Thursday, October 4, 2018


Here's a video where you can watch me demonstrate the math tools:

Today I have two hands-on tools that I call “individual response techniques.” The good thing about these tools is that every child will be engaged and the teacher can quickly glance around the room and observe their responses.

Make a set of “show me” cards for each child by writing the numerals 0-10 on 3” squares of heavy cardstock. Have children store these cards in a zip bag in their desk. When you have a few extra minutes, ask the children to get their cards and arrange them on the floor or table in numerical order from 0-10. Use the cards for some of the games below. 

*Adapt the number of cards to the ability of your students.

How Many? 

The teacher claps, snaps, or stomps a set. Children listen and then hold up the correct number.

*Show me how many toes you have?  How many thumbs at your table?  Show me how many days in the week?

*Make a set with felt pieces on the flannel board. Show me how many.

Mystery Number
I’m thinking of a number between 4 and 6. Show me. I’m thinking of a number two more than seven. Show me.

Math Facts
4 plus 2. Show me. 
9 minus 3. Show me.

Number Stories
I had four pennies. I found three more. Show me how many I have in all.

*Let children make up math stories for their friends.

Fact Families 
Call out numbers in a fact family. Can children write the equations in that fact family?

Number Bonds
How many ways can you make seven?

Base Ten
Put 3 in the tens spot and two in the ones spot. What’s the number?

Odd and Even 
Sort the odd and even numbers.

Slap Happy Math
Children get a partner and place one set of show me cards on the floor between them. The teacher calls out different math problems. The first child to slap the correct numeral gets a point.

Hint! Put a line on the bottom of each card to help the children identify the direction they should go.


You will need zip gallon bags with a tab to make these “zip it” bags. These bags can be used throughout the school year for different math concepts you are working on. Cut cardstock to fit in the bag and write the numerals 0-10 on the bottom horizontally as shown.
Note! The good thing with these bags is that every child will be engaged and the teacher can quickly glance around the room to observe their responses. 

Number Recognition
Call out a number. Children slide the tab to that number and then hold it up.

More and Less
Play mystery number using the bags. What is “one more”? “One less”? “What comes between?”

Math Facts
Hold up flash cards with addition and subtraction problems for the children to solve. After sliding the tab to the correct answer they hold it up for the teacher to see.