Great resource to practice math facts!
In this resource I have made a set of 4 sliders for each of the numbers 5-20 for students to practice their math facts.
Great center or partner activity!
Making the Sliders:
I copy the sliders, guides and stoppers on card stock. The number sentence sheets can be copied on regular paper. There are 30 guides on one page, 15 stoppers on a page and 4 number slides per page. I use a variety of colors, but you can just use what ever color you have. You will need 1 number slide, 1 guide and 1 stopper to make each slider. Just copy the number sliders that you will be using with your students throughout the year. ( This is a great activity for a parent helper or volunteer to put together.).
Glue or tape the guide around the number slide and then glue or paste the stopper to the end of the slide that does not have the number. This allows students to slide all away down to see the picture if they use all the items to make their number sentence.
How to use the Math Fact Sliders:
Center Activity: You can choose or have students choose which numeral they will be writing number sentences for. They need a slider and the corresponding number sentence sheet. Students slide the guide saying and writing the number sentence they are seeing on the card. (the amount of pictures to the left of the guide + the amount of pictures to the right of the guide). For example: I have the 5 stars slider, I can start with 0 stars to the left of the guide and 5 stars to its right; I write down 0 + 5 = 5; I then move the guide down the slider having 1 star to the left + 4 on the right of the guide and write down 1 + 4 = 5. I continue on until I have written all the number sentence I can make with 5 stars.. Note: You can have students just write down the number sentences on white boards if you would rather, I just like to have the paper to check their work.
Partner Work: When the numbers get larger it is harder for students to keep the guide in place and write, so I have used this activity as a partner activity or with our 4th grade buddies. Follow the same procedure as above, but alternating who is working the slider and who is writing.
Variation : I have used a variation from the above activities by having student write the subtraction sentence instead of the addition sentence. The procedure is similar, they are just writing the number first and subtracting how many they have to the left of the guide first and it will equal how many they have to the right of the guide; 5 – 0 = 5; 5 – 1 = 4; 5 – 2 = 3.