Numbers to One Hundreds on the MathRack
Virtual manipulatives are a powerful way to engage students in mathematical thinking while offering them opportunities to develop strategies and model their thinking. Even when students aren’t manipulating the tools, their representation can be used to engage students in critical thinking. DreamBox’s MathRack QuickImages are designed to ensure students look for and make use of the five- and ten-structures, and develop automaticity with basic facts and relationships.
Sample Lesson: Numbers to One Hundreds on the MathRack
Students use multiple strategies to determine the number of beads on the math rack without counting each individual bead. This lesson requires that students look for mathematical structure and use it to subitize (instantly count) large quantities and communicate their thinking.
1. Choose a student to click the “Show Card” button to display the math rack card. Invite all students to “look carefully and tell us how many beads you see.” The student then clicks the “Hide Card” button and returns to her seat.
2. After the card flips back to the blank side, ask students to share what they saw and how many total beads – both red and white – are on the card. “What did you see? Turn to your neighbor and share what you think.”
3. After a few moments of these paired discussions, start the whole group discussion.
4. Call on a student to explain what they saw and how they figured it out.
a) I saw a group of 50, four more rows of 10 and a row of 9. (Student may have difficulty coming up with the total.)
b) I saw 9 rows of ten plus a row of 9 to make 99.
c) 99, I didn’t have to count because I knew there are a hundred on the rack and the last row only had one missing.
5. The student who answers moves up to the white board and clicks “show card” and uses the picture to illustrate her strategy. That student types the answer in the window and clicks the “next” button.
6. Repeat the sequence above for more cards, giving multiple children the opportunity to share their responses and strategies. If students are unable to subitize the number of beads during the brief “flip” of the card, the teacher may need to click “Show Card” and give students the opportunity to look for ways to count the beads in groups.
Remember the purpose of the Quick Images are for students to actively look for and use the structure to better understand the base 10 system. Be sure each student has the opportunity to “look” on their own.
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