Abacus Teacher Resources
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How to Use an Abacus
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 difficult to understand, however, subtitles are provided for a majority of the clip.
1 min 5th - 8th Math
Partition Into thousands, hundreds, tens and ones
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, tens, and ones places to construct four digit numbers.
4th - 5th Math
Food Pyramid Abacus
Students 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 and reminder for better health.
1st - 5th Science
Young scholars 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 specific numbers and discuss as a class how computers have impacted and transformed their lives.
6th - 8th Technology & Engineering
In this math learning exercise, learners 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. Learners solve the problems according to directions.
3rd - 5th Math
A Model for Tens and Ones: Reading an Abacus
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 real abacus or other bead counting system, so little hands can be actively involved in math learning.
K - 2nd Math
Domain: Operations and Algebraic Thinking
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 game, scholars examine clear bags with small items to determine how many more would be needed to make 10.
K - 2nd Math
Build An Abacus and Learn to Use It
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 how they can use abacuses in the future to represent whole numbers.
3rd - 5th Math