Key Words: Curriculum Materials, K-6, Math
A. Established Curricular Resources- Manipulatives:
1. Manipulatives- To teach math my teacher uses place value counters. This is one of many types of manipulatives you may use. Using manipulatives gets the students involved in the math concept you are teaching. It allows them to touch something real that is a representation of an abstract concept. It also allows the student to experiment with the concept that they are learning. There are many types of manipulatives that may be used for example; beads, clock faces, food, pattern blocks, and counting boards. They may be used for things such as patterns, telling time, problem solving, number concepts, and computation. There is no limit to these materials because you can use commercially made manipulatives or things that are laying around such as rubber bands and paper towel rolls. The deaf student must become involved in their learning, they must be able to see it and touch it. Using manipulatives gets the students actively involved in their learning.
2. Why does it work: This is working because it is allowing the student to take an active approach to learning. They are not passively sitting there watching you sign away. They are actually getting up, getting involved in the work. They are actually doing the process instead of memorizing the process. This makes sense to them because they see it work. The process goes from abstract to concrete. The use of manipulatives also is exciting and generates interest and enthusiasm for math.
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