# Maths Learning and Teaching Support Tools (MLTS)

## Counters

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### -We can use daily objects as maths tools.

### -Using daily objects have an educational value of recycling and to assist learners to see mathematics around them in their everyday context

### -We can see that the sticks (last picture) can be easily put into groups of 10. We use the 10-base number system in South Africa. That is why we talk about hundreds(H) tens (T) and units (U).

### -If learners had to count these counters, their number sense if still developing

### -If learners saw 5 without counting, we refer this to the skill of subitising

### -When we looked at the photo we use the skill of learner noticing

### Important Skills Learners Need To Develop:

### ○ 1st- Counting a small number e.g. 5

### ○ 2nd- Discovering the quantity without counting

### -These counters are arranged in rows of 4 and 3 columns

### -We can also say that these counters are sorted into 2 groups based on colours

### Row: horizontal line that we read from left to right

### Columns: vertical line that we read from top to bottom or bottom to top

### Counting: checking how many there are

### Subitising: to see how many there are without having to count

### Quantity: how many there are

## Lines:

### -1st:The curve of this line is facing down. Therefore, it is called a curved line facing down.

### -2nd:The curve of this line is facing to the left. Therefore, it is called a curved line facing left.

### Horizontal Straight Line

### ○ It is a straight line from left to right/ right to left.

### ○ We can also call it a row.

### Vertical Straight Line

### ○ It is a straight line from top to bottom/ bottom to top.

### ○ We can also call it a column.

### Diagonal Straight Line

### ○A diagonal is a straight line that is set at an angle instead of straight up (vertical) or straight across (horizontal).

### ○ It is a straight line from top left to bottom right/ bottom left to top right.