# Manipulatives

## Here is a great decimal unit!

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

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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:**

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

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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!

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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.

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Dr. Nicki

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

K-1 Ideas

Counting with library pockets.

Counting wheel with textured sticks.

Counting with sticks and beans.

2^{nd} Grade Ideas

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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!

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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.

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## A Unit on Quadrilaterals!

The hierarchy of quadrilaterals is quite confusing for students. Here is a great unit that has several hands on activities so that students begin to own this knowledge. Remember that building geometric thinking is something that takes place all year long. Talk about shapes during your weekly math conversations. Have geometry “*do nows”* woven throughout your week. Incorporate talks about shapes throughout your routines. *I especially like the foldable books that they have integrated into the unit. *I would have the students do these and glue them in their math journals.

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Dr. Nicki

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## A MIDDLE SCHOOL MATH SITE

Here is a great website called Math Village that has interactive applets, videos and many examples! Check it out!

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Dr. Nicki

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## All About the Angles: Great Math Journal Activities

Angles is a 4th Grade Standard in the CCSS. Here is a great set of activities to have students do in their math journals. I really like it because it is interactive, engaging and standards-based. Check it out!

Runde’s Room Spotlight on Angles (scroll down).

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Dr. Nicki

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