These FREE Math Folders for K-5 learners are jam-packed FULL of helpful resources to help your struggling learners. Wow!
When we think of math and literacy, we think of them as two separate things. I mean numbers are numbers and letters are letters. Right? Well, sort of…
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FREE Math Folders for K-5 Learners
When I was getting my certificate in Dyslexia and Language-Based Learning Differences, I was astonished by all the books and articles I read that said that kids with a language-based learning difference are not only negatively affected in reading and writing, but in MATH, too!
Wait. What?!? I thought numbers were numbers and letters are letters.
The truth is, kids who struggle with language will have a harder time with every other subject in school, even math.
With this truth in mind, it’s important that we support our struggling learners in every subject. And that’s the purpose of these math folders!
My goal in creating these folders was to offer vocabulary support to our struggling learners. It does not contain every single math concept ever for K-5 learners. And it doesn’t necessarily show them HOW to do the computations. It mainly helps with the vocabulary by making math concepts more visual.
The file has two sections of activities, one for K-2 and one for 3-5. You are welcome to mix and match them however you see fit for your learners. My examples are just that, examples. They can just give you an idea of what a folder could look like. You know your learners better than me!
Folders for K-2nd Grade Learners
In the K-2 section, you’ll find these concepts. The ones that have an (*) are the ones you’ll see in the images below.
- 0-100 Chart (with even and odd numbers color-coded)
- 0-120 Chart (with even and odd numbers color-coded)
- 0-200 Chart (with even and odd numbers color-coded)*
- Ordinal Numbers (1st -10th)
- 1-20 Tracing
- 1-20 Number Words
- 2D Shapes
- 3D Shapes
- Open & Closed Shapes
- Number Line (0-20)
- Ways to Represent Numbers*
- Left & Right Hand*
- Things to Remember about Adding Numbers
- Place Value to the Thousands Place*
- Coin Values*
- Greater Than / Less Than Vocabulary*
- Simple Fractions*
- Telling Time*
- Fact Families (with addition and subtraction)*
- 2-Digit Addition (with and without regrouping)
- 2-Digit Subtraction (with and without regrouping)
- Expanded Form with examples*
Here’s an example of the K-2 Folder:
Front of K-2 Math Folder
Middle of K-2 Math Folder
Back of K-2 Math Folder
Folders for 3rd-5th Grade Learners
In the 3-5 section, you’ll find these concepts. The ones that have an (*) are the ones you’ll see in the images below.
- Multiplication Chart (1-144)*
- Number Words to Trillion
- Fact Families (with multiplication and division)
- Place Value (from billions to thousandths place)*
- Prime & Composite Numbers*
- Prime Factors (using factor trees)
- Math with Decimals
- The Rules of Rounding Numbers
- Point, Lines, and Angles*
- Operations Vocabulary (for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division)*
- Measurement Comparisons (for imperial and metric)
- Measuring Shapes (perimeter, area, and volume)*
- Language in Word Problems (for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division)*
- Properties of Addition and Multiplication
- Representing Parts of a Whole
- Fraction, Decimal, and Percentage Chart
- Finding the Least Common Multiple (LCM)
- Finding the Greatest Common Factor (GCF)
- Math with Fractions (improper Fractions, equivalent fractions, simplifying fractions, adding/subtracting fractions, mixed numbers)*
- Number Line Comparing Fractions & Decimals*
Here’s an example of the 3-5 Folder:
Front of 3-5 Math Folder
Middle of 3-5 Math Folder
Back of 3-5 Math Folder
Assembling Your Math Folders
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- colored folders (I love these!)
- cardstock (I recommend printing your pages onto cardstock)
- long-armed stapler (if you’re making tri-folded folders)
- rubber cement (best if you’re not laminating) or glue sticks
I only used one folder for our math folders, but you could get more info into your folders by attaching them like this:
Then it could be tri-folded like our Kindergarten Spelling Folder, 1st/2nd grade spelling folder, and Elementary Spelling Folder.
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G F says
Wow – This. Is. Amazing!!
Like you, I do mostly literacy with my 1:1 students, but math sometimes does come up. I already know which of my students I will be assembling this for 🙂
I would love if you can add a section for long multiplication and long division – it’s so important for these students to have clear visual representation (and key word instructions!) of the steps. Pretty please?
Thank you for all you do!
Yes! I actually thought about it after I had posted it. Give me a few days to work on it and I’ll get it included. 🙂
Thank you for this! I know exactly which student will be getting it.
Thankyou very much for this very helpfull and informative website,it has been invaluable for me to help my daughter , who is now in grade 2 with her reading and mathematics.
A mom from Cape Town ,South Africa.
Thank you for this! This is exactly what I needed for my struggling son.
Mary Alice Finnie says
I signed up for your newsletter. I am SO excited I found your post about the Math folder. I’ve already run off to put together for my students next year, I’m hoping to get the Spelling one also but did not have password to run it off,
You are a lifesaver,,,👏👏👏👏👏
this looks like a fantastic resource I’m wondering if you would be agreeable to allow me to translate the text into French for my immersion students?
Can you email me at firstname.lastname@example.org?
Julie Johnson says
Do you have the Math Folder in Black and White? I would love to make copies for each of my students, and unfortunately, cannot do a lot of colour copying.
I believe they are in color and in blackline. If you download the resource, you should be able to see the blackline pages.