Our 5 Favorite Free Math Websites: Virtual Manipulatives

Many students with learning disabilities demonstrate difficulty in developing a conceptual understanding of mathematical topics. Fortunately, virtual math manipulatives allow students to see and interact with math concepts which enables them to better understand what is being taught. 

The following are five of our favorite websites providing free, high-quality virtual math manipulatives.

  1. Illuminations
    • For grades K-12.
    • Over 100 activities that include virtual manipulatives, applets, and games.
    • Website navigation guide.
  2. National Library of Virtual Manipulatives
    • For grades PreK-12.
    • Library of uniquely interactive, web-based virtual manipulatives or concept tutorials.
    • Virtual manipulatives available for all math topics.
  3. CoolMath4kids
    • For grades K-8.
    • For students 12 and under.
    • Provides virtual math manipulatives that help students develop basic number sense, spatial reasoning, addition, subtraction, counting, and much more.
  4. Utah Education Network: Math Interactives
    • For grades K-12.
    • High-quality interactive learning materials for mathematics in both English and Spanish.
    • Activities separated into three grade groups: K-2, 3-6, and 7-12.
  5. Interactivate
    • For Grades 3-12.
    • Set of free, online courseware for exploration in science and mathematics.
    • Website navigation guide.

Looking for more ideas on using Virtual Manipulatives? Check out these other PowerUp resources!

  1. Using Virtual Manipulatives to Teach Math
  2. Modeling – Teach with Tech
  3. Visual Representations

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