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3-6 Math Manipulatives

 Posted by on August 8, 2017  Content Recommendations, Math Resources  Comments Off
Aug 082017
 

Here are five pieces of digital content a teacher might choose from StarrMatica’s library to use math manipulatives to foster concept development through visual models and problem solving situations.

august 1Number Balance

Use these interactive balances to show the relationship between addition problems or to find the sum to balance and equation.

 

august 2Create a Graph

Create a bar graph or a pie graph using your own data.

 

august3Equivalent Fractions on a Number Line

Use this virtual manipulative to create equivalent fractions and see them plotted on a number line.

 

august 4FDP Bars I
FDP Bars II
FDP Bars III
Use these virtual manipulatives to visually compare fractions, decimals, and percents.

 

august 5Adjustable Function Machine

Click the control panel to set one or two rules for the function machine.  Then place each number in the stream to see the results.

 

How do you use math manipulatives in your classroom?

K-2 Math Manipulatives

 Posted by on May 2, 2017  Content Recommendations, Math Resources  Comments Off
May 022017
 

Here are five pieces of digital content a teacher might choose from StarrMatica’s library use math manipulatives to foster concept development through visual models and problem solving situations.

may1Addition Number Line

Use these interactive number lines to demonstrate addition concepts.

 

bears in a boatBears in a Boat

Are your students losing interest in your ten frame?  Try using bears in a boat to catch their attention!

 

cowsGrouping and Grazing

Try having your students group cows to practice counting by 5’s and 10’s or to practice adding and subtracting with a partner.

 

may2Number Balance

Use a number balance to compare numbers.

 

 

may3Hundreds Square

Use the counters on the blank hundreds square to practice skip counting.

How do you use math manipulatives in your classroom?

Apr 032017
 

rekenrekEach Friday on Facebook and Twitter, we share a curated digital resource from our library that is one of our favorites.  In March, we focused on math resources.  Here’s what we shared:

The Data Bank Research Company

Great interactive with a real life reason to gather and display data.

http://www.learnalberta.ca/content/me3us/flash/lessons/15/m3_15_00_x.swf

Brilliant Beadstring Rekenrek

Explore numbers, counting, addition and subtraction with an online rekenrek.

http://www.ictgames.com/brilliant_beadstring_with_colour.swf

Free Fractions Unit

Check out this free fractions unit that includes video clips and activities for a variety of fractions topics.

http://oame.on.ca/CLIPS/index.html?ePractice=T/?EP_Topic=Fractions

How Big Are You?

Estimate how many of a non-standard measuring tool it takes to measure a large dinosaur. Then measure to check your estimate.

http://www-tc.pbskids.org/dinosaurtrain/media/swfs/howBig.swf 

Super Math Golf

This is a fun center idea to practice angles.

http://www.linkslearning.k12.wa.us/teachers/1_Math/6_Learning_Resources/2_SuperMath/content/games/golf.htm

Mar 142017
 

backpackOne of the benefits of having access to an entire library of content is being able to easily differentiate your instruction.  For example, if you are working on place value concepts, you could create three collections of content. (Note:  To view some of the examples, you must be a StarrMatica Member.)

In Level 1, you could include content that uses base-ten blocks for your students who need visual support.  Here are a few of our favorites with directions you could include in the collection:

Base Ten Blocks         Watch this animation first.

Base Ten Blocks III     Build 10 different numbers using the blocks.  Record those numbers and the blocks you used in your notebook.

Place Value Chart       Build 10 numbers with the cards and write them in expanded form in your notebook.

In Level 2, you could include content that moves on to place value with numbers for your students who understand the concept, yet need some extra practice.  Here are a few of our favorites with directions you could include in the collection:

Value of a Number      Watch this animation first.

Mystery Numbers II     Can you build really big numbers?  Find out!

Build a Word                Try this challenge last.  Write the words you have spelled in your notebook.

In Level 3, you could include content for students who understand the concept of place value and need a challenge.  Here are a few of our favorites with directions you could include in the collection:

Place Value Machine            Use this manipulative to help you answer this question in your notebook: How does multiplying and dividing affect a digit’s place value?

Hacker’s Number Machine   Can you create a number larger than the computer’s?

Place Value Game               Create the largest number possible from the digits you are given. Choose wisely! Once you place a number, you cannot move it!

Once the collections are created, you can place them in the digital backpacks of three different groups to differentiate your instruction for every student in your classroom!

Mar 012017
 

pizza parlor fractionsEach Friday on Facebook and Twitter, we share a curated digital resource from our library that is one of our favorites.  In February, we focused on math resources.  Here’s what we shared:

The Factor Game

Play The Factor Game against the computer or a friend. Select a number and your opponent must find the factors. Then, switch roles.

http://illuminations.nctm.org/Activity.aspx?id=4134

Bears in a Boat

Are students losing interest in your ten frame?  Try using bears in a boat to catch their attention!

http://www.glencoe.com/sites/common_assets/mathematics/ebook_assets/vmf/VMF-Interface.html

Pizza Parlor Fractions

This is a fun game for practicing adding and subtracting fractions.

http://kevinmuma.com/software/pizza/Instructions.swf

Grouping and Grazing

Try having your students group cows to practice counting by 5’s and 10’s or to practice adding and subtracting with a partner.

http://illuminations.nctm.org/Activity.aspx?id=3526

Nov 152016
 

One of the most common questions we are asked is how our library of digital content supports the Common Core.  The easy answer is that our entire library has been aligned to the Common Core standards, so teachers can find resources related to each standard.  The more complex answer is that there are many pieces of content that can be used in flexible ways to support each individual standard, and it is up to teachers to choose the content that best supports their lesson and their students.

Here are five pieces of digital content a teacher might choose from StarrMatica’s library to support and enhance the teaching of: CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.5.MD.C.4 Measure volumes by counting unit cubes, using cubic cm, cubic in, cubic ft, and improvised units.

55

Volume Animation

Students learn the meaning of volume and how to calculate it with cubes and numbers.

 

 

56Volume Explorer

Students find the volume of a rectangular prism using cubes with the help of an animation.

 

 

57Surface Area and Volume

Students create a cube with a chosen width, depth, and height.  They can then reveal or hide its volume.

 

 

58Create With Cubes

Use this isometric drawing tool to create shapes with different volumes.

 

 

59Feeding in Volumes

Students use calculation to find the volume of food boxes for animals.

 

Oct 182016
 

One of the most common questions we are asked is how our library of digital content supports the Common Core.  The easy answer is that our entire library has been aligned to the Common Core standards, so teachers can find resources related to each standard.  The more complex answer is that there are many pieces of content that can be used in flexible ways to support each individual standard, and it is up to teachers to choose the content that best supports their lesson and their students.

Here are five pieces of digital content a teacher might choose from StarrMatica’s library to support and enhance the teaching of: CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.OA.C.5 Generate a number or shape pattern that follows a given rule. Identify apparent features of the pattern that were not explicit in the rule itself. For example, given the rule “Add 3″ and the starting number 1, generate terms in the resulting sequence and observe that the terms appear to alternate between odd and even numbers. Explain informally why the numbers will continue to alternate in this way.

50Patterns Animation

Students learn how to find the core of a pattern and how to solve, shape, picture, symbol, and number patterns with this animated tutorial.

 

51Pattern Generator

Challenge yourself to complete each pattern of numbers or shapes.

 

52Number Patterns Tutorial

Students learn how to identify and extend a number pattern with an interactive tutorial.

 

53Mission 2110 Patterns

Students use their number pattern know-how to crack the Mission 2110 codes.

 

54Crack Hacker’s Safe

Help Digit open the safe by choosing the correct number, color and shape to continue the pattern.

Oct 012016
 

2D Evil RobotsEach Friday on Facebook and Twitter, we share a curated digital resource from our library that is one of our favorites.  In September, we focused on math resources.  Here’s what we shared:

Place Value Game

Students are challenged to create the largest number possible, yet once they place a number they aren’t able to move it. This causes them to think ahead about possible future digits.
http://education.jlab.org/placevalue/

Evil Robots Shape Short

Here’s a center idea for practicing identifying shapes!  Place the shapes in the right containers before being caught by the evil robots!
http://mathematics.hellam.net/maths2000/shapes.html

Shape Guess

This is a fun game for discussing shape attributes.
http://www.learnalberta.ca/content/mejhm/index.html?l=0&ID1=AB.MATH.JR.SHAP&ID2=AB.MATH.JR.SHAP.SHAP&lesson=html/object_interactives/shape_classification/use_it.html

Place Value Machine

Want to try a new place value manipulative?  Try using this place value machine to let your students discover what happens to a number’s place value when you multiply or divide by 10.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/teachers/ks2_activities/maths/activities/thenumbersystem.swf

Kids ‘N Cookies

Want an alternative to fraction bars?  Try using Kids and Cookies to introduce fractions in the context of a problem.  How can 3 children share 4 cookies and still be friends when they are finished?
http://www.teacherlink.org/KidsAndCookies/

 

 

Sep 202016
 

One of the most common questions we are asked is how our library of digital content supports the Common Core.  The easy answer is that our entire library has been aligned to the Common Core standards, so teachers can find resources related to each standard.  The more complex answer is that there are many pieces of content that can be used in flexible ways to support each individual standard, and it is up to teachers to choose the content that best supports their lesson and their students.

Here are five pieces of digital content a teacher might choose from StarrMatica’s library to support and enhance the teaching of: CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.1.MD.B.3 Tell and write time in hours and half-hours using analog and digital clocks.

16Virtual Clock

Students can move the analog clock hands. Then show or reveal the digital time. AM and PM are demonstrated by the screen becoming darker and lighter with a sun and a moon moving across the screen.

 

17Time to the Nearest Hour

Time to the Nearest Half Hour

Students can watch these tutorials to learn to tell time to the nearest hour and half hour.

 

20Tick-Tock Analog Clock

Tick-Tock Analog Clock II

Students practice telling time to the nearest hour and half hour on an analog clock.

 

23Tick-Tock Digital Clock

Tick-Tock Digital Clock II

Students practice telling time to the nearest hour and half hour on a digital clock.

 

 

24Stop the Clock

Students race to match each digital and analog time as quickly as they can.

 

Aug 302016
 

One of the most common questions we are asked is how our library of digital content supports the Common Core.  The easy answer is that our entire library has been aligned to the Common Core standards, so teachers can find resources related to each standard.  The more complex answer is that there are many pieces of content that can be used in flexible ways to support each individual standard, and it is up to teachers to choose the content that best supports their lesson and their students.

Here are four pieces of digital content a teacher might choose from StarrMatica’s library to support and enhance the teaching of: CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.CC.C.6 Identify whether the number of objects in one group is greater than, less than, or equal to the number of objects in another group, e.g., by using matching and counting strategies.

6Comparing Numbers

Students learn how to compare numbers and objects to learn to identify which is more than, greater than, less than, and equal to.

 

7Comparison Counting

Students learn to pair two groups of objects to comparison count.

 

8Who’s Hungry Comparing Treats

Students help feed pets by choosing the group of food that is more than less than, smaller than, larger than, or greater than.

 

9Who’s Hungry Comparing Treats II

Students help feed pets by choosing the correct symbol (<, >, =) to compare two groups of food.