We have more free downloads!! Another skill we worked on daily was addition and subtraction. We are big believers in the WHY of math. We think it is important that rather than memorizing answers, the kids can SEE and SHOW 2 + 3. These worksheets made a daily appearance. We printed them on colored cardstock, laminated each page, then had the kids use dry erase markers to do their work!
Part-Part-Whole Addition Mat:
We use this addition mat to teach that each number in an addition problem is important. We often use pennies, but any small item will work. The adult first writes the problem above the solid line in the center of the page:
Then the student puts three items in the first box & 2 in the second. Then they pull all the items down into the box titled “Whole” and count to find the total. Then they write the answer! Download the template by clicking here!
10 Square Addition & Subtraction Mat:
This is our 10-square mat! We use this for both addition and subtraction. The teacher writes the problem in the dotted box, and the student uses the 10 square to find the answer. For example, if the problem is 8-2, the student will place 8 items in the first 8 boxes (be sure to teach that filling them up in order is important! It helps with visualizing math facts). They will then remove two items and count to find the answer. Then they get to use the marker to write it down! The free download includes two additional sheets that allow for more problems to be completed on the same page. We would use these to begin fostering more independence during work time. Download the template by clicking here!
Tawni is a former special education teacher, now stay-at-home momma. She spends her days reading, cooking with lots of cheese, listening to professional choral music, and tickling her baby boy, Cy. She lives with her husband and son in Utah.