Teachers Network
Translate Translate English to Chinese Translate English to French
  Translate English to German Translate English to Italian Translate English to Japan
  Translate English to Korean Russian Translate English to Spanish
Lesson Plan Search
Our Lesson Plans
TeachNet Curriculum Units
Classroom Specials
Popular Teacher Designed Activities
TeachNet NYC Dirctory of Lesson Plans

VIDEOS FOR TEACHERS
RESOURCES
Teachers Network Leadership Institute
How-To Articles
Videos About Teaching
Effective Teachers Website
Lesson Plans
TeachNet Curriculum Units
Classroom Specials
Teacher Research
For NYC Teachers
For New Teachers
HOW-TO ARTICLES
TEACHER RESEARCH
LINKS

GRANT WINNERS
TeachNet Grant:
Lesson Plans
2010
TeachNet Grant Winners
2009
TeachNet Grant Winners
Adaptor Grant Winners
2008
TeachNet Grant Winners
Adaptor Grant Winners
2007
TeachNet Grant Winners
Adaptor Grant Winners
Other Grant Winners
Power-to-Learn
Math and Science Learning
Ready-Set-Tech
Impact II
Grant Resources
Grant How-To's
Free Resources for Teachers
ABOUT
Our Mission
Funders
   Pacesetters
   Benefactors
   Donors
   Sponsors
   Contributors
   Friends
Press
   Articles
   Press Releases
Awards
   Cine
   Silver Reel
   2002 Educational Publishers Award

Sitemap

 

How-To: Manage Your Classroom
How to Home
How To: Manage Your Classroom
NYC Helpline: Manage Your Classroom

Math Games Using Manipulatives Lisa Kihn

These activities are appropriate for grades 3 – 8. I use these games as a way to build spatial awareness. Math activity stations can be set up throughout your classroom for students to engage with when they are finished with other work.

Math Games Using Cuisenaire Rods

Tower Of Hanoii

  1. On a piece of paper, draw 3 large circles next to each other. Label them A, B and C.
  2. Start with three Cuisenaire rods of different shapes stacked like a pyramid in the center circle.
  3. The goal is to shift all three rods from the center circle to one of the outside circles, while following these rules:
    1. You can only move one piece at time
    2. Pieces must be taken from the top of the pile and placed in either an empty circle or on top of an existing pile
    3. Only smaller pieces may be placed on top of larger pieces
  4. Once you have completed three successfully, try four and then five
  5. Work your way up to a tower of seven

Cuisenaire Rod Pictures

  1. Set up graph paper that matches the size of the rods.
  2. Have students form pictures using the rods on the paper and outline the design.
  3. Other students can then try to replicate the design on their own with their rods.
  4. They can also put parameters around their designs, for example asking if they can make the design just using the given rods. (all red or one of each color, etc.)

Pattern Blocks

  1. Set up graph paper that matches the sizes of the pattern block.
  2. Have students form pictures using the blocks on the paper and outline the design.
  3. Other students can then try to replicate the design on their own with their pattern blocks.
  4. Pictures may be colored.

Tangrams

  1. Use tangram blocks or cut some out using card stock paper.
  2. Have students practice putting them together to form a perfect square.
  3. Students can also form pictures using all the pieces and outlining it on a blank piece of paper.
  4. Other students try to replicate this picture using their own blocks.

 

Come across an outdated link?
Please visit The Wayback Machine to find what you are looking for.

 

Journey Back to the Great Before