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St. Patrick's Day Printable Coding Activity

Time to get in the mood for St. Patrick's Day with this fun little leprechaun activity! Here is a screen-free coding activity for your little thinker! Coding is the method of giving instructions to perform a specific task.  This unplugged paper coding activity has two different levels for kids to solve. Level 1 Kids must find the right code to get the leprechaun to the pot of gold. Once kids discover the correct path, they will uncover a secret word: LUCKY. Level 2 In the second level activity, kids find the right code to get the Leprechaun to the rainbow. Once they find the code that works, kids decode a secret message: ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. Why Coding rocks: Kids practice trial...

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Valentine Story Math Freebie

Even though it has become quite a Hallmark holiday, Valentine's Day is such a cute day for kids. It is all about sharing love and kindness. It's sweet.  In the spirit of Valentine's Day, we want to share some love and kindness with you. We have a CGI Math Freebie for you: Valentine's Day Story Math Weekly Targeted Skill: Addition Problem Solving This Valentine-themed Story Math problem is an addition story problem. It's great because numbers can be switched out to fit your child's level. Choose larger numbers for more of a challenge and smaller numbers for more scaffolded support. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE VALENTINE STORY MATH This problem type is called a Join: Change Unknown. That means that...

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Valentine Paper Coding Activity - Fun for Kids!

Today we have a fun, screen-free coding activity for your kids! Valentine Paper Coding! Coding is the method of giving instructions to perform a specific task.  This unplugged paper coding activity has two different levels for kids to solve. The first level is finding the right code to get the arrow to the heart. Once kids discover the correct path, they will uncover a secret word. In the second level activity, kids find the right code to get the Valentine Letter to the Blimey Bloke. Once they find the code that works, kids decode a secret message about kindness! Why Coding rocks: Kids practice trial and error Teaches kids problem-solving skills A fun way to have fun with math Be...

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Snowball Story Math Free Resource (CGI: Subtraction)

One of our New Year resolutions is to share more strategies for using Story Math (Cognitive Guided Instruction), along with brain puzzles, to get your kids problem-solving, thinking, and persevering!  Today we have a Story Math free resource for you! CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE FREE RESOURCE. Weekly Targeted Skill: Cognitive Guided Instruction (CGI Math) Our Friday Freebie resource this week is a Story Math Activity for you to use with your child. This one is fun because it is about a snowball fight (and my kid LOVES snowball fights). I actually introduced this story problem by showing my son a clip from the Elf Movie (the infamous snowball fight scene). I really like it because it shows Elf making a bunch of...

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Christmas Story Math (CGI: Addition)

It's Friday and we have a Story Math Freebie for you! We are obsessed with story math and hope your little one loves practicing math this way!  Weekly Targeted Skill: Addition Problem Solving This Holiday-themed Story Math problem is based on the principles of Cognitive Guided Instruction (CGI) Math. It is an addition story problem where two items join together and the result is unknown (Join Result Unknown). ACCESS THIS FREE RESOURCE A couple of tips for doing Story Math with your child: Read the story to your child and have them visualize what the story is about (it helps if you act it out) Give your child something tangible to count with (Cheerios, pennies, unifix cubes, etc.) Scaffold: if your...

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