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  • Patricia Scheler

    February 3, 2022 at 7:47 pm

    For 2nd graders, I find that using concrete manipulatives really helps to solidify their understanding. I’ve used 1s, 10s, 100s, and 1,000s blocks to help not only with place value but with addition and subtraction with regrouping. Students who had the steps memorized made the connection. Students who had no clue had aha moments.

    I also try to use multiple representations to help solidify understanding. For instance, most of my students can write the number 367 in expanded form, 300 + 60+7. However, when they are presented with a different format, they often fall apart. Providing multiple ways to ask questions and multiple ways for them to respond helps them to have a stronger grasp on numbers.