Tip: Snap It!
How do I do it?
Use manipulatives in combination with games as often as possible to give language learners low-anxiety practice with concepts. Unifix cubes are a great tool K-6. For example, to teach number combinations, play Snap It!: Students each make a length of unifix cubes for a number they are working on and hold it behind their back. On the signal "Snap!" they take turns showing what is in one hand and then the other while the other students say the combination shown. For example, a student makes a length of 10 and then holds it behind their back. They snap it into two pieces. They hold out their left hand which has 3. Their partner, group or whole class says, "Three!" They hold out their right hand and the student(s) say "Seven."
Variations & Extensions
Assign students a number. Have them collect that amount of cubes. Then, using a recording sheet, have them write down all the different ways to reach that number by breaking apart the cubes into different amounts. (E.g., To get to 5: 1+4, 2+3, 5+0). Give them higher number based on their math proficiency.
Common Core Mathematical Practice Standard 4
Model with mathematics.
Double Dice are also a great tool for students to explore numbers, operations, and fact families!
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