# Abacus Teacher Resources

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#### How to Use an Abacus

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Ever wonder how to use an abacus? Take a step back from the electronics and learn the basic elements with this short video. A student from Annunciation Catholic School explains how to express a number on the abacus. Note: Dialogue may be...
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For Students 4th - 6th
Using their knowledge of patterns, mathematicians can simulate working on an abacus in this worksheet. First, students study the patterns created in numbers 1 through 14, and then apply this pattern to higher numbers, ranging from 2 to...
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#### How to Make an Abacus

For Teachers 6th
Create an abacus! Use problem solving as a way for learners to visualize the act of addition and subtraction. They design and construct an abacus to use as a visual representation of various mathematical procedures. Web links are included.
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#### The Abacus

For Students 3rd - 5th
The class reads an explanation of the how the ancient calculation tool, the abacus, works. They examine four abacus images and record the number shown on each of them.
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#### How to Use an Abacus

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Explore the many mathematical uses of the Suan Pan or Chinese Abacus. Learners use the abacus to demonstrate the commutative, associative, and distributive properties. They also use it to Â demonstrate place value. A great way to mix math...
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#### Food Pyramid Abacus

For Teachers 1st - 5th
Students investigate the Food Pyramid by constructing a creative project known as a Food Pyramid Abacus. They correlate the color beads withe each food group and the number of recommended servings from each. The abacus is a learning tool...
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#### A Model for Tens and Ones: Reading an Abacus

For Students K - 2nd
Interpreting pictures of an abacus, learners write 2-digit numbers. They read and transcribe abacus beads in the tens and ones places. For extension, they draw pictures to represent the numbers 9 and 90. Really bring it to life using a...
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#### Abacus Work

For Students 4th - 6th
In this abacus worksheet, students use abacus pictures to determine 5-digit sums. In this fill in the blank worksheet, students write eight answers.
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For Students 3rd - 5th
In this math worksheet, learners investigate how to use an abacus to build, write and read numbers. Students construct their own abacus out of graham crackers, gumdrop, round cereal pieces, marshmallows and coffee stirrers. Learners...
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#### Counting with Place Value, with the Abacus

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students study an abacus while counting marathon runners. Â For this place value lesson, students watch a videoÂ segmentÂ on how counters keep track of marathon runners to reinforce the idea of place value. Â
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#### Partition Into thousands, hundreds, tens and ones

For Students 4th - 5th
An abacus may be old, but it's still a great visual tool. Young mathemeticians look at, study and analyze 8 abacus images. They look at each image to determine how many beads are in each place value. They work with thousands, hundreds,...
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#### Abacus

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students explore the various uses for the abacus. After a brief discussion of Chinese culture and the invention of the abacus, students practice using an abacus to display numbers and mathematic operations. They identify numbers...
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#### Build An Abacus and Learn to Use It

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students study the abacus as a way to represent whole numbers and build their own. They build an abacus using beads, pipe cleaners, and cardboard and solve problems using the fewest beads. As a reflection, they write in their notebooks...
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#### The Abacus

For Students 2nd - 3rd
In this math enrichment worksheet, students discover how the abacus was used to keep place value. Students respond to 5 questions using the pictures provided.
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#### Early Computing: Crash Course Computer Science #1

For Students 9th - 12th
A generation brought up with computers probably can't imagine a world without them. The first video in the series explains advances in early computing. From the abacus to tabulating machines, individuals see how computations were made...
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#### The Abacus

For Students 4th - 5th
In this math learning exercise, students discover the abacus as a counting device. Students look at 14 pictures of the abacus and tell how it is used for counting. Then students analyze 10 abacus drawings and indicate the number that...
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#### Understanding: Computing

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers examine how a pebble calculator works and compare it to an abacus. After a discussion on the abacus and pebble calculator and how each works, they construct their own pebble calculators. They determine how to represent...
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#### Science in History Part I: the Abacus To the Modern Computer

For Students 5th - 6th
For this math information worksheet, learners read one page factual accounts of the early math inventions of the abacus, the calculator and early computers. There are 40 questions to answer about the reading.
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#### Food Pyramid Abacus

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Pupils examine the importance of eating a healthy balanced diet. They read and discuss an article about the Food Guide Pyramid, and construct a Food Pyramid Abacus.
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For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Students work with hundreds place value, create and manipulate three-digit addition problems, and add three-digit numbers.
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#### Domain: Operations and Algebraic Thinking

For Teachers K - 2nd
Practice basic operations for young mathematicians in fun ways! Using two decks of cards (Ace through 10 plus the joker), learners play "memory" by matching numbers that can be added to make 10 and writing number sentences. In another...
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#### School in the Past

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
School was a lot different in the past. Let your class discover what life in school would be like if they lived in the 1800's. Starting with the ring of the school bell, this presentation shows how kids learned and how they were...
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#### Making a desk organizer for students who are blind or visually impaired

For Teachers K - 12th
Organization is of the utmost importance when teaching orientation and mobility to learners with visual impairments. To help keep everything in order and provide independence, use these instructions for making a desk organizer. The...
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#### Math Lesson for Visually Impaired Early Learners: A 3 Way Counting Activity

For Teachers Pre-K - K
A unique lesson that's designed for visually impaired early learners, but can be adapted for anyone, is here for you. Pupils use brightly colored foam letters, beads, checkers, and an abacus, in order to gain practice in identifying the...