Hands On Tasks To Build Number Concept

Hands on tasks are the perfect way to teach, practice, generalize and assess number concepts. Students want to take a turn and they are generally activities that you can use over and over which saves you time.

Hands on tasks are the perfect way to teach, practice, generalize and assess number concepts. Students want to take a turn and they are generally activities that you can use over and over which saves you time.
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Hands on tasks are just that... something your student can interact with in a an engaging way. Watch how your students interact with the materials and which type of hands on activities they like or don't like. Here are some ideas to get you started:


 Number Sequencing

Sequencing is important to practice because students need to understand how numbers relate to other numbers. Without this, meaning and functionality is lost. Here are some ways we practice sequencing:

These blocks are my most favorite maniplative. There are SOOO many ways to use them!



Interactive books are a hot commodity in my classroom... my students LOVE to use them and these sequencing interactive books are no exception!!





We extend this learning with number sequencing task cards. Get a FREE copy by clicking HERE.





It's important that students practice sequencing in a variety of ways, so they are able to generalize the skill and apply it whenever they need to.






Counting 

Have students draw numbers, identify the number and then make a block tower with that number of blocks. My favorite linking cubes are perfect for this activity!




Make graphs where students have to count sets for their answer. We do a name graph at the start of every school year. 




Interactive books again because they are a HUGE HIT!! We have math interactive books for most holidays as well as an everyday set (see example).




Make sure students practice counting with a variety of formats to create functional skills! Each of our theme units have practice like this. The picture below is an activity from the School Theme Unit. 





One last thing... don't forget about the power of sensory input! You can easily add in movement, sensory bins, shaving cream, etc and make the hands on task even more powerful.






Hands on tasks are the perfect way to teach, practice, generalize and assess number concepts. Students want to take a turn and they are generally activities that you can use over and over which saves you time.




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