How Many Kids Are on the Bus – Subitizing to Ten

Math Lesson from Kat and Squirrel - How many kids on the bus?Covers Math Common Core Standards for Kindergarten and First Grade – Understanding Numbers and Operations in Base Ten – Students will represent a number of objects with a numeral.

Each card displays a school bus with the windows in the shape of a tens frame. Faces are showing in the windows. As cards are flashed students write or say the number of faces they see on the bus.

Includes 26 large demonstration cards that can be flashed to a group of students and they write the corresponding number.

Also includes 26 smaller cards that can be used at a math center or as a game. Shuffle and divide cards. One child flashes a card and if the partner gets the correct number he/she keeps the card. If the number is incorrect the card goes to the bottom of the first child’s pile. Take turns flashing cards. Play until all cards have been correctly identified.

Goals of the lesson Goal/Common Core Standard:

Understanding Numbers and Operations in Base Ten – Students will represent a number of objects with a numeral.

Bonus!! Recording sheet for students to write answers as an independent counting activity.


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Animal Science Games for the Elementary Classroom

This file contains 8 fun classroom games to reinforce animal concepts such as animal groups, habitats, homes, movement, similarities and differences.

Games encourage body movement, teamwork, and recall of science information.

All games are fun ways to review information while building bonds of friendship amongst classmates. Enjoy!

Goals of the games

Animal Science Games for t Elementary School Grades ClassroomAnimal Habitats
Goal – Produce an animal name which lives in a given habitat.

Think Fast!
Goal – Categorize animals based on a variety of characteristics.

Are You Thinking What I’m Thinking?
Goal – Explain how an animal is like another animal.

It’s in the Bag
Goal – Group animals according to common characteristics.

When Dogs Fly!
Goal – Determine how different animals move from place to place.

Animal Syllables
Goal – Recognize animal names when given the name’s syllables.

Fish Talk
Goal – Learn the names of different kinds of fish.

Got Your Tail!
Goal – Review 5 animal group names.

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“Pair it” Parrot Game – Spanish Alphabet

This is a super fun card game that can be used to reinforce Spanish letter recognition. Great for intervention groups or centers.

Learn the Spanish Alphabet with the Pair It Parrot game!Goals of the lesson

Recognize and name all upper- and lowercase letters of the Spanish alphabet.

This version of the game includes the Spanish Alphabet. It also includes the original Kat and Squirrel (and Parrot) story. And the bonus Soup ABC order worksheet. Cut out the soup cans and glue them in ABC order in Squirrel’s cupboard. ABCs pronunciation sheet.

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Squirrel Away – Subitizing Game for Structuring Numbers (7-12)

“Can we play again?”

This is an awesome game I use to help teach spatial patterns and subitizing while working on structuring numbers with my first-grade math intervention group. They love it! This is the 7-12 version. The 1-6 version is also available in our store.

You also get the Kat and Squirrel story that goes with the game

and Bonus:
Spanish language dice “covers”.
Roman numeral dice “covers”.
Squirrel Away Artwork

Squirrel Away Number Match 7-12 Game - Kat and SquirrelGoals of the lesson


Count to 100 by ones and by tens.


Understand the relationship between numbers and quantities; connect counting to cardinality.

CCSS.Math.Content.K.CC.B.5 Count to answer “how many?” questions about as many as 20 things arranged in a line, a rectangular array, or a circle, or as many as 10 things in a scattered configuration; given a number from 1-20, count out that many objects.


Count to 120, starting at any number less than 120. In this range, read and write numerals and represent a number of objects with a written numeral.

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Lesson- Cool the Lemonade (Missing Subtractend to 10)

Missing Subtractend to 10 (Cool the Lemonade) from Kat and SquirrelConcepts to Be Covered
Missing Subtractend to 10

Goals for the Lesson
K.OA Understanding subtraction as taking apart and taking from.

1.OA Represent and solve problems involving addition and subtraction. Add and subtract within 20. Work with addition and subtraction equations.

2.OA Represent and solve problems involving addition and subtraction. Add and subtract within 20.

Kat and Squirrel Story for the Lesson
Squirrel took orders around the neighborhood for lemonade including how many ice cubes each person wanted in the glass. Kat carefully counted ice cubes to match each order and filled the glasses with yummy lemonade. As Squirrel was starting to deliver the glasses her friends decided to help. Oh, no! They thought the ice cubes were nuts and took some out of each glass. Squirrel went back to the lemonade stand with the bad news. Squirrel wrote the total needed and how many cubes were left on each glass. Can you help Kat and Squirrel figure out how many ice cubes are needed in each glass?


Lesson – Animal Needs

Animal Needs Lesson from Kat and SquirrelConcepts to Be Covered
Animals have needs: food, water, shelter, oxygen.

Goals for the Lesson
Students will discover that all animals have basic needs such as water, food, oxygen, and shelter.

Students will determine that animal needs are met within the context of their environment.

Kat and Squirrel Story for the Lesson
Kat and Squirrel are volunteering at a zoo. It is their responsibility to make sure all of the animals in their care have their needs met. Help Kat and Squirrel makes sure all of the animals are properly cared for.


Lesson – “Park the Car” Missing Addends to 10

Park the Car Lesson - Missing Addends to 10Concepts to Be Covered
Missing Addends to 10.

Goals for the Lesson
K.OA.A.4 – For any number from 1 to 9, find the number that makes 10 when added to the given number

1.OA.8 – Determine the unknown whole number in an addition or subtraction equation relating three whole numbers.

2.OA.2 Fluently add and subtract within 20 using mental strategies

Kat and Squirrel Story for the Lesson
Squirrel accidentally cleaned all the numbers off the cars. Help Kat and Squirrel figure out the car’s numbers. Help them find the missing numbers.