Flash cards are extremely useful teaching resources. Sets can be used in whole class instruction as well as in class and small group games. Using a set of teaching cards with a group allows all students to hear the numeral or symbol correctly matched to its written representation. Each time a set of cards is shown (with students responding aloud), students hear the correct response and it is reinforced.
Cards can include dice patterns (shown briefly and hidden), larger dot patterns (7 to 12), numerals, pictorial representations of 2-digit or 3-digit numbers with ten sticks or hundred flats, Roman numerals, tally marks, computations or mathematical symbols.
Activity cards:Sorting and Counting Buttons Use these 14 work cards with a collection of plastic sorting buttons (different colours, shapes and numbers of holes) or with a collection of real buttons that have been preselected to fit the criteria.
Suggestions for use:
Whole class: Introducing a new concept or reinforcing known facts. The teacher reads the sum aloud and students try to work out the answer first (or have each child with a white board or number fan to record their answer silently).
The first student or team (if the class is divided into groups) to have the answer takes the card. The cards can be displayed in a set for future reference.
groups: Use as the cards in a build-a-board game, but have children ask each other the questions, as the answer is provided.