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Fall is a great time in the kindergarten classroom for learning number words, and these apple theme math clip cards will engage your students as they get to grips with this new skill. You’ll quickly hear the buzz in the room as the bright colors and limited choices lead to instant success and the request to repeat this number words to 20 game!
Matching Numbers to Words
There are many reasons why it’s essential for kindergarteners to be able to read both the numerals and words to 20. Firstly, they will appear in many different reading settings and word problems in their school career. Secondly, learning number words helps with pronunciation as they’ll see the sounds that they’re meant to be making. Finally, matching numbers to words helps students to continue to order and organize their number sense in their minds.
How To Prepare Apple Number Words to 20 Game
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This great apple theme math clip cards set prints out at one card per page so you definitely want one full set as you teach students how to use it. As students start to practice independently, you can shrink to two or even four to a page as the large friendly font will still work. If you’re looking to do one or more of the extension tasks mentioned below, you should print extra copies that you can harvest for more words.
Learning Number Words with Math Clip Cards
These apple theme math clip cards make for a great independent check-in or a partnered number words to 20 game. As with all great resources, their beauty is in their simplicity which allows them to be used at a variety of levels:
Pick from three – when you first introduce these cards that have the numerals and words to 20, you will want to keep them as they are when you print so that each student only has three possible choices to pick from, all within a sensible range. Students can then either put a paper clip showing their choice or mark the paper somehow, especially if you’ve laminated them for repeated use. This simple activity will build initial skill.
Make them talk – once students have mastered the basic matching numbers to words task, you can expand the complexity by turning it into a number words to 20 game. You need to cut each card in half and put a colored dot so that both students are working with half of the same card. Then have the student with the number read it out loud and their partner has to show which number they heard. Not only does this help with matching words to sounds, but you get to teach turn taking and celebrating each other’s successes.
Expand the choices – finally, as students become more confident with learning number words, you can cut up multiple cards to give them a bigger and unknown mix of words to choose from. Start by cutting a set of the words that has all the numbers, and then give the student three random words. Up the challenge by giving them more words, and a final assessment could include having them play one more, one less with the words or putting all twenty words in order.
This apple theme game is also available as digital Boom Cards which can be used with Seesaw, Google Classroom and other distance learning platforms. Grab these Internet task cards here.
More Themed Centers Perfect for Fall:
My Fall Leaves and Acorns Themed Centers is a variety pack of 10 games focused on early literacy, math and fine motor skills.
These are the games included:
1) Acorn Beginning Sound Clip Cards – choose the correct first letter of the object shown
2) Acorn Alphabet Match – match the top (lowercase letter) and bottom (uppercase letter) of the acorns correctly
3) Acorn Pre Primer Sight Words Cards – includes 24 of the first 40 pre primer sight words. Choose from matching uppercase only, lowercase only or uppercase to lowercase.
4) Acorn Shape Tracing Mats – Draw out the different shapes or fill in the shape with playdough or some other small manipulative.
5) Fall Leaves Count and Match to 10 – match the numbers of leaves on the tree to the card
6) Fall Leaves Patterns – 3 different levels included ABAB, AABAAB, ABCABC
7) Fall Leaves Alphabet Sort – child will sort letter cards into upper or lowercase
8) Acorn Shape Matching Clip Cards – choose the correct shape that is shown on the acorn
9) Fall Leaves Number Fun 1-10 Sheets – trace, write, and form the number then count and color in the ten frame.
10) Acorn Tracing Lines – 4 different line shapes for fine motor practice.
Books About Fruits and Vegetables That We Love:
Other Fall Printables You’ll Love:
1) Fall Printable Worksheets Pack – 50-page pack for your little one to practice letter recognition, writing, counting, tracing, coloring and so much more.
2) Fall Leaves Number Sorting – Sort out the leaves and find which numbered tree they came from to practice number recognition, reading number words, and count with ten frames.
4) Count and Compare Acorns – Your child will count and compare the groups of acorns to help the squirrel chose the bigger one.
5) Acorn Tracing Lines – Practice fine motor skills with these 4 different acorn-themed worksheets to help the squirrel grab the acorn!
6) Scarecrow Sums to 10 – So quick to set up in just a few minutes, you can sit back and relax while your preschooler or kindergartener has fun learning to solve simple sums to 10.
7) Scarecrow Number Tracing Strips – Combine fine motor practice with early math skills in this scarecrow-themed game to practice writing numbers 1 to 10.
8) Scarecrow Arrange By Size – Develop early math skills with these 3 scarecrow-themed image sets to arrange from smallest to biggest.
Educational Tools For Your Classroom:
Browse My Most Popular Math Printables:
1) Parking Cars Tracing Lines – More than 10 different tracing line patterns to choose from, all of which help with pencil control.
2) Scarecrow Arrange By Size – 3 different scarecrow-themed image sets that they will arrange from smallest to biggest.
3) Bumblebee Addition Game – Solve the sum and help the bee land on the correct flower!
4) Farm Shapes Mats – Use playdough, pompoms, stickers etc to learn 2D shapes.
5) Popsicle Stick Number Formation – Kids will love forming the numbers 1 to 10 when ice cream and popsicles are involved!
8) Counting Colorful Bugs – This printable book will help kids count to 10 while also learning about color words.
9) Humpty Dumpty Numbers – In this printable game, your students will practice number recognition using 1 dice or simple addition when using 2 dice.
10) Build A Number Santa – Match the number to the correct number word, tally mark and domino to form a Santa Claus
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