Abacus Teacher Resources
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How to Make an Abacus
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.
6th Visual & Performing Arts 7 Views 24 Downloads
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 6 Views 5 Downloads
How to Use an Abacus
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 and history!
9th - 12th Math 16 Views 38 Downloads
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 5 Views 14 Downloads
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 3 Views 3 Downloads
Science in History Part I: the Abacus To the Modern Computer
In this math information worksheet, 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.
5th - 6th 21st Century Skills 15 Views 127 Downloads
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 12 Views 41 Downloads
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 5 Views 8 Downloads
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 3 Views 51 Downloads
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 5-digit numbers.
4th - 6th Math 3 Views 19 Downloads
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 solve the problems according to directions.
3rd - 5th Math 3 Views 9 Downloads
How Do You Use An Abacus?
Fifth graders examine an abacus. They describe the usage of an abacus for addition and subtraction. Students perform a series of calculations using an abacus. They practice using their abacus to solve a variety of problems in addition and subtraction.
5th Math 3 Views 6 Downloads
Making a Chinese Abacus
Young scholars explore the history and current uses of the abacus. In groups, students develop their own abacus. Young scholars practice adding and subtracting using the abacus. They participate in activities determine which is more efficient, the calculator or the abacus.
3rd - 8th Math 3 Views 22 Downloads