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Teaching Tips: Hands-on Math

Math manipulatives can be used at all grade levels. Teachers can find many different activities by using these web sites. Some of the topics include: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, measurement, data analysis, probability, fractions, Venn diagrams, number patterns, geometry, algebra, statistics, and modeling.


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Teachers can browse this library of interactive activities. The index is divided by topic and grade level from K-12.
Here are some activities for elementary students. NOTE: The site includes ads.
Students in grades four through six can use these activities. The activities are available in HTML and PDF format. NOTE: The site includes ads.
"The goals of Interactivate are the creation, collection, evaluation, and dissemination of interactive Java-based courseware for exploration in science and mathematics." Explore the "Featured Activity." Students can click on "Activities," "Dictionary," and "Tools." Teachers can click on "Lessons," "Discussions," and "Standards." Lessons are appropriate for grades 3-12.
Explore these different textbook series: "Connected Mathematics," "Math Thematics," "Mathematics in Context," and "MathScape." Some of the investigations or topics have interactive activities. "Drill down" until you reach the activity you are interested in. NOTE: This site includes ads.
Teachers can click on "Activities," "Lessons," "Standards," or "Web Links." Explore the "Highlighted Activity" or the "Highlighted Lesson."
This site has more than 700 Java applets. NOTE: The site includes ads.
Here are Java applets organized by topic. NOTE: The site includes ads.
Try some interactive arithmetic problems. Results can be printed out. NOTE: The site includes ads.
This site provides a "report card" when the pop-up blocker is disabled. NOTE: The site includes ads.
Try some of the "online simulations that power inquiry and understanding." This site offers a free 30-day trial.
This site provides games and printable math worksheets for preschool through 5th grade students. NOTE: This site includes ads.
Teachers can use these guidelines to help their students learn why manipulatives are important. NOTE: This site includes ads.
Teachers will be interested in this essay which includes information on "using and overusing manipulatives" and the "definition of a virtual manipulative." NOTE: This site includes ads.

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