Math Monday!

Happy Monday friends!! 
Happy MATH Monday!  
Happy HALLOWEEN Week Monday!  ;)

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Every year I have read "Go Away Big Green Monster" with my kids and then we've made our own monsters.  I always, always do them early in October so I can have them up all month on display.  Somehow I haven't gotten to them yet this year.  *sad face*

So I decided to change it up a little this year!
{I promise this has to do with math!!!!}

First we read these two stories. 

Then we watched this What Makes Ten? video to remind ourselves of the ten buddies.  

{Your kids will LOVE it, I promise.  Mine beg me to watch it.  Check, baby, check, baby, it!! ;)}

THEN I told them that we WERE going to make a monster like in the book.  

They thought I meant we weren't doing it anymore.  They all went {AWWWWWW} so sadly.

Then I told them we're actually going to make TWO!

As in TWO ten buddy monsters!!


So they each picked a pair of ten buddies.  They made two monsters and labeled each monster with one number from the pair. (So they could do 6 on one monster and 4 on the other or 3 on one and 7 on the other, whichever one the chose!) 

My only rule was that the buddies have to be holding hands because they're TEN BUDDIES and they are BFFs and they NEVER want to be apart.  I may have been a little overdramatic. ;)

When they finished their monsters, they had to use graph paper to color the matching Cuisenaire Rods to show that the two numbers they chose make ten. 

Now I can hand these guys out on display for longer because they aren't really that Halloween-ish, right?! :)


  1. And now I might be changing my plans for tomorrow too! And I love how the kids really get to make something that is all them with these! Thanks Sarah!
    A Burst of First

  2. Sarah, these are adorable! I LOVE how they are holding hands and are BFFs! They can be on display forever! What a great idea. Thanks so much for sharing this! :) Oh- and I love that video. I had never seen it!
    Kindergarten: Holding Hands and Sticking Together


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