Thursday, 7 November 2013

Printables versus Factory-made Classroom Manipulatives

Using Printable Manipulatives versus Factory-made ones

I love to have my students learn new things in a most hands on way. This of course often requires bulky manipulatives that take up a lot of precious space. That's why I try to have printable version of hands-on manipulatives that are just as effective as a factory made plastic one. The added bonus to the printables is that they are flat and can be stored away in a folder so that I don't have to compromise on space. I just laminate them for durability.

This inspired my to make these printable inchworm rulers for introducing the inch. Well, it's more than rulers. It's a measurement task card set which includes a tutorial about measuring with an inchworm ruler. A sheet of printable rulers are included for you to laminate and cut out for your students. You can click here to see the complete listing of what you get with this download. It is available at my TpT store and I'd love for you to check it out! 

Isn't it addictive for you, once you start using printable manipulatives? I'm an addict for sure! But I try to have balance by exposing my students to a bit of everything: real objects, field trips, and videos too.  I like that these options are 'easy on my pocket'. So if a printable version is way cheaper than a brand-name item, I'd take the printable! ...How about you?

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As a Caribbean primary school teacher, I share my unique classroom with the world through this blog. Readers step into my class through the pictures, articles and classroom samples of games and lessons used in my class. I have been teaching since 2005 at the std. 4 primary level in Trinidad and Tobago. I am particularly interested in sharing my own personal lesson plans, tests and activities. Teachers need to share ideas and support each other because in doing so, we help to educate our students and develop ourselves as teachers. Technology is ever evolving and we as teachers should get on board with it, collaborate and keep up to date with this new age that we live in. Our students belong to this technological era and we must embrace opportunities to learn from each other in this global community. I also love to express my creativity in the classroom. I am a bit of a craftster . So I'm always cutting, gluing or making something... a game, a chart, a learning center, etc. So, teachers and parents, feel free to stop by and see what's new at Nyla's Crafty Teaching!