# Long Chains

From Montessori Album

Long Chains | |
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Math - Linear Counting | |

Level | Primary |

Age | 5+ |

Prerequisites | Short Chains |

Also called the Cubic Chains.

This activity teaches the child skip counting which is preparation for multiplication. It also indirectly prepares the child to understand cubing numbers.

## Contents

## Presentation[edit]

- Carry the long chains in the same way as the thousand chain.
- Lay the chain out on a long mat as shown.
- Gently pull one end of the chain until it is stretched out to its full length down the mat.
- Bring the squares, cube, and labels to the mat.
- Fold the chain into squares as shown.
- Set the squares from the tray on top to show that they are the same.
- Stack the squares and compare to the cube to show that they are the same.
- Stretch the chain back out.
- Sort the labels into columns on the tray.
- Count the beads and lay out labels as you go. Only the first segment in the chain has a label for each bead, the rest only have a label for the last bead in each segment.
- Walk along the length of the chain from the beginning and read the labels.