I am a huge lover of hands-on, fun learning! I love using fun, novel things to catch my students’ attention. Cute and inventive “props” get kid’s interest right off the bat. Check out these ingenious DIY math manipulatives from Crayons & Cuties in Kindergarten! Create your own DIY math monster that can really compose and decompose real numbers.
I am going to share one of my favorite tools to teach decomposing and composing numbers. This comes from my friend Jennifer Drake. She blogs over at Crayons, Cuties in Kindergarten. If you haven’t visited her blog yet, you need to check it out!
Jenn developed two monster “tools” to help students compose and decompose numbers. These are difficult concepts for students, who are just learning the skills. These monsters are easily made out of everyday materials. Cereal bar boxes create the body of the monsters. Jenn gives very specific directions (pictures and words) to show you how to build these awesome monsters!
If you want to build the composing monster, click here.