Monday, September 12, 2011

The National Library of Virtual Manipulatives

Today's featured website is a favorite of one of the math teachers here at the middle school. The National Library of Virtual Manipulatives is a site that offers free virtual manipulatives that work beautifully with the interactive white boards in the classroom. Students can get the visual support they need to develop greater understanding of the material along with hands-on practice that covers a wide-range of content areas: Numbers and Operations, Geometry, Algebra, Measurement, and Data Analysis and Probability. What is even more amazing is that this site covers all grade levels from Pre-K through 12th grade.

Each tool will open up in a new page and has instructions available. Tools have features that can often be edited in order to fit your exact needs!

The program does offer a download for its "free trial version", but you don't have to do this. Just click and use. You may have to allow permissions for the Java plug-in or be prompted to allow Java to "continue", but this that is it! This is a great resource and a fun site to explore.

This screenshot shows a spinner from Data and Probability along with the results and instructions.

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