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First graders construct patterns and shapes by using unifix cubes. In this math exploration lesson, 1st graders view a demonstration on how to use unifix cubes. Students work in groups to sort the cubes, make shapes and construct patterns.
Unifix cubes are wonderful tools that can be used to model a variety of mathematical concepts. Children will compose number two through eight by placing Unifix cubes on their paper and then coloring in the cubes they used.  This is a great activity for kids in first grade The act of putting together and pulling apart cubes to make a number reinforces basic addition skills
Get your little mathematicians moving with this experiential activity in which one child is the "tens" and another is the "ones." They collect the number of unifix cubes (in tens or singles) assigned to their respective place values and stand in front of the class to discuss 2-digit numbers. Everyone gets a chance to participate and then complete a worksheet on place value. Worksheet link is not functional; easy to find something compatible online or in your curriculum materials.
Second graders identify fractional parts of a whole. They will brainstorm items that can be divided into equal parts to help with understanding of fractions. Additionally, they will use unifix cubes to demonstrate how to represent parts of a fraction.
Second graders solve real world division story problems using unifix cubes. They read "A Remainder of One" and discuss the concept of remainders. They solve the division problems first with the cubes and then write the problem and answer down on paper.
Learners examine and discuss a variety of ways to measure length, capacity, and weight. They estimate and measure a pencil's length using Unifix cubes, estimate and fill a measuring cup with Unifix cubes, and weigh a calculator in a balance scale.
Second graders listen to "The Hershey's Milk Chocolate Bar Fraction Book" by Jerry Pallotta before working with unifix cubes, making a model of a candy bar, in order to learn more about fractions. Students complete an included worksheet for homework.
Fourth graders practice making patterns using Unifix cubes and identify, analyze, and determine rules for describing numerical patterns involving operations and nonnumerical growing patterns. They also find an example of a pattern in their home (e.g., fabric, wallpaper, door and window arrangement). and recreate the pattern on paper and return it to school.
First graders use unifix cubes to understand the concept of more and less. In this comparing lesson, 1st graders are given index cards with the terms more and less on them. Students work in pairs showing more and less with the unifix cards. Students indicate who has more and less using the index cards.
Students observe and demonstrate a variety of activities to identify the fraction parts and the symbols they represent. As a class they explore different fractions using unifix cubes, then use the cubes to build and discuss the fractions they make.
A good instructional activity on place value awaits your young mathematicians. Working in pairs, they make models of whole numbers that show tens and ones. After a review of the ones and tens place values, they utilize unifix cubes on an educational software program to make their model illustrations. Finally, they share one of the numbers they "make" with the rest of the class.
First graders examine measurement. In this measurement lesson, 1st graders practice using nonstandard units to help in measuring objects. Students listen to How Big is a Foot and complete an activity using unifix cubes to measure line segments.
First graders compare physical attributes and graph using manipulatives. In this body graphing lesson, 1st graders discuss physical features then select several as a group to make comparisons (hair color, eye color, height, etc). Students use unifix cubes and yarn to record the information then they write it on a chart. Students display results.
Students explore fractions. In this math activity, students use unifix cubes to model fractions. Students identify 1/3, 1/2, 1/4. 1/8, 1/10.
Students practice regrouping using the wonderful manipulative - unifix cubes. Once they have a tactile understanding of regrouping, students complete 5 worksheets containing addition problems that require regrouping. The worksheets mentioned in the plan are not provided.
Learners explore patterns on some internet sites, describe the patterns, make virtual patterns, and duplicate them with real unifix cubes. The computer environment provides a structure for success and for reflection on the idea of a repeating unit.
Fourth graders use a 100's chart, Unifix cubes, graph paper and colored pencils to experiment with patterns. They arrange their Unifix cubes on the 100's chart and then identify and record patterns on the graph paper.
Students create a pattern. In this patterns lesson, students go to an interactive website and describe the patterns they see there. Students make patterns with real unifix cubes and create a virtual pattern.
Fourth graders use Unifix cubes to create the twelve different pentominoes. They join 5 Unifix cubes to make different shapes that lie flat on a table or level surface. They test for new shapes by turning to create each different pentomino.
Students engage in a math game which teaches number recognition and progression, and strengthens rote counting skills. After two rounds of play, the students compare their stacks of Unifix Cubes and the group decides which child has won the most rounds.

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