Help! The reindeer are getting ready to take Santa’s sleigh but they need to be in the correct order first.
This fun Christmas printable is great for kids learning to sequence numbers. It comes in single digit, double digit, and triple digit numbers making it so easy to differentiate for kids from preschool to second grade!
I’ve found that smaller manipulatives for kids tend to hold up better when they’re laminated so I slid the sheets through the laminator and cut out the pieces.
I grouped the reindeer together by letter (there is a letter in each upper left-hand corner) so students wouldn’t have to worry about keeping the groups straight and placed them in three stacks: one working on single digits, a second practicing on two digits and a third working on three digit numbers.
Having three different levels of the activity made it easy to find a just right fit – I knew if the single digits were too easy, I could try double digits!
To add to the excitement, I introduced the activity with a quick back story:
Santa’s reindeer all have their special spot in line, but they’re not very great at reading numbers.
They need help getting in order before they can fly Santa’s sleigh.
The sorting activity was an important one so my children were eager to get to work.
They happily began sorting the reindeer into the right spot on the sleigh.
I had them work on one group of cards at a time. Sometimes it took a moment to decide where each number should be!
Once they felt confident with their line up, they wrote the reindeer numbers on the sheet – checking that the letter on the sleigh matched the letter on their reindeer group.
For students who need extra help figuring out the order, have them use a hundreds chart like this one.
If students are up for a bigger challenge, put all the cards from one page together and have kids put them in order. If there are repeated numbers, encourage kids to design a solution.
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