Your students will LOVE getting to see & feel how to compose numbers from 2-10 with spiders! Use the color or black & white WEBS to create a work mat for each child. Give them a small cup of plastic spiders (or you can just use paper clips).
Students shake the container, spill out the spiders, and record how many spiders TOUCHED THE WEB. Then, they record the number of spiders that DID NOT touch the web. Last, they record the total number of spiders. Continue until they have recorded all of the ways to compose a number (or all of the sums for that number).
For my youngest or lowest students, I started with manipulatives: Spiders (or paperclips) in a cup. I introduced the numerals, written on little tombstones, and I allowed students to copy the numbers along with me. You can also lead the group with only one web mat and one cup of spiders. Students may take turns shaking and spilling the spiders on a single web mat. Everyone counts and records together. I included a photo of the optional counting racks I made for each number out of Fun Foam, pipe cleaners, and spider rings. You can also use pony beads. Full directions are included. Keep it simple & your students will internalize all of the different ways to compose the numbers 2-10.
This set included a full color and black & white set of web mats and 3 leveled recording sheets for each number 2-10. The leveled recording sheets for each number 2-10 include all blanks, one missing addend, and one missing addend along with the missing sum so you can differentiate to meet the needs of your students.
For a great center: Copy one mat and recording sheet on card stock and laminate. Students may record their results with dry-erase markers and erase when done! Just add plastic spiders (or small paperclips) and small cups (or cute containers) and you are ready for FUN!