Monday, July 16, 2012

Bottle Cap Math...Make it Monday

My project today was to make more Bottle Cap Math sets.
This is a popular center in my classroom so I wanted to make multiple sets with the collection of caps I lugged home for summer break prep. 
First, I sorted all the different style caps and threw out the ones I didn't like. I'm picky like that.
I tried to keep the same color whites together as well as kept in mind the cap heights.
Then I broke out all my colored Sharpie pens and went to work. 
I suggest that you use different colors as much as possible to help separate sets.
Light colors like yellow and orange don't show well on the caps from my experience.
I labeled caps with a variety of numbers. Some were simply numbered 0-9 and others depending on the skill were 2 or 3 digit numbers. The best part about many of the worksheets are they are open ended and you can add more numbers or change them out as needed.
I also printed up the Bottle Cap concept worksheets and laminated them for yearly reuse.

Concepts include place value, rounding, sequencing, fractions, skip counting, probability, measuring, multiplication, and addition and subtraction

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Here are game sets in action

You can get any of the sets {HERE}

Comparing Numbers

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Place Value
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Sequencing Before and After
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So that's my Make It Monday!


  1. I have never thought of using bottle caps as math manipulatives! How smart! Thanks for sharing!

    First Grade Magic

  2. Do you know how many random recyclables I collect and I have never thought to collect bottle caps???
    What was I thinking?!?!? You've inspired me. Now, I've got to make some bottle cap games.
    Thanks for sharing,

  3. This is a great use for bottle caps! Wonderful manipulative for math!

  4. Your bottle cap math pack looks fabulous. Thanks for sharing about your giveaway! I just entered.

    Fourth Grade Garden

  5. This is great, I like the concept of using bottle caps, I wish I head been collecting. Thanks for sharing.


  6. I have a math game that would be perfect for bottle caps! Thanks for the idea! GENIUS! :)

    Teaching Maddeness

  7. This is a great idea! Thanks for sharing!
    Third Grade All Stars

  8. I had my husband save me some bottle caps and then I couldn't remember why I needed them. I need him to begin saving them. Thank you for your wonderful idea!

    Little Treasures

  9. I somehow missed this post. I"m glad I saw it on your sidebar! What a great idea.

    Teach on a Limb

  10. I love using bottle caps in the classroom! My kids love it! These ideas and activities are awesome! Can't wait to check them out a little more! Thanks for linking up:))

    4th Grade Frolics

  11. What a great idea!! Thanks for popping over to my blog. As a newbie blogger, the comment made my day! I'm a new follower and can't wait to go through your archives.

    Come on back!

  12. Hi,
    I liked your blog and I personally invite you to join - The World's Free Collectors Zone.
    We will also be happy to cooperate with your blog such as adding its link to our site.
    All the best,

  13. This is a fabulous idea! Thanks! This will be a summer project. :) I also appreciate you stopping by my math link party.


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