Do you do start the day with a Morning Basket in your homeschool? If so, here’s a fun product to use after you complete your Morning Basket read-alouds and activities!
The Morning Basket: Hands-On Math Activity Cards are designed to be used with a calendar (not included) and are intended to provide the opportunity to represent the current day’s “date number” in multiple ways. Print and laminate as many cards as you need for your number of children. Store them in a basket with all of the required math manipulatives. You can assign cards to work on, rotate different cards for each day, or better still - let your children choose the ones that they want to work on. Bringing out the basket of activity cards and manipulatives should be fun!
The Morning Basket: Hands-On Math Activity Cards are a FUN and ENGAGING way to practice calendar/date skills and to get students doing HANDS-ON math at the start of the day. You can also use the activity cards as a management tool; younger students can work on these while you get your older students started on their first school activity for the day, or your early elementary students can work on these while you work one-on-one with your tot or preschooler.
Please preview the cards carefully before purchasing. You will need a variety of hands-on math manipulatives (you can also omit some of the activity cards or substitute different types of manipulatives with what you have).There are twelve activity cards that require manipulatives: counters, an abacus, coins, pattern blocks, popsicle sticks for tally marks, tens bars and ones cubes, dice (standard or 10-sided), dominoes, connecting cubes, and an analog clock. There are also eight activity cards to be laminated and written on with dry erase markers. Finally, there are five blank sheets with colorful borders around the edges; these can be laminated and serve as “work mats” for any of the activity cards.
Each activity card asks the student to make, show, represent, or create the date number by using the manipulatives shown on the card (preK through upper elementary) OR to write the date number as part of an equation (early elementary through upper elementary). Some of the cards have definite correct answers. For example, if the date is the 25th, the date would be shown as 25 counters, 25 beads on the abacus, 25 connecting cubes, 2 tens bars and 5 ones cubes, etc. But, other activity cards can have multiple correct answers. For example, the 25th could be shown in coins as 25 pennies, or 2 dimes and 5 pennies, or 5 nickels, etc…a 25 can be created multiple ways out of pattern blocks…25 can be shown as the sum of many combinations of numbers using the dice or the dominoes. The variations in answers are good and will create excellent discussions about problem-solving and how numbers can be represented in different ways!
The Morning Basket: Hands-On Math Activity Cards can be used for many purposes: review, practice, concept reinforcement, sibling/group work, etc. And beginning the day with some hands-on math is a GREAT way to get students engaged in learning right from the start!
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(Co-op or classroom teachers: This product would be perfect for classroom use, too! It would work well at centers or work stations as an arrival or morning time activity).