Saturday, May 7, 2011

Count Your Beans... Don't Eat Them!

This is a recording sheet for Monday!

How clever is this idea? My kids are still struggling with those bigger numbers and need lots of practice.
I plan to practice using this in small groups and I hope I can release it so they can do this independently with a recording sheet. I had a parent glue these on tongue depressors and I love making individual mats so each student has their own personal space. We all need our own space. I thought a small baggie of numbers would add to the challenge and help me assess their number knowledge. Cute, right?
Would you like the number cards? Click here for them. Each set is a different color.  Laminate these and put them in little snack baggies. Everyone gets their own set.


Mrs. C said...

Love your beans!

Melissa said...

Yes, they are cute=) Great idea!
F is For First Grade

Leslie @KindergartenWorks said...

Excited to use this as part of guided math next year. Here's to finding strong enough glue ;)
- Leslie

Fran Kramer said...

Hey Leslie,
My moms used Elmers!

Todd said...

This is great! Our first grade teachers really want us using rods & cubes in Kindergarten, so I revised the board and called it "count your tens". Thanks for the great idea!

Erin Ropelato said...

Love the idea!! I need to go buy some beans!

411 said...

Love these activities! Great resource! Would you be willing to share the blue mat you had your students use as well as the practice page (that was on the yellow background)? If you would my email is
I would really appreciate it!

Jenny said...

I would also like a copy of the blue work mat if you are able to share. Thanks a bunch for all your ideas.


Emily said...

Thanks for sharing your great ideas. I love this, it will be a great reinforcement for what I already do.
I would also like a copy of the blue work mat (if you are willing to share).


Fran Kramer said...

I do not have a copy of the mat at home so I will grab it and post it over the weekend. The kids are building the numbers right now and it has really been challenging for them but it will certainly help to get them ready for first grade.

flemingcynthia said...

I saw Cathrine Kuhn (fantastic) in conference and purchased her book which featured using bean sticks. I really like the sheets you created. A suggestion is to have the children make their sticks, in doing so they really "own" the tens sticks. It takes a while, but just doing a few a day makes it easy, and then they can take them home to practice over the summer. Elmers white glue has worked great for my kinders. Thanks for everything you share. You are very inspiring.

Fran Kramer said...

Dear Cynthia,
I love your comments and you are absolutly right- they need to make them and own them. However the thought of doing this with 5 year olds makes me a little ill but what the heck-right? Okay I will do this next year! It is such a great idea to have them work on them during the summer. You are a genius!
I will check out this book.
I would love to have it.
Thanks so much for these great ideas.

Pam Saltmarsh said...

I would love the bean mat as well! So fun! You are an inspiration to me. :)

Maryann said...

HI Fran!
Another great idea from you!!! You are truly amazing!!!
I hope you soon be sellin gyour ideas on TPT! My credit card is ready!!!!
If you are not selling, I hope you will post the board for this idea! I always look forward to another great idea to use- my beans are waiting!!!
Have a good weekend!

Unknown said...

HI Fran,
I love this idea! Thank you for sharing! I downloaded the blue mat. Is there a way I could get the recording sheet as well? DO you have it for sale?
Thank you,

Claire said...

Hi Fran,
Beautiful blog!! I love exploring all your great ideas... I have even scoped out TPT looking for your stuff. I would love a copy of your bean counting activities is possible. Thanks for all your hard work. :)

April said...

THanks for this post. Will you make the recording sheet available as well?

Rose said...

Such a cute idea. can't wait to use these.

Anonymous said...

Hi Fran!

LOVED this idea and featured it at my blog, Kindergarten Lesson Plans. I was sure to give photo/idea credit, as well as a link back to your blog, but I'd love for you to take a look at it and, if there are any problems, I'll be certain to take the feature down immediately!

Thanks so much!
Kayla Johnson

Anonymous said...

I loved the place value ideas! Can't wait to use them in my 1st grade class. I will be in my 2nd year of teaching first grade.
Last year I just tried to keep my head above water and learn the curriculum. This year I plant to do a much better job. It will be
easy with all the great stuff you are posting.
Thanks for sharing!

Heather Shelton said...

I am trying to create my own bean recording sheet but having a hard time finding a bean clip art that looks as easy as yours. Could you share where you found it? Thanks I love your ideas. Can't wait to use them!