Better tools for teaching place value!
Understanding place value is a critical foundational math skill, necessary for performing computation, building math fluency, developing critical thinking skills, and improving precision. When teaching key skills, it’s important that you choose the right tools…and select those tools in a variety of formats! So let’s talk about what’s different about Dowling Magnets’ magnetic place value products, starting with:
Each of the two different sets (grades 1–3 and grades 3–6) includes 140 magnetic discs from a range of place values plus 4 magnetic headings. Already have non-magnetic place value disks? Awesome, because these magnetic versions are color-coded to match the most popular non-magnetic sets on the market! (You’ll want to be consistent with a color-coding system when students are just starting to learn place value with color-coded manipulatives.)
Second, this Ten Frame Magnet Set includes TWO big demo frames (that means you can even make a demo-size double ten frame to teach up to 20!) plus four student frames—no need to buy both demonstration and student versions. That’s big added value.
Third, the included 60 magnetic two-color counters (plenty for multiple groups!) are red and yellow, so they match the color-coding system of the most popular math programs on the market. Plus, these counters are double-sided, so you will always have the right color you’re searching for at hand. Lastly, these double-sided counters were made by magnets experts to actually stick well on a whiteboard. (Not all magnetic double-sided counters do because it takes a specific kind of magnet technology to make them stick right.)
This all-in-one set includes 2 large teacher demonstration frames, 4 student frames, and 60 magnetic two-color counters. This set has one of the best prices considering everything you get—compare to the others out there!
One of the best parts of this set is the unique more/less than “T”-shaped piece that’s perfect for encouraging mental math. When using the “T” piece, ask students to very quickly tell you what numbers are 1 more, 1 less, 10 more, and 10 less than the number in the center. For a bigger challenge, ask the advanced students to tell you what numbers are hidden under the blank green squares!
All the colorful magnets really “pop” against the whiteboard. After all, if you put a WHITE chart on a whiteboard, it won’t be as easy to see. Measuring 24”W x 34”H once assembled, this bold green chart can be seen from across the room without a doubt!
This set includes all the chart pieces (including a zero piece), 20 highlighting frames (or use your whiteboard marker to circle numbers—the chart is dry-erase too!), 20 cover-up squares, and the unique “T”-shaped piece.