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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Giant Base 10 Blocks!

So easy. So cheap. I've seen this idea floating around internet-land over the summer, so I had to make giant base 10 blocks for my new first graders this year!

I bought 6 pool noodles from Dollar Tree, so this project cost me 6 dollars. Basically, I cut each noodle in half using a serrated knife, which made 12 halves (woah, math!), then I took two of the halves and cut them into ten pieces each.

Now, you only see 10 of the "ones" pieces because the first time I cut one of the big pieces into ten little pieces, I was not successful. They were uneven, and I didn't cut straight. It was sad. So I did some verrry careful measuring and cutting the second time around, and got 10 mostly even and straight pieces. Ten is all you really need anyway. ;)

With the uneven reject pieces, I cut each one in half, then cut a slit in the tops of them so they can be card holders! Name tags, table numbers, station labels, etc.! Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

(Schedule cards are all I had at home to test these babies out!) 

I can't wait for my kids to practice place value with these super fun giant manipulatives!

1 comment:

  1. Great idea! I'll have to get some pool noodles to cut up. For my kinders, I think I'll start using them in a fives frame, build up to a tens frame, and then use it for base ten.
    ~Kelsey :)