My students need an abacus to complete daily number sense lessons that are required by the district.
In our state, our common core curriculum has changed to include more hands-on learning, and yet our district has limited funds to provide enough materials for each student. Without the materials needed, it is hard to implement our curriculum to the best that we can.
Our student body includes a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds.
We are a large school in a large district with 760 students K-6. In my first grade classroom, I have a variety of English as a second language learners, kids with special needs, and a wide array of learning styles. Hands-on learning is an essential part of a first graders' tools to better understanding of math concepts.
In order to teach number sense, children need to see, feel, hear, and manipulate items in order to truly understand what a number/amount represents. Using an abacus gives a visual and kinesthetic opportunity to young children to "see" what a number means as they manipulate the beads alongside of the teacher.
Providing an abacus for each child to use gives direct hands-on learning experience as a class while providing each child the opportunity to feel, see, and hear how numbers are related.
Allowing each student to use their abacus as I do will provide direct instructional opportunities.
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