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How to Use an Abacus

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Explore the many mathematical uses of the Suan Pan or Chinese Abacus. Learners use the abacus to demonstrate the commutative, associative, and distributive properties. They also use it to  demonstrate place value. A great way to mix math...
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Abacus Abracadabra

For Students 4th - 6th
Using their knowledge of patterns, mathematicians can simulate working on an abacus in this worksheet. First, students study the patterns created in numbers 1 through 14, and then apply this pattern to higher numbers, ranging from 2 to...
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How to Use an Abacus

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Ever wonder how to use an abacus? Take a step back from the electronics and learn the basic elements with this short video. A student from Annunciation Catholic School explains how to express a number on the abacus. Note: Dialogue may be...
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Partition Into thousands, hundreds, tens and ones

For Students 4th - 5th
An abacus may be old, but it's still a great visual tool. Young mathemeticians look at, study and analyze 8 abacus images. They look at each image to determine how many beads are in each place value. They work with thousands, hundreds,...
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How to Make an Abacus

For Teachers 6th
Create an abacus! Use problem solving as a way for learners to visualize the act of addition and subtraction. They design and construct an abacus to use as a visual representation of various mathematical procedures. Web links are included.
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The Abacus

For Students 3rd - 5th
The class reads an explanation of the how the ancient calculation tool, the abacus, works. They examine four abacus images and record the number shown on each of them.
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Food Pyramid Abacus

For Teachers 1st - 5th
Learners investigate the Food Pyramid by constructing a creative project known as a Food Pyramid Abacus. They correlate the color beads withe each food group and the number of recommended servings from each. The abacus is a learning tool...
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A Model for Tens and Ones: Reading an Abacus

For Students K - 2nd
Interpreting pictures of an abacus, learners write 2-digit numbers. They read and transcribe abacus beads in the tens and ones places. For extension, they draw pictures to represent the numbers 9 and 90. Really bring it to life using a...
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Abacus Work

For Students 4th - 6th
In this abacus activity, students use abacus pictures to determine 5-digit sums. In this fill in the blank activity, students write eight answers.
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Abacus Adventures

For Students 3rd - 5th
In this math worksheet, students investigate how to use an abacus to build, write and read numbers. Students construct their own abacus out of graham crackers, gumdrop, round cereal pieces, marshmallows and coffee stirrers. Students...
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Counting with Place Value, with the Abacus

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students study an abacus while counting marathon runners.  In this place value lesson, students watch a video segment on how counters keep track of marathon runners to reinforce the idea of place value.  
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Abacus

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students explore the various uses for the abacus. After a brief discussion of Chinese culture and the invention of the abacus, students practice using an abacus to display numbers and mathematic operations. They identify numbers...
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Build An Abacus and Learn to Use It

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students study the abacus as a way to represent whole numbers and build their own. They build an abacus using beads, pipe cleaners, and cardboard and solve problems using the fewest beads. As a reflection, they write in their notebooks...
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The Abacus

For Students 2nd - 3rd
In this math enrichment worksheet, students discover how the abacus was used to keep place value. Students respond to 5 questions using the pictures provided.
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Three-Digit Addition

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Students work with hundreds place value, create and manipulate three-digit addition problems, and add three-digit numbers.
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Early Computing: Crash Course Computer Science #1

For Students 9th - 12th
A generation brought up with computers probably can't imagine a world without them. The first video in the series explains advances in early computing. From the abacus to tabulating machines, individuals see how computations were made...
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The Abacus

For Students 4th - 5th
In this math worksheet, students discover the abacus as a counting device. Students look at 14 pictures of the abacus and tell how it is used for counting. Then students analyze 10 abacus drawings and indicate the number that each shows.
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Understanding: Computing

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students examine how a pebble calculator works and compare it to an abacus. After a discussion on the abacus and pebble calculator and how each works, they construct their own pebble calculators. They determine how to represent...
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Science in History Part I: the Abacus To the Modern Computer

For Students 5th - 6th
In this math information activity, students read one page factual accounts of the early math inventions of the abacus, the calculator and early computers. There are 40 questions to answer about the reading.
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Food Pyramid Abacus

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students examine the importance of eating a healthy balanced diet. They read and discuss an article about the Food Guide Pyramid, and construct a Food Pyramid Abacus.
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Domain: Operations and Algebraic Thinking

For Teachers K - 2nd
Practice basic operations for young mathematicians in fun ways! Using two decks of cards (Ace through 10 plus the joker), learners play "memory" by matching numbers that can be added to make 10 and writing number sentences. In another...
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School in the Past

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
School was a lot different in the past. Let your class discover what life in school would be like if they lived in the 1800's. Starting with the ring of the school bell, this presentation shows how kids learned and how they were...
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Making a desk organizer for students who are blind or visually impaired

For Teachers K - 12th
Organization is of the utmost importance when teaching orientation and mobility to learners with visual impairments. To help keep everything in order and provide independence, use these instructions for making a desk organizer. The...
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So Many Inventions!

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
Students listen to a teacher read aloud of two books about Chinese inventions. They examine some items that were invented by Chinese inventors such as dominoes, an abacus, a silk scarf, or kite. Next, they determine how a compass works...

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