After seeing Create Teach Share’s post about her Close Reading Toolkits, I knew I wanted to do something similar for math tools. Math centers are a huge part of math instruction in my classroom, so I created a toolbox of math tools and hands-on math supplies that my students use on a regular basis. I have included quite a bit of stuff in my toolbox, but some of the charts will be gradually introduced as we need them. Let’s take a look inside!

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# Math Supplies

Here are the math tools and hands-on math supplies that I placed in each toolkit:

- A
to highlight important information in word problems.*highlighter* - An
because mistakes happen in math (and we learn from them!).*eraser* *Sticky*for when students need to redo a problem or want to work out a problem in a different way.*notes*- A pair of
and*dice*for when the students are playing a math game.*game pieces* - A
and*dry erase marker*when using marker boards or laminated games.*eraser*

I used a label on the inside of the top to let the students know what each supply was to be used for. To print these labels (and the label on the front of the container), I used full-sheet labels and then cut them.

# Math Charts

I created these charts with 5th grade math in mind, but many of these will work for 4th grade skills (Edited on 7/29/2016 to include three numbers and place value charts for 3rd grade and 8/2/2016 to include 100s charts and 120s charts). I will probably introduce the charts and put them in the math toolbox throughout the year. I may even eventually place them on rings. I created the charts because my students are constantly referring to charts and other math tools like these in our interactive notebooks. Now, when we are working in math centers or even in another classroom (or outside), we can have our math charts in our toolkits.

These math tools fit perfectly into these photo and craft containers I purchased from Amazon which are then stored in a larger container.

# How Will I Use the Math Toolkits?

I plan to start the year with six of these toolkits (which is the number that comes in each set of the containers), and have them easily accessible to students during their math centers. I may eventually create another six toolkits so I can have half of them for centers and half of them for my small group table.

# How Do I Get The Charts and Labels?

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You can buy the containers that I used to store the math tools and charts from Amazon by clicking here. Let me know in the comments if you think you will try these out this year!

Tonya says

OMG I just LOVE this idea! Thanks so much for all your hard work!

Tonya

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Jennifer Findley says

I am glad you like it! I had so much fun making it!

Chanice says

My team is very interested in using this in our classroom! You mentioned you started out with six kits so did the students share them at the centers? Or did you have them at a particular center? I look forward to hearing from you!

Renae Williams says

Looking for suggestions. I know it is helpful to give students several strategies for solving math problems. What do you do when the students mix the strategies up and are confused? We are adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators. Open to suggestions. I need help. First time teaching 5th grade math.

Patricia says

Love it!

Robin says

This is great! Thank you so much for sharing!!

Jennifer Findley says

You are so welcome!

Pam Owens says

Thank you so much!! I am ready to print and laminate these awesome cards. I have math bins that my students use. They were 1 dollar and have: wipe off mat, white board marker, eraser pad, ruler, dice, foam base ten blocks, counters, and anything that will help them with their math skills. Thank you again! Love it!

Tracy A Young says

Where did you purchase your math bins?

Megan says

I love this idea! I teach 3rd so this wouldn’t work for me, but I might adapt for my students. Thanks for sharing!

Deb says

I love this! I was wondering if you could add the fraction number line to the download. I can definitely use this next year and am so thankful for your generosity!

Jennifer Findley says

Hi Deb, I just added it in. Not sure how I accidentally deleted it. Thanks!

Deb says

Thank you!

Skylar Chastain says

I really appreciate that these are upper elementary level resources in the kit – that can be hard to find!

Jennifer A Jones says

What size photo boxes did you use?

Jennifer Findley says

HI Jennifer, I used the small ones. I linked the exact ones in the post, but I have also heard you may be able to find them at Michaels. Thanks!

Magon says

Michael’s does have these boxes!! They also have sets of 16 for $39.99– you can use a 50% off coupon and your teachers discount!!

Mona Shortman says

this is amazing ty, ty

Maria says

Thank you so much for sharing your math creation! I know my students will love the little boxes. I might even make a few traveling ones for when my students take a vacation during the middle of the year.

Michele says

Jen,

Thanks so much for sharing! I was going to make tools similar for my interactive notebooks, and you just saved me a TON of time my friend!!

Bernadette says

Would love something similar for K – 3. These are great for the upper grades. Thanks for sharing,

Nancy says

This is amazing! Thank you for sharing!

kARLA says

Thank you so much for this fabulous freebie!!! I am ecstatic to use these this year~

Crissy says

I already printed & laminated these!!! Thank you!

DEBORAH MURPHY says

Are you printing on card stock or regular paper?

Jennifer Findley says

Hi, I print on cardstock for extra durability and so I can reuse them.

Kathy says

These are amazing! Do you have any for K-2? I teach second grade and these would be awesome.

Angie says

This is an incredible resource! Thank you so much for sharing your hard work. Would love to have a fourth gradr version ????

Cairn says

Thank you!

Katrine says

Thank you so much for making these! It is awesome when teachers can share with each other.

wendi says

You did it again! Love these!! Question for you – would you make me a Math supplies page, but without the dice and game pieces? I just want the landscape one. Just let me know! Thanks!

Jennifer Findley says

Hi Wendi, can you email me at [email protected]? Thanks!

Audra says

Printing now! I think these will give my rising 4th grader a bit of “moral support” as she begins the new school year. Love this idea! Thanks so much for sharing. God bless!

Audra says

So bummed! For some reason when I print, there are huge numbers printing all over your cards! Almost like a watermark?

Jennifer Findley says

So odd, Audra. Are you opening the file in the most updated version of Adobe?

Nikki Myogeto says

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this! When I downloaded it, the fraction number line did not show up. Is there any way to get this? Thank you so much for this resource!

Sydney says

Jennifer, I cannot thank you enough for this awesome resource.

Tasha says

Love this idea. I think I might create one for each student so I can differentiate their tools. I found a case of 16 boxes at ltdcommodities.

Angie says

So excited to have the kids use these! Had a couple of helpers cutting out a BUNCH of laminating yesterday, now I can’t find the toolkits that I had laminated. Printing more now! ????

Nickiesha says

I love your resource, is there any way you could alter the place value chart, number forms and decimal models to represent the basic place value up to hundred thousands for my 3rd graders.

Jennifer Findley says

Hi Nickiesha, I just added those versions to the file! Thanks!

Nickiesha says

Thank you, you are so awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jen says

Thank you for sharing. I am a homeschooling mom and my daughter hates math! These cards should really help!

Donna says

Thank you so much for this resource! I’ve been scouring the Internet looking for these. One requested addition: 120 chart!

Joan says

Thank you so much! These will be invaluable this year!!

Jean says

This is wonderful, I am going to use most for my 6th graders!! Thank you so much.

In case anyone is looking I found a set with 16 of the small boxes at Michaels Craft Store.

http://www.michaels.com/iris-photo-box-16-cases/10174559.html#q=photo+box&start=2

Thanks again.

Sara says

I love these! I’m going to put them on rings and see how that works!

Beth says

I have made 6 kits and have them ready for the school year. I am seriously considering doing them for all my students because I will have one group of about 6 students in above grade level content and 18-20 on grade level. Because of that, my math workshop has to be organized and when I am with a small group, the rest need to be independent. This should be the answer to my prayers! Thanks for sharing!

Melissa says

is there a way you can send blank template to create more tools. Please send me a response. I will be teaching 4th grade

Jennifer Findley says

Hi Melissa, I just replied to your email. Thanks!

Juli Dennis says

LOVE this!! Thank you so much for sharing! I make toolkits for all of my students. Is there any possibility that you could create the label with a boy on it too? I would be happy to purchase it if it is available!! 🙂 Thank you!

Jennifer Findley says

Hi Juli, I just added a label option with a boy on it. Check the file again! Thanks for the suggestion!

Jessica Bagley says

Love this ! I can’t wait to use it! I am having trouble though printing the pages. Big letters are printing in the middle of the pictures. Any idea what I can do? I would love to have these set up for my first day of school. Thank you!

Jessica Bagley says

I got my Tech dept to check my printer. All is good and I was able to print out the pages perfectly.

Thank you so much! These resources are amazing!

Jennifer Findley says

Yay! I am so glad you got it working!

Michelle J. says

Thank you so much for sharing this. I teach Title 1 Math and will be working with 3rd & 4th graders this year. I am going to make some of these for each of the classroom teachers to keep in their rooms for the kiddos to use.

Colleen says

Thank you! I appreciate your kindness!

Barbara says

Jennifer, these are awesome! Thank you!

Do you have a place value chart that includes the billion’s place?

Thank you!

Juaacklyn says

Thanks

We bought these in sets of 16. I have clear and multiple colors boxes from Michaels. They are also perfect for task card storage.

http://www.michaels.com/iris-color-photo-craft-keeper/10468242.html?productsource=PDPZ1

Christine says

Great resource! What is the font used for the titles on each card? I looked at KG Fonts, but there are so many I can’t find it! Thanks so much for putting this together. I have a binding machine and am thinking of laminating the cover and back pages, printing the rest on card stock and then binding them along the top. One per table of 2 or group of 4, and I’ll be all set!

Nola says

Thank you so much for including third grade in this resource. I was just moved up to third after 12 years of teaching 2nd grade. I am starting guided math/math centers and these resources will be so helpful! I’m planning on keeping some at my guided math table and putting some at the centers to help scaffold my students that need the help. I am looking forward to any math center materials you make for 3rd grade! Thank you again!

Tamara C. says

Amazing…thanks so much!

M. Smith says

I absolutely LOOOOVE this idea! Will definitely be utilizing it once I start pulling my intervention groups! Thanks…

Pamela P says

Thank you. This is awesome! We had been talking about making tool kits for the students at the elementary school where I teach math, and I started putting some ideas together and I said yo myself: I know there’s someone who has done this already,and I found your website and templates, Thanks so much; these are great!

Amanda says

Bless your heart!!!!!

Anastasia says

I work as Behavior Analyst with kids with autism and they are truly visual learners. I have so many that struggle with word problems. I will be able to use this resource to increase learning and skills! Thank you for the hard work! Love it!

Debbie Pappas says

Thank you once again for helping to make teaching math easier. Your work is amazing and appreciated.

Jess says

I teach fourth grade co teach and this would be perfect for my students! Thank you so much for the resource. I was hoping to print them on index cards for easy laminating and printing (no cutting) is there anyway there could be included in the download a PDF with just one image on the page?

Marianne says

I created 4 sets of toolkits for my 4th grade class. I plan on using them in my math rotations. Thank you for a wonderful resource! One question – Do you store the game pieces, dice, marker, highlighter, and eraser in each tool kit? I haven’t tried them to see if they fit. I bought cute emoji dry erasers and they are washable!

Amber says

We are planning a family math night and I wanted to make them a take-home math toolkit! This is a perfect addition! THANK YOU!

C. Anderswon says

Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful resources!! They will be very useful to me and my students!

C. Anderswon says

Thank you for sharing these wonderful resources!!!! They will be very useful to me and my students!

Erin says

Thank you! These are great! And I love the photo boxes idea! That’s such a great way to store it all!

Tika says

Thank you for sharing this wonderful resource! I can’t wait to share it with my students!

Latisha says

I’m OBSESSED with the way you used the photo holders for the toolkits. Do you have any other links and suggestions for various tubs that would work for math intervention/ math group organization? I’m obsessed with ways to organize and store things more easily. Thanks!

Nicole says

Hi Jennifer,

I’ve tried adding my email to your email list so I can get the math toolkit freebies, but it keeps saying the link doesn’t work. Can you add me to your list/send me the math toolkit freebies?

Thanks!

Nicole

Jennifer Findley says

Hi Nicole, I just put your email in so you should be receiving an email to confirm and get the freebie. Let me know if you don’t!

Nicole says

I just tried clicking on the link, but it says the website doesn’t exist. Is it possible for you to send me the file as an email attachment? Thanks!

Gina says

Great idea! I am teaching a co- taught class next year , and these boxes are going to be awesome.

kelly says

Hello! I signed up and received the email, however when i click to download it says the file doesn’t exist. Could you please send me another link or forward me the math toolkit resources? I am so eager to put them to use in my classroom this year! Thank you so much.

Jennifer Findley says

HI Kelly, I just emailed you. 🙂

Sarah says

This is so incredibly helpful, thank you. Are you able to please add the colour version of the 100s chart?

Tia says

Hi, love this resource and can’t wait to put them together. Was wondering if there is a way I can edit them for Australian spelling? There isn’t much to change but it says I need a password to edit. Thanks!

Shallin Squire says

Last year was my first year teaching 5th grade, and your stuff (blog posts, TpT bundles, etc.) SAVED MY BACON! Thank you!!! You are my go-to person for how to teach pretty much anything effectively! I think I probably own 90% of your TpT items, haha.

Thanks for the free math and writing toolkits. I am FINALLY putting them together for the upcoming school year; it was one thing I didn’t get to during my busy first year!

Thanks for EVERYTHING!

Carol says

These are the EXACT math tools I’ve been looking for. Thank you for sharing your resources and making them visually appealing!

Teresa says

I can not wait to make these! Thank you for sharing.