I only fill in up to 70 or 80 m & m's so they can estimate and count smaller amounts.
Working in small groups or partners, the students start out by making a guess on how many m&m's are in their cup and write it in the top jar. Then they count them using the tens and ones mat. After they count how many are really in their cup, they fill in the number in the bottom jar. Last they sort them by colors and fill in the color graph.
The students have been learning place value so this is a great mat to use when counting. They start by filling in the tens and then fill in the ones with the left overs. They count them by 10's and 1's when finished.
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