# Uses of base ten blocks

Note that we could represent any four consecutive place values, in the base ten system, using base ten blocks. Thus, when doing 1223 + 3211, we would assign the largest block the value of 1 thousand. When doing 1.223 + 3.211, we would assign the largest block the value of 1 unit. Also, everything that can be done with base ten blocks can be done with Montessori golden beads, and vice-versa.

Todo: If we had two colors of base ten blocks, could we multiply and divide integers, using the make a rectangle method, and the make equal groups method? What else might we be able to do with two colors of base ten blocks?

- Represent a number
- Compare two numbers
- Add whole numbers
- Subtract whole numbers
- Multiply whole numbers by making equal groups
- Multiply whole numbers by making a rectangle
- Divide whole numbers by making equal groups
- Divide whole numbers by making a rectangle