This would be great for transitioning students from desk work to circle time. Students will learn what is expected of them in order to start the lesson. Very cool idea and makes it easy for teachers and students to be on the same page.
Beaded number rods for subtraction! Great visual for students with special needs. Adding concrete materials when performing simple operations, helps build number sense to ensure students are relating quantities to symbols (numbers). For this and more great ways to use beads and pipe cleaners in your math lesson, go to: http://commoncoreconnectionusa.blogspot.com/2014/12/beaded-number-rods.html