Morning Basket Hands-On Math Activities 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. Cut the cards in half; you could punch holes in the corners and fasten with a metal ring, or just leave them loose. 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!
Morning Basket Hands-On Math Activities 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 use these to review previously learned skills or to practice new ones. Add in or take cards out of the basket as you work on skills throughout the school year.
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 14 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, an analog clock, and a ruler. There are also 12 activity cards to be laminated and written on with dry erase markers. Finally, there are 6 blank sheets with fun 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!
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Morning Basket Hands-On Math Activities can be used for many purposes: review, practice, paired/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!
Home Educators: Do you use a Morning Basket in your homeschool? If so, this product would be a perfect addition to your morning routine after completing your read-alouds and other activities! It is specifically designed for use with multi-ages/abilities.
Classroom or co-op teachers: This product would work very well at centers or work stations for independent arrival time/morning time activities, too!