*MAKING
MATH MANIPULATIVES*

Author: Dr. Mavis Kelley TEACHER'S NOTE: Here's a quick material to make for a math manipulative. Procedure: 1) Purchase a few bags of lima beans, one can of spray paint, and sandwich bags. TEACHER'S NOTE: I use red, dark blue, or bright pink. 2) Spray only one side of the beans (do this outside on newspaper.) 3) When they are done, you have a set of two-colored counters for creating number sentences and probability. A quick idea for number sentences: TEACHER'S NOTE: I used this with the book Two Ways to Count to Ten or similar books. 1) Give each child x number of beans (such as 6) 2) Have them shake the beans (you can use a can to shake them in) 3) Spill the beans 4) Say and record the number sentence. Example: If they shake four red and two white, the number sentence is 4 + 2 = 6. You can set up rule that red is first in the number sentence if you want. 5) Reasoning question: How many number sentences are possible? How do you know?