This week, one of my second grade students hit a roadblock. He didn't grasp the concepts of addition---that is, adding together different numbers to get the same sum (e.g. 3 + 2 is the same as 4 + 1). This concept was presented to the kids as how many people are on a bus if the top deck had so many people and the bottom deck had another number. Kids had to manipulate beads on pipe cleaners---and most of the children understood that the pipe cleaners represented the decks on a bus, and the beads represented people.
|What the kids typically get for manipulatives (sufficient for most!)|
Boardmaker and Google images are a Godsend!
The whole point of this is that, sometimes, modifications need to be made to the materials presented to make the experience a bit more meaningful. Collaboration with this teacher made it happen. She's willing to work hard with the kids, but by providing some supplemental materials, maybe she won't have to work too hard, and the kids will comprehend a bit quicker.
I love making classroom materials, so am eager to see what I can make next week!