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Math Symbols

20 min1 participant

Recognize braille sign bricks. Apply math operation rules in an open-minded trial and error activity.

Let's play!

  1. Pick 2 bricks from the number brick bowl.

  2. Write a 2-digit number.

  3. Perform math operations with the other number and math sign bricks to recreate the same 2-digit number.

  4. Place your operations on the base plate.

How to prepare

  • 1 base plate

  • Number bricks

  • 1 number sign bricks

  • Math sign bricks

  • 2 bowls

Place the number sign brick on the top left corner of the base plate to indicate the bricks represent numbers.

Place number bricks and math signs bricks in 2 different bowls.

Facilitation tips

  • Reminder: explanation of the importance of the number sign in front of each operation and that there are no spaces between the bricks. 

  • Encourage exploration of different operations to match the number. Several correct answers are possible.  

  • Ask “What was your strategy for solving the problem?”.

Possible variations

  • Change the number of bricks to be picked.

  • Peer collaboration : one player writes the operations and the other finds the correct answer.

  • Propose challenge: multiple or specific math operations to equal a number.

  • Find the math signs to be placed between the number bricks to equal a specific number.

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Children will develop these holistic skills

cognitive skills

  • Practice scientific and technological approaches: Formalize part of research in written or oral form
  • Apply rules for braille contractions, punctuation and mathematical signs

physical skills

  • Learn through action, observation, analysis of personal action and observed activity: Learn by trial and error, cause and effects

social skills

  • Anticipate potential problems, identify steps for resolution including alternative solutions

Did you know?

  • What the students feel and think matters: they must get the feeling that they are part of their own learning and mastery of the content. Use open ended and guiding question techniques to support and encourage them.

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