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Kindergarten students will learn about number sequence in this printable dinosaur math center. They will need to figure out the missing number from a row of 5 numbers shown. You can use this as a fun math station any time of the year!
By the end of kindergarten, most children can count to 20 (and beyond given half the chance!), but the key skill is to help them understand numbers out of sequence. If they only understand the concept of 6 as a word that you say after 5 or before 7, they’ll find it hard to add and subtract fluently in first grade. This cute dinosaur-themed number line will help your student with thinking about numbers as concrete concepts.
Setting Up Your Dinosaur Math Center
For this activity you will need:
Optional: laminator and dry erase markers
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Print the pages according to the size you want – don’t forget to adjust your printer settings! I suggest laminating them for easy and repeated use. There are 5 numbers in a row with 1 missing number. Your students will need to figure out which of the 2 given options is the correct one to complete the sequence.
How To Use Your Number Sequence Cards
This activity has many mathematical uses, depending on what skill you want to work on:
● 1-20 numbers sequencing – have your student read out the numbers from left to right and they will automatically fill in the blank verbally. They can then find the missing square that matches. You could ask your student to draw a line from the correct answer to the blank box, put a circle around the correct answer or write the answer into the blank box.
● One more, one less – another key kindergarten math skill is knowing what numbers come before and after. You can point to the missing squares and ask them to say the number that is one more or one less than that number.
● Number formation – our number system relies on students being able to form each number (not reversing them every time!) and putting the digits in each place value correctly. Ask your student to practice writing numbers in sequence on a different piece of paper, or trace over them on this sheet if they’re still working on that skill.
You could also extend this into a fine motor lesson by transforming it into a cut and paste numbers activity. Ask your student to cut the missing square out and stick it down. Cutting small objects from the center of a piece of paper is a hard skill, so you may want to practice elsewhere before treating this as the final exercise. If you’re looking to challenge and extend your student, have them create a worksheet with a different number missing for you or a fellow student to work on.
This 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 Dinosaur Themed Centers
Like this? Then you’ll love my 10 Dinosaur Themed Literacy and Math Centers. These easy-prep games will get your students working on math, literacy and fine motor skills.
1) Dinosaur Alphabet Writing Strips – with handwriting lines
2) Dinosaur CVC Ending Sounds – 40 different words included
3) Dinosaur Alphabet Clip Strips – place a clothespin/clip on the matching letters on the strip
4) Letter-saurus Fossil Digging – pick a letter card then find and color it on the recording sheet
5) Dinosaur Playdough Color Words Mats – 8 different mats to use with playdough for forming the names of colors
6) Dinosaur School Race Spin and Graph – race to 10
7) Dinosaur Playdough Counting Mats to 10 – form the number and then fill up the ten frame with playdough ‘dinosaur eggs’
8) Dinosaur Number to Word Matching – number and word cards to 10 included
9) Dinosaur Egg Pattern Strips – use pompoms, dot markers, dot stickers or other colored manipulatives to complete the patterns. Includes ABAB, AABB, ABCABC and ABCB patterns
10) Dinosaur Eating Habits Sorting Mats – divide 18 food items into herbivore or carnivore mats
Fun Books About Dinosaurs:
Other Dinosaur Printables You’ll Love:
1) Dinosaur Printable Worksheets Pack – 50-page pack for your little one to practice letter recognition, writing, counting, graphing, tracing, coloring and so much more.
2) Dinosaur On The Run Tracing Lines – Improve fine motor skills and concentration at the same time. There are more than 10 different patterns to choose from.
5) Letter-saurus Fossil Digging – Preschoolers will love pretending to be a paleontologist so grab this free printable game and start working on letter recognition.
Educational Math Tools For Your Lesson:
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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