A Classic Teaching Tool for Learning Elementary Mathematics...


Bean Sticks are a very useful way for student visualize images of numbers, intuitively understand place value and deepen their understanding of addition and subtraction. Use Bean Sticks to have students represent numbers, as well as read and write the numbers. Rules for regrouping can be difficult for children. Use Bean Sticks to illustrate regrouping by dragging and dropping blocks from one column to another.

Hands-On Math: Bean Sticks simulates the use of a popular math manipulative used to teach place value and addition and subtraction with regrouping.

Bean Sticks are one of the best ways to help students place value. Students place Bean Sticks on an interactive Playground to represent numbers. Bean Sticks can be regrouped or exchanged by dragging a virtual manipulative from one column to the next.

Using Hands-On Math: Bean Sticks students can develop the following important mathematical concepts:

  • Place value concepts
  • Regrouping in the ones, tens and hundreds places
  • Basic operations: addition and subtraction
  • Naming numbers
  • Expanded notation
  • Reading and writing numbers


[ Instructor's Guide (PDF) ]

We recommend that you open the Instructor's Guide PDF from your iPad in a new browser page and save the document in your iBooks app.

  • Interactive Bean Sticks, and Addition and Subtraction Quizzes.
  • Supports Discovery and Directed Teaching Strategies.
  • Problem Solving Activities which Can Be Solved Using Virtual Manipulatives.
  • The Hands-On Math Bean Sticks App Helps to Build Fundamental Math Concepts.
  • On/Off Options and Controls for Various Features.

Bean Sticks

Bean Sticks are used to represent numbers from 0 to 999 on a simluated tabletop. Three types of Beans Sticks are used representing Hundreds, Tens and Ones.

Possible Topics:

  • Place Value
  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Regrouping.
  • Naming, Reading and Writing Numbers
  • Expanded Notation


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Bean Sticks

By tapping an icon a randomly generated problem appears on the screen. Using Bean Sticks students enter the answer to the problem. If an error occurs, specific feedback about the error is given for the student to read.

  • Explore Place Value.
  • Practice Addition
  • Learn when Regrouping is Needed

Explore and Document

Activities at a variety of skill levels are also provided. Students are encouraged to document their discoveries in a journal. Here the students are asked to record the problems and answers generated in the quiz to practice reading and writing numbers as well as other important math skills.

  • Perfect for Small Group instruction
  • Environmentally Friendly Learning - (no need to photocopy activity pages for each student)
  • A Student-Centered Approach to Learning


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Hands-On Math: Bean Sticks is now available at the Apple iTunes Store.