These virtual math manipulatives support teachers to model abstract mathematical concepts for deeper student comprehension. Similar to manipulatives that have been used for decades by teachers in classrooms, these online math manipulatives for elementary school classrooms offer numerous advantages while retaining the benefits of the classic manipulatives. According to Moyer, Niezgoda, and Stanley (2005):
“Virtual manipulatives are uniquely suited for teaching mathematics with young children. A Web connection makes them free of charge and easily available. Some virtual manipulatives have the potential for alteration. For example, users can color parts of objects; they can mark the sides of a polygon or highlight the faces on a Platonic solid. This interactivity allows all children to be engaged in the problem-solving process. Some virtual manipulatives link symbolic and iconic notations by saving numerical information or providing mathematics notations that label the on-screen objects. The click of the mouse on many virtual manipulatives gives children access to unlimited materials. And clean up is easy — children simply click an icon and the onscreen objects disappear.”
Our online manipulatives include an interactive clock, two color counters, 3D dice, probability spinners, graph builders, fraction bars, base ten blocks, and more! We also recommend some of our art activities that can be used as teaching manipulatives, such as Cube or Build that allow kids to make designs using blocks to learn concepts like area, perimeter, or volume or Mirror to teach symmetry to early learners.
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Moyer, P. S., Niezgoda, D., & Stanley, J. (2005). Young children’s use of virtual manipulatives and other forms of mathematical representations. Technology-supported mathematics learning environments, 67, 17-34.
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