Woohoo for Wednesday and Jivey's Workshop Wednesday linky! This week's theme is math manipulatives - what do you use, how do you store them, what do you do with them.
When I first found out this week's theme I though, great I guess I will have to clean up the math area in my classroom. But then I thought no, I will show people what it really looks like ( a mess) at this time of year. We use our manipulatives a lot and they do not stay super organized but we will not be cleaning them up until June so....
|Please note that some bins are showing labels - all of my bins have labels only my students refuse to put them back on the shelf with the label out!! Making cuter labels has been on my to-do list for 2 years!|
|The empty spot is where our money goes - but we are using it right now. The top corner box has flashcards and bingo games.|
|Messiest area - my fav. resources. The cup has dice in it, the bags hold materials to play Bump and those papers on top shelf are ten frames and hundred charts.|
Most of my manipulatives are stored in IKEA bins with old boring labels. There are a few containers of paper tools - hundred charts, ten frames etc.
I also have these manipulatives above the shelf behind my desk. These are my special manipulatives - as in they are for the teacher to take out - or forget she has until she goes into the box for something else. I keep my toothpicks and marshmallows here for building, my containers of pennies for area and estimating, my two sided circles, stamps, crazy dice, tessellations etc.
I use them for everything - skip pattern counting, ten frames, hundred charts, making arrays, fractions, probability......
And if you combine my two favorite manipulatives - color counters and dice you can play BUMP!!
If you have not played BUMP or are just looking for a different game board click here for a free addition and multiplication versionhttps://www.dropbox.com/s/uzl5ptg084tnsq2/bump%20game.pdf?dl=0. My kids love to play this game and it is an easy and fun way to keep up basic fact skills. You could always make it more difficult by adding 3 dice or combining adding and multiplying (roll 2 dice, add the numbers, then multiply by a set number). Of course you would need to make new game boards for those versions - that is why I included a blank page.
I am linking this freebie up with Molly at Lucky to Be in First for her Fabulous Freebies on the Fifteenth!
And one more thing. Be sure to check out Kristen's giveaway at i Teach 1:1 - lots of great prizes. I love her QR codes!!