Y’all, my friend, Shrya, who teaches kindergarten, asked me to create some new ocean math mats for her. She wanted them to go with her new Under the Sea Counters. It took me a minute to figure out what I could possibly do, then decided that I could use some of the graphics from Bryn’s Swim emergent reader that we’d done in the past. Finally, I asked Carol to change up some of the graphics and between the two of us we came up with these too cute Ocean Math Mats 0 – 20!
Because the counters come in two sizes, and she has the larger size, I created two sizes of mats for the numbers 11 – 20. I created both larger and smaller mats to make sure there would be enough room for the students to work, but smaller mats in case the teacher had smaller counters and wanted smaller mats to save on paper/ink and room. So you have a choice on the mats you choose for numbers 11 – 20.
Mats should be printed on cardstock, laminated and cut out for durability. You can even use the cover page for your label for your storage envelope/file.
Math work mats are great for giving students defined work spaces to work in. They make wonderful activities for Centers/Stations, small group or independent work. They give your students that extra little “wiggle room” that they don’t get when doing the traditional paper pencil activities.
FREE Ocean Writing Paper
Here’s a Follower Freebie for your Ocean Unit: Ocean Writing Paper. This file contains 5 differentiated pages of cute Ocean Writing Paper so you’ll have your choice of just what you need to make your learners successful. Your non writers can draw, then there are pages for students to draw and write, and lastly pages for just writing. These are great for an Ocean Writing Center or Station or to use as part of an Ocean Research Project.
If you’re doing an Ocean Unit and want some more Ocean ideas, you might want to check out my Ocean Alive page at The Virtual Vine. It hasn’t been updated in years, but you might still find some things there that you can use, because as I’m finding out here lately … things online are a lot of what’s been around for years .. it’s just being restyled and rehashed. Sometimes I can’t believe what I’m seeing! 😀
And here’s an Aqua Fish classroom décor set we did that I love!
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