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 MrsCrystal Joined: Apr 2007 Posts: 108 Full Member
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Homemade/substitute for base 10 blocks?
08-26-2007, 12:08 PM
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We have very few math manipulatives, but will be spending some of our grant money to purchase some within the next month or so. In the meantime, what are some easy ways to "make" or substitute for base 10 blocks (to use when teaching carrying, borrowing, etc.)?

 Meggin Joined: Sep 2005 Posts: 976 Senior Member
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Printable base ten blocks
08-26-2007, 12:23 PM
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I've found two printable pages of base ten blocks. I like the second one best.

http://olc.spsd.sk.ca/de/math1-3/p-printables.html

http://mason.gmu.edu/~mmankus/Handson/b10blocks.htm

 3rdgradeteach Joined: May 2006 Posts: 99 Full Member
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using beans
08-26-2007, 02:09 PM
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I used to use beans and popsicle sticks. Single beans were units, then the students would glue 10 beans to a popsicle stick to represent tens, make a raft of 10 tens for hundreds and stack 10 rafts to represent thousands. The students really enjoyed the project and it seemed to help the concept of 10 ones = 10, 10 tens = 1 hundred etc. Now we have many manipulatives so I don't do this except with the students who have trouble with this concept.

 connorsmom020 Joined: Jun 2007 Posts: 1,106 Senior Member
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Idea
08-26-2007, 02:49 PM
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We have laminated cards. One is red with 100 squares, then we have yellow strips that have 10 squares(they were cut from the 100 template so they match), then individual green squares. A little timeconsuming to make but cheap and work great.

 Miccol71 Joined: Sep 2005 Posts: 436 Senior Member
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08-26-2007, 03:49 PM
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There's clear mesh stuff in craft sections that you can cut and it is just like base 10 blocks.

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