# Spotty Trucks

Here's a number line, counting, sorting, matching maths resource with a strong transport-vehicles-trucks theme.

The 4 page pdf download includes a series of truck images (10 trucks per A4 page). The image quality is high enough so that the pages could be enlarged if necessary. The trucks feature the following:

•  spots (0 to 12);
•  the numerals 0 to 12;
•  the written numerals 'zero' to 'twelve';
•  the ordinals 1st... to 10th

The A4 pages should be cut into separate cards and can then be used as a number line, or display. They can be 'pegged' on a washing line, or mixed and sorted.

Here are a few more ideas:

Pick up a small number of beads, match the beads to the spots on a truck. "Which truck can you 'fill'? Can you fill more than one truck?"

Ask the children to count the spots on each truck. Can they put two of the trucks next to each other (in convoy) so that they show 5 spots altogether? Can they choose two trucks to make 6, or 7?

With laminated cards, connect pairs of spots on the trucks to find which trucks have even and which ones have odd numbers

Cover part of a spotty truck with a counter, tell the children how many spots there should be in total and ask them how many must be under the counter.

"Here's a truck with 9 spots... how many are hidden?"

Mix the spotty trucks and the number trucks together as one pack - play snap or pelmanism games

Mix up (say) the 1 to 4 spotty trucks on the table, let the children look at them for a moment. Ask the children to close their eyes and then you hide one of the trucks. "Open your eyes... can you work out which truck has driven away? ... How do you know?"

Can the children match the 1 to 4 spotty trucks to the number trucks or to the written numeral - or both?

Put a mixed up selection of trucks (numbers, spots, written numerals) on a washing line and challenge the children to arrange them in order.

Use the ordinal numbers on the trucks to demonstrate a race - give a group of children a truck each and ask them to line up in 'order'.

Note: we switched the orientation of the trucks around for the ordinal numbers so the order has a more logical feel (left to right) - but children need experiences that involve ordering items in both horizontal directions - and vertically too.

We've uploaded the original images to the mathsticks+ dashboard, so if you are a mathsticks+ member you can download the images as a pack (jpeg images in a zipped folder). The images are high quality so you can print them larger than they appear in the pdf here or use them on an IWB.

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### I think this will really

I think this will really help some of the boys in my class to understand the difference between odd and even numbers. Thanks for the great resource.
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### Fits in with our transport

Fits in with our transport topic. Thanks
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### Great, thanks. I can see many

Great, thanks. I can see many possibilities for my lower ability SEN kids.
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### I totally agree I was looking

I totally agree I was looking for something that an SEN child would like and I know that he will love this as he is mad about trucks. I can also see possibilities for my numbers count children.
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### We live rurally, so trucks

We live rurally, so trucks are quite common - and don't the boys love them!  Well done!
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### As with so many of your

As with so many of your resources I thought, 'Why didn't I think of that?' My Y1 class (predominantly boys) are going to love these! Thank you again for coming up with another simple, effective and adaptable resource.
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