# Hands-On Morning Math Activity Cards

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The Hands-On Morning Math Activity Cards are a fun and engaging way to practice date-number skills and to get students doing hands-on math at the start of the day. I created these as an alternative to “morning math worksheets” and “calendar time binders,” because I found both to be too repetitive and to require too much written work. The Hands-On Morning Math Activity Cards provide hands-on activities, variation, and choice – a much more appealing option for math work! You can use the cards as a tool to review previously learned skills or to practice new ones. You can assign cards to work on, rotate different cards for each day, or better still - let your students choose the ones that they want to work on. Using the basket of activity cards and manipulatives should be fun!

The Hands-On Morning 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 the activity cards (optional: hole-punch and fasten cards with a metal ring). Store them in a basket with all of the required math manipulatives. (*Updated 8/2017…Mini-versions of 12 of the cards with the largest graphics are now provided, to save your ink if you’d prefer to print smaller versions or need to make many copies!).

Each activity card asks the student to make, show, represent, or create the date number using the manipulatives shown on the card (pre-K 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…and 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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These cards are designed to be used by a range of ages and abilities, therefore not all cards will be used every day by every student. Pick and choose the cards best suited for your students. You can add in and take away cards in the morning math basket as you build on math skills throughout the school year.
Home Educators: 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 lesson for the day, or your older students can work on these while you work one-on-one with your younger students. The cards also work great for early finishers or for those waiting their turn for help/instruction!
Classroom Educators: These cards are ideal for an arrival time activity because they are hands-on and offer students variation and choice. They could also be used for early finishers or in math stations/centers!

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, an analog clock, and a ruler. There are also twelve activity cards to be laminated and written on with dry erase markers. Finally, there are six blank sheets with borders around the edges; these can be laminated and serve as “work mats” for any of the activity cards.

The Hands-On Morning Math Activity Cards are intentionally designed for a broad range of abilities and/or ages. They are ideal for use in home education, multi-age classroom settings, or in traditional classrooms with diverse abilities. Please click on the Preview tab to see more of the product and to ensure that it would be a good fit for your students! :)
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