Representing 45 with Fingers

Representing 45 with Fingers

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This video illustrates the use of finger counting to count by tens and ones. Similar to counting with manipulatives, finger counting can be used to help them track counting processes. Finger counting may be useful to track counting when practicing skills such as skip counting or counting sets with a set number of objects. When students practice counting numbers greater than 10 with fingers, they learn to recognize that numbers may be decomposed into smaller sets, such as tens and ones. Skill in composition and decomposition (i.e., putting together and taking apart quantities) are critical for students to develop fluency with computation. 





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