CoolMath – an old, familiar math website has recently launnched a set of virtual manipulatives including a nice interface for base-ten blocks. Becuase they are just rolling this content out now, the number of manipulatives is limited to the base ten blocks, a numberline, patterrn blocks and ten frames. However, CoolMath has been a resource for teachers for many years now, and we can likely expect the virtual manipulative resources to continue to grow!
As many of us have discussed, there is genuine growth occurring in the creation of online resources that are accessible from a Chromebook. Today I am excited to bring your attention to the Didax library of free online math manipulatives!
This set of tools includes unifix cubes, number lines, rekenreks, base ten blocks, prime factor tiles, algebra tiles and more!
Instead of looking for all those place value blocks you used last year (they’ve gotta be there…. somewhere…) why not sign out a cart of chromebooks and provide kids this link (If you have a class website or use Google Classroom this is a must-have link!) to the Number Pieces by the Math Learning Centre so that everyone can use the manipulatives, and you’re not left at the end of the day picking up all the “ones” blocks off the floor!
Class Playground offers a number of online, free, digital math manipulatives that may prove valuable in our math classrooms. Algebra tiles, fraction circles, area, perimeter… it’s all there!!
I have just discovered an online source for digital math manipulatives. Need some Base-ten blocks on your Chromebook? A classroom timer? A spinner? Some dice? How about a thermometer?
There are also a number of math games there that look to be reasonably good!