# Counters

## Counters

This feature brings together tasks that require, to differing degrees, use of counters. Counters are a wonderful resource that can be used in mathematics in a number of ways, for example to show patterns, to model our thinking or to keep track of moves. There are two articles to read - the first offers guidance about use of manipulatives generally and the second explains why we have selected these particular activities and how counters support children's mathematical understanding in each case.

### Manipulatives in the Primary Classroom

##### Stage: 1 and 2

In this article for teachers, Jenni Back offers research-based guidance about the use of manipulatives in the classroom.

### Take Some ... Counters

##### Stage: 1 and 2

This article for primary teachers outlines how using counters can support mathematical teaching and learning.

### Number Lines

##### Stage: 1 Challenge Level:

Leah and Tom each have a number line. Can you work out where their counters will land? What are the secret jumps they make with their counters?

### Biscuit Decorations

##### Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level:

Andrew decorated 20 biscuits to take to a party. He lined them up and put icing on every second biscuit and different decorations on other biscuits. How many biscuits weren't decorated?

### Making Shapes

##### Stage: 1 Challenge Level:

Arrange any number of counters from these 18 on the grid to make a rectangle. What numbers of counters make rectangles? How many different rectangles can you make with each number of counters?

### Bracelets

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

Investigate the different shaped bracelets you could make from 18 different spherical beads. How do they compare if you use 24 beads?

### Square Corners

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

What is the greatest number of counters you can place on the grid below without four of them lying at the corners of a square?

### First Connect Three

##### Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level:

The idea of this game is to add or subtract the two numbers on the dice and cover the result on the grid, trying to get a line of three. Are there some numbers that are good to aim for?