These Earth calendar numbers are perfect for your next space theme, or as part of your Earth Day lessons. Be sure to check out all my other calendar numbers once you’re done here!
You can use the Earth number cards to teach and practice so many early math skills with preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten kids! And the Earth printable numbers are super low-prep. You can easily have them ready to use with your students tomorrow.
Integrate the printable numbers during whole group, small groups, or center time! No matter where you use them, they’re sure to be a great addition to your math activities for preschoolers and elementary students.
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Read below for prepping tips, as well as a variety of ideas for using the numbers with your students. Then be sure to request the download link via the form at the bottom of this post.
Earth Calendar Numbers
I really enjoy using calendar numbers in the classroom! There are seriously so many way to use the number cards, and they’re so easy to get ready. Plus, having themed number cards that go along with seasons, holidays, themes, and kids’ interests just makes things more fun. Which keeps the kids engaged as they play and learn!
How to Prep the Earth Number Cards
There’s not too much to do when it comes to prepping the Earth calendar numbers. First, grab the materials you’ll need to get the cards ready to go. Here’s what I tend to use (I may get commissions for purchases made through links in this post):
Since you’re already gathering materials, don’t forget the items you’d like to use alongside the Earth numbers. Here are some possibilities:
- Calendar pocket chart
- Mini erasers
- Earth-themed sensory materials
- Dry erase markers
- Glass gems
- Green and blue pompoms
Once you have all of the materials, it’s time to prep the Earth calendar numbers. Here’s what to do:
- First, get the free printable via the form at the bottom of the post.
- Save the file to your computer.
- Then print the numbers, adjusting your printer settings if you want them a different size (they are 3-inch squares).
- Cut the cards apart.
- Finally, laminate the numbers for durability.
Now you’re ready to use them with your students!
How to Use the Earth Calendar Numbers
Oh, there are so many ways to use the Earth number cards in your classroom! Here are just some of the ways the kids and I have enjoyed using them:
- Use the numbers as part of your traditional or linear classroom calendars. Even if you don’t teach the calendar, they make a great reference point for the kids.
- Have your students put the number cards in numerical order from 0 to 35.
- Pair the Earth numbers with a different set of printable numbers (like my spring calendar numbers). You can use them to explore the concept of patterns with the kids.
- Hide the numbers in an Earth Day sensory bin. Challenge the children to find the numbers in order. Or have the kids find the numbers and write down the numbers they’ve found.
- Put together an Earth-themed sensory writing tray. Have the kids practice writing numbers, using the Earth calendar numbers as a reference. They can also write on chalkboards or white boards.
- Let the kids practice one-to-one correspondence by placing the appropriate number of pompoms (or other loose parts) next to each number card.
- Play a simple Memory-inspired game where the kids have to match two of the same numbers in a grid.
There are so many more ways you can use the Earth calendar numbers. These are just a few ideas to get you started. How would you use them with the children?
What Skills are Kids Practicing with the Earth Day Numbers?
Here’s a look at just some of the early math concepts the children are practicing with the Earth numbers:
- Number identification
- One-to-one correspondence
- Number formation
- Numerical order
- Skip counting
- Graphing and data analysis
Isn’t it wonderful that a simple, low-prep free printable can be used to explore so many skills? You might find even more math concepts to teach and practice using the Earth calendar numbers! If so, be sure to share your activities below in the comments.
More Earth Day Activities
Here are even more ideas to try around Earth Day (April 22):
- Earth Day Math Sensory Bin
- Earth Paper Craft
- Recycled Cardboard Castles
- Earth Day Slime
- Earth Day Math Activities for Preschoolers
I think those ideas will complement the Earth calendar numbers very well! What are your plans for Earth Day lessons?
Earth Day Lesson Plans
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Click on the image below to get our Earth Day lesson plans. They come with a weekly overview, detailed daily lesson plans, whole group activities, small group lessons, center ideas, book suggestions, and related printables. The lesson plans have over 250 pages of Earth Day-related goodness.
You can also find us on Teachers Pay Teachers.
Get the Free Printable Earth Calendar Numbers
The Earth Day printable comes with three-inch square number cards from 0 to 35. It’s available to members of Fun-A-Day’s free email community. If that’s you, enter your email address in the form below to have the download link sent to your inbox. If you’re not a member yet, you can add your information to the form below to join us. Then you’ll receive the Earth calendar numbers as a welcome gift.
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