Do you use your manipulatives everyday?

Do you use your manipulatives everyday or do they sit and collect dust until you pull them out for a specific lesson? I have TONS and TONS of manipulatives!!!! I try to use them as much as possible because the students love using them but I will admit that I could use them more.

That is where these FAB Math Action Cards come in! Math Action Cards are structured activities and games that the students can play independently, in partners, and groups. They are leveled so they reach the needs of all of your students. They are written in very simple language that your students can read on their own.

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If there is anything additional that the kids will need it is listed on the card in the top write corner (dice, flashcards, etc.) Most of them only use manipulatives. They are easy to use but also challenging.  They keep your students busy and engaged during math time doing purposeful activities. They will NOT finish these cards in 2 seconds lol ! 


Some of the skills covered in the games are even and odd, graphing, addition, subtraction, measurement, tally marks, hundreds, tens, ones, symmetry, skip counting, doubles, estimation, and much much more!
These cards can be used in math stations, as a fast finisher activity, or in small groups. I used them in my math stations this week and it was AMAZING how well my kids did with them. They were not stopping to ask me what to do and they stayed on task the entire time! The best part is on every card there is a step where they must record their work in their math journal so you can see and track their work. NO COPIES NEEDED! YAY!!!There is also a checklist of tasks included if you want to assign a few cards per week so that they can keep track. The pack includes 112 activities for base ten blocks, unifix cubes and pattern blocks.
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It includes all the tub labels and  set up for your math action card area. I found this setup useful because the kids can grab what they need and the level of cards they need.


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    These are really neat! We have a ton of manipulatives, but unfortunately our current curriculum sucks (for lack of a better word) and doesn't let us utilize them a lot so the kids just end up "playing" with them in centers.


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    I need a way to organize my manipulatives to put them to good use! These would be perfect! Thanks so much for sharing!
    Second Grade is Out of This World!

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    My plan for Saturday was to do something useful with all those manipulatives! Great idea!

    Ms.Smarty Pants

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    Sarah, I totally understand! We don't get to them a lot either and they sit and collect dust when I am not teaching a lesson on one of those specific skills. My kids love these because they get to use the manipulatives and all of the activities are purposeful which makes me happy :)

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    You are welcome!

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    Love your idea, but I've never actually tried to "pin" anything before. Not sure I succeeded. I did, however, "share" on FB!!

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    OK .. what am I doing wrong? When I download, it's only giving me three pages. HELP! Our after school program would much benefit from some manipulative organization!

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    I love this idea and immediately went to TPT and bought it! It's perfect for my Math Workshop…that has, sadly, fallen by the wayside lately.
    Thinking of Teaching

  10. 10

    great idea for tutoring, guided math, math tubs…..I need to get them out of thr cabinet!!!!


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    These are amazing. Like you, my manipulatives just sit there & I would love a way to get them off the shelf & into the kids' hands! :)

    First Grade Fairytales

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    Great idea!! I would love to use them with my 5th grade. Could you make a set for upper grades (3-5)?

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    Thanks! lol

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    The freebie is the 3 page document. It is stated above. Thanks!

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    Thank you!!

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    I did too! This has been on my "things to do list" for awhile!

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    Thanks!! :)

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    I am making a set for the upper grades but I will need a few weeks on that! lol Thanks!

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    These are fabulous. I teach small group special education. I have 2 to 3 different grade-levels I am trying to work with at a time. They can not do a lot independently; however, I think these would be great to use with them. It would give them independence when using the manipulatives because they often sit unless I am using them in a teacher lesson since I don't have a lot of time to stop and give a lot of directions for how I want them used. Having 3 different grade-levels to present standards to in a 50 minute segment makes that difficult. These would give them more independence and allow me to take less time giving directions, and more time covering the lesson I need to teach.

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    Love these! Looking forward to the 3-5 set too!
    Beach Sand and Lesson Plans

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    For some reason, my pin is not showing up on pinterest! :(

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    This is great! I can't wait to get out from under my curriculum and switch to CCSS so I can use more stuff like this. Thank you for being so generous with your ideas! I pinned and posted. :)

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    This is a great idea. Thanks for sharing!

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    I use my manipulatives in small group and in direct teach opportunities, and students use them with independent centers, but we don't get to all of them a lot either and they sit and collect dust. I really like that the activities are purposeful. I am not thrilled with the gaps in our curricular framework nor the pacing so this would allow me more opportunity to invest in filling those gaps beyond our math block. Thanks for sharing your idea and your freebie!!

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    Yeah! What a great blog you have published. I like it and i will share it to others.

    Cincinnati Dentist

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    This is such a smart idea.The kids need more time with the hands on math tools. I can tell I will be buying these task cards!
    Mrs. D

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    Brenda Ellis says:

    I really liked this idea and concept and plan to use it this year. I can’t wait to see how my students enjoy doing this.

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    Great idea!!! I have tons of manipulatives too. Great way to use them! Thanks

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    Darlene Bennett says:

    Hmm, I want to get these ready for the new school year but I am only getting the first 3 pages. I am not getting the actual activities for each tub. Any suggestions?

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      The Lesson Plan Diva says:

      This item is for sale. You must click the link to purchase. Let me know if you have problems. Thanks :)

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    I couldn’t download these math cards but would love a set. Could you possibly send me the link?

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    I really like these, but I am afraid they would be to high for my kindergarten students. Have you thought about making them for kindergarten?

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      The Lesson Plan Diva says:

      I use these with Kindergarten, I just had to model the games with them. Now they play them independently.

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    Donna Marty says:

    I would love a set of these. How can I get them? Thanks!

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