Do 5th graders use Math manipulatives?

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  1. Pisces_Fish

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    I'm an almost-first-year teacher with a Lakeshore gift card burning a hole in my pocket :) Since I need just about everything (who doesn't!), I don't know where to start. One thing I'd really like to purchase are some manipulatives...but I don't know if they use them in 5th grade! I've never seen any in a 5th class...maybe they're hidden away, or maybe the kids are too old for them?
     
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    We used some this year. Our math program didn't come with any. But, the one that we adopted for next year comes with a bag of manipulatives for each kid. When I was in sixth grade, we were still using manipulatives. I really don't think that they are too old. Manipulatives can help those that aren't getting it.
     
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    Any particular manipulatives you'd recommend? Is anyone aware of an intermediate classroom set available online?
     
  5. MrsC

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    I've used manipulatives right up to grade 8. I have (and use regularly): geoboards, Miras, tangrams, pentominoes, pattern blocks, colour tiles, dice, 3-D solids, base-10 blocks, fraction pieces, etc.
     
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    Our Math series came w/ manipulatives too. The ones I use the most are playing cards, rulers, fraction pieces, and base 10 blocks.
     
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    If I could, I'd absolutely love to have tangrams! I loved playing with them as a kid and I know that mine would love to as well.
     
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    Absolutely! Counters, Base 10 blocks, Fraction strips, dice, geoboards, tangrams, 3-D figures, and anything measurement related. My kiddos loved when we used manipulatives and it really enhanced my units when I used them!
     
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    We use:

    Base 10 blocks (sometimes)
    Tangrams
    clocks (its suprising how many 5th graders cant tell time)
    COUNTERS of any kind (pennies etc)
    dice
    fraction strips
    pattern blocks (for fractions/patterns)
    money
    number cubes
    spinners


    Really, anything can be incorperated especially if you have students who learn differently and might need the manipulatives...
     
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    Lakeshore has AWESOME overhead math materials for intermediate grades! If you can get a class set of manipulatives on your campus, i highly recommend getting some overhead manipulatives too.
     
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    I'd suggest: tangrams, fraction pieces for the overhead (circle and rod/square), dice of different sorts, desktop numberlines with positive and negative integers, geometric solids/prisms
     
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    I like using a place value pocket chart, especially for decimals.
     
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    I like using red and yellow counters to teach adding pos/neg numbers.
    I love using pattern blocks to teach fractions.
    3-D shapes to teach surface area.
     
  14. sue35

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    I would make sure you get tangrams. They can be used for a lot and work on critical thinking skills.

    Also, if you are going to a Lakeshore store make sure you make a list. I didn't and I got so much stuff. The place is addicting!

    Any news about the grade you will teach?
     
  15. shouldbeasleep

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    add measuring tape to everything that has been said.

    But check out the standards for your grade level. Chances are you're going to teach a lot about fractions and decimals. So I'd go with fraction pieces for everyone and place value charts.
     
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    Great suggestions and right on target!
     
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    Manipulatives are great! We used them all the way through 8th grade and when I was in a pull-out math program.

    I'd hold off on purchasing the manipulatives until you know if the math series has them.
     
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    This may sound kind of strange (and the school may have them already) but what about Judy clocks or something similar? I know we have to teach elapsed time, and the kids really struggle with it.
     

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