Constraints for social distancing require teachers to find creative ways to engage students. Consider this fun strategy for exploring fraction equivalence, addition, and subtraction in a game environment where students use self-made or digital manipulatives.
Juli K. Dixon, Treshonda Rutledge, Jennifer C. Caton, and Edward C. Nolan
Karl W. Kosko
Use Cuisenaire™ Rods to emphasize the column-and-row structure in arrays for meaningful multiplication.
This simple dice game supports students' development of flexibility with numbers, the properties of the four operations (+, −, ×, ÷), and the order of operations. It requires only dice and a game board for each player.
Kyle T. Schultz and Stephen F. Bismarck
A geometric approach using exact square manipulatives can promote an understanding of the algorithm to dismantle radical expressions.
Pamela Edwards Johnson, Melissa Campet, Kelsey Gaber, and Emma Zuidema
Three preservice teachers used virtual manipulatives during clinical interviews with students of elementary school age. The technology exposed students' problem-solving strategies and mathematical understanding, promoting just-in-time teaching about the target content. The process of completing and reflecting on the interviews contributed to growth of the preservice teachers' technological pedagogical content knowledge.
Trena L. Wilkerson, Tommy Bryan, and Jane Curry
Using candy bars as models gives students a taste for learning to represent fractions whose denominators are factors of twelve.
Terry L. Kurz and Jorge Garcia
An alternative method for teaching prime decomposition explores using tools rather than factor trees.
Aimee J. Ellington and Joy W. Whitenack
A mathematics specialist has great success using a pattern-block configuration to help a small group of fifth graders understand that fractional parts of a whole unit must be equal in size. That's just the way the funky cookie crumbles.