Two . . . four . . . six . . .eight . . . how do we learn to calculate? Manipulate? Articulate?
But preparing students to be “college and career ready” involves more than calculation; students must become problem solvers who know how to choose the right math strategies to manipulate facts and be able to articulate the strategies they use.
So what’s the math game plan? Well, one key strategy for elementary students is to learn how to use a number bond. Number bonds involve separating numbers into fact families and putting them back together again. Hence, learning number bonds helps students internalize those important relationships between numbers.
A number bond tool can be used at each of the three stages through which children progress as they learn (and eventually master) math concepts: concrete, pictorial, and abstract. In the concrete stage, children manipulate physical objects to show a number/quantity. The pictorial or representational stage involves the use of pictures (or sometimes manipulatives) to represent a number. Finally in the abstract stage, children are ready to use numerals (abstract symbols) to indicate quantities.
The key is to choose a number bond teaching tool that was designed with versatility in mind so it’s able to “grow” with each learner and facilitate each of these stages. Hey let’s face it, as a teacher, I’m always looking for this kind of convenience and for ways to get more bang for my buck!
The Number Bond Magnet Set is a great example of a versatile number bond tool! Here’s why:
Taylor picked four apples; then, she picked two more.
How many apples did Taylor pick?
Demonstrate how to write the numerals in the smaller circles. Students who need more assistance can use manipulatives to count out the quantities. Children who are more comfortable drawing dots can illustrate the problem within the circles. More advanced students may complete the problem using only numerals and can challenge themselves to come up with other numbers that they can compose to get the same answer…or they can even use the numbers they started with to explore more difficult operations, such as subtraction, multiplication, or division!
The Number Bonds Magnet Set provides versatile, durable magnetic tools that you and your students will use over and over again to succeed in math. Each child, no matter their stage of math concept mastery, can receive the support he or she needs. It’s a win-win! Make these number bond magnets a part of your game plan for the school year!
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