an awesome way to practice numbers 21 through 50. First, decide how you want to use this. Will it be a center for your student or students to do over and over. Or is it a craft to send home?

If you want to have this as a center to do over and over, I would recommend laminating them, (I recommend Scotch Thermal Laminator 2 Roller System          if you do not have access to one) cutting them out, and then dividing them up. If you want to make it more of a craft, just provide glue and scissors. I would still recommend dividing them up  depending on the child. C was able to handle doing about eight at a time before his attention span ran out.

Before you begin you want to make sure your students have worked with ten frames, tally marks, and base ten blocks. Here are a few activites if you feel you need more work, or want to introduce your students to these concepts.

Base Ten

Ten Frames

Tally Marks

Once you are sure they understand tally marks, base ten blocks, and ten frames you are ready to go. Spread out the circles on the table. Have them put down all the heads and the numeric numbers. Then let them grab whatever they want to do next, and have them figure out what the card is modeling or representing.   Once they figure out the number they can add it to the correct caterpillar.

What I worked on most with C, was remembering if we needed to count by fives or tens. Almost daily we sing counting songs, so the counting is almost second nature to him. What he struggles with it remembering to count by fives with the tally marks, and tens with the other two. The other thing we really have to work on is being able to switch from counting by fives or tens, to counting by ones. We pulled out our trusty 100’s chart and dry erase markers as a tool to help him with this. He is definitely getting better the more we practice.

Enjoy making the number caterpillar! You can also make it caterpillar day and read The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and work on comprehension with these free printables from Make It Cooze.

Get Numbers 21 – 30 for FREE HERE!!!

Get Numbers 21- 50 HERE!!!


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