Russian Abacus

A desktop with a wooden Russian abacus, two metal ink wells, and two pamphlets in Russian.

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Give your students an additional tool to improve their math skills. By creating and using a Russian abacus, students can improve their mathematics skills while simultaneously learning about Russian culture and language. Download the Russian abacus curriculum for instructions on building a children's abacus and for the standards based guide to this mathematics curriculum.

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The unique Russian abacus curriculum provides standards-based lesson plans that teach mathematics skills to elementary students using the historic Russian abacus. Additionally the lesson plans provide extensions for integrating mathematics, history and foreign language within one lesson plan. Download the teacher's guide and get started today!


National/State Standards:
Kindergarten: K.CC.A.1, K.CC.A.2, K.OA.A.1, K.NBT.A.1
1st: 1.OA.B.4, 1.NBT.B.2, 1.NBT.C.4
2nd: 2.OA.C.4, 2.NBT.A.1, 2.NBT.B.5
3rd: 3.OA.A.1, 3.NBT.A.2, 3.NBT.A.3
4th: 4.OA.A.1, 4.NBT.A.1, 4.NBT.A.2
5th: 5.NBT.A.1, 5.NBT.B.7