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# Math Center Materials Related to the Math Standards (page 3)

By J. Bullard
Pearson Allyn Bacon Prentice Hall

#### Writing Numerals

You can assist children to learn to write numerals by providing the following materials:

• Zip-lock plastic bags filled with hair gel or other items for a transitory writing slate. Children can write numbers and then erase them and start over.
• Laminated number cards to trace or use as a model for writing numerals.
• Lined and unlined paper and different types of pencils and markers to use for writing numbers.
• Individual number books with a numeral on each page and materials such as stickers, stamps, pictures, or cutouts for children to use in completing their book.
• Old calendars with large squares that children can use to practice writing their numbers (Seefeldt & Galper, 2004).

#### Counting and Matching the Correct Number of Items to the Numeral

There are many materials you can add to your center that allow children to practice identifying numerals and matching these to the correct number of objects. Following are a few suggestions:

• Materials where children actively manipulate the objects they are matching to the numeral. For example, they might place golf tees into predrilled holes in a wooden numeral or the correct number of gems into a bowl.
• Number games. When children are exposed to number games, they make significant gains in numeracy compared with children who do not have this opportunity (Young-Loveridge, 2004). Games should have an element of chance to keep them interesting and to prevent only the most skilled children from winning. Some appropriate games include Go Fish with a deck of cards, Math Bingo, Candy Land, Dominoes, Number Concentration, and Chutes and Ladders.
• Number books. Researchers have found that using number books is also associated with larger gains in numeracy skills (Young-Loveridge, 2004). When you add counting books, make sure you also add props so that children can actively manipulate them as they read the book. For example, you might add flannel pieces or pretend pieces of fruit to manipulate when reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
• Fishing game. Add string to a dowel with a magnet at the end. Create fish from cardboard and add a paper clip to their mouth. Write a numeral on the side of the fish. Children draw a card with a number of dots and then “catch” the fish with the correct numeral. To make it easier to find the correct fish, fish with larger numbers can be larger.

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