Using Virtual Manipulatives to Solve Problems & to Explore Concepts

Number


Grade

Number

Problem or Exploration

Virtual Manipulative

K-4

Saskatchewan Curriculum Outcomes at a Glance

5-9

Saskatchewan Curriculum Outcomes at a Glance

K
NK.3
Ask students to build two towers, 1 purple, 1 Yellow. Count and record the number of cubes in each tower.
Connecting Cubes

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K
NK.5
I have 3 red cubes. There is one more green cube. How many green cubes do I have?

Ten Frame and Colored Cubes
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1
N1.1
There are 10 bears and 2 boats, how many bears can sit in each boat?
Teddy Bears
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1-2
N1.1 & N2.1
Show me 2 ways to make 20
Show me 2 ways to make 59
Tens & Ones
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1
N1.1
Pick a number. Write it down. Show the number using pictures. Write down the number that comes after it.
Draw.to

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1
N1.4
At what point is half of the first ten frame filled?
At what point is half of both ten frames filled?
How much is 2 more than 5, 2 less than 20, etc.?
How many cubes have been used when both egg cartons are filled?
(Source: Mike Fulton - Instructional Video)
Ten Frame
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1
Addition
N1.9
Read the Story 10 Little Monkey's (pause anywhere in the story) ask students:
If some jumped off, how many are left on the bed?
A. Draw your answer
B. Write a number sentence
C. Share your answer
10 Little Monkeys - Virtual Story
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Draw.to
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1
Addition
N1.9
You have 10 Teddy Bears, some are blue and some are yellow. How many combination's can you make to show 10? Explain or draw the different combination's. Use pictures, numbers or words.
Select Bedroom background, & Teddy Bear Manipulative
Teddy Bears
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1
Subtraction
N1.9
Follow the egg carton problem
Fill the Egg Carton
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1
N1.9
Changing Rods Stories to Number Sentences

Mystery Train Clue Cards: Original Lesson

Gordloina
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Cuisenaire Rods
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2
N2.1
What's My Name: I'm Greater than 10, I'm an even number, I'm less than 25 ... show using this 100's square
Bob has a number between one and one hundred. His number has a four in it. What could his number be?
100's Square
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2
N2.2

(Source: Mike Fulton - Instructional Video)
Bar Chart
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2
N2.2
Relationship between Addition and Subtraction
(Source: Susan Muir)
Link to blog post
Link to Blog Post Scroll down to fishing problem
Number Bars
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Thinking Blocks
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Linking Cubes
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3
N3.1
I am 3 digit number, my digits are 3,8,1, how may different numbers can I make?
Base Ten Blocks
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3
N3.1
I have 6 coins worth $.82. What coins do I have? Is there more than 1 answer?
Mark has 4 coins, how much money does he have? Are there other answers?
I have some pennies, nickels and dimes in my pocket, I put 3 coins in my hand
Money Matters

3
N3.1
How many ways can you use the calculator at add 4 fives?
Big Calculator
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2-3
N3.1 & SP3.1
There are 20 students in the classroom, most of the students took a bus, the least amount of students drove in a car ... show your work (using tallies)
Tally
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Mrs. J. spins the spinner - the arrow is more likely/least likely to land on?? (change the spinner)
Virtual Spinner
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3
N3.4
Explore Fractions: halves & quarters
Fraction Flag
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3
N3.4
Developing understanding of fractions using pattern blocks
Source: Mike Fulton - Instructional Video)
Patch Tool
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4
N4.6
Show me a flag that is painted 8/16 red, 5/16 Blue and 3/16 yellow
Create your own Flag and explain in fractions how it is painted
Fraction Flag
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4
N4.1 & N4.2
Choose a number from the random number generator. Represent the number in two or more ways.
Random Number GeneratorPicture_25.png
4
N4.8a
We want to buy some rope. One rope needs to be 2.47 metres in length and the other
rope must be 1.78 metres in length. How much rope altogether must be purchased?
(Source: Mike Fulton & Instructional Video)
Base Ten Blocks
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4-5
N4.8
Addition of tenths using The Power of Ten cards
fractions.JPG
poweroften_faceoff.JPG
Trevor Calkin videos
Mike Fulton & Instructional Video
Decimal Base ten
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Decimal Numberline Tool
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Virtual Working Mat
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Decimals and Fractions
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5
N5.4
Calculate how old you are in months/weeks/days. (Guess & Check Strategy) Estimating
Calculating Tool
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5
N5.5
Gina and her friends ordered the same size pizza but had it cut twice as many times as Jason and his friends. How many pieces of pizza would Gina have to eat to equal the amount Jason ate?
How many pieces of pizza would Gina have to eat to equal the amount Jason ate?
Source: Mike Fulton - Instructional Video
Fraction Pieces
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6
N6.2
Arrange the four number cards (1, 2, 3 and 21) on the grid above to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line. You can put a number card on a square with
  • the same number
  • a multiple of that number
  • a factor of that number.
In how many different ways can you do it?
Factor Lines
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6

Show how many ways you can make change from a $20.00 bill if the item you purchased was $14.56?
Money Matters (broken-link)

7
N7.3
Students will answer questions to guide them to find patterns between decimals and the equivalent fraction.


7
N7.6
Number line

7
N7.6
2 Coin problem about the weather

Additional Resources: SK outcome based lessons & assessment of problems using concrete manipulatives & virtual manipulatives.