I have a super group of students who love to learn and expand their thinking. They are determined to do their best in whatever task is before them. We work together as a team and encourage each other along the way. We work hard everyday to be leaders by example.
When my students are asked what their favorite subject is, they always say math.They love to use manipulatives to represent concrete models of math examples.
Sometimes even for inside recess they will choose to make figures with geometric figures for fun.
We do not have many math manipulatives. Most critically low are manipulatives for fractions and general problem solving. Recently I attended a training showing how to use Cuisenaire Rods to help students make concrete examples of multi-step problems. Multi-step problems involving multiple operations are always difficult for 3rd graders.
Being able to work with Cuisenaire Rods can help provide a more visible relationship between the operations.
With the help of these particular manipulatives, students can over time gain a deeper understanding of how numbers and operations can work together. Plus, the ability to " see" the problem in a concrete way can help students who are struggling with abstract concepts.
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