Number Recognition Clip Cards with Expressions

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For some reason clip cards are loved around here, so on this rainy Friday before Spring Break this is what we will be doing in math.

We’ve been working hard on number recognition with our caterpillar and bingo activity, our new calendar pieces, concentration from Playdough to Plato, and these fun number cards from This Reading Mama. Today we get to continue this work and for the first time in little C’s life begin to figure out expressions.

To begin with, I highly recommend you laminate the clip cards. If you don’t have access to one, an inexpensive but reliable one is the Scotch Thermal Laminator 2 Roller System. If the cards are laminated the students can circle the base ten blocks when trying to figure out the expressions. I know that my C needed to do this, and many other visual learners will need this extra step as well.

Since we are on the topic, how did I teach expression to my adorable four year old? It was actually easier than you would think. Again, we have been playing with base ten blocks for awhile. If your students are not familiar with them you could start with these cute printables where the students put base ten blocks on cards based on the number provided. After they are comfortable with the value of a long, then you can move to expressions.

For each card we started off figuring out the number. Of course, we had out our well used and worn hundreds chart to provide extra support when he got to counting the ones. Once he had correctly figured out the number, we focused on the expressions.


For this card we began by looking at the first expression 20 + 10 + 3. C circled two longs first knowing that this represented 20. He then circled 1 long to represent the ten, and finally the 3 cubes to represent the three. Since all the longs and cubes were circled he was able to clip this expression. Next we moved onto 30 + 3. He erased all his circles and then proceeded to circle the three longs for 30 and the three cubes for 3. He excitedly added the clip since he realized this expression worked too. Finally we made it to the last expression. He circled one long for 10, another long for the next 10, and then the three cubes for 3. He immediately knew that this was not the correct expression for 33, because he hadn’t circled all the longs. We discussed that this expression equaled 23, and then moved on to the next card go through this process again.


I’m excited about how much this little guy is learning, and the time he took to think through his answers. Enjoy this fun time of learning with your Kiddos.

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If you need more number recognition activities, check out these activities.




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Get Clip cards with base ten blocks, tally marks, AND ten frames HERE.

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Get your FREE base ten block clip cards HERE.

Make sure you have…

  1. laminator
  2. clips
  3. dry erase markers
  4. hundreds chart


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