Trick AND Treat...a Halloween surprise!

Fall is upon us and that means it's time for some Teaching Trick & Treating!

That's right - I have teamed up with my Freebielicious friends again to share some 
teaching tricks and special free treats for you!

I have been focusing on making my math area much more inviting and fun!
I try to offer a variety of manipulatives for the students to use.
(Sorry - in this picture it looks a little messy!  The children enjoy using everything here!)
This year I have decided that some of the best manipulatives you can have are very VERY inexpensive...from the Dollar Store or, best of all, free!
See the adorable Jack-o-Lanterns?
Dollar Store.
And these beautiful glass beads?
Yup, Dollar Store.
You can do so much using them!
The students used the glass beads to count out and practice identifying ways to make a number on this hundreds grid.
I love using these small tiles (FREE - just head on into your neighbourhood tile store and ask for discontinued tiles).
Students can create patterns, place them into the ice cube tray for 1:1 correspondence, graph how many of a specific colour there are...the possibilities are endless.

This week I plan on reviewing some number sense concepts with the students, one in particular being subitizing.
Subitizing is simply when you are able to instantaneously recognize a number without counting it (on a dot die, for instance, or on a ten-frame).

Do you have lots and lots of paper plates like I do?
Don't know what to do with them?
Well, make Dot Plates!

I love playing the Dot Plates game with the and easy to make too!
Using a bingo dabber, dot your paper plates the same configuration as the numbers on a die or a ten-frame.
Quickly flash them to the students and see if they can identify the number you held up.

I created this ready-to-print game focusing on subitizing.  All you need to do is add some dice!
You will see how quickly your students can identify numbers!
Click on the picture above to get your FREE download!

Best part is, you can double up dot die numbers and see if they can still identify it!

Hop along to the next Freebielicious friend to see what their Trick & Treat is!
Happy {early} Halloween!  Enjoy all the goodies!


  1. Thank you for the freebie! I'm always looking for fun math activities! :)
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  2. Love those ideas!!!! Free and fun is the best recipe :)

  3. I love the math manipulatives from the dollar store! I am always finding new things to use there... I go in for one thing and come out 20 bucks later! I love the tip about asking for discontinued tiles! I have never thought of that, and that would be excellent!

  4. I love the dollar store! Your freebie is fabulous! Printing it right now!
    Live Love Laugh Everyday In Kindergarten

  5. Dollar Store manipulatives are fun and easy - thanks for sharing! I really appreciate the freebie - I just picked up bingo daubers and have been looking for new ways to incorporate them :)

  6. Thanks for the freebie. This is a perfect for a few of my kiddos.
    First Grade and Fabulous


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