Today, we were lucky to have a group of Japanese students visit our school and demonstrate the use of an abacus to make multiple digit calculations. We were blown away with their skills! They were given a series of number to add together (three-digit!) and in less than 5 seconds of the list begin read out, they had solved the equation and were ready to share their answers!
After the assembly, the 5th grade classrooms were able to work one-on-one with the Japanese students. Our 5th graders were divided between the four other 5th grade classrooms, and they learned basic abacus manipulations.