Must Have Math Manipulatives

Our gang is rolling out the math facts this week with our latest find for the Roadschool 101 crew. I found these double dice a few months ago but just recently introduced them to my roadschoolers. All four kiddos (ages 5 through 12) love them!

So far, we have used the dice very basically to reinforce basic math facts for each of the four math operations. Here’s an example for how each of my learners use the dice as shown:

DSC_3219For my 5-year old:  4 + 2 = 6 (from the red die) and 6 + 4 = 10 (from the blue die)  “Easy Peasy”

For my 8-year old:   4 + 2 = 6 (from the red die) and 6 + 4 = 10 (from the blue die) and then 10 – 6 = 4 (from the combination)

For my 10-year old:  4 x 2 = 8 (from the red die) and 6 x 4 = 24 (from the blue die) and then 24 + 8 = 32 (from the combination)

For my 12- year old: 4 x 2 = 8 (from the red die) and 6 x 4 = 24 (from the blue die) and then 24/8 = 4 (from the combination)

Beyond the obvious ways to apply math to the double dice, learning place value, creating and  comparing fractions, and using them for conversion of decimals or percentages can also be practiced with these manipulatives . Keeping a set or two of these handy has encouraged my crew to use them whenever there’s free time or boredom strikes. For more educational resources used in our rig, check out the Learning Shop over at Road Trip Teacher.

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