# The Math Learning Center Blog

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## Introducing Bridges Breakout: Number Rack

The number rack helps build the bridge from counting to computational fluency by inviting students to think about numbers in groups of 2, 5, and 10. Its 2 rows of 5 red and 5 white movable beads allow students to see and slide beads in groups rather than 1 by 1. Just as we want students to move from sounding out words letter by letter to reading morphemes and whole words, we want students to move...
Shelly Scheafer

## The Pattern Shapes App

The Pattern Shapes App is now available for download from The Math Learning Center. Here's a quick tutorial on how to use this new free math app. Jami is a media specialist for MLC.
Jami Smith

## The Number Frames App

The Number Frames App is now available for download! Here's a quick overview of how the app works. Click here to download Number Frames. Jami Smith is a media specialist for MLC.
Jami Smith

## MLC at NCTM New Orleans

We are excited to be attending the NCTM Annual Meeting in New Orleans this year! In addition to showcasing Bridges Second Edition and our growing collection of virtual manipulatives, we will be hosting five presentations on various topics. Tiers, not Tears, for Early Numeracy Support Pia Hansen and Laurie Kilts Thursday, 12:30 pm–1:30 pm Room 214 in the Convention Center Racks, Lines, and Pieces...
Jami Smith

## The Number Line App

Watch a short video on how to download and use the Number Line App. Jami Smith is a media specialist for MLC.
Jami Smith

## The Number Pieces App

Watch a short video on how to download and use the Number Pieces App. For examples of the Number Pieces App in the classroom, check out our pinterest board. Jami Smith is a graphic designer and social media manager for MLC.
Jami Smith

## The Number Rack

The Number Rack facilitates the natural development of children’s number sense. Rows of moveable, colored beads encourage learners to think in groups of fives and tens, helping them to explore and discover a variety of addition and subtraction strategies. The Number Rack is featured extensively throughout Bridges in Mathematics in grades K–3. We’ve compiled a collection of resources to support the...
Jami Smith

## Number Pieces App

Number Pieces helps students develop a deeper understanding of place value while building their computational skills with multi-digit numbers. Young learners can represent multi-digit numbers, regroup, add, subtract, multiply, and divide. Number Pieces also gives them a drawing tool to label representations and show their understanding. Number Pieces is the third app in the growing MLC collection...
Rick Ludeman, Chief Executive Officer

## MLC App Downloads Exceed 50,000

On November 2nd combined downloads of the Geoboard and Number Rack apps from MLC exceeded 50,000, many from around the globe. In addition, thousands of users have accessed the web versions of these virtual manipulatives. "We're gratified that these online learning tools have been so well received." said Dan Raguse, Executive Director. "We look forward to adding to the collection and plan to launch...
Rick Ludeman, Chief Executive Officer