Hands-on Math!

Ideas for cementing understanding in the math classroom

Make math less abstract and more concrete!

For many students, the abstract nature of mathematics can make it difficult to grasp new concepts. Providing ample and consistent access to manipulatives and other tools can help them make connections in their learning.
The Use of Manipulative Materials in Elementary Mathematics Classrooms

Successfully integrating math manipulatives into the elementary classroom

What's the best way to store and organize math manipulatives so that students will have easy and consistent access to them?


What is the best way to introduce a new manipulative to students?


How can we as teachers best help students bridge the gap between the concrete and abstract experience of math?


What are the pros and cons of using virtual versus real math manipulatives?