I have noticed that my older students really love to be able to make something to take home with them. I think they like the tangible evidence of their learning. And it certainly helps their parents see what work they are doing in the classroom. So I am always trying to create activities that are purposeful, require skill practice, and also result in a take-home project.
My newest such activity on the math shelf is this number sequencing work. I had some grid papers in my file cabinet (they appear to be hand-drawn, so I can't give you a link.........CLICK HERE to print something very similar to what I used) and decided to use them to make this work. Taking one grid per "decade" I wrote the numbers for that decade in random order, making numerous number "strips" on a sheet. (My grid paper was 10 across and 8 down. It wouldn't matter how many rows up and down you have as long as you have 10 across.) Then I copied each decade sheet on a different color of copy paper.
To put the work on the shelf, I cut apart the strips and placed them into a basket along with some wider pieces of blue construction paper, and a basket with scissors, glue stick and gluing mat. You can see the basket below.
This photo shows the grid papers for 1-10 (red) and 11-20 (orange). Obviously they have not been cut apart yet, but this way you can see what I was trying to describe above.
To do this work, the child takes a blank blue strip of construction paper and a decade strip. They cut apart the numbers and sequence them in order, gluing them down from left to right. When they finish one decade, another blue strip is stapled on and they cut apart the next series of numbers and so on until they reach one hundred. This work can take several days to complete, which makes it all the more exciting when they are finally able to bring it home. I roll these up and paper clip them to store them until the children bring them home.
I developed a parent note to send home with this work when it's completed. The note gives parents some ideas about activities to do with their child to extend their math concepts using the number strip. You are welcome to download this idea sheet using the link below.