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What are manipulatives?
Manipulatives are hands on materials such as games, kits, models, and specimens that enhance classroom learning. At PSL, you can borrow manipulatives to support many lesson plans and learning objectives for PreK-12 and Special Education.
Below you will find information on just a few of our favorite manipulatives at PSL.
Spotlight on Manipulatives
Spotlight on Manipulatives!
Each month we will recommend manipulative materials from different educational areas. Come by the PSL to borrow these and other great hands-on educational materials. Many of our manipulatives come with teacher guides, but check out the resources for creative ways to use our spotlighted items.
K’NEX Education – Simple and Compound Machines Set
Call Number: Sp.G KNex Gr.4-9 2015 S74
Build 16 fully-functioning replicas of real-world machines (one at a time)
Expands students' knowledge of simple machine concepts through hands-on learning
Includes 352 K'NEX parts all packaged in a convenient storage box
Includes building instructions and comprehensive Teacher's Guide
Aligned to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) concepts national standards
For 5th through 9th grade classrooms
Building instructions and comprehensive teacher's guide included
Learning Resources Pumping Heart Model
Call Number: Sb.MO LR Gr.3-12 200- P86
Easy-to-use, multi-sensory model
Explore how the heart and lungs work together for oxygen exchange
Uses a simple hand pump to demonstrate basic heart and pulmonary blood flow
Features clearly labeled heart chambers, main artery, veins and lungs
Ideal for ages 8+
Match It! Mathematics Memory
Call Number: M.G LJI Gr.K-1 2016 M37
GAIN EARLY MATHEMATICS SKILLS – The Match It! Memory Mathematics game introduces early math skills including number recognition and basic addition and subtraction. By matching the sum to its answer, the child gains an important understanding of mathematic fundamentals, all aided by the pictures which provide a helpful clue.
BOOST MEMORY SKILLS – Memory skills improve with practice. This game requires the child to remember the location of previous puzzle pieces so that they can match them up to form the correct match. They can actively boost their memory while having fun!
LEARN TOGETHER & BOOST SOCIAL SKILLS – Learning together while playing games makes learning a fun, collaborative experience. Playing together with family or friends provides a fantastic opportunity to learn about taking turns, sharing and helping each other.
IMPROVE FOCUS – Playing the Memory game competitively can provide an extra boost of focus, encouraging children to concentrate on the task at hand while they play. Successful matching provides a huge boost of self-esteem to reward that focus.
ENCOURAGE CONFIDENCE – Learning mathematics can be a daunting process, but games are a friendly, enjoyable introduction to the basic skills your child needs before moving on to more complex mathematics. This can help any child to feel more positive and confident when approaching literacy tasks.