Island Math Story Mat

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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:

  • Counting
  • Sorting
  • Matching
  • Measuring
  • Order
  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Multiplication
  • Division
  • Estimation 

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 along with the story.

Here is a Free Printable Palm Tree Math Story Mat and two corresponding math stories. You can print off the Story Mat and laminate for future use. 

Students will need  brown, yellow and blue counters. 

For this story mat, below is one of two stories included in this PDF:

The sun is shining on a beautiful island. There are 4 fish swimming in the ocean. Place the fish where they would belong in the
story. There are also 5 starfish soaking up the sun on the beach. Two starfish slide off into the ocean.

How many things are now in the ocean? How many are on the beach?


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 the markers. Finally, read the story a third time, giving the students a chance to check their work. 

You can download the Palm Tree story mat stories PDF here.  You can access the black and white Story Mat Picture here

Story mats can be a fun and interactive way to practice math concepts! 

Check out our other Story Mats on our blog!