Now Teachers Can Get DreamBox Teacher Tools Free!
Throughout the development of DreamBox Learning K-2 Math, our teachers and developers collaborated to develop innovative (and in many cases patent-pending) tools that are exactly suited to teaching the early numeracy concepts students need to learn. These virtual manipulatives are web-based tools that help students more easily grasp math concepts in visual terms, and give them hands-on opportunities to manipulate the objects to construct mathematical knowledge.
Now we’ve turned our easy-to-use virtual manipulatives into math resources for teachers, and made them available for teachers to use free in their classrooms. If you’re a teacher with a broadband connection you can use these virtual tenframes, mathracks, and other innovative tools in large- or small-group instructional settings. With an interactive white board or projector you can help make math lessons come to life for your whole class, or just use them on a computer for smaller groups. And the DreamBox Teacher Tools are all free!
Quick Images: Identifying Amounts™
The first in the series of Teacher Tools we’ve released are the Quick Images tools, which help students conceptualize numbers as groups and investigate number relationships. For example, students can:
• Organize and analyze visual images in mathematical ways
• Understand spatial relationships
• Describe patterns and shapes using number relationships and mathematical vocabulary
• Connect visual images to their numeric representation
Using the Quick Images manipulatives are a great way to engage students in communicating their mathematical thinking while offering opportunities for students to subitize and conceptualize numbers. The ideas here can be used as stand-alone activities, as a supplement to an existing math curriculum, or incorporated into a professional development program for teachers.
The Quick Images tools include 3 different math manipulatives:
- The Numbergram™ uses dot arrangements similar to those on standard dice, familiar to many children, to encourage thinking about patterns in number relationships and support the development of spatial relationships.
- The mathrack uses 1, 2, or 10 wires with 5 red beads and 5 white beads on each wire, to help students see the quantities of 5 and 10 as a whole, supporting the use of 5s, 10s, and doubles as anchors for mathematical thinking.
- The tenframe, a 2 x 5 array on which counters are placed from left to right across the top, and then left to right across the bottom, offers additional visual support for seeing the quantities of 5 and 10 as a whole.
All three of these manipulatives support students in conceptualizing numbers as groups rather than individual objects to be counted, combining numbers to make other numbers, and investigating relationships between numbers. These relationships form the basis for efficient computation and flexible, quick recall of math facts. Click here to learn more about Quick Images: Identifying Amounts™.
DreamBox resources support professional development
When teachers access DreamBox Teacher Tools at www.dreambox.com/teachertools, they’ll also find tutorials on the manipulatives and ideas for using the tools in classroom lessons. And we provide resources that support the professional development of teachers as they learn to incorporate the virtual manipulatives, in order to support students’ mathematical learning.
After you try the DreamBox Teacher Tools, please tell us what you think and how you’re using them!