Math Materials Tray

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Making your own math materials is fun and easy. You can differentiate them, make them for different levels of learning, and make them for different games or units of study.

Trays can be made from old silverware trays, jewelry boxes, candy boxes or you can make your own with cardboard compartments. Students can collect cereal boxes from home to make game boards and flash cards. Students can collect all types of caps and buttons for counting, sorting, patterning, and game board pieces.

Applications Across Subjects:

Math
  • Counting
  • Subitizing
  • Place Value
  • Probability
  • Geometry
  • Acting out word problems
ELA
  • Books (word problems)
  • Non-fiction writing about math and math tools around the world
  • Create your own word problems
  • Create your own math games (and write out the rules)
Social Studies
  • Study math, math tools, and math games around the world and historically
Science
  • Study of materials used for math games and tools, comparing materials properties to determine the best material for your purpose
Social & Emotional
  • Teamwork and partner games and activities

Suggested Materials:

  • paper
  • markers
  • beads and buttons
  • trim
  • containers from household section
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This math tray can be used in: counting and cardinality, operation and algebraic thinking, and number and operations in base ten. You can add more complex elements for higher-level thinking and higher grade levels.

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Integrate slide sheets as as a storage element or use them as a game board.

This tray has a series of number value math pieces for counting games and help teach basic math operations.

This tray has a series of number value math pieces for counting games and help teach basic math operations.

This Value Board Tray is made from a Styrofoam lunch room tray and bamboo skewers. The numbered cards can be made from cereal boxes. Look for card stockand posters in our paper room when you come shopping in our warehouse..

This Value Board Tray is made from a Styrofoam lunch room tray and bamboo skewers. The numbered cards can be made from cereal boxes. Look for card stock and posters in our paper room when you come shopping in our warehouse.