There are lots of Tic-Tac-Toe (Noughts and Crosses, whatever) games and strategies out there, but not many truly 3-dimensional games. There are variations which require players to stack a piece on top of a previously played piece, which changes the game. There are games made with a 4-by-4-by-4 array, which eliminates the problem of the […]
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Here’s a beginning measurement idea (actually two ideas) for children in K-1 who are measuring with nonstandard units. I’ve always liked to have students start out measuring with their hands. They’re big and easy to use, and fun. “How many hands long is the table?…How many hands tall is your friend?…etc., etc.” Students do this […]
Kids love to measure, especially 2nd graders. They’ll measure anything they can get their hands on, and it behooves us to give them plenty to measure so they can develop these motor, perceptual, and spatial skills while they’re still interested. Here are some collections I have put together for measurement activities using both inches and […]
Unifix Cubes are an excellent manipulative for primary grade children. I use them in Kindergarten and Grade 1 for counting, comparing, and adding and subtracting. The colors are bright and they’re nicely sized for small children. I like Unifix cubes for addition and subtraction because by using two colors, you can model a problem, get […]
Here’s a template which helps 1st graders who are having trouble with place value keep their Tens and Ones straight. The problem this addresses is developing the reflexive knowledge that Tens are written to the left of the Ones. Of course, kids will always say the Ones are “at the end,” because we read left […]