Activities for the AL Abacus Manual

Activities for the AL Abacus Manual

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Item #: 011217
ISBN: 9780960963645
Grades: K-5

Category Description for RightStart Mathematics:

Based on research comparing the differences between Japanese first grades and first grade classrooms in the U.S., this curriculum incorporates certain aspects from Asian math programs such as non-counting strategies and, for us, an alternative number naming system. In this program, the student is taught to see quantities in groups of fives and tens. When asked to add 9 + 7, instead of counting 7 up from 9, you would take 1 from 7 to make 10 and 6. This program also uses a unique number naming system. Asian words for numbers greater than 10 implicitly give you a feel for the base ten system. Literally translated, eleven is "ten-one," twelve is "ten-two," and so on. RightStart students learn to count the "math-way" before they are taught the less intuitive words for 11 to 19.

I cant summarize this program better than the creator, so let me quote from the manual:

"There are eleven major characteristics.

1. Refer to quantities of up to 3 as a group; do not count individually.

2. Use fingers to show quantities up to 10; teach 6 to 10 as 5 plus a quantity.

3. Avoid counting procedures for finding sums and remainders.

4. Once quantities 1 to 10 are known, proceed to 10 as a unit. Use the "math way" of counting; say for example, 1-ten 1 for eleven, 1-ten 2 for twelve, 2-ten for twenty, and 2-ten 5 for twenty-five.

5. Use expanded notation (overlapping) place-value cards for recording 10s and 1s

6. Proceed rapidly to hundreds and thousands; use place-value cards. Provide opportunities for trading between ones and tens, tens and hundreds, and hundreds and thousands with manipulatives.

7. Only after the above work, give the traditional English names for quantities 20 to 99 and then 11 to 19.

8. Teach tens-based strategies for addition and subtraction facts that have a sum > 10. Teach informal solutions and mental computation before written algorithmic work.

10. Teach four-digit addition and subtraction on the abacus; let the children discover the paper and pencil algorithms.

11. Short division precedes long division, which is taught in fourth grade."

In Level G, students continue to practice arithmetic, fractions and decimals, while they begin to also explore triangles, area, volume, ratios, Pythagorean Theorem, tiling, and other new concepts.

All levels require a lesson manual and worksheets, which are included in the starter kits. (The worksheets are also available separately for multiple students.) Lesson manuals contain detailed lesson plans with helpful diagrams and teaching notes. Both lesson manuals and worksheets are spiral-bound. Add on kits allow you to move forward, buying only what you need in addition to what you already have for the next levels. Deluxe Starter kits (and deluxe add-on kits) are now available, which include everything in the original kits, plus additional recommended books and manipulatives. Please note that if you start with a deluxe kit, you will need a different upgrade kit to transition to the next level. See individual descriptions for more details on kit-specific contents.~ Anh



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Joan A. Cotter
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To help with areas my children need to shore up.
User on Nov 3, 2018
need activities and help teaching with AL Abacus
Marlene G on Aug 29, 2017
To help with areas my children need to shore up.
User on Nov 3, 2018
to assist in conceptual math
Susan V on Aug 9, 2018
need activities and help teaching with AL Abacus
Marlene G on Aug 29, 2017
An in-depth manual for the many ways to use the AL Abacus
Nick F on Apr 18, 2016
child needs extra math help
Michelle C on Oct 6, 2015
to assist in conceptual math
Susan V on Aug 9, 2018
An in-depth manual for the many ways to use the AL Abacus
Nick F on Apr 18, 2016
Is there much difference between the Math Card Games by Joan Cotter and the Activities for the AL Abacus other than worksheets?
User on Aug 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the two are different - essentially card games versus abacus activities.
Whats the difference between the Math Card Games vs. Activities for the Al Abacus? Is there much of a difference other than the Activities has worksheets?
A shopper on Aug 9, 2016
Activities for the AL Abacus Manual
Activities for the AL Abacus Manual
Math Card Games Book Only
Math Card Games Book Only
BEST ANSWER: Yes, these are totally different resources. The Math Card Games provides exactly - how to play various math games with the decks of cards associated with this material. The Activities for the Abacus provides worksheets for learning activities for the abacus.
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START EVERY STUDENT WITH THIS MATH!I have always been known as a "bad math" student I asked my college roommate who majored in math in college which math program she would recommend to use for homeschooling Without hesitation she said "Abacus math" WHAT?? I could barely grasp "regular math" and I should branch out and use a math tool I had never touched before and seems like a foreign language to me? Trusting her explicitly (and figuring I could sell the curriculum if I had to) I dove in 10 years ago and I HAVEN'T REGRETTED IT SINCE! The book walks me (the complete math idiot) through the lessons and what to say word for word Within weeks I could see the logic behind the abacus method and have recommended it ever since! Start BEFORE your children have mastered any math skills I'm serious! Get the basic book and the large (not mini) abacus One abacus for each child And be ready to be amazed! You can buy the other kit or sheets which are helpful but not necessary either Around 2nd/3rd grade I had too many children to teach each level individually and opted to switch to a different math program for my older kids where the kids were more independent learners But I still start all my children out with this math program and use it for two years either by itself or with another program They learn to SEE large numbers visually in their heads and every one of them has better than average math scores than their peers I highly highly recommend this program! Enjoy!
May 3, 2011
The Activities for the Abacus manual is a great resource to have and use It begins with basic numeration and abacus activities and progresses all the way through division and more!! The worksheets which can be purchased separately help to solidify the program I am using this guide as the basis for our preschool math and will continue to use it in the future due to the wonderful way it introduces concepts It is well worth the price for the amount of material that is covered
August 16, 2010

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