Mental Math Pictures
To make these cards last longer, print them on cardstock and/or laminate them.
I use these as a station in my classroom. I teach third grade, but these would be a great review for 4th and 5th graders too! These are easy to use, simply choose a picture to put on the back, print double sided on cardstock, and cut on the horizontal gray line! I then put them in gallon sized Ziploc bags. Sometimes, I color-code the sets and have students work on different sets.
The purpose of these is to practice familiar concepts in a fun and easy way. As you print these, please make sure your students are familiar to the concepts (many mentioned below) and formats or familiarize them before introducing specific sets. Feel free to pick and choose which ones work for your students, use all of them, or even create your own using the template! The pictures on the back (that part is up to you, see below), are used as a way for your students to check their work and be held accountable, as well as a way to excite your students to want to do them. Mine are constantly asking to do these so they can see all the pictures!
Here is what my students do:
1. Take the cards out of the bag and flip them so you cannot see any of parts of the images, just the equations.
2. Find the card that says “start”
3. Look at the equation on the right side of the long card, mentally, find the answer.
4. Search for the card that has the answer you found along the left side.
5. Repeat until you have used all the cards and got to the “finish” card.
6. Flip the cards over (you can’t flip them under, you need to flip the long way).
7. If part of the picture doesn’t make sense, STOP, flip everything back and check your math. My students are not allowed to figure out the mistake by looking at the picture, only the equations.
8. At the end, they should be left with an image put in the correct order.
There are a few different sets in this bundle. Within these sets you will see many different concepts being addressed:
- Addition (1, 2, and 3 digits)
- Subtraction (1, 2, and 3 digits)
- Multiplication (1 and 2 digits)
- Commutative property
- Associative property
- Identity property
- Zero property
- Unknown represented by ?, ___, N, or
- Written forms, for example:
- the product of 12 and 2
- 23 more than 34
- half of 4, times 8
- Vocabulary, for example:
- a factor in 6 x 8 = 48
- the product in 9 x 2 = 18
- the quotient in 45÷9
- the difference between 19 and 8
- Two step problems with parenthesis, for example:
- (12 x 2) - 15
- identify fractions of a set, whole, and number line
- compare fractions
- order fractions
- equivalent fractions
I have not included pictures on the back of the Mental Math Pictures because depending on your students, age, gender, and interests, you may need specific images to excite them! When you open the documents, you will see a page with equations and then an empty page, that empty page is where the pictures will go. I have my students write down idea of things they would like to see. Some examples of pictures I have used are:
- Books/Book Characters:
- Harry Potter
- Edward Tulane
- Charlotte’s Web
- Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Catcher
- Clash of Clans
- Cat woman
- Anything goes!
Once I have their ideas, I Google the images, copy them, and paste them on the empty sheet right after the sheet with the equations. I make them as large as I can so each strip has part of the image on it.
*Careful, if you make it large and it bumps your equation page to another page, delete the extra spaces so it goes back. If you have your equation page, the image page, and then another blank page, it will not print correctly.
*Your printer/computer will probably want you to fix the margins, say no, they will print ok without fixing anything.