AL Abacus - Blue

AL Abacus - Blue

# 059363

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Item #: 059363
Grades: PK-AD

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  • Small parts Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Description:

This plastic, horizontal abacus (measuring 9.75" x 7.5") contains 10 metal rods, 10 plastic beads per rod (5 yellow, 5 blue). The numbers 1, 10, 100 and 1000 are marked on the frame. An Activities Manual (#011217) and Worksheets (#006255) are products that provide additional learning activities for this abacus. ~ Donna

Publisher Description:

AL Abacus Standard is Made in the USA!* This 9-3/4" x 7-1/2" (24.75 cm x 19.25 cm) plastic abacus is grouped in 5s and 10s to encourage quantity recognition and visualization. On one side the child performs basic operations and learns strategies for mastering the facts. On the reverse side, trading is emphasized.

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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I want to teach my young child addition and subtraction using a more visual method.
Julia M on May 23, 2023
to supplement our current and future math curriculum
Andrea R on Jun 9, 2022
I want to teach my young child addition and subtraction using a more visual method.
Julia M on May 23, 2023
I have multiple children using RightStart math, so I wanted an extra abacus.
Nicole G on Aug 1, 2022
to supplement our current and future math curriculum
Andrea R on Jun 9, 2022
Needed for Right Start Math D 2nd edition for multiple children
Andy L on Mar 11, 2022
Nancy C on Oct 8, 2021
To go along with the Right Start Math curriculum.
Trina S on Sep 6, 2021
To aid in learning basic math
Carole M on May 6, 2021
Need second one for another student.
Patricia K on Jan 29, 2021
We love Rightstart math! It is a big commitment but worth it. Math is a foundation to everything else! I am learning so much myself.
Michelle L on Jan 4, 2021
Looking for a manipulative to help with math concepts
Joyce S on Oct 19, 2020
needed for RS math
Michelle M on Aug 26, 2020
For basic math concepts.
Meghan M on Jul 25, 2020
We need a second Abacus because I have two children using RightStart Math
User on Mar 7, 2020
on school list
Elizabeth G on Jun 26, 2019
To use with Right Start math
Preenu P on Nov 23, 2018
SPED homeschool suggestion
Jenna B on Oct 26, 2018
My 3 year old wants to do math with her big brother and she loves using this abacus! The 5 / 10 pattern it has is great.
Bobbi Sue E on Sep 11, 2018
For use with rightstart math and math mammoth
Jennifer H on Jun 9, 2018
I want to play Right Start Math games with my granddaughters.
Susan C on Dec 12, 2017
Doubles for 2 kiddos
Amanda L on Oct 26, 2017
I wanted to have more than one for playing the Right Start Math games with more than one child.
Rachel A on Aug 17, 2017
As a gift for a dyslexic child that I tutor.
Janis K on Jun 12, 2017
we are using the Right Start curriculum and need extras.
User on Aug 1, 2016
Needed additional abacus that goes along with RS program for second child.
User on Jun 6, 2016
Needed an extra abacus for my second child to use with RightStart Math.
Jennifer on May 10, 2016
need a duplicate to teach Right Start
Andrew F on Feb 5, 2016
I have multiple children using RightStart math, so I wanted an extra abacus.
Nicole G on Aug 1, 2022
Needed for Right Start Math D 2nd edition for multiple children
Andy L on Mar 11, 2022
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Rated 5 out of 5
Great for maths and general play
Great quality. Smaller than expected but it's not something I checked in the description before purchasing (unsure if the size is listed or not). Regardless, the size is fine for what my kids need and bigger just means it takes up more space so certainly not a loss there. Excellent tool for maths and for general play.
October 14, 2022
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
This is a quality AL Abacus.
December 19, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
One of my top math resources. Most useful for simple addition/subtraction, "building" numbers, and concretely demonstrating percentages. (The baby also loves pushing the beads around.) Love having a math manipulative that doesn't have a million tiny pieces!
August 17, 2019
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great tool to help students visualize math
Any abacus set up in groups of 5s and 10s is so helpful in helping little ones visualize math problems. We have used ours for three years with RightStart Math (and now Horizons). I wish I had been taught to think of math this way--would have saved many hours of mathematical confusion, I think! If you aren't familiar with how to use this type of abacus, consider getting an AL activities guide for the abacus to know how to make the most of it. (Initially, I had no idea how to make the most of it, though now as an adult, I am fairly good at mental math.) Just wish I had bought one in pink/white when it was available as a limited edition!
September 8, 2017

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