Friday, January 4, 2013

Waddle to It...Math Edition!

happy new year

Happy New Year teachers and friends!!

How was your first week back to school? I'm sure all you little ones were certainly excited to see you!

loooove how pleased this darling is with herself ....  Mona Lisa, step back, there's a new Queen of Smiles in town... it only takes imagination to see how big it is.

Now that the New Year frenzy has come and gone (I'm always sad to see it go!), it is that time of year where the wintery-enchantment of penguins begins in the classrooms!! I am using this post to round up some of the great ideas I have found out there and give credit to the many creative teacher authors.

Penguin giggle!

We have to start somewhere...let's kick off today's post with math! I'll be back tomorrow with literacy ideas...check back in:)

 I have posted previously about how I structure my math block in a way that begins with a whole group mini lesson, we break for 2 rounds of differentiated math groups, then we come back together to review and practice a little bit more!

These penguin math ideas would be PERFECT for adding to various math centers to be completed in small groups with their peers!

First about this idea from Erica Bohrer. I will be using a variation of this for my "writing about math" center during my penguin unit. Easy to differentiate for writers by providing the template (which is free by the way!) or students write their very own penguin story problems without the template on adorbs stationary for an added writing challenge! Thanks Erica for always sharing your fabulous ideas!

Next up...who hasn't seen these darling penguins to help teach about 2 dimensional shapes?! I LOVE them! I start teaching about geometry the exact week I start my penguin unit which works out perfectly, but even if it doesn't for never hurts to put these little guys up anyways to help teach and instruct! I found this at!

Silly  Shaped Penguins

My third idea is called "Penguin Doubles and Near Doubles." This is a great center to use when helping your little ones improve their mental math when adding double and near double numbers 1-20. Easy to set up AND easy to use. What's not to love?!

This last math idea I wanted to feature today is from Ms. Arnold at Oceans of First Grade Fun! This FREE download is great math fluency practice for all your little ones! I am definitely using this Ms. A...thank you for sharing!!


Well friends...those were some of my favorite penguin math activities I have seen out there the past few days. Do you have other favorites you would recommend?? I would LOVE to hear about them!

Hope to see you back tomorrow for more of my favorites for penguin-themed literacy!!

Much Love!


  1. Thanks for stopping by First Grade by the Sea. Love your penguin ideas you posted. I just loaded a Penguin unit that is fun in case you are interested.
    Just became your newest follower.

    1. I'm glad you enjoyed some of the penguin ideas! It was great to stop by First Grade by the makes me so excited when I find new blogs:)

  2. Hi Ellen - Love all the penguin stuff. I go back Monday and kids come on Tuesday. Time to gear up for winter units and penguins... Happy New Year!
    Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After

    1. I am starting to gear up too Vicky! I actually don't go back until next week since I teach at a year round school, so I am loving this laid-back planning period:) Thanks, as always, for coming by!


  3. Oh my goodness, I love those sweet little girl pics! The penguin stuff looks awesome, too!

    You were at my blog asking about the software I use. It's Photoshop and Illustrator (Adobe) and a new Bamboo Splash tablet I'm just learning about.

    Happy New Year!!

    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers Blog Designs

    1. HA! I'm glad you like the pictures! I just ADORE the one of the little girl with her new penguin friend:)

      Thanks for the information. I still use my sharpie and marker tools to create some of my own graphics, but have not yet graduated to the clip art software. You're inspiring me:)


  4. Hi,

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    We have recently launched a science app that uses augmented reality to enhance classroom teaching. The app has 3D models for kindergarten to grade 12. I thought you might want to check it out and may be review it on your blog, if possible.

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    The link to the app is:



    You can also search for the app on the app store as 'Augmenter'.

    Do let me know if you would be interested. I am really Looking forward to your response.

    happy teaching!