Doesn’t SOUND like a math post, does it? Except that I have shown this stuff off at so many workshops lately and feel compelled to share what this extremely useful tape looks like….
I have been buying Modern Craft Magnetic Tape on a tape dispenser at my local dollar store (Richmond, BC). I stick it onto the back of all sorts of printed images (penguins, lips, red and yellow apples…) to model children’s solutions to open-ended math problems. When a child tells me that there were 13 apples in a bag, and that 6 of them were yellow and 7 were red, I like to be able to model that solution so we can “check it” as a class. Using magnetic tape on the back of a simple image (clip art is magic…) allows children to move the pictures and re-create their thinking on the white board in front of their peers in a representation all can understand – and see – from the back of the room!