More Ideas for Decomposing Numbers- (Freebies!)

More Ideas for Decomposing Numbers


Two weeks ago, I wrote a post on how to teach decomposing numbers using Jack-o-lantern faces and by drawing in the teeth.  Today I will show you some other fun ways to teach decomposing numbers that can be used throughout the year, and give you a few more free downloads to help you teach it!  All of the blackline masters you see in the photos below are included for you today to use free of charge.

As you may recall, decomposing numbers is teaching kids to break numbers down into their parts, and children are supposed to learn this as part of the Common Core State Standards.  For example, kids are supposed to learn that they can take any number (let’s say number four) and break it down into the sums that make that number.

Therefore, four is the same as:

  • four plus zero
  • three plus one
  • two plus two
  • one plus three
  • zero plus four.

Decomposing numbers is different from addition in that we are starting with a set amount of objects to count, and then moving them around.  For example, if I have four apples, I can put one on a plate and three off the plate, and still have four.  Moving on from there, I can put two on the plate and two off the plate, etc.  If you would like to have a more thorough explanation, please read my post on Decomposing Numbers with Jack-o-lanters for more information.

Well, since we can’t really go on doing lessons with Jack-o-lanterns all year long, I created some other pages that you could use for the same purpose.  Read on for more!

But here are some basic words of advice:

  • If you need the kids to do more than four number combinations, you’ll have to either copy the pages on the front and the back, or tape an extra square on the front as I did.
  • Doing the page with manipulatives (real objects) first is a HUGE benefit to the children and helps them understand what you mean.
  • Gluing down real objects turned out to be a FABULOUS IDEA and works great!  But you will need to allow the children more time for this.  (See the Q-Tips idea.)
  • DO have the children mark their papers with something that can be “fixed” if they make a mistake.  Stickers can usually be pulled up and moved, so they are okay.
  • Using dry erase markers to draw the pumpkins, apples, or leaves, etc., works very well because it is so easy to erase.  It also doesn’t matter much if you’re not done in the allotted amount of time.
  • You will see that I did one of the pages below with paint.  That turned out to be a BIG mistake!  Don’t do it!  Use manipulatives, stickers, dry erase markers, or pencils if necessary, but DON’T USE PAINT unless you want to let the children just paint the trees as they wish.  LOL!
  • It is easiest to number the boxes before you copy them if you are doing this as a guided lesson so that everyone knows which box to work on. My students got confused as they watched me mark my paper “upside down,” if you know what I mean.  I needed a way to hold it up (like with an easel) but there wasn’t one handy.

1.   Pumpkins (or Other Things!) On or Off the Fence

Decomposing Numbers in K Fence

This is a nice, easy idea!  I used white stickers because I didn’t have time to go find any pumpkin stickers.  So I gave the children markers and told them to turn them into pumpkins when we were finished!

Decomposing Numbers Fence Coloring


Of course, once I gave them markers with other colors than orange, then NONE of the stickers looked like pumpkins, naturally!  But I expected as much.  :)


Decomposing Numbers Fence Colored


But the objects on the fence wouldn’t have to be pumpkins, right?  They could be cats, pieces of flowers, fruit, leaves, mice, or any other thing that you could think of.

2.  Apples (or Blossoms!) On or Off the Tree

The photos I have below were done by my friend Ann Spencer that tried this page out for me in her Kindergarten classroom and then sent me the pictures.  (Check Ann’s blog post about it here!)  She had her students use apple erasers for the manipulatives (LOVE that!)  She grouped the children in pairs and had one child arrange the apples on the page, and the other child record the equation.


Decomposing Numbers Apple Tree Pic


She had her students record their equations with dry erase markers on little slips of laminated papers that she got from a Guiding Kinders Math Pack made by Deanna Jump!  I do not wish to infringe on her copyrighted ideas, so I’ll leave it to you to either purchase that pack or make your own.  (The bundle at the link is $85 because there are resources there for a whole year long program.  I am not sure which unit that particular slip of paper came from, though!)

Decomposing Numbers Apple Tree Pic 2

3.  Fall Leaves On or Under the Bare Tree

Decomposing Numbers Fall Tree 2

Here’s another idea for you with a tree, but this tree has only bare branches, so I really intended it to be for fall leaves!  I meant to go get some leaf stickers, but alas- it was not to be!  So I made do- with PAINT.  What a MISTAKE!  Do not try this at home!  LOL!

Decomposing Numbers Fall Tree 1


The biggest reason why paint didn’t work well is because once the children put a dot of paint down, you can hardly fix a mistake.  I tried a few times to wipe away an extra “leaf” with my finger, but it didn’t work very well.  It was good that I had a couple of extra papers prepped.  Of the FOUR kids in that group, THREE of them had to start completely over after the first tree!  I had to laugh at my mistake- because it really was MY mistake!  :)

 4.  “Skeleton Bones” Above or Below the Line (Q-Tips!)

Decomposing Numbers with Skeleton Bones


The last idea that I have for you today is to have the children glue down real objects to help them decompose numbers, such as Q-tips.  So in this case, rather than draw the objects, they are simply placing them on the page and gluing them down.


Decomposing Skeleton Bones Child 4


I told my students that were going to find all of the ways to make four by arranging and gluing down “SKELETON BONES!!!”  Unfortunately, they weren’t buying it!  There was a chorus of, “Nuh UH!  Those are for EAR WAX!!!”  LOL!  So I told them that we were going to use our imaginations and PRETEND that they were skeleton bones!  So I had them draw a horizontal line down the middle of their papers with a white crayon, glue down one combination of four, draw a vertical line, and then start again making another combination of four.


Decomposing Skeleton Bones Child 3


The children had no problem at all with this, but it would have gone better had I either drawn the lines for them on the papers ahead of time, or if I had even folded them to make the lines.  I did think about this, but I didn’t want to fold them for fear that the papers would not lay flat and it would make it harder to glue down the “bones.”

It did take a bit longer to do this activity with gluing than it did to simply draw or lay down stickers, so if you choose to have kids do this be sure to allow a little extra time!

You can download the masters for these activities here!  Enjoy!


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Shape Puzzles Freebie (NINE Flat Shapes Included!)

11 Shape Puzzles FREE from HeidiSongs!

Today I am really excited to share a 24 page set of FREE printable shape puzzles that you can make for kids to use both at home and at school!  These puzzles are great to help kids practice shape recognition and visual discrimination skills such as shape matching and learning to see the difference between one shape and another.

Circle Puzzle Freebie from HeidiSongs

My daughter Kimmie, (who is now finishing up her teaching credential), made these Shape Puzzles for me last summer to help me prepare for a new session that I gave at I Teach K! in Las Vegas.  I intended to share these with you then, but time got away from me each time I tried to wrap them up and post them for you!  But I finally got it done this week.  Yay!

Check out our Colors & Shapes DVD above!

These shape puzzles are also great practice in learning to see the difference between sizes, since each shape puzzle has many different sizes of the same shape on each puzzle mat.  In fact, some children may find that these puzzles are just a little bit tricky to complete correctly, since the sizes of the shapes vary so slightly!  I think that they will be very good practice for most kids!

Shape Puzzles Examples- Freebie from HeidiSongs!

The set that I am giving you today includes both color and black and white masters for the following nine “flat” shapes: circle, square, triangle, rectangle, oval, rhombus (diamond), hexagon, trapezoid, and the octagon. Also, one puzzle has all of the shapes together on one sheet, and I created a second version of this with numbers and objects to count for children to match, as in the picture below.

Shape Puzzle with Numbers Freebie from HeidiSongs

To prepare:

Print the pages on cardstock and laminate. I recommend that you put velcro on the puzzles to make this even better!  I think that kids have a lot more fun with this type of thing when they can attach the shapes with velcro and make them stick- rather than simply placing them down and then picking them back up again.

Check out the video below for a great way for active kids to learn the numbers and shapes!

Suggested Variations:

You may wish to write letters or words on both the puzzle pieces and the shapes on the puzzle bases and have kids match them. Just write whatever you want on them with a marker after you print out the puzzles!

  • capitals and lowercase letters.
  • sight words written starting with a capital, matched to the same word starting with a lowercase letter.
  • CVC words and matching pictures. (We have a lot of these in our CVC books!)
  • Sums or differences matched to addition or subtraction equations, etc.

Click here to download the Shapes Puzzles Freebie!


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How to Teach Decomposing Numbers 0-10- (and a Freebie!)

How to Teach Decomposing Numbers 0-10-

Today I am going to show you how to decomposing numbers in a step by step lesson that really worked for me! PLUS there’s a great little Jack-o-lantern teeth freebie to help you teach it, too!  For this lesson, the children and I practiced decomposing the number four by putting teeth on Jack-o-lanterns!  We just put some on the top of the mouth, and some on the bottom and then counted them.

It was great fun, and I think that the kids really GOT it!  Obviously, you could do this with ANYTHING that has teeth- or anything that can easily be divided into two parts! So read on if you need to teach this skill!  I have links to quite a few different freebies that I posted a while back that will also work to teach this skill.  So look all they way at the bottom of the post for those!

Decomposing Numbers with Jack-o-lanterns Freebie from HeidiSongs

Just in case you haven’t heard the term “decomposing number” before, that’s edu-speak that means “breaking down the number into it’s parts,” or “find all of the ways to make a given number.”  For example, kids these days are supposed to know that four is the same as:

  • Four and zero
  • Three and one
  • Two and two
  • One and three
  • Zero and four

So, there are five different combinations to make four.  This is “pre-addition, and is supposed to lead to a deeper understanding of number sense in general.  And YES- it’s in the Common Core in the “Operations and Algebraic Thinking” section for Kindergarten on up.

Pumpkin Numbers Table logo

Can children as young as five years old learn this?  YES!

MANY years ago, I worked with a dear Kindergarten teacher named Mrs. Kinne, (God rest her soul!), whose specialty was MATH.  She insisted that kids needed to know this… and guess what?  They ALL learned it!  But that was about twenty years ago.  And we didn’t call it decomposing numbers.  We called it “Ways to Make ____.”  LOL!  (It was a little low tech, but it worked!)

When older children decompose numbers, they break larger numbers down into thousands, hundreds, tens, and ones.  For example, children learn that 2,579 is the same as two thousands, five hundreds, seven tens, and nine ones.  So what we are doing is the Kindergarten version of THAT!

The Math Machine

Math Machine on Table1

I decided to create a “Math Machine” to help us figure out how many teeth should go where.  My little Math Machine is just a piece of dollar store jump rope with some small sections of TP rolls on the rope to slide and count. I put a couple of pool noodle pieces tied at the ends to secure the TP roll “rings” so that they wouldn’t fall off.  This might work quite well on a dowel or piece of bamboo, as well, if you wanted it to remain stable or prop it up in front of the group of kids.

Math Machine Composite

The Math Machine for Decomposing Numbers is made of a piece of jump rope, some rings cut from a toilet paper tube, and some slices of pool noodles tied on the ends!


How to Teach Decomposing Number as a Guided Math Lesson:

  • Show the children the Math Machine and have them count the rings (mine were cut from toilet paper rolls.)


  • Push all four rings down to one end of the rope.
Four and Zero

The rings on my math machine now show four plus zero equals four.

  • Point out to the kids that when all of the rings are on one side, that means you have four rings on the left and zero on the right:  Four and zero  (or four plus zero = four.)
  • Invite a child to push one ring to the right side of the rope.
Three and One

The rings on the math machine now show that three plus one equal four.

  • Ask:  Are there still four?  (You may be surprised that some may not know!)
  • Point out:  Three and one makes four.  (Or, three plus one = four.)  This is another way to make four.  The first time we made four with four and zero, now we are making four with three and one.
  • Invite a child to push another ring to the right side of the rope.
Two and Two

Now the rings on the math machine show that two plus two equals four.

  • Ask again:  Are there still four?  Can you count them?  How did I make four now?
  • Invite a child to push another ring to the right side of the rope.
One and Three

Now the rings show that one plus three equals four.

  • Ask:  Are there still four?  If so, how did I make four now?  Are there always four, no matter where I put them?
  • Invite a child to push the last ring to the right side of the rope.
Zero and Four

Finally, the rings placed this way mean that zero plus four equals four.

  •  Discuss how many there are and what the rings mean now, etc.

After you introduce decomposing number to the group, then pass out your Jack-o-Lanterns and teeth (or whatever you are using to count with!)

(You may need to do this on a different day if your students’ attention spans are “shot!”)

Rectangle Jack with pattern block teeth

I used pattern blocks for teeth, but candy corn would work well for larger numbers, too!

Do this several times with different combinations of four (or whatever number you are making.)

Silly Jack with block teeth

The last step is to help them transfer what they know with manipulatives to the symbolic level on paper by having them draw the teeth!

Transfer knowledge to symbolic level

I think it is easiest to start doing this with a dry erase marker first, because mistakes are very easily corrected.

Jack with teeth drawn on Once the children get used to decomposing numbers with a dry erase marker, it should be more fun for them to do their own worksheets that they can keep and color.

How to Teach Decomposing Numbers Freebie

Many young children will not be ready to begin writing equations.  If so, they can just tell the teacher or a partner the number combinations that make four.  Remember, children don’t have to write concepts down to understand them!  Many young children have much, much more going on in their brains than they are able to express with a pencil!


8 Different Jack-o-Lantern Faces are Provided, just for fun!

8 different Jack-o-Lantern faces are provided in the freebie, just for fun!

You can download this fun freebie here!  I hope you enjoy it, and if you have any ideas on how to teach this concept in a better way (or even just a different way, I would love to know your thoughts!

As you move forward with addition, you may want to teach this Addition Song below.  My kids loved it!

And by the way, if you like this, you may also like these great freebies as well:

The large shark and one of the addition worksheets is free!  It could be used for decomposing numbers, too!  There are more shark teeth addition worksheets for sale here.

The large shark and one of the addition worksheets is free here!! It could be used for decomposing numbers, too! There are more shark teeth addition worksheets for sale here.  The full set is $4.00.


This is a big freebie packet that has seven or eight "heads," with and without teeth!  So it could be used for decomposing numbers, too!

This is a big freebie packet that has seven or eight “heads,” with and without teeth! So it could be used for decomposing numbers, too!


Monster Teeth Subtraction from HeidiSongs 2

These came out of our Counting Creatures Subtraction book! Aren’t they cute? Each monster has a certain number of teeth, so the children would have to color in a few, and then form an equation from there. Example: In the top left monster’s mouth, there were ten teeth, but two are blacked out. So it would be 8 + 2 = 10.

Insect Addition Freebie Composite

Here is another freebie that would work well for decomposing numbers!  We have a full set of Butterfly Addition Worksheets for sale here.  The full set is $4.00.


Finger Counting Addition

This one could also be used for making combinations of ten! It is $2 and it’s for sale right here.


How to Teach Decomposing Numbers 0-10 FB2


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A Super Silly Rhyming Game That WORKS!

Silly Rhyming Game Collage2

Here is fun and simple way to practice rhyming words with kids!  All you need are some flashcards with rhyming words, some magnetic bingo chips, and one magnet per child.  Actually, any other kind of token or counter to be used as a reward would probably also work just fine.

A Silly Rhyming Game that WORKS!

I played this game with my friend Mrs. Rodriguez’ class when I went in to volunteer a few weeks ago!  I asked her what they needed to work on, and she suggested that rhyming words were the skill that they needed.  So I brought along my trusty Rhyming Bingo and Practice Cards Set, along with the magnetic chips and wands that I always use with it.

Magnetic Wand with chips logo

However, when I got there, she said that most of the children probably couldn’t really play it yet, because they just didn’t know enough about rhyme to really do it.  So I improvised!  Actually, some of my best (and craziest!) ideas are born of a need to improvise.  Does that ever happen to you?

I decided that I would just practice having them give me rhyming words, (nonsense or real) using the Practice Cards that I had with me that go with the Rhyming Bingo set.  But after the first child gave me a correct answer, she sweetly looked up at me and smiled, waiting for some kind of reward.  So I decided to give her a magnetic bingo chip.  She was delighted!  She said, “What’s that for?”  I said, “It’s just a chip!  You get to keep it until you’re done!  Let’s see how many you get!”  (Watch the video below to see how the lesson went!)


The little sweetie giggled and smiled and was clearly excited, so I went on to the next card.  Each time I pulled out a card and asked for a rhyme, I gave a chip to whomever told me a rhyming word, either real or nonsense. They were thrilled each time!  They were happily counting away, and I kept the game as fast paced as I could.  When they gave me a word that didn’t quite rhyme, we talked about why it didn’t rhyme and kept thinking until we found one, and THEN I gave them a chip!

Bun Rhymes with Sun!

Some of the children had no idea what to say, and no rhymes to offer at all.  So I whispered to one child, “If you don’t know what to say, just listen to what the other kids are saying and repeat it.  Just say what THEY’RE saying!”  He looked at me incredulously.  “Just say what they said?  They same words?”  I nodded.  Still, the child said nothing.  So again, I prompted him:  “Joey said ‘dog/frog.’  Can you say dog/frog?”  The little boy whispered, “Dog/frog.”  I nearly jumped out of my seat, clapping, “YEAH, you DID IT!!!!!” and gave him a couple of chips!

For rhyming practice, reveal the top picture first.  Wait for the children to give lots of different rhyming words, then show the picture at the bottom as one possible answer.

For rhyming practice, reveal the top picture first. Wait for the children to give lots of different rhyming words, then show the picture at the bottom as one possible answer.

The little cutie pie looked STUNNED that he had earned a chip!  I could see the thoughts passing over his face.  Could he have really gotten an answer CORRECT?  Could it really BE TRUE that this funny lady thought it was okay for him to just copy the others and say what they were saying?  He then started mimicking the other children, simply repeating what they had already said.  I rewarded him each time, praising him lavishly for his efforts!

Magnet Wands & Chips in a Bag

This happened over and over again in the other groups.  And so this begs the question:  do YOU think that it is better for the child to repeat the rhymes that he hears, or to sit silently and just listen?  I THINK HE IS GETTING MORE OUT OF REPEATING THE RHYMES THAT HE HEARS!  And that is why I rewarded him- because otherwise, he and a few other children like him were simply sitting there passively, watching and listening to the other children play.  I now had another teaching modality engaged- (speaking,) rather than just two (listening and looking.)

For a child that is an “emergent rhymer” and (I think) an English Language learner as well, I’m satisfied with that!  If you have ever used Michael Heggerty’s Phonemic Awareness program, he always starts with just having children repeat the rhyming words aloud after their teacher.  And in this case, the other children were the teachers!  I like that!

Erase a Rhyming Letter Freebie from HeidiSongs

Here is another GREAT game to play with the kids for rhyming! Read them the rhyme, and have them draw or write the letter that rhymes (and also fits with the beginning sound clues!)  Click here to visit the post with the free download.

And the children were thrilled to play with the magnetic chips and wands!  I let the children that seemed to be “trying the hardest” choose the color of wand that they wanted to use first.  But even the children that didn’t get their first choice of wand color were super happy playing with the wands and chips, even though it was only for a minute or two!  Then they all handed the chips and wands back to me and went on to their next center.

Teaching Children to Master Rhyme

If you are having trouble getting your students to master rhyming words, this post is FILLED with lots of ideas that really WORKED for my students!

One of the students in the classroom appears to be a mainstreamed special needs child, and he loved the game so much that he came back to my table to play it TWICE!  And he was quite successful at it, too!  Now that says quite a bit, doesn’t it?  I am very proud that he “endorsed” my Super Silly Rhyming Game That Works!

Silly Rhyming Game Collage FB2



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MORE Morning Routines that Really Work for Pre-K and Kindergarten

More Morning Routines that Really WORK!

Classroom management is the key to teaching well.  You will never be able to teach a class that you cannot manage!  And establishing consistent routines that your students can count on is the very best way that I know of to teach well.

Routines provide a basic structure for the day, and once they are established, both children and teachers tend to feel less stress because everyone knows what is coming next!  I always felt that having consistent routines established made making lesson plans really EASY, too.  I knew which activities would be likely to “fit” into which time slots during my day, and how to transition from one activity to another.  Once I had planned and prepped my lessons and activities, the rest was easy.  All I had to do was set them up after school and I could go home and (hopefully!) relax, knowing that the next day would go well.

I wrote a post in 2012 called “Morning Routines That Really Work for Pre-K and Kindergarten,” which consistently gets many views.  I think the reason why is because in this post, I thoroughly describe my classroom management routines for the morning.  However, I recently came upon some video footage I took of my class that actually SHOWS you how I did some of these things with a real class!  So I asked our video editor Connor Smith to add some captions for us and post them on YouTube so that these morning routines would be further clarified.

If you remember that post, you’ll know that I mentioned a few of these routines before.  But it’s been two years since I posted it, so maybe another mention isn’t a bad thing!


You may be interested to know that Connor Smith, our video editor, is ALSO the young man in our Hexagon video on YouTube above!  Our HeidiSongs staff is multi-talented!  He and his pal Desmond  Clark also wrote several of our new Nursery Rhymes songs as well!  Connor also sings on our CD’s as well.  AND he is the male voice of the “caller” or the “teacher’s voice” that you will hear on so many of our CD’s and DVD’s now, too, most notably in the Sound Blending Songs.


The video clip below was taken on the LAST DAY OF SCHOOL a couple of years ago, and it was “Pirate Day!”  You can read about that here.   However, the children were still doing great, and the class settled right into their regular routine.

Some Basic Routines:

1.  Right Hand, Left Hand Song

As the video begins, I was getting ready to have the children do the flag salute after taking roll.  We always do with our “Right Hand, Left Hand” song from the Classroom Management CD/DVD before we salute the flag.  (But at the time the video was filmed, it was just a poem or chant that we said each morning.  We added the melody later.)

2.  Flag Salute

We do the flag salute immediately after the Right Hand, Left Hand song.  I have my helper of the day hold the flag.  I never used to have the helper hold the flag, but after our school went through modernization, the right size mount was never located to put our flag up on the wall.  So now a child gets to hold the flag!  Actually, the children quite like it, so it all worked out!  When life gives you lemons…  :)

3.  Red, White, and Blue Marching Song!

Once we finish our flag salute, we start right in singing our “Red, White, and Blue” song that is also on the Classroom Management CD/DVD.  Okay, pretty much ALL of these songs are from this CD!  But I suggest that once you have them memorized, it may be easier to just sing them yourself, without any CD or DVD.  That’s the most efficient way, unless you make a playlist and have them all ready to go on an mp3 player.  I like this song because it reminds the children that our American Flag has the colors red, white, and blue on it, and that they make an ABC pattern.


4.  1, 2, 3, Sit!

I have a signal to have my students sit that I have always used.  Any signal will work, but the one I adopted years ago is this:  I count to three out loud, showing my fingers as I go, and the children all sit (some jump and sit!) when I get to three.  I love it because I can even do it silently, and just mouth, “One, two, three!” while showing my fingers, and the whole class will sit- even at assemblies, or outside- ANYWHERE!  It really helps.

1, 2, 3, Sit Down

5.  Criss Cross, Applesauce!

Once everyone is seated, I immediately start chanting my “Criss Cross, Applesauce” chant that I made up one day “on the fly” as I was teaching!”  It helps remind the children of how I would like them to sit.


Here are the motions for the Criss Cross Applesauce chant, which is on the Classroom Management CD/DVD, and on iTunes.

Here are the motions for the Criss Cross Applesauce chant, which is on the Classroom Management CD/DVD, and on iTunes.

6.  Calendar Routines

Each teacher probably falls into their own individual calendar routines!  I used to always start with having the children sing the Days of the Week song and eventually the Months of the Year song, too!  (yup, we have one of each on that same Classroom Management CD/DVD!)  I never sang them BOTH every day due to lack of time, of course.  Also, it’s just not necessary to sing both of them every single day!  But after that, we updated our calendar and all of the things that go with it each day.

7.  Routines for Giving Directions

One thing that I try to ALWAYS do is keep my students both physically and verbally engaged while I am giving directions or give a lesson, at least as much as possible.  That means that I had them singing or chanting along with me and doing the movements along with me as I gave directions, but with the children still seated.

The best thing about this is that if I am encouraging the children to sing and move along with me while I give directions, (even though they are still seated,) then it’s less likely that they are going to be talking to or touching each other during that time.  Plus, they should stay focused on the directions MORE than any other distractions in the room during that time as well.  (Okay, at least in theory, anyway!)

So this is what I do:

  • While I am demonstrating how I cut something out, we sing the “Cut Song” and have the kids join in with the movements and sing along.  (See video.)
The Cutting Song from

Here are the motions for the Cutting Song, which is on the Classroom Management CD/DVD, and on iTunes.


  • While I am gluing something, we will sing the Glue Song.
The Glue Song by

Here are the motions for the Glue Song, which is on the Classroom Management CD/DVD, and on iTunes.


  • If I am still working on something while they are watching, I’ll have the children sing the color song related to what I am holding.  Example:  if I’m using a piece of black paper, we’ll sing the Black color word song.  (See video above.)  Here is an example of our Green Color Word song below.

There are many more routines that I use, but that is all I am going to cover today!  All of the words and motions for the entire set of Classroom Management songs are free to download right here (or of course you could get it on DVD and just watch me DO them, LOL!).


More Morning Routines


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