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Friday, June 3, 2011

Stomp Your Feet On More of My Math Mats

Anyone who teaches kindergarten needs to download this mat. I have teddy bears that come in different sizes and this is the perfect mat for sorting small, medium, and large. This might be the kind of  "math talk" you would want your children to use to build their mathematical language. I love to pull this out after reading various versions of Goldilocks and The 3 Bears.  I have my students sort attribute blocks on a mat of this type too. How can you differentiate this sort?  Have your students graph their sort if they have stronger mathematical understandings. Practice the following  "I have more________ and you have more ________." "I have less_______ and you have less_____."    "I have more____ but you have less____."                         Download this mat right here.

This is a mat every kindergarten teacher needs at the beginning of the year and it can be stored with  attribute blocks for students to use as part of a Math Work Station. Response sheets can be differentiated depending on a students skill level. They can be stored in big ziplocks with the manipulatives. What do you think?   Get this mat here and enjoy this freebie.


Meredith said...

Thanks Fran for the new mats. They will be perfect for the upcoming bunch. Btw, for recording sheets I use the magnetic pockets from Lakeshore. They come in primary colors with a clear front. Then, I secure them to an IKEA magnetic board. Hey, how about that math benchmark?????

Jill said...

LOVE these! Thanks so much for sharing!

Miss Kindergarten said...


Miss Kindergarten

the nichols' family said...

I can't thank you enough for sharing your wonderful creations! I am very excited about using them next year! :)

Martha said...

These will come in so handy next year...thanks for sharing with us!

rooneyhunt said...

Hi Fran!

These will be perfect for next year! Thank you for sharing your creations- they are greatly appreciated!!

~ Amy

Miss Megan said...

Just wanted to say i LOVE YOUR BLOG!!! you have some of the cutest ideas I have ever seen! I am thrilled to be able to follow you and use your ideas now that I am going to be a first year Kindergarten teacher!! :) I'd love to know if you have any tips...especially for the first week!

Fran Kramer said...

Dear Megan,
Welcome to the wonderful world of kindergarten. The first few weeks can be rough but it will all be worth it when you get those sweet hugs or when I child tells you they love you and want you to come to their birthday party. You are about to enter a grade level that is different from all others with the best teachers imaginable. I know you will be happy.
Love, Fran

Alessia Albanese said...

Dear Fran,

Thanks so much for sharing everything on your blog! Just started blogging and your truly is an inpiration! You are a very talented and creative teacher! Love your stuff!

Happy teaching!


Sara said...

Thanks for sharing all your awesome ideas!

Susan said...

Thanks so much for sharing all that you've shared on your blog. Your resources, as well as the other resources I've found since discovering this "webring" of blogs, have been invaluable to me. This was my third year teaching kindergarten after being an intermediate/adult teacher the previous 24 years of my career. It was like starting over, but what a wonderful new beginning. Your resources have really helped!

Heather said...

Thanks so much for these and for all the great ideas on your blog. I am moving to kindergarten after three years in third so I am busy collecting great ideas like yours! Just getting my blog going but you are an inspiration! Wish I could come to Vegas and meet all of you from the blog world- feels like I know you already!

Mary Lou said...


Your posts are terrific and you are quite an inspiration. I like how you think of differentiating instruction all the time. You really have a way to simplify the most complex activities into simple ones by either color coding or offering examples for the students to follow.
Thank you so much for all your freebies too!!

Mary Lou Donahoe
Hooksett, NH

krazykindergarten said...

Thank you so much for sharing all of your printables. I really, really, really, really, really LOVE them!!!

Kerri said...

My students are going to love these mats! Thank you so much!