Card mats are a
tub activity that can be used by the teacher or another
adult with an individual student or a small group of children.
Use a deck of cards. Queens are zero and Aces are 1. Use
the appropriate number family card mat. Students sort out
all of the appropriate cards from the deck for their number
family. If they are working on the number family of 9, they
will need the cards 0 through 9. If they are on the number
family of 5, they need cards 0 to 5. etc. Remember, the
highest partner number for any number is 10; therefore,
the cards needed from the deck for the number family of
12 are 2 through 10.
Once the cards
have been sorted out from the deck, mix them up. Use just
one of the mats at a time, either the addition mat or the
subtraction mat. You will want to keep a fairly fast pace
with this activity. Place a card face up in the blank first
space. Have the group chant the entire problem, verbally
filling in the missing number, while you point to each space.
In the first mat above, students would chant, " 7 plus
2 equals 9 altogether." You would continue with this
same mat flipping over the next card and continuing the
chanting. Occasionally you may want to have individuals
chant so you can check their progress.
Parents are usually
willing to send donate old decks of cards to the classroom.
It's o.k. if there are missing cards. I have also included
the necessary cards for each number family in pdf file on
this page. You can print them on cardstock and
cut them out on a paper cutter. I wouldn't bother
laminating them. It would be cheaper to reprint the
cards when they are too worn than to laminate them.
Download all Card Mats in one file