I have been blogging a lot about math manipulatives lately, and that is because there are so many things you can do with them. Plus, they are fun for the kids. The lessons are always engaging when using manipulatives. And I can assess whether a child is understanding a concept or needs more one-on-one practice.
Today we played with these counting cubes sent to us from Mother Goose Time.
There are so many math activities you can do with these cubes. We pretended to be polar bears. The cubes were “fish”. I called out a number and the students grabbed that many fish. We practiced counting our fish. I worked with each student individually to see if they could count each block (using 1-1 correspondence).
Then, we practiced addition and subtraction with the cubes. “You, the bear, found 2 more fish to eat. Now how many fish do you have?” “3 fish got away! How many fish do you still have to eat?”
I asked the students, “What else should we do with these blocks?” My students came up with the best answers. One said, “We can build a tall tower and count how many cubes high the tower is!” She noticed that her tower was not that tall, so she asked the other students to share their cubes and make a tall tower with her. I love the communication that was going on between the students as well as we were playing with these cubes.
Another student said, “We can sort the blocks by colors.
A different student said, “I can make a pattern with the cubes.”
I was impressed with how many things the students came up with for what else we could do with the cubes besides just counting them. They sure do love math time and I know it’s because we get to do fun activities and play with fun manipulatives.
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