8 Roll and Record Games for Math Centers!

One of my biggest pushes for teaching math is small group instruction with practice/ support centers . In my classroom, I use a rotation. One of the biggest challenges with this approach is the prep required to keep up with centers. Today, I’ll share one of my favorite “growing” centers that is really no prep!

I have been building Roll and Record routines to support our math activities since the beginning of the year! The best part is, I use the same recording sheet for almost all of the roll and record activities, which  helps the students focusing on practicing the new skill at hand. My students have named them “levels”, so I’ll jump on board with that in  my description.

Level 1: Using “regular” six sided dice.

Roll and record math center! Blog.printableprompts.com


You can also use dice with the numbers instead of dots. This is also a great way to build fluency using strategies other than counting the dots.

Roll and record math center! blog.printableprompts.com

Level 2: Counting on to add.

I actually used little stickers on one die per child to create dice that have 1, 2, or 3 dots.

Then they roll a die with a numeral on it, rather than the dots and one of the dotted dice to practice using counting on as a strategy.

Roll and record math center! blog.printableprompts.com


Level 3: Up the ante and use a 1,2, or 3 dotted die as well as a 10 sided die!

Roll and record math center! blog.printableprompts.com

Level 4: Practice doubles by rolling one “regular” die and doubling it to get the sum!

Roll and record math center! blog.printableprompts.com

Level 5: Practice doubles with by rolling a 10 sided die and doubling the number!

Roll and record math center! blog.printableprompts.com

Level 6: Roll one 1- sided die to signify the number of 10s, and one ten sided die to signify the number of ones. Record as expanded form on the page! You can also use the fancy dice with multiples of 10 (pictured below).

Roll and record math center! blog.printableprompts.com

Level 7: Adding within 100!

Roll 2 10 sided dice to create a 2 digit number. Then, roll a “regular” six sided die to count on/ add that many more!

Roll and record math center! blog.printableprompts.com

Level 8 (Where we are now!): Adding tens to a 2 digit number.

Roll 2 10 sided dice to create a 2 digit number, then roll a 6 sided die and add that many tens! I actually have a die that has tens on each side (my husband used to be into Dungeons and Dragons, but that is a completely different discussion).

Roll and record math center! blog.printableprompts.com

You can also amp this up for multiplication, have students subtract (on the write in the symbol page) the smaller number from the larger number.

These simple games are AMAZING for centers, awesome for practicing skill fluency, AND most importantly INCREDIBLE for differentiation! I have some students who are still practicing their basic facts with two 6 sided dice… they are playing the same game as their peers, just a different version!

Here is roll-and-record freebie pack which includes basic recording sheets!

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Do you have any other suggestions? Share them in the comments!

You don’t need a “book test”- The Chocolate Touch and more

So after reading some blogs, and reviewing some feedback and suggestions for some of my comprehension packs,  a question has come up a few times. “I wish this pack included a book test.”

Now, normally when I see a suggestion, or an “I wish” as a part of feedback, I quickly try to think of a way to incorporate this part of the resource into my pack.  As an example, someone asked for more lines for answers in my Chocolate Touch Pack, and voila! another version was uploaded.

 The Chocolate Touch comprehension pack. blog.printableprompts.comThe Chocolate Touch Comprehension. blog.printableprompts.com

The answer to this question ” Will you be adding a book test” is No. The reason really is that my vision for my resources, the types of lessons I share, and the way I teach does not include book tests.  In fact, if I am totally honest, although I include a page of chapter questions for each chapter, I don’t even actually use these questions with every chapter, every time.

So how do I know that the kids “got” the book? I talk to them. I listen to their discussions. In fact, the “Find, Mark, Discuss” question located in many of my packs is often the one directed question we answer, and often not in writing until the end of the book. In fact, my overall “assessment” when I taught third grade and used The Chocolate Touch in my classroom, was the question “Was the Chocolate Touch a blessing or a curse?” If you ask this question throughout the story, collect evidence as you go (find, mark, and discuss prompt), and then look at how students responded, you’ll know whether they “got it” or “not”.

I just feel like book tests are a lot of pressure, and are not a natural part of building readers. We can do a lot more by asking them to discuss, and answer questions. For some teachers, book tests are an important part of their reading block, and they’re not for mine.

My goal in this little journey of mine is to share my approach, share my resources, and share little successes (and activities that go well) along the way.


Ira Sleeps Over

This coming week, my class will be spending a day or 2 reading and writing using Ira Sleeps Over as our featured text.

My students love this story, it is so relatable for them, but that is not usually my objective while sharing the story with them.  In order to get the kiddos to think critically, I ask a lot about the character’s choices and qualities.

Here are some of the responses and activities we do to make the days super fun!

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Frog and Toad Book Resources

Happy Tuesday! Here in CT we have our “winter recess” today. It used to be a full week of vacation, but a few years ago they cut us back to just Monday and Tuesday off. The weather has been wild. We went from -10 degrees just two days ago to snow yesterday, and rain and wind with a temp of around 50 today. I notice because I’ve stolen a bit of time each day to finalize some new resources to share with you!

Frog and Toad are some of my favorite characters ever. Arnold Lobel crafted these books to offer a great opportunity to see which students think critically and which students believe everything they read without question, and I use them as an opportunity to bridge the kiddos to think critically about the text.

One way, is by having guiding chapter questions. I have included three types of activities for each chapter with a journal cover so you can really customize these packs for your class.

I offer a variety of questions for students to respond to in writing on the first “typical” question page. The second page for each chapter offers a write and draw component (more critical thinking) and a connection component, which sometimes connects vocabulary as well and MY FAVORITE PART- Find, Mark, Discuss. I pass out sticky notes to the students and they carry this question throughout the entire book, collecting evidence and thinking about the characters. This discussion is done all orally, which I know drives some of my teacher friends crazy (“How do you KNOW they understand if they didn’t write about it?”). If you listen and see what kinds of evidence the students are sharing, you know pretty quickly which students understand. I also love this question because it gets the kiddos back into the text to support their answers.

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I have also offered a couple of generic activities if you want to mix it up. These are pretty much the same for each of the book sets, along with the character trait pages.




For this reason, not only have I discounted the bundle, but I’ve included 10 bundle bonus pages to help you compare books, compare characters, and choose a favorite story.


Check out the sets here!

Frog and Toad are Friends book companion. blog.printableprompts.com Frog and Toad All Year book companion. blog.printableprompts.com Days with Frog and Toad book companion. blog.printableprompts.com Frog and Toad Together book companion. blog.printableprompts.com Frog and Toad bundle- book companion! blog.printableprompts.com



Printable Word Problem Practice- March

It’s exactly the middle of February, yet I find myself (as a teacher often does) thinking about March.

My team is working hard this year to build perseverance for problem solving, as well as strategies for solving problems. So far, we have really used the topics we have been working on while students become familiar with the process and the format we are using.

For the first time, we are going to try mixed practice. I have decided to still support the number sentence frame, as well as the answer sentence while they get used to “deciding what to do”. This pack includes:
Addition and subtraction within 20

Place value

Comparing numbers


addition within 100 (multiples of 10)

Check it out here :-)


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Unpacking the Common Core- Informational Text

Hello again! I totally promised to do this more often, but I’m finding it so difficult to keep up with everything, so I’ll post as I go.

One of my favorite ways to work with informational books with my first graders is with a focus on vocabulary. I know that some of the words in the text will be difficult (or impossible) for them to decode as they read.

I know that in the past I have sometimes just told them what words were and what they meant, even shown them a picture.

This strategy, however, is one of my FAVORITES!

Since it’s February, we have been focusing on learning about dental health. We have this awesome set of paired texts that is all about teeth. Before reading, I want the children to already be thinking about the words, so I put some of the “tricky” words on index cards in one color, and put the definitions in another  color. The children then practice reading the content word and they try to match the word with the definition. This often times causes them to access prior knowledge, introduces the word including practice seeing and reading the word, and also alerts them to listen and pay attention to key content words in the text.

As we read, we then noticed the headings on each page, read, and moved the definitions to match the words as we discovered, in the text, what the meaning of the words was.

It is a SUPER engaging way to keep kids focused on the text and to keep them thinking as they read! They are then ready to talk and share what they learned, even using these content specific vocabulary words.

One of the kiddos in this group told me the next day that he better use his molars on his fruit snacks. :-)

Fun way to introduce and extend understanding of informational vocabulary!


So… What standards does a lesson like this meet?

Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.

Ask and answer questions to help determine or clarify the meaning of words and phrases in a text.

Know and use various text features (e.g., headings, tables of contents, glossaries, electronic menus, icons) to locate key facts or information in a text.

Use the illustrations and details in a text to describe its key ideas.


And best of all it’s fun, engaging, and doesn’t take long to prep at all!


St. Patrick’s Day Fun

Ok ok… I’ll admit it! I got a little carried away over this snowy weekend and am really invested in revamping the activities I’ve done in the past and making them into super useful resources to share with the world. So what if my eyes burn from staring at the screen!

I posted another version of the Spin and Solve with Lucky the Leprechaun. I love how engaging the spinners are (laminate and attach a paperclip as a spinner with a brass fastener). Change the spinner and it’s like a whole new game has been introduced. The children are happily chugging away practicing their math facts!

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I also posted a pack full of St.Patrick’s Day literacy and math fun! It includes story response, craftivity and writing activities, math activities, and a science exploration… you know…the super cool one with carnations in colored water! We haven’t done this yet this year, but it’s always a big hit with my students!

St. Patrick's Day fun. blog.printableprompts.com


and… it’s your LUCKY day! I also posted a St.Patrick’s Day freebie.

This one is geared towards younger learners, however my firsties still need practice reading and writing some of the color words.

Leprechaun Write the Room- Color Words. blog.printableprompts.com


Here’s another fun one I created when I taught third grade. It’s a fun area and perimeter activity.

Leprechaun house-area and perimeter project! blog.printableprompts.com


I know it’s a little early, but it’s  never too soon to plan the fun stuff!

Dental Health Activities

February is Dental Health Month! This is seriously one of the most unlikely favorite units I teach in first grade. The students are really into themselves and learning about their bodies. They want so much to take good care of their bodies at this age, and listen so closely to find out how to do it!

We read  Curious George Goes to the Dentist, What Does the Tooth Fairy Do With All Those Teeth, Dr.DeSoto, and I love the brainpopjr video about dental health (if you haven’t figured it out yet, I LOVE brainpopjr and think it’s a super investment as a teacher).

I have decided to put together some of the activities I’ve done in the past so you can enjoy them too!

Check it out here:

Learn about Dental Health and Teeth! Blog.printableprompts.com


Valentine’s Day Printables and Activities

It sure has been a very snowy week! Just as the good old groundhog predicted spring weather, here we are with our first two snowdays of the year in Connecticut, Friday and now today (Monday).

This week is going to be super busy! I am going to try to cram in President’s Day and Valentine’s Day activities. Did I mention we have half day on Friday? It’s going to be a busy one for sure!

I have been working on a couple of fun Valentine’s activities in these past days/ weeks.

First, here is a fun 10 frame math pack. It involves practicing counting using a 10 frame, adding to 10, and adding to make a 10. It includes practice pages, write the room, and also playing cards with 2 different differentiated games.

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I also posted one of my favorite  type of math centers- Valentines’ Day Spin and Solve.

It includes full page color spinners (print, laminate, and attach a paper clip spinner with a brass fastener). There are 4 different spinners so you can differentiate for different groups. There are also a number of recording pages so you can choose the activity that is just right for your students. It includes adding, adding 3 numbers, fact families, and multiplication.

Spin and Solve- Valentines Day. blog.printableprompts.com  Spin and Solve- Valentines Day. blog.printableprompts.com


Lastly, I posted a freebie! This is a great activity to have displayed the week of Valentine’s Day.

It includes 10 write the room cards with mixed addition and subtraction within 10.

It is a great way to practice building fact fluency.

Valentine's Day Write the room {Freebie!} blog.printableprompts.com


And don’t forget about some oldie but goodies if you’re looking for Valentine’s Day resources!

Valentine's Day Printables. blog.printableprompts.com


And click the link below for another Freebie :-)