If you've been in an elementary math class lately or read the "Peek of the Week" newsletter that your child's teacher has sent home, you've probably come across the term manipulatives. Contrary to how it sounds, manipulatives aren't the kids in the classroom who angle to get their way.
Math manipulatives are tools teachers use to promote hands-on learning in the classroom and make math more fun. Manipulatives allow students to visualize abstract ideas, solve problems in a concrete way and check their answers.
3. Unifix Cubes
Tangram puzzles have been around since ancient times. Not only is it fun to try to fit these 7 shapes into outlines of animals and other pictures, but it also helps students learn spatial orientation. The pieces can also be used for basic geometry, that is, learning how shapes can be turned and combined to make other shapes. Older students can use tangrams to learn congruence of angles, calculating perimeter and area and symmetry.
Geoboards are a great tool used to teach shapes, symmetry, angles, congruence, perimeter, area and other geometric concepts. The square peg boards are combined with sturdy elastic bands so students can create their own shapes, using a certain number of pegs to make sure the angle, perimeter or area is correct.