Two Good Sources of Virtual Manipulatives to Use in Your Teaching

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Below are two  of our favourite sources where you can access virtual manipulatives to use with your students in class. The sites also offer other educational math resources that you can easily incorporate into your teaching. Check them out and share with your colleagues.

Toy Theater offers this collection of Virtual Manipulatives that can help you "model abstract mathematical concepts for deeper student comprehension". The online manipulatives included are "an interactive clock, two color counters, 3D dice, probability spinners, graph builders, fraction bars, base ten blocks, and more'. Toy Theater also offers other equally interesting educational resources and tools that cover the following areas: Music, Art, and Reading. Besides Puzzel and Game, there is also a section called Teacher Tools that features a wide variety of EdTech tools and activities that you can easily incorporate in your teaching such as Classroom Timer, Interactive Clock, Shape Counters, Alphabet tools and many more.

The National Library of Virtual Manipulatives is a digital library that provides K-12 teachers and students with a wide variety of math activities and virtual manipulatives. These resources are arranged into five main categories: Number and Operations, Algebra, Geometry, Measurement, and Data Analysis and Probability. You can find manipulatives for all grade levels. Top axis of the chart features grades from Pre-K-2 to grades 9-12. Click on the grade level you are interested in to view and access its resources. As a teacher you may want to draw on NLVM resources to enrich your math teaching and provide students with challenging activities to fortify their math learning and help them develop conceptual and mathematical skills.