Number Grid (Positive Quadrant)

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    1. Bar Graph

      Poll the class on their favorite season. Have them use cards or strips of paper to make a bar graph on the mat. You can also have them draw a...READ MORE

      Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5

    2. Graphing

      Using the data from the bar graph activity turn it into different kinds of graphs including line plots and picture graphs.

      Grade 3

    3. Create Shapes

      Have students create different polygons using rulers, paper strips, or blocks as sides. Discuss the geometric characteristics of each shape made.

      Grade 3

    4. Create and Compare Shapes

      Make different polygons on the mat. Have students compare and contrast the shapes based on the number of sides, corners, side length, etc. Have them then make their own shapes...READ MORE


    5. Create Composite Shapes

      Have students use the mat to outline different polygons and then combine them to make familiar objects. For example, putting a triangle and a square together to make a house.

      Grade 1

    6. What Matters?

      Make one shape out of different colors and materials in various positions and with varying side lengths on the mat. Ask students what shape you made and discuss what attributes...READ MORE

      Grade 1

    7. Dividing Shapes

      Make various rectangles on the mat. Have students divide them into two/four equal pieces (Include thirds for second graders). Discuss the definition of half and fourth/quarter/third while doing this activity.

      Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3

    8. What am I

      Give students various attributes for an object and then have them make the shape on the mat. Have them make shapes such as triangles, quadrilaterals, pentagons, and hexagons based on...READ MORE

      Grade 2

    9. Pre-Area

      Make various rectangles on the mat. Have students divide them into rows and columns of same-size squares and count to find the total number of them.

      Grade 2

    10. Shape Families

      Make several different variations of a polygon on the mat. Have students discover what they all have in common. Discuss the different subcategories. For example, make several quadrilaterals and observe...READ MORE

      Grade 4, Grade 5

    11. Mystery Shape

      Create cards with shape characteristics on them such as names of polygons, or a number of sides or vertices. Have shapes that match the cards already created out on the...READ MORE

      Grade 3

    12. Area

      Option 1: Place a rectangular shape down on the mat (that fits inside the squares). Have students calculate the area of the shape by counting the number of squares it...READ MORE

      Grade 3

    13. Symmetrical Lines

      Have students create shapes on the mat with paper or blocks. Have them determine how many lines of symmetry the shapes have. Then, have them try it with different letters...READ MORE

      Grade 4

    14. Experiment With Transformations In The Plane

      Have students make a shape on the mat and practice translations, reflections, and rotations with the shape. Then have them use two congruent shapes and translate/reflect/rotate as necessary to place...READ MORE

      Grade 8

    15. Line Plots

      Have groups of students make line plots based on the measurements of various classroom objects, for example, lengths of students' pencils.

      Grade 4