The Common Core places a lot of emphasis on using models in mathematics. In fact, it is listed as one of the mathematical practice standards for all grade levels.
Some of the mathematical models I am focusing on with my second graders are the number line, ten frames, and the hundreds chart. Many of my students are still struggling with their addition and subtraction facts. The models provide them with the extra support they need.
For the mats, I printed a copy for each student and laminated the copy. Students then write on the mats with dry erase markers. There is something about dry erase markers that students love. The same activity with paper and pencil just wouldn't be the same.
If you would like a copy of the work mat, click here, or on the image above.
How do you teach your students to use models in mathematics?