How do I enrich children’s learning of primary mathematics to bring the subject to life? This book inspires and supports you, the new and beginning teacher, to use talk-rich and open tasks that bring mathematics to life in your classroom. • Tried and loved practical tasks that engage and motivate • Supports you to create confident and resilient mathematicians in your classroom • Explores ways to engage children in mathematics across the primary curriculum • Focuses on understanding key mathematical concepts and the connections between them

Using Manipulatives in the Mathematics Classroom

Using Manipulatives in the Mathematics Classroom
Using Manipulatives in the Mathematics Classroom
Alison Borthwick
In This Chapter

This chapter:

  • shows you what is meant by ‘manipulatives’
  • helps you to understand the importance of manipulatives in the learning and teaching of primary mathematics
  • features many activities that show you how to use manipulatives effectively to enhance and support children’s learning of mathematics.

Manipulatives (also referred to as representations or mathematical models) are key mathematical resources needed to support the teaching and learning of mathematics. They are physical constructs that can be used to embody, illustrate and demonstrate some of the most important mathematical ideas. If learners are to become mathematical, they need to acquire mathematical knowledge, develop a range of mathematical skills and understand key mathematical concepts. Many researchers (for example, ...

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