What book would I naturally use after teaching Chicka Chicka Boom Boom? Chicka Chicka 1-2-3 of course! I can tie this book into many of my match centers and use it during shared reading to introduce comparing/contrasting. It will also help me lead into our Apple unit which is just around the corner.
Since we talked about dice and counting during the first 20 days of math, this game was a great way to practice those skills. Students rolled a dice, said the number they rolled, then added that many apples to their tree.
This next game was probably the students favorite activity during math centers. I put number cards 1-20 and some bumble bee cards into a cup. Students took turns pulling a card and saying the number. If they knew the number, they kept the card, if not, they put the card back. When they drew the bumblebee card, the bees scared their number cards away, and they had to put them all back in the cup. Whoever had the most number cards at the end of the center time won. We played a game similar to this in our literacy centers while working on letters. I couldn't find an apple container, so we just borrowed the coconut that we used the previous week from Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. It did kind of drive me nuts that it wasn't an apple. :)
The game below is played just like my Chicka Chicka Alphabet game, but works on numbers instead. It can be played multiple ways for students to work on numbers 1-20.
We played the version of the game that uses this game board below. Students picked a number, said the number, and if correct got to roll the dice and move around the board. They had to watch out for the tricky card that said "stung by a bee, lose a turn". You can find this game in my store.
The worksheet below is to help students work on writing numbers 1-10. Students were to color the apples the same color of apples that they like to eat. Next, they used a black crayon to write the numbers 1-10 on the apples. Students could add the number 100 to the top of the tree if they wanted to, just like in the book. Finally, they could color the tree and page border if time allows.
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