Virtual Manipulatives

Posted on June 1, 2010. Filed under: Differentiated Instruction, Guided math, Math Centers, virtual manipulatives | Tags: , , , |


There are some really great virtual manipulative sites out there!  Remember we are teaching “digital natives.”   Here are 3 ways to maximize use of them in your classroom.

1.  Use them for guided math lessons. Move your group to the computers and do work with them using these sites.

2. Use them as a whole group mini lesson.  Pull these lessons up on an lcd or smart board, they add a great dimension to the lesson. If you don’t have these options, go and teach a lesson to your class in the computer lab.  It is worth it!

3.   Set them up as one of the math center stations.  It is very important that you have specific activities for the students to do.  These can be powerfully potential, scaffolded, interactive learning spaces that provide immediate feedback.

4.  Who out there is presently using virtual manipulatives in their classroom?  What are your experiences?  Please share ideas and issues:)

Check these three websites out:)  http://www.eduplace.com/kids/mw/manip/mn_k.html

http://nlvm.usu.edu/en/nav/vlibrary.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks2bitesize/maths/number/

Research links

http://edtechleaders.org/documents/algebra/1whatarevms.pdf

http://www.chttp://eric.ed.gov/ERICDocs/data/ericdocs2sql/content_storage_01/0000019b/80/28/06/d8.pdfited.org/index.aspx?page_id=151

http://www.ct4me.net/math_manipulatives.htm

http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/fil/pages/listmathkc.html

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So … here’s another link to add:
http://www.mathplayground.com/math_manipulatives.html

I love it because it is called “math playground” ….

i like thinking about math and playing … and like you’ve said ..if you don’t enjoy math, your kids won’t.

I’ve done student teaching in a school where thousands were spent on one, single virtual manipulative program. All of the sites you have listed above offer great alternatives that don’t cost a penny!

The number line for the e-manipulatives is really neat because it allows the child to actually see something jumping (the frog.) Often times children are aware they are going from one number to the next in a number line, but having a visual aid reduces the chances of having any block in their understanding of numbers.


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