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What is diskii?
diskii is a set of 10 one inch glossy cardboard tokens, a workbook, and a 11 x 8.5 grid exercise sheet. Each token is a different color, and has a unique face and name. This configuration gives teachers a full range of options in teaching Mathematics and ELA (English Language Arts).
diskii offers mathematics teachers a chance to teach the idea of substitution at an elementary level. Where previously a teacher asks students to solve 3+4=, now the teacher can ask the student to solve 3+ (orange token)=. The teacher can assign a value to the orange token. Students now have to refer to a different input, and then solve both for the token value, and the equation value. The next step might (blue token) + (green token)=, given that the blue token is 7 and the green is 4.
At it’s most basic level, the ten tokens represent 0-9. Of course, mathematical problems can become progressively more difficult by assigning more complicated values to the tokens.
Using the names and faces on the tokens, teachers and students can also create math word problems.
English Language Arts (ELA)
For ELA, using the names and faces on the tokens, teachers can ask students to write stories using a selection of tokens. The teacher can assign the task, or the students can select their own tokens and write their own stories.
A grid is provided for students to place functions (add, multiply, subtract, divide) between the tokens. Students may work alone, or in groups.
There are limitless possibilities to use diskii in the classroom!