Math Manipulatives to Buy

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  1. Michael S.

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    I am moving to fourth grade. Are there any math manipulatives that would be helpful to have? I taught fifth grade in the past so I know most of the helpful resources, but thought it wouldn't hurt to ask what others find helpful with fourth grade Common Core math.

    We currently have resources from the enVision Math kits. However, we tend to create our own resources for instruction.

    I have already picked out a set of fraction towers and magnetic base ten blocks. I have $75 to spend from my school district and thought recommendations could be helpful.
     
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    Your campus should give you a math tub full of manipluatives that can be checked out yearly. Also ask your math specialist and librarian (my last campus had all math manipulatives in the library to be checked out). You shouldn't need to buy a thing. Maybe print out some multiplication and place value charts online.
     
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    They do have a tub for me. I am receiving a $75 use-it-or-lose-it voucher for teaching summer school. Are there any cool manipulatives you have found online that aren't typically in those tubs?

    For example, I am going to buy AngLegs and Fraction Towers. At school, we have protractors and fraction tiles, but don't have those items.
     
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    What is given out varies greatly from school to school. Don't expect anything. But definitely find out exactly what you're getting before you buy stuff. Magnetic base ten blocks are great I use them all the time. I also have magnetic fraction strips and circles that I used a lot in third grade and I'm sure I'll use them again for fourth.
     
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    I used to use Base 10 blocks to demonstrate decimals. Let the large cube (1000) represent one whole and use the rest for the decimals. Make or buy place value mats and have kids model decimals.

    Even 4th graders should have a number line on the wall. Individual white boards for computation and games are great. Several measurement sets with calibrated beakers and mass units would be handy for group work. Dice for games, some kind of probability accessories, a magnetic fraction set, the newer kinds of compasses, a giant magnetic protractor and compass for whole-group instruction, ....... I could go on and on. A fantastic, unusual card game for math is called Set.
     
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    I love Set!
     
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    This is wonderful, thank you so much. :) I was also wondering about a number line moving from 2nd to 4th. I am pretty obsessed with place value (coming from second it was a skill lacking) and am loving your idea about decimals. Thank you thank you! :hugs:
     
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    I'll have a place value chart and a number line (-50 to 50) in my grade 7/8 classroom next year.
     
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    I'm trying to visualize the math manipulatives I have, so forgive it some of these items have been mentioned already.

    Playing Cards
    Dice
    Clocks
    Number Line
    Legos
    Place Value Blocks
    Timers
    Money
    Unifex Cubes
    Geometry Solids
    Counters
    Tangrams
    Flash Cards
    Dominoes
    Fractions Bars/Circles
    Protractors

    Also, I don't know if these would be considered manipulatives, but two things I have are software and FROG. You can see them here.

    http://products.lakeshorelearning.com/search#w=software My students love the software games, and they are great for whole group or small group instruction.

    http://www.frog.com/catalog/merchant.mv?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=FPC&Category_Code=4th These work great for small group instruction.
     
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    otter - did you know that you can play a daily game of set online? Go to www.setgame.com .
     
  12. Michael S.

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    Thanks for the suggestions!
     

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