The Abacus in the Classroom
Consider having the students build their own abacus as a class project.
Do-It-YourselfInstead of purchasing abaci for use in class, consider having the students build their own abacus as a class project by bringing various items from home, or purchased in a craft store, by the school; e.g:
- popsicle-sticks to build the frame (an Origami box makes a neat
- drinking straws or pipe-cleaners for the rods;
- for the beads use, metal machine-nuts or washers,
Cheerios™ (preserved with some thinned; glue and poster paint),
or macaroni or plastic decorative beads.
However, if you are insistent on purchasing abaci for your classroom, please refer to the FAQ for some suggestions.
Abacus Lesson Plan
Leah Tait suggested this classroom lesson plan about the abacus, with instructions for building an inexpensive abacus.
Mathematics & Science Links
- Interactive Mathematics Miscellany and Puzzles
- A feast for the eyes; a banquet for the mind! You will leave
hungry for more!
- POP Mathematics Archive
- Did you ever wonder what makes math teachers get so excited
about some topic in Mathematics? The POP Math Archive collects items
about mathematics which may explain this wierd behavior.
- Math Forum
- A center for teachers, students, researchers, parents, educators
and citizens who have an interest in mathematics education.
- Mathematics Gems
- Frank Potter's Science Gems.
- Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Mathematics and Science
- ENC provides K-12 teachers with a central source of information on
mathematics and science curriculum materials.
- PBS TeacherSource
- Recommended educational resources on the web
maintained by PBS.
- Byrne's edition of Euclid (link no longer available)
- In 1847, a
mathematician named Oliver Byrne published a book covering the first
6 books of Euclid's Elements of Geometry, which deal with
elementary plane geometry and the theory of proportions. It presents
Euclid's proofs in terms of pictures (in color), with as little text