Tag Archives: manipulatives

Fun with pentacubes

Today we started a unit on geometry with the second graders.  The first activity had them explore how many different structures can be made out of 4 snap cubes.  They very quickly came up with the five tetrominoes: After a … Continue reading

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Counting beads

Translated from this post by Jane Kats. Recently, at our math lessons with 5-6 year olds, we were … threading beads. Actually, we were making very simple abacuses. We were putting 5 light beads and 5 dark beads on a … Continue reading

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Numicon – combining geometry and arithmetic

Translated from this post by Jane Kats. This year, we are actively using the Numicon tool in our classes.  We have two sets like this one – and it’s plenty for a group of 12. (Translator’s note – here is … Continue reading

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Entertaining kindergartners with caterpillars, dots, and monsters

Below is a guest post by my sister, Yulia Shpilman. We had a particularly wonderful class with my Kindergarten Math Circle last week and I wanted to share a few of our activities, in case someone else wants to try … Continue reading

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Color Counts

Zoe really likes playing with Mathlink cubes, but until a few days ago, the only thing she really liked doing with them was take apart structures that I would build for her (and she would not be satisfied until all … Continue reading

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Napier’s Bones

Recently, my husband was reading on Wikipedia about John Napier.  He became very intrigued with Napier’s bones, and decided to see whether we can acquire some.  I was very excited by the prospect as I have been lamenting about not … Continue reading

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