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Fruit and vegetable merchant's abacus, 1900s

This is a Chinese abacus, one of several abacuses used by Sydney fruit and vegetable merchant Mar Leong Wah for making calculations at his family's successful Wing Sang and Co fruit and vegetable wholesale store. The wooden abacus consists of a rectangular frame with a horizontal divider that splits the framed area into ...

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TIMES Module 10: Number and Algebra: division of whole numbers - teacher guide

This is a 26-page guide for teachers. This module contains a description of suitable models for division, a discussion of the types of problems that require division for their solution, and mental and written strategies for division.

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TIMES Module 9: Number and Algebra: multiplication of whole numbers - teacher guide

This is a 23-page guide for teachers. This module contains a description of suitable models for multiplication, a discussion of the types of problems that require multiplication for their solution, and mental and written strategies for multiplication. The use of the commutative, associative and distributive laws is described. ...

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TIMES Module 2: Number and Algebra: addition and subtraction - teacher guide

This is a 29-page guide for teachers. The module introduces addition and subtraction of whole numbers.

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TIMES Module 7: Number and Algebra: addition of whole numbers - teacher guide

This is a 16-page guide for teachers. This module introduces addition of whole numbers.

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TIMES Module 19: Number and Algebra: whole number arithmetic - teacher guide

This is a 17-page guide for teachers, a module that introduces addition of whole numbers.

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TIMES Module 3: Number and Algebra: multiplication and division - teacher guide

This is a 23-page guide for teachers. This module contains a description of suitable models for multiplication, a discussion of the type of problem phrased in words that requires multiplication for its solution, and mental and written strategies for multiplication. The use of the commutative, associative and distributive ...

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Order of operations

This is a set of interactive questions relating to the laws of arithmetic, their usefulness in calculations, and their importance and relevance in order of operations calculations. The questions challenge and extend students' thinking about generalisations of the laws and make a link between arithmetic and algebra. The ...

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Mental computation

This is a website designed for both teachers and students that discusses methods of mental computation. In particular, applying the associative, commutative and distributive laws to aid mental and written computation is discussed. These are important ideas for the introduction of algebra. There are pages for both teachers ...

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Top drawer teachers: mental computation

This is a web page that comprehensively covers the teaching of strategies for mental computation through links to six sections. The first section covers the ‘Big ideas’ behind mental computation, and the second section uses research findings to identify some common learning issues when becoming fluent in mental computation. ...

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The laws of arithmetic and their use in algebra

This is a website designed for both teachers and students that refers to algebraic notation, the laws of arithmetic and the use of these laws in algebra from the Australian Curriculum for year 7 students. It contains material on algebraic notation, the commutative and associative laws, the use of brackets and the orders ...

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MoneySmart: Bertie's socks

This is a year 1 mathematics unit of work about shopping. The unit is intended to take about 10.5 hours of teaching and learning time. It consists of 11 student activities supported by teacher notes on curriculum, pedagogy and assessment. Student activities include responding to a story about shopping, working with Australian ...

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MoneySmart: Kieren's coin

This is a year 2 mathematics unit of work about money. The unit is intended to take about 10 hours of teaching and learning time. It consists of 11 student activities supported by teacher notes on curriculum, pedagogy and assessment. Student activities include responding to a story about a rare foreign coin, interacting ...

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reSolve: Addition: Partitioning

This sequence of two lessons explores early algebraic thinking around the concept of equivalence. Students develop equivalence understanding by partitioning numbers into two parts. They explore the commutative property and compensation as they are challenged to find all possible combinations. Each lesson is outlined in ...

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reSolve: Place Value Cards

This sequence of two lessons explores the multiplicative place value properties of numbers. Students learn to represent numbers up to 1000 as multiples of 100s, 10s and 1s. Students skip count according to random arrangements of place value cards and explore whether the order of the cards affects the totals. They then use ...

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reSolve: Addition: Chess - The Rook

This lesson engages students in investigating place value and the addition and subtraction of numbers by exploring computation on the number chart. Students analyse the moves of a rook chess piece and how the value of the numbers change as he moves. This builds into an exploration of how the number chart can be used as ...

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reSolve: Algebra: Chess - The King

This lesson aims to build students' algebraic reasoning and understanding of number as they explore computation on the number chart. Students explore the moves of a king chess piece and how the value of the numbers change as he moves. This builds into an algebraic exploration of equivalent values that can be found on the ...

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reSolve: Authentic Problems: Grandma's Soup

This sequence of four lessons focuses on counting large collections of objects and developing efficient counting strategies. Students explore the ambiguous nature of a 'handful' and investigate how different sized hands and different grabbing techniques will result in different quantities of macaroni. Each lesson is outlined ...

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reSolve: Authentic Problems: 10000 Centicubes

This sequence of four lessons integrates content in number and measurement to deepen students' understanding and confidence working with larger numbers. Students work flexibly with numbers up to 10 000 as they determine suitable dimensions for a container that can hold 10 000 centicubes. They are challenged to plan, construct ...

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The take-away bar: generate hard subtractions

Solve subtractions such as 87-29. Use a linear partitioning tool to help solve randomly generated subtractions. Learn strategies to do complex arithmetic in your head. Split a subtraction into parts that are easy to work with, work out each part and then solve the original calculation. This learning object is one in a series ...