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Oct 242013
 

This is the fifth in a series of seven posts sharing reasons virtual manipulatives should be the cornerstone of interactive content in the classroom including specific practical examples.  (The previous posts can be viewed here:  Part 1-Visualizing, Part 2-Explore Difficult Concepts, Part 3-Access Materials/Added Value, Part 4- Inquiry Learning)

Virtual manipulatives can provide a new way to present a concept to student.  We know that students learn in different ways, so using an uncommon manipulative can be a way to help students understand a concept they are struggling to grasp.  Using a variety of manipulatives can also challenge the understand of advanced learners and encourage them to look at a concept in a new way.

Below are three manipulatives that help students look at concepts in a new way:

abacus Place Value Abacus

Build numbers with a model that is uses colors to indicate value.  Compare this model to traditional base ten blocks.

http://www.wmnet.org.uk/resources/gordon/Abacus.swf

 

number barsNumber Line Bars

Use number line bars to explore the concept of multiplication as repeated addition.

http://nlvm.usu.edu/en/nav/frames_asid_180_g_2_t_1.html?open=activities&from=category_g_2_t_1.html

 

keyboardMusical Patterns

Create a pattern with images and sound.

http://www.harcourtschool.com/activity/pattern/pattern.html

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