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First graders construct patterns and shapes by using unifix cubes. In this math exploration activity, 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
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.
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 plan, 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 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.
Students 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.
First graders measure 10 different objects found in the classroom, including their own hands and feet, then record their findings. This is a fun lesson for students to experience measurement using a ruler and unifix cubes.
Learners illustrate multiplication problems using Unifix cubes. Some very nice attachments are present in this tasty lesson which uses baked goods to illustrate an array.
Use Unifix Cubes to make math more tangible for your young pupils! A simple activity will get learners talking and collaborating...and all about MATH! In partners, learners pick a number card (these are provided, and can be simply cut out or recreated) and show the value using sticks of ten and single cubes. They use a sentence frame to explain to their partner, "My number is ___. 10 + ___ = ___" Partners take turns, and continue indefinitely. Use with more complex numbers as needed!
How many unifix cubes tall are you? If you're not sure, then perform this math activity with your class and find out. Working in pairs, young mathematicians make measuring sticks out of unifix cubes in order to determine the length of their partner's arm, leg, hand, foot, and neck. The results are recorded on the included worksheet and shared with the class during a whole-group discussion. Though not required in the activity, consider also asking children to measure their overall height, as they will be naturally curious to find out how tall they are. An excellent activity that deserves a place in any primary grade math unit on measurement.
Second graders regroup to subtract. In this math lesson plan students identify when they need to regroup in order to subtract. They use manipulatives and show their work on their paper.
First graders, with partners, create and solve math problems using number and unifix cubes.
Third graders model multiplication problems using Unifix cubes. They compute and solve problems involving addition and subtraction of 3- and 4- digit numbers and basic facts of multiplication and division. They practice mental math strategies to help approximate correct answers.
Students subtract two digit numbers. They check each other's answers for accuracy.
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.
Students 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.
A good lesson 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.

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