How to Use Math Manipulatives to Answer Word Problems


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Which of the following can be used as a math manipulative?

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Solve this problem.

Suzie slices her apple pie in half, turns it 90 degrees and slices it in half again. How many slices does she have now?

2. Five friends get together. Each friend has three toothpicks. They put all their toothpicks into one pile. How many toothpicks total are in the pile?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Manipulatives are physical objects that may represent an idea from a word problem in mathematics. This quiz will test your knowledge of math manipulatives and how to use them by asking you to solve practice problems.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This assessment tests your knowledge of math manipulatives including:

  • What objects may be used
  • What part of the problem may be represented through manipulatives
  • How to solve math word problems with manipulatives

Skills Practiced

  • Making connections - use understanding of how objects can represent parts of math word problems in different contexts
  • Problem solving - use acquired knowledge of manipulatives to solve practice problems
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding examples of manipulatives

Additional Learning

For more information about math manipulatives, review the lesson titled How to Use Math Manipulatives to Answer Word Problems. This lesson goes into further details regarding math manipulatives including:

  • Definition and use
  • Potential manipulative objects
  • Identifying what may be represented by manipulatives