Thanksgiving Math Center Differentiated (Counting, Addition to 10, Making 10)

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We all know the importance of making learning meaningful and learning through play in the early grades and this math center is designed to do both.

Students feel like little chefs in the kitchen as they use recipe cards to create, cook, and serve the Thanksgiving turkey while practicing counting & writing numbers to 20, addition to 10, and making 10 . Props such as a baster, serving dish, pan, or tongs (for fine motor skill practice) can be added to make the center even more realistic and fun.

Easily differentiate the center by simply switching the recipe cards and exit ticket pages (printables that easily allow you to assess and reach all of your students).

You receive:

• printable center directions with pictures for each center

• recipe cards that are color coded according to the skill practiced

• ink-saving black and white recipe cards that can be printed on colored paper (included in page count)

• differentiated exit ticket printable pages to assess students' skills

• printable answer keys

• step by step directions with pictures for making the paper turkey and stuffing pieces (brown paper lunch bags, white tissue paper, stapler, glue, newspaper or scrap paper required)

In the Stuff the Turkey Counting Center students practice number sense, counting to 20, completing a ten frame, and writing numbers.

They read a recipe card to see how many pieces of stuffing to add to their turkey, count and add the correct number of stuffing pieces to the turkey, pretend to cook and baste it (optional), remove the stuffing from the turkey, serve/count the pieces, and complete the exit ticket page.

This center can be differentiated by the recipe cards used (numbers 1-10 or numbers 11-20) and by the exit ticket practice pages. Two differentiated exit ticket pages are included - one that requires students to match the number from their recipe card to a number on their exit ticket and fill in the ten frame and one where they are required to write the number from their recipe card and fill in the ten frame.

In the Stuff the Turkey Addition Center students practice addition to 5, addition to 10, writing numbers, writing addition sentences.

Students read a recipe card that has 2 ingredients (either green celery, brown bread, or white onions). They count the correct number of each ingredient, add it to the turkey, pretend to cook and baste the turkey (optional), remove the stuffing pieces to serve it, count and add the total number of stuffing pieces from the turkey. The stuffing pieces are different colors (brown for bread, green for celery, white for onion) which helps students visualize the addition problem. They then complete an exit ticket page.

This center can be differentiated by the recipe cards used (addition to 5 or addition to 10) and the exit ticket pages chosen. Two differentiated exit ticket pages are included - one that provides the two numbers from the recipe card and the student is required to just write the sum and one that requires the student to write the entire addition equation.

In the Stuff the Turkey to Make 10 Center students practice making 10 (common core standard K.OA.A.4).

Students have to figure out the missing ingredient on their recipe card. The recipe calls for 10 total pieces of stuffing, however the recipe card does not show how much bread to add to the recipe to make 10. Students use the turkey and stuffing pieces to solve the problem. The different colored ingredients make it easier for students to visualize the math problem. They then complete an exit ticket page where they fill in the missing number to make 10.

This center can also be used in your dramatic play area - students can practice and reinforce math skills through play!

"This is awesome! I put it in my pretend center and they loved it!" - Traci W.

The turkey and stuffing can also be used as a Thanksgiving party game (directions included).

Practices common core standards K.CC.A.3, K.CC.B.4, K.CC.B.5, K.OA.A.1, K.OA.A.2, K.OA.A.4, K.OA.A.5

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
For any number from 1 to 9, find the number that makes 10 when added to the given number, e.g., by using objects or drawings, and record the answer with a drawing or equation.
Fluently add and subtract within 5.
Write numbers from 0 to 20. Represent a number of objects with a written numeral 0-20 (with 0 representing a count of no objects).
Understand the relationship between numbers and quantities; connect counting to cardinality.
When counting objects, say the number names in the standard order, pairing each object with one and only one number name and each number name with one and only one object.


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