Virtual Manipulatives: On
Janet Chappell Matheson 2012
The following links provide a wide
variety of on
line virtual manipulatives
intended to help support teaching
solving via the three
part lesson. Many of these sites also have links to on
line games and
other resources, but the intent was to find free, effective on
line virtual manipulatives to enhance
Suggestions for getting started: Spend time getting to know the site and practice using the virtual
manipulative before trying it in class.
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NTCM) (2012):
The website is divided into four main sections: activities, lessons, standards, and web links. Lessons and
tools are representative of all math strands and available for PreK
12. Many of the activities
allow for the
creation of an exportable image or worksheet. Instructions on how to use the tools, lesson plans, Black Line
Masters, and activity sheets accompany many of the tools. Some activities are on
line games. There are
lots of very useful manipulati
Isometric Drawing Tool
A companion site is
where searches can be made for various resources including
interactives. One example is a
virtual flip book.
Many of the math links take you back to Illuminations.
See left side menu: All I
WB Resources, then scroll to Maths, then scroll down page to view some of the
Soma Cube, Number Cube, Multiplication Square, Angle Measure, True 3D Dice…
The National Library of Virtual Manipulatives:
Some of the virtual manipulatives available here include: geoboards, clocks, base ten blocks and pattern
(University of Waterloo):
This is quite a comprehensive site. Most of the links to virtual manipulatives direct the user back to the
above sites: Illuminations and the NLVM. Be aware that some of the link
s on this site direct the user to
site that require a purchase, though most tools are available free.
Parents/Teachers, then go to Activities and Collections
Teacher’ s Domain.org username: Janet password: edgewater7: have to register, but it’ s fr
Teacher Resources: Graphics and Multimedia:
It has links for clipart, photos, sounds and educational videos.
A site with Math and Science online simulations. You can browse the catalogue by grade,
strand or topic.
The images are sleek and modern. The Gizmos I viewed included teacher guides, lessons and student
activity sheets. Worth checking out!
Gizmos by Grade and Topic: Grade 3
5: Numbers and Operations
ine: choose HILL).
Chocomatic (Multiplication, Arrays and Area)
Enriching Mathematics at
is a British site. Various interactives are available
here in addition to games and other resour
resources for teachers
interactive resources (scroll down to): Domino Environment.
One interesting virtual manipulative was the dominoes. The teachers’ resource link leads to many different
Interactive Angle, Alphabet Symmetry Tool, Tangrams,
The Teachers Guide
Big Online Calculator, emanipulatives
multiplication table, 100’ s chart, number line (grasshopper), base ten
Free interactive whiteboard resources (various subjects):
me links take you back to NLVM
or TeacherLed (sorry if there is a repeat). Ex: Top Marks
8 Online Math Tools
Key Stage 2
Supertimer, Countdown Clock
TeacherLEd is a site that intends to provide teacher
resources for Smartboards. The manipulatives I investigated, such as a 3D shape tool, were quite sleek and
modern compared to some other sites.
Lessons, tools, and other resources for the Smartboard.
Harcourt School Publishers
: good for a change of pace. Lots of useful resources on publishers sites.
then strand, Time and Money
Days and Dates
Primary National Strategy: Interactive Teaching Programs
Tutorials explain how to use programs. Area
Run Area 2.2
Elastics: this is a nice geoboard
Fractions (make different fractions
, compare decimals, percents and ratios)
Number Grid: multiples, prime
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt School Publishers
Houghton Mifflin Math:
Base Ten, connecting cubes, addition table, fractions and decimals. Also Math Lingo. Go to link for
Houghton Miffin Math then se
lect grade and choose Teaching Tools
Tips for using manipulatives. Also see the attachments to this
file for some other resources.
Choose the ‘ wrench’ tool on the right
side of the screen for: fraction
strips, designer squares, clips
calculator, dynamic paper
. Use the tool bar at the top to select other topics.
Select .swf files to embed them into Smartboard lessons.
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