We have designed the Strategy Mats to provide a tool for students when working on developing fluency with number facts. From our observations students need visual aide-memoires, reminders of what they have been learning and prompts to use the strategies learnt.
The mat is double-sided with the first side providing quick reminders and the reverse showing examples of the See it - Say it - Show it steps that typify the way in which Natural Maths strategies can be used.
The mat is specifically designed to support Visual Scaffolds for Early Mental Computation and Place Value to 100 and Beyond. It is also intended as a reminder to students that they should choose the most appropriate strategy when faced with an addition and not always rely on a single strategy such as count all.
As always, we would love to hear your feedback on this product and, if you find ways of using it that we have missed, please let us know via our Facebook page
The download for this product is a .zip compressed file that contains two files.
1. The NMS Mat 2 file is a PowerPoint file that has two A3 slides. These should be printed back to back to make the Strategies Mat.
2. The Natural Maths Strategies Mat 2 file is a .pdf that has suggestions for using the mat as well as descriptions of the mental computation strategies covered by the mat.
This download is intended for personal use and should not be shared with other teachers.