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Everyone’s a little bit Irish, especially when it comes to St. Patrick’s Day. The non-religious nature of the holiday makes it an accessible theme for all of your students in your classroom,and your March lesson plan should aim to incorporate everything green, leprechaun and clover into your academic centers. These cute St Patrick’s Day worksheets will help with number recognition 1-20 while also making for a great display for your classroom wall.
Practicing Number Recognition 1-20
Being able to accurately identify numbers is a key math skill for the kindergarten classroom. They have to understand how the base 10 number system works to have any chance of understanding any of the four operations later in their academic careers, and it starts with number recognition 1-20. The teens numbers are always tricky due to their antiquated and illogical names, so you need to spend time helping students practice them. These color by number worksheets provide instant feedback as the picture won’t look correct if they’ve misread the numbers.
Preparing This Color by Number Pack
Extension St Patrick’s Day Activities for Kindergarten
These St Patrick’s Day activities for kindergarten come readily differentiated with each page incorporating 5 sequential numbers. You should expect students to be able to work through each one to get a full set of St Patrick’s Day themed artwork to display or take home. To extend the center, you could try some of these activities:
Mix up the numbers – while these St Patrick’s Day worksheets come ready to use straight off the printer, you could print out a master set for yourself and white out the numbers inside each shape. You then can write in your own set of numbers to help practice different skills. For example, you could use all the tens numbers, or numbers above 20 to build their number recognition.
More than, less than – another way to adapt each page is to change the key to use the language of more than or less than. For example, on the horseshoe activity, you could make the instruction for coloring orange read “two less than 5” instead “3” to help students gain a better understanding of how the linear number system works. Be sure to make a copy of each of your edited sheets so that you can reuse them for multiple students.
Introduce equations – to challenge those students who have mastered number recognition 1-20, make a copy of each sheet and white out the answers within each image. Replace them with addition and/or subtraction equations that would lead to the same number (e.g. replace “14” with “12 + 2”) to help them practice their math facts to 20. To increase the challenge, change the equation in each shape so they have to perform multiple equations to complete each color by numbers worksheet.