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# Math Center Materials Related to the Math Standards (page 2)

By Pearson Allyn Bacon Prentice Hall
Updated on Dec 22, 2010

#### One-to-One Correspondence

It is easier for children to use materials that are less abstract for one-to-one correspondence. Therefore, teachers should first provide real objects, then cutouts, then pictures, and finally symbols and patterns (Charlesworth, 2005). Following are several materials that you could place in the math center to assist in developing one-to-one correspondence.

• Outline game—Outline interesting items and place the outline and the items in a box. Children can match each item to the correct outline.
• Match groups of items—For more advanced one-to-one correspondence, create matching games of items that go together (fork and spoon, nut and bolt, and mitten and hand).
• Pegs and pegboards—These come in a variety of sizes, so they can be chosen based upon the fine motor development of the children in the group.
• Jars and lids—Collect a variety of different types of jars with matching lids that children can put together.
• Cars and garages (as in the opening scenario)—Initially children might drive a car into each garage. As children become more proficient with one-to-one correspondence, this task can become more difficult by adding a different number of dots to each car and the corresponding garage allowing children to match the dots. Finally, numerals can be added to the cars, which are then matched to the dots on the garages. To make the task self-correcting, add matching colored dots to the bottom of the car and the top of the garage.

#### Recognizing Numerals

Following are materials that you can add to the math center to help children recognize numerals.

• Objects with numerals, including calculators, adding machines, playing cards, magnetic numbers, and puzzles.
• Games where children match numerals. For example, use two old calendars that have similar size grids. Cut one apart and place magnetic tape on the back of each number. Attach the intact calendar to a cookie sheet or magnetic file cabinet. Children can match the appropriate number to the intact calendar. For another simple-to-create game, take a deck of cards and cut the top and bottom apart. By using a different type of cut for each card, the cards can be self-correcting.
• Sandpaper numerals. Add a blindfold that children can use if they wish. Children can feel the number and try to guess which numeral it is. Make sure to add dots to the other side of the card so children can check their answers.
• Play dough, clay, or wire for children to use to form numbers. You can add a spinner to add interest. The child spins the dial to determine which numeral to create.
• Numerals from burlap or other textured surface glued on a card. Children can place paper over the numeral and make a rubbing.
• Number sewing cards (write a numeral on burlap with black permanent marker; use a large sewing needle and yarn to sew around the numeral) (Brown, 1982).
• Beanbag toss. Children throw a beanbag and then identify the numeral that the beanbag lands on. Include the numeral, number name, and dots to meet the developmental needs of more learners. When children have mastered the numerals, they can throw more than one time and add the results.