# Manipulatives

## Playdoh Math

Did you know that you can teach tons of stuff with playdoh?  Addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, measurement and geometry are a few things that you can teach!  Start today.  Get inspired here!

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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## Another Great 4th grade fraction resource

Here is a great 4th grade fraction resource.  Copy and paste to view.

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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## Upper Elementary Toolkits

Here are some items that belong in an upper elementary toolkit.  Remember that a toolkit has 2 parts. The first part is the materials and the second part is the templates. Introduce the items as you use them.  In the beginning of the year you will use many of these items in your daily routines.  For example, you can use the pattern blocks during the Fraction of the Day routine.

Materials

Unifix Cubes

Fraction Squares, Circles, Bars

Pattern Blocks  (for teaching fractions and geometry)

Bears (for fraction set models) (also for multiplication problems)

Base Ten Blocks

Elapsed Time Ruler –

google UEN  Utah Education Network elapsed time ruler

1 inch tiles

Decimal Squares

Decimal Wheels

Templates

Unifix Cubes Paper – multiplication: groups of problems

Click to access Unifix_211090.pdf

Click to access 028-032.pdf

Fraction Squares, Circles, Bars –

Click to access fs_to_twelfths_labelled.pdf

Click to access vs_g3_142.pdf

http://www.math-drills.com/fractions/fraction_strips_color_labeled.html

Fraction number line

http://www.math-drills.com/fractions/fraction_strips_color_labeled.html

Pattern Block Paper (for fractions and geometry)

Click to access vs_g3_47.pdf

Base Ten Blocks Paper

Base ten grid and Ten Thousand Grid Paper

Click to access V3%20All%20BLMs.pdf

1-inch tile Paper

Decimal Squares

Decimal Wheels

Geoboard paper (use for geometry and fractions)

Click to access 017-019.pdf

Click to access 10x10dot.pdf

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

***In many cases you have to copy the link and paste it into the url because it is a pdf and it won’t hyperlink.

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## Here is a great decimal unit!

Here is a great decimal unit with models of decimals, the decimal hundredth grid and tons of games!

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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## Successful Strategies for Guided Math Groups and More

Marzano (2001) states that Nonlinguistic Representations are one of the 9 major instructional strategies that advance student achievement.  We need to be sure to spend time teaching nonlinguistically, using visual imagery and bodily-kinestheic experiences.  As you progress through a CRA Framework of concrete, pictorial, and then abstract students should act things out, use physical models and draw pictures.

Concept maps, thinking maps, and brainstorm webs are all examples of teaching with nonlinguistic representations. See my Thinking Maps Pinterest board for examples.

Here are some other resources:

Be sure to have your students work with nonlinguistic representations in math workstations as well as use this strategy during guided math groups.

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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## Build, Sketch and Record – Must See Charts!

These charts are great for any grade level (they are flashing underneath the heading Content Standard Posters). First the students build a model of whatever they are studying, then they sketch it and finally they record it with calculations! Simple and Brilliant!  Try it and let me know how it goes!

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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## A Must Read Article About Fractions: Use it to inform Guided Math Lessons and Math Centers

This is a great article about teaching fractions! A must read for addition, subtraction and division of fractions!  Yahoo!  Definitely use pattern blocks.  Do these types of lessons in guided math groups so that students can talk through the math they are doing.  Also, have them explore fractions with pattern blocks in math centers.

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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## What have you done with your popsicle sticks lately?

K-1 Ideas

Textured Counting Sticks.

Counting with library pockets.

Counting wheel with textured sticks.

Counting with sticks and beans.

Sticks and Clay

Skip Counting Sticks.

Money Sticks

Tally Marks

More Tallies

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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## Teaching Teen Numbers and More: Great Math Center Activities

Kindergarten Crayons has some great activities for adding through the teen numbers and more.  Big Popsicle Sticks and lima beans make great place value manipulatives.  Check out the pictures and activity sheets on this blog.  I also like the “Teen Books.”  Great Place Value Ideas!

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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## Number Baggies: Building Automaticy through 10

Number Baggies! What a great, easy, fun manipulative.  This is another way to make complements of numbers and do number bond activities.

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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