I recently took on the task of painting the inside of our house. We had been living in it for 11 years and it needed it. The walls had the “learning to walk” handprints along the walls, dirt spots from where the dog lays and was looking a little worn. So the last spring, I spent my weekends painting and it looks great! The extra paint sticks I had laying around motivated me to make some math paint stick sorts. What a great hands-on teaching tool!
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If you go to any home improvement store, they are usually happy to give you paint sticks. Next, I put a strip of velcro tape on one side of the stick.
I put one square velcro piece on the top, for the topper.
Let the Fun Begin
In the beginning of the year, I have my students practice representing numbers in different ways. So we pulled out our and the kids had a blast with them. Last week, we reviewed numbers 1-10. This week, I will put the numbers 11-20 in for some “teen” review.
Practicing teen numbers is always a must in the beginning of the year. I always have some students who struggle with these numbers. I let them work as a table group right now as we build stamina for guided math. Hopefully working as a table group will help them be successful!
The are also available in a math stick Bundle.
The bundle includes
Have you tried paint sticks for any activities? I love using “easy to get for free resources!”