Education Technology

Math by Hand

Published on 06/09/2008

Activity Overview

Students use the calculator to improve number sense and place value skills. They use the Math by Hand application to go step-by-step through multiplication problems. They also insert numbers into the missing places to complete problems.

Before the Activity

  • Install the Math by Hand App application on the calculator using the TI Connect™ , TI Connectivity Cable, and Unit-to-Unit Link Cable

  • Set up the calculator as explained in the appendix file
  • See the attached activity PDF file for detailed instructions for this activity
  • Print the pages from the attached activity PDF file for the class
  • During the Activity

    Distribute the pages to the class.

    Follow the Activity procedures:

  • Select the multiplication operation and choose the appropriate mode
  • Enter a multiplicand and a multiplier
  • Observe the steps on the calculator and find the product


  • Missing Pieces game:
  • Select the subtraction operation
  • Press the game function key
  • Enter the correct number in the blanks to make the problem true
  • Record the scores and continue playing the game
  • After the Activity

    Review student results:

  • As a class, discuss questions that appeared to be more challenging
  • Re-teach concepts as necessary