Using Manipulatives in the Middle School Math Classroom


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What are manipulatives?

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1. How are manipulatives like a dictionary?

2. When should teachers limit students' use of manipulatives?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet will give you an opportunity to assess and review your knowledge on presenting manipulatives to middle school students. You'll revisit what you know about manipulatives and how they help students solve problems.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet review:

  • What manipulatives are
  • Why they are used
  • When not to use manipulatives
  • Common student frustration in using manipulatives

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - revisit your understanding of what a manipulative is
  • Knowledge application - review what you know about manipulatives to answer questions about why to use them with middle school students
  • Making connections - use understanding of manipulatives to understand common drawbacks

Additional Learning

Learn more about this topic in the accompanying lesson, Using Manipulatives in the Middle School Math Classroom. The lessons offers an overview of:

  • Defining what a manipulative is
  • Why dice can be used to assist students
  • How geometric shapes are helpful
  • The use of blocks