Math Thinking Mats for Distance Learning - Math Manipulatives

Grade Levels
K - 2nd
Resource Type
Formats Included
  • Google Slides™ (20 + Directions)
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Manipulatives are a CRITICAL part of our primary classrooms. They offer students a real, hands-on way to explore a mathematical concept and build their own meaning. The CSA model of mathematics has us moving students from the concrete to the semi-concrete to the abstract when introducing and teaching new material.

Online manipulatives are internet-based math tools that allow for whole-class modeling (led by students or teachers). There are SO many ways to use online math manipulatives. These templates are created to be used in digital form.

In this resource, you will find interactive templates to meet a variety of contexts and needs:

  • Representing Numbers Numbers
    • Tens + Ones
    • Hundreds + Tens + Ones
  • Addition and Subtraction
    • Five Frames
    • Ten Frames
    • 20 Frames
  • Part, Part, Whole with/without fact family equations
    • Circles
    • Boxes
  • Number Line
  • Numbers Chart (50s, 100, 120)

Can I make changes to the templates?

To make the slides easy for little learners, the math mats are built into the background of each page. If you have a specific request, feel free to leave it in my TPT Q&As. I am not able to honor all requests, and will let you know if your preference is possible.

Can I share this with students?

Yes! On a protected site or platform, you are welcome to share this digital file with students and families. That might look like a Google Classroom, a password-protected website, a password-protected Flip Grid, etc. Due to copyright, the digital file may not be placed on a class website that is accessible to the general public.

With what programs is this compatible?

This digital file is able to work with GoogleTM Slides, Google Drive. Microsoft OneDriveTM. Then students may submit their thinking digitally. For instructions on how to use this resource with Microsoft OneDriveTM visit.

Can I share just one or a few slides at a time?

Yes! After you make a copy of this digital file and add it to you Google Drive, you are free to manipulate the slides. You can add/delete/move around the templates to meet the needs of your students. Only want to share one template? Perfect. Delete the other slides and share the file via Google Classroom for your students. Then, when you want the rest of the templates, you can come back to this link and reopen the

How can these templates be used?

  • Whole Group Modeling – These templates could be used whole-group on an Interactive Whiteboard as part of a mini-lesson. In a distance learning environment, these could be used as you screenshare, modeling for students. Additionally, you might include these in a Google Classroom (force make a copy), giving students and families to these manipulatives for at-home learning and practice.
  • Small Group/1:1 Focus Groups – Working in virtual 1:1 tutoring sessions or in small groups, a single set of templates could be used by 5-6 students, who take turns working with and representing numbers and problems.

With which programs are these templates compatible?

These templates include PowerPoint and Google Slides versions.

Can I make my own games and activities to sell, using these templates?

No. These templates are intended for single-classroom use. You may not tweak, recreate, or make a resource ”inspired” by these templates to sell or distribute for free. original file.

For students to manipulate the pieces, the Google Slide must not be in presentation mode.

Total Pages
20 + Directions
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 Year
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