Adding and subtracting is a major component of kindergarten math. A few skills parents and teachers may choose to focus on are:
- Being able to fluently add and subtract within 5.
- Knowing all the fact families that equal 10
- Adding and Subtracting with objects – and that is what these patriotic adding and subtracting mats are for!
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Patriotic Adding and Subtracting Mats Prep Work
I love activities that require minimal prep work, and the Patriotic Adding and Subtracting Mats are one of those! You can add a few extra steps to make the activity last longer or add additional skills.
- Print the task cards on cardstock paper
- Cut out expressions and patriotic pictures
- You can laminate for extra durability if you so desire.
- Finally, you can add velcro to the mats to add some extra fine motor skills. The velcro will also keep the answer from sliding off the mats. But of course, this is optional.
How to Use Patriotic Adding and Subtracting Mats
To begin, place the mat on the table in front of the students. You’ll use the mat for both the subtraction and addition pieces.
Next, hand your child all the addition pictures pieces, and have them count the objects. Now they place the card on the number that equals the pictures.
After placing all the picture cards down, it is time to move onto expressions. Have your little one find the expressions that match the pictures. For example, the expression 5 + 4 would need a picture that has five of one picture (watermelons) and four of another picture (corn).
Afterward, you can go back through each square and see if they can remember what each expression equals. You might say, “Do you remember what 5 + 4 equals?”
Once your child answers, lift off the equation and have them count the pictures so they can see if they are correct. Then lift all the pictures and say, “Yes, 5 + 4 equals 9.”
Once your child is quickly able to assemble the addition mats, it is time to move on to subtraction. This math requires the same steps as the addition mats, but once they are successfully able to add the pictures first, you can switch things around a bit.
Instead of adding the pictures first, see if your child can put the expressions on first, and then the pictures that match. This begins moving them from just counting to figure out an expression, to working from memory. And being able to add and subtract fluently is a goal worth pursuing.
And being able to add and subtract fluently is a definitely a goal worth pursuing.
Have older students? Try out these Patriotic Math Word Problems.
>>Click here to print your free Patriotic Adding and Subtracting Mats.