Start saving those milk jug lids because there are countless math activities you can do in your classroom using this free manipulative
Here are just three of those ideas.
- Snap-on or Twist-on
- Label or No Label
- Kind of edge (smooth or rough)
2) Make a pattern using two different colors of lids.
- Identify the pattern using letters of the alphabet or numbers. The pattern above would be an A, A, B pattern or a 1, 1, 2 pattern.
- Now ask the students to use more than two colors to make a pattern
- Once more, have the students identify the pattern using alphabet letters or numbers.
3) Decide on a money value for each color of lid. (Example: Red lids are worth a nickel, blue lids are worth a dime, and white lids are worth a penny.) Put all of the lids into a bag and have the students draw out four lids. Have the students add up the total value of these four lids.
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- Use play money (coins) to have the students show the value of the lids.
- Have the students practice writing money as either a part of a dollar or as cents.
- Another idea is to have the students find all the combinations of lids that would equal a nickel or a dime or a quarter.