Resources for Teachers

The Abacus in the Classroom

Consider having the students build their own abacus as a class project.


Instead 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:

However, if you are insistent on purchasing abaci for your classroom, please refer to the FAQ for some suggestions.

Popsicle-stick Abacus

Edward Barnique, a 5th grade teacher, built an abacus with popsicle-sticks (local copy of the page).

LEGO Abacus

LEGO maniacs can either use my plans to build a LEGO abacus or design one of their own, like Eric Harshbarger built.

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 as possible.

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