Saturday, February 1, 2014
Using Virtual Manipulative Base Ten Blocks to Teach Addition
I often remember the Chinese proverb that states: Tell me, I’ll forget Show me, I’ll remember Involve me, I’ll understand With the use of virtual manipulatives in the classroom, not only can you show students how to add numbers that involve grouping, but you can also involve them on a Smartboard or at a computer. The idea of grouping to exchange a value to the next place value can not only be shown with this manipulative, but students can gain an understanding of the process by performing the action on their own. The base blocks on the National Library of Virtual Manipulatives website consist of individual "units" for the 1s place value, "longs" for the 10s place value, "flats" for the 100s place value, and "blocks" for the 1000s and show ten of each set for base 10. Not only can these virtual manipulatives be used to show place value with numbers, but ten pieces can be grouped together to be exchanged to the next place value for addition.