I love using counting mats in our classroom! They’re a simple, engaging way for students to practice their number sense. I find them especially helpful for practicing those tricky teen numbers. Today I’m sharing how to use these free St. Patrick’s Day Teen Number Counting Mats for numbers 11-20. This activity works great for whole group practice or as a hands-on math center!
St. Patrick’s Day Teen Number Counting Mats
These St. Patrick’s Day Teen Number Counting Mats bring tons of leprechaun fun to the classroom! Writing with dry erase markers in our class always adds an extra level of engagement and the manipulative “gold coins” put this activity over the top for my students!
One of the reasons I love counting mats is because you can find so many variations for using them just by changing up the counters. Let’s get started with our supplies!
- Counting Mats (download below)
- Counters for “gold coins” (pom poms, unifix cubes, plastic coins, or any manipulative you have on hand)
- Dry erase markers and erasers
This activity is simple to prep and easy to use. I print the mats and laminate for durability and reuse with dry erase markers.
Next, I choose my counters and set those out in a bin with the counting mats. It’s that easy!
How to Play
Students will choose a mat and read that number. I like to have a number line available for activities like this.
Number lines are a great resource for children who are still learning to identify their numbers. Students start from 1 and move down the number line, counting aloud, until they reach the number that matches the one on their counting mat.
After reading the number, students move the counters to the counting mat, saying each number as they place the object down.
Each counting mat has 2 ten frames on it. This will help your students learn to organize as they count, as well as learn to visualize what that number looks like when it’s represented with objects.
Finally, students can practice writing the number on the bottom of the counting mat. The number is written twice in a dotted font to allow students extra support before writing independently on the rest of the line.
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