## Wednesday, March 21, 2012

### Dots Lots of Fun

I am always looking for ordinary items that can be used in the classroom as manipulatives. I'm a firm believer in the Conceptual Development Model which advocates teaching the concrete (using manipulatives) prior to moving to the pictorial before even thinking about the abstract.  When I was at the Dollar Store (a great, inexpensive place to purchase school stuff) I saw sets of dominoes for \$1.00 each.  Since they were inexpensive and readily available, I decided to create several math activities and games to introduce, reinforce, or reteach math concepts.

 The Number 52
Think about it; if you lay a domino horizontally, you have a two digit number.  Put two dominoes side-by-side, and a four digit number is created.  Now you can work with place value, estimation, or rounding.  How about lining up dominoes in a column, and working on addition (with or without regrouping) or subtraction (with or without renaming)?

Another perfect domino activity is practicing addition or multiplication facts.  How about adding the two sides of the domino or multiplying the two sides together?

 The Fraction 1/4
If a domino is placed vertically, you immediately have a fraction.  Placed one way it is a proper fraction, but rotated around, it is an improper fraction which can then be reduced.  A fraction can also be changed into a division problem, a ratio, a decimal, or a percent.

So think outside that box of dominoes and use them as an inexpensive math manipulative because Dots Lots of Fun!

Check out all my Domino Resources available on Teachers Pay Teachers.﻿
1. Dots Fun for Everyone - FREE  Three math activities and one game for the intermediate grades.
2. Dots Fun - FREE  Three math activities and one game for the primary grades.
3. Dots Fun   A 24 page resource for grades 1-3 that includes 13 math activities and four games.
4. Dots Fun for Everyone  A 29 page resource that features 15 math activities and three games for grades 3-6.
5. Dots Lots of Fun  Seven math games that use dominoes for grades 2-5.﻿

Shawna said...

Wow I will be checking out all your domino resources! I found your blog through the giveaway...I hope I win!
Shawna
The Picture Book Teacher's Edition

Unknown said...

I love using the domino resources you have posted! I use them for my whole class activities and also with children I tutor. They often forget they are being tutored and think more of it as "playing fun math games with Mrs. Brown." :)

Susan Hardin said...

I love you domino ideas. Scipi, you were the first person to evaluate my freebie on TPT when I first started one year ago today. It is ironic that this it the 6th birthday of TPT also. I just wanted to say Thanks! You were a TPT seller and your positive comments were so exciting. I now have a blog myself. Come over for a visit if you get time: www.3rdgradegrapevine.blogspot.com.
-Susan