Workshop Wednesday - Math Manipulatives and a Freebie on the 15th!

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 also have magnetic math manipulatives from Lakeshore that I keep with my chart stand for group lessons. I love these manipulatives - they have saved me loads of time!

 These are my favorite of all manipulatives. Color counters and dice!!!
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 version 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!!


  1. Great post! Thanks for the freebie! My kids love playing BUMP.
    More Than Math by Mo

  2. I've never played BUMP! You can bet we'll be playing before school gets out! :) thanks for linking up!!
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  3. I don't think it is that messy. I haven't heard of Bump.
    Kids Math Teacher

  4. Love seeing the math bins! I might join this linky next week...gotta take some pics. I have those same ikea bins but I use them for books and other things. I hate my math bins so this summer I will be looking for new option.

  5. So many fun manipulatives in your room! I love that they we can tell just how much they have been used! Thanks for the addition bump freebie! My kids love bump!

    Learning to the Core

  6. You have to LOVE Ikea bins for manipulatives. I have never played BUMP but it sounds fun. Another thing to try out next September! Teaching time is crazy right now, if you are not in testing mode like I am, you are in report card mode, or just plain when is this going to end mode! I wanted to invite you to drop by and enter the GIVEAWAY on my blog right now, just in case you missed it! It's a great 31Gifts organizer tote, I want all my Canadian blogger buddies to get in on the sale too! Jen the teacher sponsoring the party,is one of the first consultants for 31 Gifts in Canada! The prices are awesome...come and check it out!

  7. I just found your blog through iTeach's giveaway. Excited to be your newest follower:)
    The Techie Teacher

  8. I'm looking for fun ways to end the year in math so I'll have to teach my kiddos how to play BUMP. I think they will love it!!

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  9. Messy manipulatives prove that you use them! So many teachers neglect that crucial step. I'd rather have messy, hands-on learning!

    Eclectic Educating

  10. LOVE the game - Thanks! Your manipulatives aren't nearly as messy as my front table today...we're combining learning habitats, landforms, and animal classifications, adaptations, and characteristics in ONE all-consuming project this week. I have newspaper, paint, paper, feathers, sequins, scissors, tape, glue, hot glue sticks and guns, extension cords, leaves, nests, and colored pencils all piled ON TOP OF student work, worksheets for next week, probably my name-badge, maybe some snacks, and who knows what else...It all just means you're busy teaching and your kids are busy learning!


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