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Cover Up / Math Mat Games are easy to use in your classroom in various ways and with many subjects. You'll need one card per child and something for the student to mark their board with like a token or manipulative. We've often used markers that match the the game, acorns on an acorn mat, balloon erasers on a clown mat, bears counters on a bear mat, the possibilities are endless.
You can use these cards for any skill or concept, you just need an input device. We have used programmed cubes or cards. For example if we are practicing the number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6, we might use a regular die or a cube marked with these numbers. Each child would roll the die, if he or she can identify the number on the die then he or she covers one picture. Children continue in turn until someone fills all of their squares.
Change your input device and you have a whole new game from the same mat. Add another die and ask the children to add them up, or subtract. Make cards with letters of the alphabet, sight words or punctuation marks. The same rules apply, if the student can answer the question, they cover a square. Differentiate instruction with the same board and different input devices for different groups or single students.
Multiple mats available with different pictures. Link mat to the story of the day, Holiday, month, a person's birthday, weather, favorite animals or theme.