Manipulatives in Education: Definition, Examples & Classroom Applications


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Which of the following best defines manipulatives in education?

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1. How are manipulatives a form of constructivism?

2. Which of the following are ways to apply manipulatives in the classroom?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

If you ever had puzzles or blocks in school that helped teach you something, then you've used examples of manipulatives. In this quiz, you'll recall various facts about manipulatives and how to most effectively use them.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This manipulatives quiz tests your ability to:

  • Define manipulatives in the context of education
  • Understand how manipulatives are a form of constructivism
  • Recognize ways to apply manipulatives in the classroom
  • Recall why manipulatives work well for math lessons
  • Remember Dr. Shaw's reasons for why manipulatives are effective

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - draw from the most important information in the lesson on classroom manipulatives
  • Information recall - remember the knowledge you've acquired about why math instruction lends itself especially well to the use of manipulatives
  • Knowledge application - use this information and successfully answer questions about how manipulatives are a form of constructivism

Additional Learning

If you want to learn more about this topic, check out our lesson named Manipulatives in Education: Definition, Examples & Classroom Applications. The lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define constructivist
  • List examples of manipulatives used in math lessons
  • Explain how to use manipulatives in poetry
  • Explore manipulatives to use in geography
  • Provide examples of manipulatives used in the context of grammar