Exploring Math Manipulatives - Back to School Math Centers

Grade Levels
K - 2nd
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Establish math small groups and math center management & expectations with these simple centers & activities to help your students practice math routines. Students will practice math centers using these math manipulative exploration centers. Take the time to let students explore, create, and practice using math manipulatives to help them become independent during math stations.

These open-ended math manipulative exploration centers will teach students how all of these different manipulatives can be used in math. There's no “right or wrong” way to explore these manipulatives. Use these centers to let students practice how to work in math centers while the teacher is working with a small group.

In this resource you will find:

  • A quick-start guide to help you learn how to begin math centers in your classroom
  • 14 math manipulative exploration centers with ideas for how students can use each manipulative for math
  • 14 corresponding math manipulative recording sheets for students to show how they practiced using the manipulatives for math
  • Optional Math Mats including: number bonds, part-part-whole, addition & subtraction, fact families, patterns, ten frames, & hundreds/120 charts

Math Manipulatives Included for Exploration:

  1. Counting Cubes
  2. Base Ten Blocks
  3. Pattern Blocks
  4. Rulers
  5. 3D Shapes
  6. Geoboards
  7. Counters
  8. Square Tiles
  9. Rekenreks
  10. Animal Counters
  11. Linking Chains
  12. Clocks
  13. Coins
  14. Dominoes

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