Free Math Center with Ten Frames! Odd and Even Numbers Freebie

Hello Everyone!

Congratulations to Katie Nussbaum and Maureen O’Neill! They guessed my birthday month and won a free math center.  Thanks to everyone for participating!

Read on there are still freebies available in this post!


I have created two freebies based on my new product Odd and Even in the Barnyard.

Snip 1You can get your freebies here.Odd and Even Freebie

Your freebies look like this.SNIP 11SNIP 12

You can get a free copy of this math center!

SNIP 1Snip 2Snip 3

You can get a free copy of this math center by commenting on my face book page. Click on the link on the right side of this page to get to my Facebook page. Scroll down a bit and you will find the game post on the right side of the page.



Geometric Shapes Math Center Fun Freebies

Before I share my freebies I wanted to show you all a picture I that will treasure for years to come! As I’m sure you all know we are remembering veterans and honoring their service on Veteran’s Day. This is a picture of my Daddy, Charlie Tharpe, and his brother, Conard Tharpe, at the dedication of the North Carolina Korean War Veterans Monument. My sweet Daddy is on the left. I’m just crazy about my Daddy and I am so glad he got to have this special moment with his brother. My Daddy once walked over six miles in the snow and cold to meet up with his younger brother when he heard his unit was close by. Daddy was a telegraph operator for Southern Railway and he learned International Morse Code in the army. He would intercept and relay messages to troops. His telegraph machines are in a local museum. He still can tap out code at 85 years old!  I’m so thankful for the service of all our military troops!

Korean War Veterans NC

Charlie and Conard Tharpe at the dedication of the Korean War Monument in NC.

One of my favorite units in math is Geometry. I like it because I’m a very visual person.  Some folks now say there is no such thing as a visual learner but by golly I know I can learn a lot better when I can visualize something in my head.  I love art and shapes and the relationships of images in art and math. So I love geometry. I created two freebies for you.  They are both matching games featuring 2D and 3D shapes. Here are some of my littles playing with one of the games.

Geometric Shapes Game

Geometric Shapes Game

The games are simple.  You print, cut on a paper cutter if you like and use!  My kids enjoy using matching games in centers. I encourage them to talk about the shapes and the attributes of the shapes as they are playing.

Geometric Shapes Game

K.G.1, K.G.2, 1.G.1

You can get this one here.Spider Shapes Match Up

Penguin Shapes Match Up

Penguin Shapes Match Up 2D and 3D

You can get this one here penguin shapes

K.G.1, K.G.4, 1.G.1

I hope you enjoy these freebies.  Have a great week.


Classroom Freebies

Pumpkin Positional Words Printable Freebie

Positional Words

This is a freebie I created several years ago! You can print in gray scale and let the children draw the pumpkins, print in color and laminate or print in color and put it in a plastic sleeve.  The children can use orange dry erase markers to draw their pumpkins. We read the poem as we draw and then chant the poem together.  You can also have the children circle the positional words. Grab the file below! Enjoy!

Pumpkin Positional Words

If you love Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are, you might enjoy using this math center with your class. The children in my class love the wild things!  It uses ten frames to teach place value.

Wild Things by Maurice SendakYou can purchase it for $2.oo in my Teachers Pay Teachers Shop.


Classroom Freebies

Place Value Freebie Detecting Numbers


Enjoy this Place Value Freebie. You can click the link to download. This is a quick way to assess the children’s knowledge of the place value of a specific number. You could also use it as write on wipe off activity in a page protector or if you laminated it after printing!

All the best,


Place Value Freebie


Chrysanthemum, Math Manipulatives and Target Gift Card

It has been a very busy week in my Kindergarten/First Grade Classroom.  We have been in school for 9 days! The class is learning routines and getting settled in. Of course we are still working on names.  We had two major focuses for the week.  We used the book Chrysanthemum to learn about the importance of names and how words can hurt someone’s feelings. We also used a lot of math manipulatives this week. I love manipulatives and the kids use them everyday in one way or another.

Chrysanthemum and Math Manipulatives

This week we counted a lot. The kindergarteners and first graders both worked on making sets of ten with manipulatives. This is a great multi-level activity and can easily be differentiated.  The first graders talked about tens and ones and the kindergartener worked on one-to-one correspondence when counting.  Some of the kindergarteners got into the tens and ones counting also. I worked with students in small groups that needed more direct instruction and practice.  The first graders also started a self-made book with representations of teen numbers. The children enjoy making these math books and we will keep them for their Math Resources File.


I am totally psyched about the newsprint writing pads I got for my classroom before school started. We used them for the first time this week and I am looking forward to using them for Working on Words in our Daily Five Time and other things related to literacy. The children used Mr. Sketch Markers to write with. They are a long time favorite of mine. We use them on our Morning Message. The children use labels for “Boo Boo Tape” if they want to make a correction.

Letter writingI have done a lot of activities with the kindergarteners and first graders working together. The first graders are providing great leadership and the kindergarteners enjoy having a special friend to work with.  We are working on completing a mystery picture together in math. This picture will take us about two weeks. We spend about 10 minutes of our math time working on it. It meets a lot of common core standards.

Mystery picture

I created a Sunflower Photo Frame for pictures. It is easy to make and the photos look great! Here’s the Freebie for you. The post is at The Organized Classroom Blog you can read it by clicking here.


I hope you are enjoying your class this fall. I enjoy reading and responding to your comments so if you have some time. Please leave a comment below.I would love for you to follow me on Pinterest!

If you follow me on Pinterest please leave a comment below and I will put your name in a contest for a $10.00 Target Gift Card. You must leave a comment to enter the contest. The
contest will close on September 30th, 2013.  Thanks for following.

All the best,

Sarah Tharpe Winchell


Toni Nickelson is the winner of the 10.00 gift card to Target. Thanks to all who entered!!

Numbers in Base Ten with the Base Ten Kids Unit

Tens and Ones Matching Game

Hi Everyone! Thanks for stopping by.  I’m so excited to be a guest blogger on Charity Preston’s The Organized Classroom Blog.  My first post of twelve goes live on September 4th. It is an idea for your Back to School Night or you could use it anytime as a gift for parents. Please check it out!

This is part of my new unit for learning about Numbers and operations in Base Ten. This is a great back to school unit for second grade and a great start for first graders and kindergarteners that need practice with this skill.  This is a matching game the children can play that uses expanded form, base ten blocks and numbers.  The unit is Practice in Base Ten with the Base Ten Kids.  You can find the unit on Teachers Pay Teachers.  You can download a freebie at the Teachers Pay Teachers listing. There are 65 pages of activities for the common core standard for Numbers and Operations in Base Ten.  There is an I have, Who has game with tens and ones using addition and subtraction in part of the unit.  There are several center activities that can be used as finishers once the children understand how to play them.

Ten Frames for Matching NumbersOne of the centers is matching ten frames and ones with a number.  A great way to play this game is to place magnetic tape on the back of the cards and let the children use cookie trays from a dollar store.

Poke It Game and Dice Game

There are cards for a Poke It Game and for a Dice Roll Game.  Many of the centers can become independent work stations and finishers once the children know how to play them.

Math Task Cards and Thinking SheetsThere are math task cards and thinking sheets so students can write and draw how they solved a math problem.  There are a lot of worksheets as well in this unit so you can be sure you are getting a lot of bang for your buck!  I have used variations of this unit in my classroom.  I made this new unit with graphics that will appeal to boys and girls.  The activities are challenging and I have provided from differentiation in this unit.  You can use this unit throughout the school year. I can’t wait to share this unit with my children at school. I’m sure they are going to love it.  There is sample download with the unit so you can get one activity free! I have also created Giant Base Ten Blocks for you to Print, Cut , Laminate and use in your classroom. A big name company is selling something similar for 25.00 you can print yours free and place magnetic tape on the back on them!

I hopFREE BASE TENe Practice in Base Ten with the Base Ten Kids will be part of your Back to School planning!  Please take time to follow my blog. I am having a big contest with a $50.00 gift card soon.  Thanks for visiting from Classroom Freebies this week!

All the best,


Classroom Freebies Manic Monday