Help me give my students mental math skills and develop an understanding of the Base 10 system with these rekenreks and ten frames to help with the demonstration and practice that is necessary for adequate student understanding in mathematics.
The students at our school are happy, enthusiastic learners who excel at challenges. Many students love school and are eager learners, yet some of them struggle at mathematical thinking and shy away from math and the challenges posed by it. It is our desire to support and encourage mental math to help them conquer their misunderstandings.
As a campus, we are encouraging students to prepare for college in the future, and this preparedness must include the ability to think mathematically so that they will one day be able to achieve their highest potential with any college degree of their choice.
We want to help our students not only understand math but truly enjoy it.
In an effort to help students conquer "thinking challenges" in mathematics, we have implemented a time in every class period that is devoted to how numbers work together to encourage numeracy and fluency. It is a time of "mental math" strategies completed without the use of a pencil.
The teachers are excited to see the many different ways their students see numbers and how to use them. The students are excited to share their thinking and see how the other classmates think about mathematics.
Students use numbers every day in life and in the classroom. Building an understanding of basic mathematical skills in kindergarten through second grade helps students as they attempt higher level math in later years.
Teachers need to demonstrate the correct way to use manipulatives to all students and give visual representations of concepts as they are explained.
The students must use a manipulative to show how they understand or represent a number.
The manipulatives will be used daily in small group teaching, centers and independent learning so the students can combine and separate numbers using ten frames and rekenreks. This will help them see that all numbers are made from different combinations of numbers, and this is what paves the way for addition, subtraction and place value.
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