I Love Math Manipulatives

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Being the math geek that I am, I couldn’t resist sharing with you my favorite math tools to use in the classroom to enhance my math instruction!

First up, large dice!  I love using large dice in my classroom because they catch my students’ attention and are the perfect size for demonstration.  Any time you can bring something unique to your classroom, you captivate your students.  That’s what it’s all about, right?  You can grab these large dice off of Amazon.

It’s no secret that I love using dice.  They are easy to store, don’t take up much space, affordable, and come in a variety of different ways!  I especially love foam dice because they are quiet and don’t bounce all over the place.  Some of my other favorite dice are place value, dot, digit, multi-sided, and blank dice.  Dice are great for making up a game on the go as well as an easy way to differentiate an activity with very little prep.  By the way, did you know you can use a small, affordable, plastic containers for your students’ dice?  Why?  This helps with keeping the dice from rolling all over the floor or across the room.  Did I mention that the foam dice are nice and quiet, which works even better in these plastic containers.

Do you use spinners in your classroom?  These magnetic spinners work great to capture your students’ attention and can be used for a variety of reasons!  Simply draw a pie shaped display on your marker board, set the spinner in the middle, and spin away!  You can choose numbers, fractions, coins, math problems, shapes, names, and the list goes on and on!  You can grab your set of three spinners off of Amazon.

Last, who loves FREE stuff?!?!  I know I’m all about saving money when it comes to things for me to use in my classroom.  These containers are durable and free.  I have owned mine for the past 12 years and they are still in perfect condition.  Save your Smart Ones or Lean Cuisine containers from lunch.  Wash them out and you’re good to go!  I have used them for paint, tissue paper squares, coins, pattern blocks, counters, and more!  I have even found them to be useful for interactive notebook activities!  Place your students’ glue stick, scissors, and pencil in each container.   The student carries their dish to their working spot.  Then the place their scrap paper in the dish while they are cutting out their pieces.  When they are finished, they dump their dish of scraps into the garbage.  Voila!  No more classroom floor peppered with paper scraps!

 

2 Comments

  1. C Hath

    This scope was AMAZING!! So many great ideas again friend! Thank you for sharing your brilliant ideas with us!!

    Mrs. 3rd Grade 

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