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This post has been co-written with Ben Wolfson, a full-time educator and assistant principal in the USA.
After the exciting run of Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, the return back to school after Christmas break can feel like a big come down for your kindergarten students. However, before you rush into Valentine’s Day decorations, you should spend some time with winter animals as your classroom theme to get everyone back into the learning groove. Download these cute polar bear worksheets to practice writing numbers 11-20 with your students!
With your theme in hand, it’s time to look at the January skills your kindergarten students will be working on. Among the highest priority is the move from single digits to the tricky teens, and having your students practice writing numbers 11 to 20 gives you plenty of time to talk about patterns in the number system and the weird number naming system in the English language. Students also need to practice tracing numbers to help them master the ten digits that underpin their entire mathematical journey, and this writing numbers worksheet has multiple opportunities for them to practice tracing and writing numbers as well as developing their 1:1 correspondence.
Preparing Winter Animals Number 11-20 Worksheets
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Using These Writing Numbers Worksheets
These cute winter animal theme worksheets are ready for independent math centers straight off the printer. To scaffold your math centers to meet the needs of each student, try some of these activities:
Separate the tasks – each writing numbers worksheet has four separate tasks (tracing the number and word, counting blocks, a number recognition maze, and a draw and count task) which can feel overwhelming for students who aren’t proficient in each skill. By cutting up each worksheet into its component tasks, you reduce the visual appearance of the workload. It also gives you the chance to have students work on one skill set across all numbers (e.g. just practice writing numbers 11 to 20 or just practice counting 11-20, etc).
Create their own mazes – every kindergartner loves a good maze, and having students create their own for a friend to complete will be a great way for them to practice writing numbers 11 to 20. You can extend those who are comfortable with their numbers from 1 to 20 by talking about the 20s and 30s and having them include those numbers in their maze.
Count physical objects – some students struggle to transfer their ability to count physical objects to counting abstract concepts like the blocks on the worksheet. You can help them transition this skill by having a set of cubes next to their worksheet, and have them put one cube on top of each square. Once they’ve reached the target number, they can remove each cube and color in the square to show the relationship between physical objects and marks on paper.
More Themed Centers Perfect for Winter:
Like this? Then you’ll love my 10 Snow Themed Literacy and Math Centers. These easy-prep games will get your students working on letters, phonics, numbers and more!
1) Snowflake Pick and Cover Letters – Kids will pick letter cards and match them with the letters on the playing mat until all letters have been identified.
2) Snowflake Sight Words Bingo – 8 different bingo cards provided for use in small groups. 40 Pre-primer sight words are included.
3) Snowball Letters and Numbers Sorting – Sort the snowballs according to upper and lowercase or letters vs numbers.
4) Snowflake Vowel Sound Sorting – Print out the sorting mat and place the picture cards in the correct columns based on their vowel sounds.
5) Snowflake Write the Room Alphabet – Hunt around the room for a letter card and match the pictures on the recording sheet to complete the game.
6) Snowman Count and Write Numbers – Kids will practice writing number words 1-10. There are 2 versions included – with numbers and with ten frames.
7) Snowflake Counting Clip Cards – Develop fine motor skills and math skills in this 1-20 counting game.
8) Winter Numbers Memory Match – Flip 2 cards over at a time to find matching number pairs until all the numbers have been matched up.
9) Snowman Ten Frame Mats – Adorable counting mats with ten frames for one to one correspondence and counting practice. You can use this with cotton wool ‘snow’, pompoms, buttons, etc.
10) Snowflake Visual Discrimination Cards- Find the 2 matching snowflakes from a group of 6. There are 16 cards provided.
Other Printables for Your Winter Lesson Plan:
1) Penguin Sight Words Write the Room – Kids will love this printable penguin theme pre-primer sight words write the room activity! It’s perfect for a winter literacy center in kindergarten and even first grade.
2) Penguin and Fish Letter Matching– Printable penguin and fish themed game to pair up upper and lowercase letters.
3) Counting to 20 with Ice Skates – Kindergarten and 1st-grade students will work on counting to 20 and one to one correspondence in this free ice skating activity. Use this as a fun winter math center in your classroom or as a hands-on printable twenty frame game for your homeschool.
4) Snowman Ten Frame Mats – Students in preschool to 1st grade will practice counting, making 10, one to one correspondence, subitizing and writing numbers with these snowman ten frame mats. Use this printable as a fun winter math center in your classroom or as a hands-on addition activity for your homeschooling kids.
5) Winter Printable Worksheets Pack – Your kids will love this 50-page winter packet full of fun activities to help them practice literacy, math and fine motor skills. Preschool and kindergarten students will cut, color, count and much more. This activity pack is perfect for indoor leaning time during the cold winter months.
6) Winter Freeze Number Puzzle Strips – 2 printable winter theme puzzles to practice number order from 1 to 20.
7) Snowball Sorting – Sort out numbers from letters or uppercase letters from lowercase letters in this winter-themed activity.
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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