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### Take Some ... Counters

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

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### Manipulatives in the Primary Classroom

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

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### Biscuit Decorations

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?

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### Number Lines

A resource to try once children are familiar with number lines, and they have begun to use them for addition. It could be a good way to talk about subtraction. Leah and Tom each have a number line. Can you work out where their counters will land?

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### Making Shapes

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?

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### Bracelets

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

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### Square Corners

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?

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### First Connect Three

Add or subtract the two numbers on the spinners and try to complete a row of three. Are there some numbers that are good to aim for?

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### Place Your Counters...

An article for teachers which first appeared in the MA's Equals journal, featuring activities which use counters.

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