Math Story Mats are a great way to help students explore math concepts and skills.
Story Mats, along with manipulatives can help students practice a number of math concepts, such as
With a story mat activity, the teacher can put students in groups or work with a student individually. Students are each given a number of colored counters, along with a story mat for each student.
The teacher would then read a story to the students and the students would be asked to move the manipulatives around the story mat, along with the story.
Here is a Free Printable: Apple Tree Math Story Mat with two corresponding Math Stories. You can print off the the black and white Story Mat and laminate for future use.
Students will also need red and yellow counters.
For this Story Mat, below is one of two stories included in this PDF:
There were two apple trees growing in an orchard. There were 16 apples growing between the two trees. One grew only red
apples while the other grew only yellow apples. Each tree had the same number of apples growing on it’s branches. Each tree had
one apple fall to the ground.
How many apples are left on each tree?
This story will help students practice addition and subtraction, along with order, position and counting. It is always helpful to read the story one time to give the students time to listen. Then, read the story a second time and ask students to position their markers on the mat. Finally, read the story a third time, giving the students a chance to check their work.
Story Mats can be a fun and interactive way to practice math concepts!
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