Developmentally appropriate Gingerbread math centers for the preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten classroom! This resource is perfect for all developmental and cognitive levels of early childhood. The centers are fun, engaging, and offer challenges and reinforcement of basic skills.
This resource is set up with 3 levels of developmentally appropriate Number Sense centers for the early childhood classroom. Every class is different, every student is different, so this resource gives you the option of starting out slowly, building on what your students know, and offering a challenge as skills are mastered.
Level 1: Gingerbread Dice
This beginning level will introduce matching dots on dice to numbers. Students will learn that some numbers can only be shown one way on dice, while others may be shown many different ways. Count the dots and find the number that ’says’ the same thing! This is a great activity for counting, subitizing, and reinforcing that all numbers mean a quantity!
Level 2: Count the Tallies
This center activity builds on the first activity by introducing another way to show a quantity or ‘say’ a number. With this activity you will be introducing tally marks or adding more tally mark practice for your students. Students will learn how to make a set of 5 tally marks and learn that whenever tallies are seen in that grouping it will ALWAYS mean 5! This can be confusing for some, so take it slow and constantly remind how to count and group 5’s with tally marks. Fabulous counting and subitizing activity!
Level 3: Clip the Mistake!
This activity builds on the first two, but adds the element of discovering which picture does NOT represent the number shown. In this activity we will see the same dice and tally marks from the previous two activities, and we add finger counting, 10 frames and one-to-one correspondence. This activity promotes critical thinking as students work to find the “mistake” on each card. It is an inside out method to finding and answer as students explore the may ways to ‘say’ each number!
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