I was so excited a while back when Carson-Dellosa contacted me about reviewing their CenterSolutions for the Common Core Thinking Mats for 3rd Grade Math. I knew these would be a perfect addition to our math class and I can't wait to share them with you!
There are 15 mats total and they address the range of Common Core State Standards:
They have cute game names for the kids and about three mats for each standard (give or take), but the best part for you, as the teacher, is that the CCSS strand is located on the top right of each mat! Great for quick reference for centers, informal assessment, small groups, and more!
On the cover of each mat are the directions (for both partner play and individual play) as well as materials needed. The majority only require a dry-erase marker and/or a die, so easy-peasy!
Although I will definitely go over these mats with the kids (with my Rotations, I will go over these on a Friday during the last section of class and will have them available on Monday) the directions included will be invaluable if kids have questions, so they don't have to interrupt my Teacher Time!
Each of the mats come with perforated game pieces that are made of cardstock and.... the best part?!.... the back color matches the color of the Thinking Mat! So, if it's clean-up time and you find a random card on the ground, you will be able to easily find its home again! Yahoo!!
Each of these mats come with a 1/2 page recording sheet that is very open-ended. This is perfect so that if kids use these Thinking Mats throughout the year, their answers will always be different and they will be able to deepen their practice in a non-repetitive way. Plus, the last question for each activity is a reflection on their mathematical thinking that challenges your students to explain the patterns they noticed, strategies they used, and more-- love!
How Will I Use These In Class?I plan on using these Thinking Mats as a part of Fact Practice in our Math Rotations. Whenever a student finishes the Lesson Work for the day, they can come and grab a Thinking Mat and get to work with a partner or by themselves.
Since these are open-ended and simple to use, I plan on storing them in a baggie with all of the materials needed and multiple copies of the recording sheets available. This way, they will be great grab-and-go activities we can use all year long!
Interested in picking up a set of these? They are available for grades K-5 on Carson-Dellosa's store HERE.
And, oh happy day, you can also win a set by entering the giveaway below! I will pick a winner next Wednesday when I will be back with September's What I'm Reading Wednesday, also around math-- yahoo!
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Best of luck!!