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?