FREE Hands-On and Cooperative Learning Tips

Angela Watson
Grade Levels
K - 5th, Homeschool
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16 pages
Angela Watson


Learn how to use manipulatives, concrete materials, and group work effectively!

This item is a 16 page PDF excerpted from my book, "The Cornerstone: Classroom Management That Makes Teaching More Effective, Efficient, and Enjoyable."

In just this single chapter (16 pages!), you'll learn:

Manipulatives and Hands-On Learning Advice:

-Inexpensive ways to get math manipulatives and hands-on learning materials

-Tips for organizing and storing manipulatives

-Procedures for distributing manipulatives

-Routines for introducing manipulatives to the class

-Teaching strategies that keep kids on task during hands-on activities

-Showing students the difference between using and playing with manipulatives (and making time for both)

-Tips for making abstract ideas more concrete across the curriculum: reading, writing, social studies, science, and more.

Cooperative Learning Advice:

-Questions to ask yourself before deciding to use cooperative learning

-How to decide when to use partner work and when to use group work

-Factors to consider when placing students in groups

-How to choose groups based on learning styles and intelligences

-Using sticker cards to divide kids into random groups

-Ideas for managing cooperative learning activities

-Tips for assigning group jobs and group leaders

-Teaching kids how to solve interpersonal problems during group work

Other chapters from "The Cornerstone" book are available for free on TpT:

Re-Thinking Centers

How to Teach ANY Procedure

You can also purchase the entire book (500 pages of resources!).

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Class Rules Review Games: Paper-based & PowerPoint games

The Quick Skill Assessment Form: A simple system to document student progress

Be sure to check out my website where there are hundreds of pages of classroom management resources that make teaching more effective, efficient, and enjoyable! You'll find photos, activities, printable forms/posters, and more.




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