Teaching about Mathematics using Manipulatives: Home
Why Use Math Manipulatives?
Teachers of mathematics for centuries have helped students understand mathematics using “manipulatives” visual objects that help illustrate mathematical relationships and applications. Manipulatives allow students to visually examine, explore and develop concepts.
Subjects covered include number operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, probability, and more.
Common manipulatives are:
 pattern blocks
 tangrams
 Cuisenaire rods
 interlocking cubes
 color tiles
 fraction strips
 geoboards
Place Value Blocks (Base Ten Blocks)
Journal Articles
Burns, Marilyn. 1996. "How to Make the Most of Math Manipulatives." Instructor, 105(7): 4551.
How to use math manipulatives to teach elementary students. Focuses on essential program elements: what math manipulatives are and why they are used, common questions about math manipulatives, how one teacher introduced the geoboard into the classroom, and pattern block activities.
Location: ETL Bound Journals
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MATH PLAYGROUND  Give your brain a workout!Free online math games, some which simulate using manipulatives.
Choose by grade levels 18, plus Algebra & Geometry games. 
NCTM Illuminations, on PINTERESTLesson plans and other resources from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Requires user to register (free) on Pinterest (social media).

NCTE Illuminations / Lesson Plans and InteractivesResources for teaching math in preschool, elementary, and secondary schools (grades PreK12), from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
For Teachers
CML 372.7 H2355
Handson standards: the first source for introducing math manipulatives. / by Mark Schmit; Nancy Berkas; Cynthia Pattison. ETA Cuisenaire, 20062008.
CML 512 H2365
Handson standards algebra 1: the first source for introducing math manipulatives. / ETA Cuisenaire, 2010.
CML 372.7 C598s
Shoe Box Math Learning Centers: 40 Easytomake, Funtouse Centers ... that help kids practice important math skills independently. / by Jacqueline Clarke. Scholastic, 2002.
CML 372.7 S522m
Math, manipulatives & magic wands: manipulatives, literature ideas, and handson math activities for the K5 classroom. / Karen Simmons, Cindy Guinn. 2001.
CML 372.7 G342
Geoboards. Cuisenaire. 1996.
CML 372.7 B655a
Activity Math: Using Manipulatives in the Classroom. / Anne M. Bloomer, Phyllis A. T. Carlson. 1993.
CML 372.7 H236
Handson Standards: PhotoIllustrated Lessons for Teaching with Math Manipulatives. Learning Resources. 2006.
CML 516 W642a
The Amazing Circle. AIMS Education Foundation. 1997.
Ebook
Teaching the common core math standards with handson activities, grades 35. / Judith A. Muschla, Gary Robert Muschla, Erin MuschlaBerry. 2014.
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