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Excel Math Blog

Monday, March 17, 2014

St. Patrick's Day Math

Base Ten Shamrock Cards

Base Ten Shamrock Cards
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We've created some new Base Ten Cards in celebration of St. Patrick's Day.

Use these Ten Frames to help your students decompose numbers, identify fact families, and practice addition and subtraction.

Visit our Manipulatives web page to download a page of shamrock patterns.

Your students can cut out the shamrock patterns and use them as counters with the Base Ten Cards. Combine several Base Ten Cards to let your students solve problems with larger numbers.

Give each student 30 shamrock counters and two blank Ten Frames (or let the students work in pairs). Write on the board:

23 + 5 =

Let the students know it will always be easiest to find the larger number first.

Using Ten Frames a student might solve the problem by saying:

“I counted out 23 shamrocks. I put 20 shamrocks on 2 ten frames. That meant I had 3 left over. Then I counted out 5 more shamrocks. Now I have 8 left over. That meant I now had 2 ten frames with 8 left over. 2 tens and 8 left over. That’s 28. So the answer is 28.”

Excel Math provides lots of opportunities for hands-on learning.

If your students are getting into March Madness, use Base Ten Basketball Cards to help them practice addition and subtraction.

Visit our Manipulatives web page to download a page of basketball patterns.

Your students can cut out the basketball patterns and use them as counters with these Base Ten Cards.

Give each student 20 counters and one Base Ten Card. Write on the board:

1 + ___ = 10

Let the students add basketballs to the Ten Frame card. Some students may see at a glance that there are 9 blank spaces on the card. Others will need to count out the basketballs to find the answer.

Using Ten Frames a student might solve the problem by saying:

“I have one basketball on my ten frame. That means I need to add nine more to make 10. So the answer is 9: 1 + 9 = 10.”

Base Ten Basketball Cards

Base Ten Basketball Cards
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Summer Common Core Teacher Edition

Excel Math Common Core Teacher Edition
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