Menorah Attribute Cards and Sorting Mat: Hanukkah Math Fun
Brighten up your math lessons or independent centers for Hanukkah by incorporating these attribute sorting cards!
Prep the menorah pictures by either printing them in color on card-stock or having them laminated. Print the Menorah Sorting Mat and mount it on large paper or have it enlarged to larger paper, like 11x17. I suggest laminating the mat as well if you’re going to place this at a math center.
Have the students look at the menorahs and notice some of the ways, or attributes, that make them the same or different. Students should notice a difference in size, as well as the color of the candles, number of candles, location of the shamash, and whether or not there are latkes nearby. You may notice that 32 cards is a lot for younger children to sort—if this is the case, give one child the first and fourth columns (on both sheets) and another child the second and third columns, and they should be able to still sort by all of the various attributes.
This is a great math center for practicing sorting and looking closely at different objects! It should generate some good math conversation as well—always a plus!