Glencoe Smart Board Manipulatives

Activity Demonstration

Description of the Demonstration

This online Smart Board Layout allows so many opprotunties for teachers in Mathematics. Teachers can use this board for a visual aid for students to assist in understanding of content, for games involving math, and for every day math examples. The Online Glencoe Virtual Manipulative's are free and easy to use. The boards are grade specific, you can add backgrounds, and choose specific manipulative to use.

Some examples for 1st grade, 3rd grade, and 4th grade!

Super Simple and Fun for Students and Teachers!

Place Value Game Board (3rd grade)

Activity: Students will pair off into groups of two and play this game on the iPads. The students will practice using number cards and the game board to write numbers in expanded form, using base ten blocks, rounding to the nearest hundred, and picking out the numbers that are in specific place value.

1. The students will learn and participate in a lesson that involves base ten blocks and rounding with place value.

2. The students will practice using a place value chart and practice rounding numbers to the tens place, hundreds place, and thousands place.

3. The students will get the materials that are needed for the game and keep up with their answers to the game in their math notebooks.

4. Students will play their game and record their answers.


Students that have difficulty with the content can have assistance from the teacher or from their partner during the game.

Additional Materials: The students will need numbered index cards, game pieces, their math notebooks, base ten blocks (can use virtual blocks), and a dice.

SMPS: CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

Boat for Bears/Addition of Objects (1st Grade)

Activity: Students will use the Glencoe Virtual Manipulatives to solve word problems that the teacher prompts. The students may use the objects or symbols of their choice to demonstrate and solve addition problems. The specific example above uses bears on a boat.

1. I would allow students to use the smart board in the room for this activity. I would prompt the students with a word problem and have them work in table groups with tangible objects like counters.

2. The students would practice solving the word problem with their hands on manipulatives.

3. Then the students would be given a problem and have to show the visual aid they have on the board to show their addition.

4. Students could give their partners the objects in the boat and their partners have to make up a word problem that goes along with the visual representation.

Accommodations: If needed, students that are ELL students can have the math word problem in their native language. Also, being first graders, students may have trouble being calm or using the manipulative for the purpose of math. If those students can't handle the counters, bears, or candy pieces, they could draw the objects or symbols on their desks with expo markers.

SMPS: CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP4 Model with mathematics.

Bucket Balance with Weight (4th Grade)

Activity: Students can use the Glencoe Virtual Manipulatives to show balancing with weights. Students learn measurement in 4th grade and practice converting measurement to smaller units. This is a fun way to show the difference between lbs and ounces, and even the metric systems' use of kilograms and grams.

1. Students will weigh objects on real scales in the classroom.

2. Then the students will convert a 2 lb book into ounces. Students will be given the conversion, but the students will do the math to find the amount of ounces.

3. The students will then hold paper clips and a dictionary. The paper clip in one hand will represent a gram and the dictionary in the other hand will represent a kilogram.

4. The students will write that conversion down as well.

5. The students will then be able to add weights to the balance buckets on the smart board.

6. The first student will put the ounces on one side and another student will pull weights in pounds to make the buckets balance.

7. We will move on to use grams and kilograms in the bucket balance activity.

8. Students could even draw their own bucket balance beams on their desks.

SMPS: CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP5 Use appropriate tools strategically.