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These number sequencing worksheets will capture your students’ imagination and have them mastering number order 1 to 20 in no time. The solar system always holds a big fascination for kindergarten students, so space will always be a great engaging theme for your classroom. Not only can you teach a whole science unit on planets and space, but you can bring your space theme to any piece of your academics.
The Importance Of The Number Sequencing
One of the key skills for any kindergarten student to master is the number order 1 to 20 including the names of the tricky teens. This will underpin their ability to successfully use a number line for counting on and counting back, as well as helping develop their overall number sense. As with all kindergarten math skills, the key to success is plenty of repetition which makes these space theme ordering number worksheets your new go-to math centre all year long.
Preparing Space Number Order 1-20 Worksheets
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To get ready for your space theme math center, you can print these cut and paste worksheets in either color or black and white. While you can keep it as a cut and paste activity, you’ll save time and paper by cutting the rockets yourself and laminating the full set for repeated use throughout your space adventure.
Extension Number Order 1 to 20 Activities
The best thing about these cut and paste worksheets is that they are ready to use straight off the printer. There are three levels (missing numbers 1 through 10, missing numbers 11 through 20 and the whole set from 1 to 20) so differentiation is easy, but you’ll want to have some of these activities ready for those students who have mastered the basic skill:
Partner more or less – have students work with a partner with a full set of rockets numbered 1 thru 20. They then take it in turns to pick one rocket in secret and give their partner a clue using the phrases “this rocket is one more than ____” or “this rocket is one less than ___”. You could extend this further to two more or less or even three if your students master this skill quickly.
Speed sort – give a student a full set of rockets and have them put them face down on the table. Have them start a timer and see how quickly they can turn the rockets over and put all 20 in the correct order. You can make it competitive by recording their score to see if they can get quicker, or make it into a social activity by having two students work together at the same time.
Prepare for the 100 square – have your student organize the rockets 1 through 20 in two rows of 10 and have them identify the pattern looking down the columns. Add the next row (21 – 30) and see if they can continue the pattern by themselves. This will be a big challenge for most students but you’ll have some who are ready for this kind of work.
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Books About Space That We Love:
Other Free Space theme Printables:
1) Space Theme Letter Mazes – A space theme always goes down well with kindergarteners. It’s even better when you can tie in literacy centers to your theme, and this alphabet maze pack is a great way of helping students master their lowercase and uppercase letter recognition skills while experiencing the thrills of outer space.
2) Space Subtraction Clip Cards– If you’re looking for a kindergarten space theme activity that combines subtraction with fine motor skills, then you’ll love this free printable! With the recent spaceship launch to the International Space Station, the alignment of the planets to form the ‘Christmas star’ and all the space themed Lego sets my son received for his birthday, this space subtraction math center is an obvious favorite.
3) Space Vowel Sorting – Kids will love this simple space-themed vowel sorting activity. Which planet does the object belong on? Sound it out loud for some out of this world fun!
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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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