I created this resource to use with my first graders as we practiced balancing equations and reviewed comparing concepts of greater than/less than/equal to. The story mat is designed to be laminated or placed in a plastic sleeve for use over and over. Students build "snowball fights" using cotton balls or pictures and then move on to completing equations (nice transition from enactive, to iconic, to symbolic practice, following best practices in Mathematical Thinking for Instruction, MTI).
This resource includes:
-teacher use instructions
-one multi-use story mat
Printables are differentiated to include addition practice within 10, within 20, and within 50 to meet the readiness level of your students.
This resource is great for whole- & small-group instruction, independent work, and as a centers activity.
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