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# Math Center Materials Related to the Math Standards (page 4)

By J. Bullard
Pearson Allyn Bacon Prentice Hall

#### Adding to or Taking Away

One experiment found that children as young as 3 can add and subtract sets up to 10 by first predicting and then counting (Zur & Gelman, 2004). To assist children to add and subtract, provide the following materials:

• Objects from songs, finger plays, or books that stress addition or subtraction. Teachers can introduce these activities during circle time and then place the props in the math area for children to use. For example, if telling a story involving a baker who added ingredients to create different dishes, you could add both the baker’s hat and the flannel board pieces to the math center (Zur & Gelman, 2004).
• Cuisenaire rods that children can use to create equal combinations (for example, two 5 cm rods equal one 10 cm rod). Cuisenaire rods are wooden, colored manipulative sticks, ranging in size from 1 to 10 cm, that children can use for a variety of math activities.
• Addition and subtraction games. Play games with two dice. Children add the dice and move that many spaces on the game board.
• A money center. Based upon the children’s developmental level, challenges can be created. For example, “How many different ways can you find to equal a nickel, a dime, a quarter, or a dollar?

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