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Ms. Laasch
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households
  • 16 donors
  • $0 still needed

Mathematicians Becoming Multiplication and Division Masters

My students need place value disks in order to concretely understand the process of multiplication and division.

My Students

Do you remember memorizing math rules and not understanding how or why it worked? I want my students to completely understand math and be able to manipulate numbers with ease. These place value disks will be an invaluable math tool that will help them succeed and become marvelous mathematicians.

My students are curious, hard-working, and eager learners.

They attend a Title 1 school where we work hard every day. They do sometimes struggle with math but math manipulatives allow them to understand and grasp a concept in a concrete fashion unlike the traditional way of solving the problem using an algorithm on paper. They visually see what is happening with the numbers they are multiplying or dividing. Our state has adopted the Common Core Standards and my students need a deeper understanding about number sense and this is one tool that will help them tremendously. My students also have to explain how they arrived at their answer and having these manipulatives in front of them will assist them in their explanation. These tools will also be used to help my students who need remediation in addition and subtraction. Through this math tool, my students will understand what it means to borrow from the hundred's place or carry in the ten's place.

My Project

My students will use these manipulatives when solving addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems. They will be able to manipulate the pieces in front of them on their place value board to arrive at their answer. Students learn in many different ways and this will help all my students develop a deeper understanding of the numbers as it relates to multiplication and division. The picture attached to this project shows a simple division problem of eight divided by three. The students place the eight into three groups and leave the remainders off to the side. When they multiply five times twenty three, they will build five groups of twenty three (using two tens and three ones) on their mats. Then they will figure out the answer with the pieces on their mat. I believe this will help my students because they will have a deeper understanding of numbers, build confidence in math, and will be successful math learners for life.

This project will allow my students to become successful math students who really understand the process of multiplication and division.

Students today lack a solid foundation in number sense and I am working hard to make sure my students have the best resources at their disposal to make learning in math successful, engaging and meaningful!

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Essential Learning Products - Place Value Disks Gr 1-3 • Teachers' School Supply $18.95 30 $568.50

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