My students need a physical medium to reinforce the common core math standards through kinesthetic learning. We need tangible pieces to manipulate in math manipulative library.
I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.
My students need and deserve to learn math any way they can. Hands-on activities allow them to see and then believe how and why mathematics works.
My city, my district, and my school families are economically disadvantaged.
100% of the students enrolled are eligible for and receive the free lunch program. My school is bi-lingual with more than 75% of my students learning English as a second language. Representing over 30 different countries, our student population faces language barriers, economic challenges, and culture shock. But they are strong, vibrant, energetic children full of life and eager to learn. Because our population is also transient, my students come with diverse experiences and levels of understanding.
Manipulatives have the advantage of engaging students by increasing both their interest in and enjoyment of mathematics. They allow students to use concrete objects to observe, model, and internalize abstract concepts. The Math Manipulative Library will give students the opportunity to compare the value of a fraction with its equivalent decimal and percentage using the Fraction, Decimals, and Percent circles. Students will be able to prove that the properties of exponents work by using the area tiles to show what happens with repeated multiplication. And students will be able to explain why fraction multiplication results in smaller numbers although conceptually having more by using the Fraction Multiplier Tiles. It is possible to incorporate these manipulatives into every unit taught.
Mathematics by nature is an abstract concept.
Eighth grade students are introduced to variables, which represent unknown quantities, and are expected to apply all the skills previously learned with concrete numbers to these abstract, unknown values. Math manipulatives allow students to experience why the laws of mathematics work in addition to visualizing how the rules are applied. In order to progress into high school math, a solid foundation in the basics is necessary for their success.
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