Graduation Year

2011

Location

Ames Library, Illinois Wesleyan University

Start Date

9-4-2011 9:00 AM

End Date

9-4-2011 10:00 AM

Description

This self-study was designed to investigate the impact of using mathematic manipulatives on elementary students' learning of expected math skills, specifically at the fourth grade level. This inquiry included the implementation of both concrete and virtual manipulatives. In order to determine how to utilize manipulatives in math to support and foster student attention, comprehension, and retention, this inquiry focused on observations, lessons, student assessments, and reflections. I conclude that manipulatives can be beneficial tools used to enhance student learning when they are properly applied within the classroom. It is necessary for teachers, as well as students, to have ample time to learn how to use the manipulatives. I believe the most effective way to utilize manipulatives, so students can better understand an abstract mathematical concept, is when teachers take time to research and demonstrate for students how to correctly use the manipulatives.

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Utilizing Mathematic Manipulatives in the Elementary Classroom

Ames Library, Illinois Wesleyan University

This self-study was designed to investigate the impact of using mathematic manipulatives on elementary students' learning of expected math skills, specifically at the fourth grade level. This inquiry included the implementation of both concrete and virtual manipulatives. In order to determine how to utilize manipulatives in math to support and foster student attention, comprehension, and retention, this inquiry focused on observations, lessons, student assessments, and reflections. I conclude that manipulatives can be beneficial tools used to enhance student learning when they are properly applied within the classroom. It is necessary for teachers, as well as students, to have ample time to learn how to use the manipulatives. I believe the most effective way to utilize manipulatives, so students can better understand an abstract mathematical concept, is when teachers take time to research and demonstrate for students how to correctly use the manipulatives.