There is much evidence and research that shows the success of using manipulatives in the classroom. As students develop understanding of number sense, the most important process teachers must do is connect the numbers to actual objects or ‘manipulatives.’ Manipulatives are and can be used in all five of the NCTM standards or categories for mathematics.
So… what if there was a website that identified manipulatives for grade-specific, standard-specifc use? Would you want to use it in the classroom?
Let me introduce you to: The National Library of Virtual Manipulatives
- Yay! It’s free!
- It allows for the teacher to search grade specific
- It allows for the teacher to search content-area specifc
Working on place value and don’t have base 10 blocks available to you? Check out these online Base 10 blocks
There are so many incredible tools for students to use on The National Library of Virtual Manipulatives website – it’s a must-have on your favorites. (Just make sure your computer has JAVA to run the activites (most do))