Matching CardsTask 12 ... Years K  6SummaryThe initial challenge for each is to correctly match pieces, then to order the correct matches. But how many notmatches are possible?Designed as an example of what a task card for Infants (Years K  2) might look like, the task illustrates:

MaterialsThree pictures (teacup, beach ball, carrot), each in 4 sizes and each cut into 2 parts. Therefore 8 pieces for each picture and 24 pieces altogether.Content

IcebergA task is the tip of a learning iceberg. There is always more to a task than is recorded on the card. 
Teresia Brzokoupil, a teacher at Trädgårdsstadsskolan, Tullinge, near Stockholm, has suggested an iceberg question using these cards:
Clare Malone, Alsager School, Cheshire, UK asked the question:
Other Thoughts

Whole Class InvestigationTasks are an invitation for two students to work like a mathematician. Tasks can also be modified to become whole class investigations which model how a mathematician works. 
The 24 pieces in this task are sufficient in themselves to create a whole class lesson with most infant classes. Hand out one piece to each child and ask them to move around and find their match. When the matches are made place the matched pieces on the floor and sit in a circle around them all. Ask particular students to find:
To relate the task to other familiar infant activities such as the story of the three bears with their three sizes of bed and so on, you could remove one matching pair from each picture set, leaving 18 pieces altogether. 
Is it in Maths With Attitude?Maths With Attitude is a set of handson learning kits available from Years 310 which structure the use of tasks and whole class investigations into a week by week planner. 
Matching Cards is not in any MWA kit. However it can be used to enrich the Space & Logic kit at Years 3/4 or Chance & Measurement kit at Years 9/10. Also Task 224, Matching Faces, has similarities and Matching Faces is an integral part of:
