I am always looking for ways to make ordinary items into manipulatives for the classroom. A couple of years ago, I discovered that many math activities can be created using dominoes. Since a complete set is not expensive, I started exploring all the ways I could use them in a math lesson; hence, the construction of this 25 page resource. Most activities are aligned with the Common Core Standards (CCSS) which are specifically listed under most of the activities on the Table of Contents pages.
When playing games, children learn a great deal concerning mathematical concepts and number relationships. Often they are required to use critical thinking skills as well as varied math strategies to solve them. Some of the domino activities in this resource will use games while the activities will extend, enhance, or introduce a new math concept. The activities and games vary in difficulty; so choose appropriately for your class. This resource is excellent for math center activities as well as for differentiated instruction. They also supplement the math series Everyday Math.
For these 13 activities and four games, you may use commercial sets of dominoes or copy the blackline which is provided in the resource. You should have at least one set of 28 dominoes for every two children. A domino blackline is provided in the handout.
The math activities include recognizing sets, place value of two and four digit numbers, creating domino worms, gathering data, using the commutative property, and practicing addition and subtraction facts. The games involve matching, finding sums, and using the greater than, less than, and equal signs.
To view examples from this resource as well as a complete Table of Contents, download the Preview Version.