Tried It... Wednesday?

Hello bloggy friends. This last of the year craziness is about to do me in. Not only have I been a bad blogger of recent, but I've also been a bad blog reader. I'm hoping to catch up this weekend it's just been crazy. All evening I've also been waiting to hear if an offer we put in on a house will be accepted or not; but as it nears 9pm I'm going to assume that it probably won't happen tonight. Here's hoping for a good word in the morning.

Until then, I'm double dipping on linkys and joining in with Holly's Tried It Tuesday and Jivey's Workshop Wednesday for a quick share.

As an undergrad I learned about the National Library of Virtual Manipulatives. I don't have a ton of manipulatives in my room as a first year teacher (although there are plenty of teachers who are more than willing to share) sometimes I need an item not readily available.

This website is great. You can chose items by grade level or math strand. Lots of options and lots of items to choose from.

Happy exploring!


  1. I am right there with you on the end of the year madness! I feel like it's all I can do just to stay afloat! I'm hoping to have a slower week next week - if state testing counts as slow?!?
    Good luck on the house - I hope you hear something in the morning!
    Polka Dot Lesson Plans

  2. GREAT POST! This is kind of a secret treasure that a lot of people don't know about. The fact that it is kind of "boring looking" doesn't help it either, but it is awesome.

    Digital: Divide & Conquer

  3. The national library of virtual manipulatives is amazing. When you start poking around at the number of different things offered on their and how they can help you jazz up your lessons, it is truly amazing.

    My absolute favorite is number line bars-fractions. It has completely transformed the way I teach and model fraction division.

    What are your favorites?

    The Math Maniac

  4. These are my favorite kind of manipulatives because they are EASY to clean up!! Hee hee! Thanks for linking up!
    ideas by jivey

  5. Sorry I didn't see this earlier. I hope you have news on the house bid! Thank you for sharing the website. I have to check it out!
    Fourth Grade Flipper


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