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Show it first on the mat (use manipulatives or write/draw), then write the answer on the worksheet.
This activity is great for whole group, partner work, and/or centers. The papers can be slid into plastic sleeves and used with dry erase markers or used normally with a pencil. I give my kids a bag of twenty cubes in two colors (ten of each). I teach them to pick a color for the first number and a color for the second. They line up the cubes in the boxes to match the equation. Then to find the sum, they combine both sides in the “equals” box. I like the two different colors because it helps create the visual of the two different numbers making the new sum. But any manipulatives and method can be used. Later in the year, I have my students draw sticks of tens and x’s for ones with dry eraser markers instead of using cubes to make it more challenging.
I teach my kids not to connect the cubes when they first start with the lower numbers. They leave the cubes “loose.” Then, when we get to working with tens and numbers greater than ten, they are allowed to connect a group of ten. This helps solidify place value and working with “sticks of tens” and “ones.” In fact, I first created these mats for my class to help with “making a ten and looking for ones leftover.”
I like to slide the mats into plastic sleeves and have my kids write the equation in dry erase marker above and then use the cubes to solve for the answer. When they are done, they write the answer on the worksheet. I have used this center without worksheets in the past, but I found my groups tend to do better and stay on-task more when their work is recorded and more “viewable.” It also helps me see how much my kids are doing and their accuracy.
When my kids are proficient, I mix it up by slipping in number bond mats the tens and ones mat, or using dice to make the equations. Different dice can also differentiate the activity for the level of your students. They can also pull number cards, dot cards, or use spinners instead of dice.
Included in the packet:
- Ways to make 2, 3, 4,, and One More
- Ways to make 4, 5, 6, 7, and One More
- Ways to make 7, 8, 9, 10
- One More
- Two More
- Doubles and Doubles Plus One
- Ways to make Ten and Ten Plus One
- Finding Tens with Adding Nine
- Finding Tens with Adding Eight
- Finding Tens with Adding Seven
- Making Numbers Greater than Ten
- Teacher Write-In Page
- Roll and Write Page
- Cube Adding Mat
- Number Bond Mat
- Two Page Number Bond Mat
- Tens and Ones Mat
For early number practice, check out:
CMA Kinder Days: Learning About Numbers 1-10