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Manipulatives for basic math

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From: Claudia (for Teacher2Teacher Service)
Date: Apr 08, 1998 at 19:41:11
Subject: Re: Manipulatives for basic math

Of course, any manipulatives are very good for this type of student. I would
recommend something called Algeblocks by ETA. There is a workbook to go along
with it by South-Western Publishing Co. There is also a computer version. It
will help with basic operations with integers, solving equations, and most
algebra problems.

There is a simple idea to create with number lines for percent.
For example: what number is 10% of 30?

Have the student set up a number line for the problem and one for the
percent of 100.
                   0  10                 100
                       x                 30

(30 is the whole so it corresponds to the 100)

Now set up the ratios to solve: x/30 = 10/100 .

Hope this helps.

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