Teacher Review For National Library of Virtual Manipulatives

So many tools on this site that help integrate classroom lessons and engage students for independent learning.

Susan W.
Classroom teacher
Mon Yough Catholic School, White Oak, PA
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 4
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
My main uses are the The Algebra Balance Scales and Algebra Tiles for my Algebra and Pre Algebra Classes. I have used the Factor Trees and I use the Number & Operations (Grades 6 - 8) for remedial work AND as a challenge for those inevitable students that always finish so early with seat work. This year I have a class of 17 remedial Math students. They test 2 or more grade levels below expectation. I use NVLM almost daily in class warm ups and homework review.
My Take
This is one of my "GOTO" sites for my Pre Algebra and Algebra classes. Once I have done whole class instruction using the book. I them move onto in class manipulatives. There are still some students that can not grasp the concept. NLVM is my next step. The Algebra Balance Scales and Algebra Tiles seems to be able to help those last students that still need some additional instruction.