We all use our fingers to count sometimes but do we all use them the same way?
This activity gives students an opportunity to use their fingers for counting and explore the multiple ways of using fingers to count the same number. Research tells us that it is very important for students to develop ‘finger discrimination’ that is, for students to know individual fingers really well.
In this Atlantic article we share the importance of using fingers for the brain’s development of numbers. Evidence from both behavioral and neuroscience studies shows that when people receive training on ways to perceive and represent their own fingers, they develop better representations of their fingers, which leads to higher mathematics achievement.