Saturday, January 12, 2013

Magical Product Swap

It's that time again! I love being a part of the Magical Product Swap! Not only do you get to meet some new bloggy friends, but you also get to review some great products.  This time around I was paired with Jennifer from Simply Kinder and Mary from Sharing Kindergarten in our own little "Ring-around-the-Rosie" three way swap.

I was thrilled when Mary sent me her Little Detectives Top Secret Number Files packet.  We have a Detective Station as one of our literacy stations and my kids are obsessed with it, so I think they're going to LOVE this one.

Mary has created the cutest way for the kids to to work on building, creating, and gaining number sense while learning their numbers. As Mary explains, the number itself doesn’t mean anything to a child unless they can use and utilize it properly. Boy, does this packet cover all of the above.  Using detective files like the one below, the kids are encouraged to show their number in a variety of ways. 

By using tally marks, tens frames, place value and 1 to 1 correspondence, there are a variety of ways to reinforce the concept of number sense.  By laminating and using with dry-erase markers, these could be used over and over again in a center. I plan on using some paper copies for morning work or homework.

To round out the packet, Mary includes a fun card game that is played like the classic game, Bang!  The students turn over a number and if they can read it, they keep it. If they get a hiding detective card they have give all of their cards back - bummer! When someone draws the "Solved" card, the game is over. Sounds like a great game to add to my numeracy station!

If you think your little detectives would like to "work the case" you can check out Mary's packet here.

Have a great night!


  1. Donna,
    I love your blog and find you a great source for learning materials. I am just having a problem when I download your freebies. They come out cute and colorful, but the words are all blanked out. No other followers seem to have reported this problem. Do you know why it could be happening?

    Thanks for all you do as a teacher and to support others,

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