Must Have Math Manipulatives

Mathtokens
The Question:
Our school has money for math manipulatives /resources. What are some “must haves” to purchase to help teach the Common Core for Math?
The Answers:
Tonya
Sorting objects: color, size, kind, shape
Kathy
The number cards from the Investigations set; dice; two-sided chips (red and yellow)
 
Michelle
Traditional dice, dice with higher numbers, blank dice…
Jocelyn
Blank dice
Colleen
Number dice, two-color counters
Kathy
3D shapes!!
Becky
Counters ( cubes, bears, etc…) geometric solids
Shawna
Dominoes
Laurie
Unifix cubes in at least two different colors
Mandy
Multi sided dice to 20-sold as a pound of dice on Amazon, dominos, two color counters, card stock to print games found online,
Marcy
Unifix cubes of multiple colors for counting, showing patterns, etc. Also, multiple attribute shapes (5 different shapes, 3 different colors, 3 different sizes and 2 different thicknesses.)
Robin
Lots of unifix cubes, blank dice, 2 color counters, number cards, 3D and 2D shapes
Kristen
Linking cubes, double-sided counters, dice and dice in dice (trust me!), dominoes, counting bears, base ten cubes, number lines.
Kay
Polydron set – great for 3D shapes
Holly
Pattern blocks
Danielle
Clear or transparent spinners
Connie
Class Rekenrek…..our school purchased each “K” teacher one for our “Number Corner”….been using it almost everyday during our calendar/Number Corner time! It hangs easily over the bulletin board. I made each child a Rekenrek with poster board, wire, and beads. Great tool for learning math!
Heather
Pattern blocks, dominos, all kinds of dice, buttons for sorting, unifix cubes, 10 frame mats, tokens
Megan
All of that & A SCALE!!! It was awful teaching that lesson last year without one while we waited on our supplies to get there.
Andrea
3d shapes, 3d shape builders, ten frames, base ten kit
Connie
Christine
Judy clocks, fake coins/bills and a variety of counters for patterns, group counting, sorting, graphing etc.
Suellen
Base ten blocks
Gloria
I’m hearing we need number lines! Anyone else?
Kelly
Frogs on logs!
Kristin
Dominoes, counters, measurement games/manipulatives like inch worms, work mats, solid shape manipulatives, attribute blocks….
Shannon
Discount school supply has these new pattern piggies that are pretty cool
Jessica
Base 10 blocks and possibly Touch Point Math
Vicki
Linking cubes!
Sylvia
Ten frames, number lines, and 100 charts…. but these can be easily made. I’d order lots of little/varied objects for counting. “Counting Collections” is a fun learning activity, and you’ll need lots of different kinds of counters. Double sided counters are great too!
Michelle
Linking cubes and dice
Karen
I have a magnetic 100 counting chart and it’s also a white board that has small, red, square, magnetic numbers. On one side the numbers are written, the other side is blank. Love this. I use for all type of number activities and graphing
Sarah
If you don’t have a class set of white boards and a lot of low-odor dry erase markers, this would be a good time to get some. You can use them for any lessons, any time, and the kids LOVE them.
Teresa
 Kim Sutton Math! The best for number lines, skip-counting, etc.! The number lines have color coded dots that help students distinguish even / odd, 2s, 5s, 10s, etc.
Nadine
Base ten blocks!!! Upper grades wouldn’t part with them so I had to purchase my own… Number lines can be downloaded at Sparklebox!! They are great!
Megan
Dominos, dice, counters, 10 frames, linking cubes
Angela
Blank foam cubes (I make my own dice and they are quiet!), roll of cabinet foam liner, unifix blocks, sorting links
Cecilia
 Dice, dominoes, tens frames( with magnetic pieces), pattern blocks, unifix cubes, colored blocks and other counting items. EAI catalog.
Suzanne
Math mats, unifix cubes.
Wynn
You’ve got a great list here! Want to second everything- but put in a special vote for the Rekenrek!
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