I needed something new (well not new) but more practice for my students writing number sentences. I thought what better way than using workstations. So, I came up with this:
To do this, I would place them inside of a detergent box. Yep, detergent box--like the one below. (I saw this great idea in a Mailbox magazine once.) Add a sign to the box to say, Here are some activites to "Tide" you over. Cute, right?
You can then place the activities (I would suggest laminating the work mats) inside of a manila envelope, or a manila folder. Add a dry erase marker, and some connecting cubes, stick it all inside of a gallon baggie (y'all know that I love cheap, fast and easy) and Ta-da! A quick go to activity.
How are students to use them? With connecting cubes, they will show addition sentences for a given number. The work mats start with 3 and 4, so students will show ways to represent the sum of 3, and the sum of 4. This could also lead into a math fact discussion of "turn-around" facts.
The work mats go up to a sum of 18. As students work through them, maybe they will discover that there is one extra math fact per number they are to model. (For example, there are 4 math facts to represent the sum of 3). Maybe this could lead into a fun math discussion--- Will it work that way for even numbers? Does it always work that way? etc.
The work mats are on Teachers Pay Teachers for free. You can click the picture below to head over and grab you a copy. I hope you are able to get some use from them!!