Over the last couple of weeks, both Third and Fourth Graders have been practicing their math facts using a fun tool.
They’re called Wrap-Ups, and so far they’ve been a big hit. The concept is pretty simple: The number you see in the middle of the stick tells you what you need to use to add, subtract, multiply, or divide. Knowing that, you take the string and wrap it around left to right, trying to find the correct answer. It’s easy to double-check your answers, as there are little plastic pathways on the back that let you know if your answer was right!
Third Graders use Wrap-Ups almost daily, as the current chapter they’re working on is multiplication with 6, 7, 8, and 9, as well as a little division. These tools help reinforce how the numbers work together in equations. Wrap-Ups have also been helpful for Fourth Grade, who are currently learning about Data and Probability, specifically how to find the mean, or average, of a set of numbers. In order to do that, students need to have a solid understanding of their math facts, particularly division.
It’s been wonderful to see the kids eager to learn and use the resources around them! Way to go Third and Fourth Grade!