# Number Recognition to 6: Roll and Graph Freebie

As teachers move toward a Guided Math structure for teaching math, they quickly understand how important it is to establish routines and build a climate of learning in the early days of the school year. You don’t just startย doing Guided Math on Day 1 or 2, especially with our youngest learners. They need time to learn and practice the expectations and procedures before they can successfully work independently, allowing the teacher to teach in small groups.

This little activity is an example that Kindergarten might use to introduce workstations. It combines number recognition and graphing. There are three versionsโnumerals, pictorial representation, and word form. Notice that it requires very few materials and the directions are quite simple. While they’re still practicing a math skillโnumber recognitionโthey are really practicing how to be productive when working on a math workstation.

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1. Anonymous says:

I like the idea of getting math workshop off to a good start! With new math curriculum I look forward to seeing ideas for that!

1. Donna Boucher says:

A good start is SO important! If you don’t establish routines at the very beginning, you’ll be back-pedaling all year!

You are the most giving person ever! Thank you for always sharing your wonderful ideas and materials.

1. Donna Boucher says:

I just enjoy the creative process of making this stuff. Oh, and I love math! Ha ha.

3. TheElementary MathManiac says:

I love how you made these using different representations! Enjoy your vacation.

Tara
The Math Maniac

1. Donna Boucher says:

Thanks, Tara!

4. Nancy says:

Thanks so much for all your valuable free gifts!! I will love using this at the beginning of the year. Question – do you have a version of this that has more pictures instead of words for the directions? Maybe a picture of a die for #1 and a crayon for #2 or something like that? Thanks again!!

1. Donna Boucher says:

Hey, Nancy! I realize the kiddos won’t be able to read the directions–I think they’re actually more for the teacher than anyone else. One thing my Kinder and 1st grade teachers have found helpful is to actually take pictures of the kiddos doing each step and including the picture directions in the box.

2. Nancy says:

That is an excellent idea!! Thanks!

5. Carol says:

What a lucky coincidence…I was surfing the net for rolling/spinning graphing ideas for the launching unit and this popped up on my Facebook page! I am so happy our district is giving us this time to get our math workshops started. Thanks for another great activity!
Carol
Still Teaching After All These Years

1. Donna Boucher says:

Lucky coincidence indeed, Carol! I hope you’re having a great summer. ๐

6. Cathy Lien says:

Thank you!! I love everything you create.

1. Donna Boucher says:

You’re welcome, Cathy! Thanks for the sweet compliment. ๐