Turkey Count and Cover Mats
Are you looking for a hands-on, differentiated way for your students to learn counting, number recognition and number sense? These turkey count and cover mats are perfect for you!
They require no-prep other than printing and slipping into write and wipe pockets or laminating. No cutting involved.
I even made them in color AND black and white so that those of you who can’t print in color will still be able to use them.
They would be a great addition to your Thanksgiving lesson plans.
Even better, they are differentiated for the different needs of your students. Some students can work on numbers 1-5, others can work on 1-10, and your more advanced group can use the 11-20 mats.
There are mats with numbers, ten frames, and twenty frames so you can differentiate even further by using the different types of mats.
Students can also work with a buddy or on their own while using these fun count and cover mats.
Add in fine motor work by having students use kid-safe plastic tweezers to move the mini erasers to the spaces on the mats.
There won’t be a lot of space for 15+ manipulatives in each of these spaces so students will either need to stack their manipulatives up like a tower or use interlocking centimeter cubes like we did this time. These cubes also do doubly duty by providing lots of fine motor exercise! Regular centimeter cubes will also fit well, if you can’t get the interlocking kind.
And yet another option is to use place value discs. My son is liking this option lately.
Or you can use a manipulative with the teen numbers written on it. I used these these 1 inch circle counters. I wrote a number on each one and they matched them up. You could also use foam tiles and write the numbers on them, number tiles or number magnets.
As you can see, there are so many ways to differentiate the mats and change them up so that kids don’t get bored. For many kids, simply changing up the manipulatives can increase engagement and provide a renewed interest in the activity.
Setting Up the Count and Cover Mats
- The turkey count and cover mats (button to download is at the bottom of this post)
- Mini acrylic pumpkins, mini erasers or another small manipulative
- Write and wipe pockets or laminator
Simply print the mats and slip them into a write and wipe pockets. You can also laminate them instead.
Using the Turkey Count and Cover Mats with Your Students
Students will look at a space on the mat and then count out the same number of mini erasers to that space on the mat.
This will continue until they fill all of the spaces on the mat.
These turkey count and cover mats are perfect for morning work tubs, math centers, or math rotations. They could even work well for small group instruction.
I hope your kids enjoy them!
Click the button below to get the FREE turkey count and cover mats!
Plus, check out these other fun Thanksgiving activities for kids.