Teacher Mama: 8 Ways to Make a Rekenrek

8 Ways to Make a Rekenrek

Boy Mama Teacher Mama  8 Ways to Make a Rekenrek

I”l be honest, these are new to me. I have seen them, but didn’t know what they were for nor how to use them. The math specialist at the school where I teach showed them to us in relation to some Math Talks she would like to do with the students next year.  My teaching partner and I decided that we would like our students to create their own rekenrek to use in class. So, I took it upon myself to search out different ideas and then come up with the best one for our kiddos.

Before I begin, what is a rekenrek? A rekenrek or arithmetic rack is tool used to support the natural development of number sense in young children.  A rekenrek has either 2 rows of 10 beads each or 10 row of 10 beads each.  Each row has 5 red and 5 white beads. This tool allow students to make mental images of numbers.  For more information, click here.

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  From Math Coach’s Corner

A simple rekenrek made from foam, pipe cleaners and pony beads

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From Bookish Ways in Math and Science

A rekenrek from cardboard, pipe cleaners and pony beads.

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From Kathy Griffin’s Teaching Strategies

A rekenrek made from paint sticks, pipe cleaners and biggie beads.

DIY Rekenreks Glue Gun Version

From The Reading Corner

A rekenrek made from plastic baskets, pipe cleaners and pony beads.

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From Kindergals

This rekenrek is made from PVC pipes and pool noodles.

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From Mrs. T.’s First Grade

Made from wood, string and pony beads.

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From Mrs. Davis Digs Kindergarten

This one is made from a carpet square, craft lace and beads.

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So after all this research, what did I come up with?

From Boy Mama Teacher Mama

Our rekenrek is made from popsicle sticks, pipe cleaners and pony beads.

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Stay tuned for a post that shares how we created this rekenrek!

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