Saturday, 17 May 2014

Bright Idea #3 - Number Chips

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In previous posts, I have talked about filling your classroom with math visuals and manipulatives for little, to no money. This month I thought I would share another idea I use in the classroom with you - using number chips. I hope you find it useful!

To make a set of number chips , get your hands on some bingo chips. (your local dollar store will likely have some). Using a permanent marker, label sets of 10 chips with the digits 0 - 9.

To use the number chips, provide each student with a set of 10 chips, and have them manipulate the chips to create different numbers based on concepts being taught.

Here is an example of some questions I give my students to answer using the number chips.

         For easy storage, I keep each set of number chips in an old film canister. I get the canisters from my local photo-lab for Free, as they just throw them away. I was very surprised at how many people still use film, as they gave me a whole shopping bag full!

I hope number chips are something you can use in your classroom!

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  1. I can't believe those film canisters still exist! What a handy idea, thanks for sharing!

    Sally from Elementary Matters

  2. I love this idea. Cheap, easy, fun, and effective. And I still have many film canisters saved! Thanks for sharing.

  3. I have plenty of film canisters too....didn't think about the chips fitting in them.

    Terri Izatt