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Tools: Any material used to help, teach, develop, think, practice, and apply mathematical ideas. Examples:

  • Pattern Blocks
  • Base 10 blocks
  • dice
  • card
  • counters
  • white board
  • paper
  • pencil
  • notebook
  • calculator
  • ruler
  • protractor
  • geoboard
  • compass
  • dominoes
  • money
  • beans
  • buttons
  • unifix cubes

Manipulatives are tools to ensure that students develop a deep understanding of math concepts. Marilyn Burns, one of today's most highly respected mathematics educators, answers important questions regarding manipulatives in this Scholastic Instructor article:

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