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Using Visuals to Support Learning in Math

Posted by Jennifer Weaver-Spencer on May 11, 2017 8:22:00 AM
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recent article in Education Week cites research supporting the use of visuals, including counting on fingers, to help students learn and succeed in math.

From the article:

. . . parents and educators can work in unity to combat the issues surrounding math instruction in the classroom, and provide resources to help strengthen the visual pathways in [students'] brains and achieve at higher levels of mathematics. The research shows that all individuals use visual pathways when they study math, so it's best that parents and teachers develop this area of children's brains.

Did you know that many Walkabouts feature on-screen visuals to help students learn and practice math concepts? The following Walkabouts are just a few of the many that use pictures and/or actions to show math problems.


  • PK - All (Early Math) Understanding Numbers 1-20
  • PK - All (Early Math) Categorizing by Attribute: Color, Same, and Different


  • K - Math (Operations & Algebraic Thinking) Addition and Subtraction Within 5
  • K - Math (Operations & Algebraic Thinking) Addition and Subtraction Using Pictures and Actions

First Grade

  • 1 - Math (Number & Operations in Base 10) 10 to 100 as Groups of Tens
  • 1 - Math (Number & Operations in Base 10) Counting to 120 and Representing Objects as Numerals
Second Grade
  • 2 - Math (Number & Operations in Base 10) Understanding Hundreds as Bundles of Ten Tens
  • 2 - Math (Operations & Algebraic Thinking) Using Addition to Find Totals in 5 x 5 Arrays

Want to learn more about the research behind Walkabouts? Click here.

Research Behind Walkabouts


Topics: Research on Visual Learning

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