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Do It with Dominoes

In this 6-lesson unit, students use dominoes to explore four models of addition: counting, number line, sets, and balanced equations. They learn about the commutative property, the relation between addition and subtraction, the result of adding 0, and the concept of doubles. Students write story problems which involve the operation of addition and begin to memorize the addition facts. They represent addition in pictures. The various models of addition help students develop a rich conceptual schema for addition. Included are a Bibliography of Counting Books, student materials, questions for student and teacher reflection, assessment and extension ideas. [Suggestion: Use the alternate applet, Pan Balance - Numbers, listed as a Related Resource, rather than Pan Balance - Shapes, in Lesson 4.]
Contributed by: Grace M. Burton - Author, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics - Publisher
Math TopicNumber Sense, Basic Operations, Number Concepts, Mathematical Practices, Mathematical Processes
Grade LevelK, 1, 2
Resource TypeActivity, Game, Lesson Plans, Unit of Instruction

  • Additional Information
    • AudienceEducator
    • LanguageEnglish (USA)
    • Education TopicTeaching strategies
    • Interdisciplinary Connection
    • Professional DevelopmentNo
    • ContributorGrace M. Burton - Author, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics - Publisher
    • Publication Date2012
    • RightsCopyright (c) 2000 - 2012 National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
    • AccessFree access
  • Standards
    • Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

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