“Manipulative’s are a tool for instruction, yet teachers tend to not use them due to lack of education and confidence of their effectiveness to increase learning.” (Green, Flowers, & Piel, 2008).
With more and more Chromebook’s coming into school districts it is important to make sure our students are using them for creation verse consumption of knowledge. A great way for students to show creation is in Google Drawing App. Teachers and/or students can create manipulatives, task or games based on the skills they are learning. Below are a few examples along with how to create these in Google Draw.
1. Let’s Go Shopping: This is an example for our a second grade money task. The students must show how much money would represent what they are buying. They can do a screencast* to share their thinking as they are creating.
2. Water Cycle: This is an example a student created based on the water cycle. The student created the water cycle images, label the correct terms and then did a screencast* explaining their thinking. For younger grades they can do a screen shot.
3. Base Ten: Here I created a virtual base ten task. The students have to create the number by using the base ten virtual manipulatives and explain their thinking through a screencast*.
Here is my folder of Google Draw templates I have created or I have found, click here to add them to your Google Drive. They will only look like an image until add them to your drive, then you can edit and see more of the details.
*Screencast: We use the Google Extension Snag-it. (If you are in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, this extensions is put on all Chromebooks. All the students need to do to create the screencast is click the blue S to the right of the url window.)
How to Create Manipulatives in Google Draw:
1. Decide what type of manipulative you need and brainstorm what the goal of the task is for the students. (Example: For the Let’s Go Shopping task I created above. I wanted to see if they could create the correct combinations to pay for the items.)
2. Then log into your GAfE account, go to your drive and click on new (you will have to go to the arrow where it says more to find Google Draw) click on draw.
3. Right click on the blank grey and white grid/canvas to choose a background color you would like to use.
4. Now you build your manipulatives or games the way you would like. Under the insert tab are where you can put pictures, create shapes and text boxes.
Here are a few other ideas you can create manipulative/tasks for but not limited too….
Math: fraction number line, quadrilateral chart, ten frame, clock/time etc
Reading: story maps, word sorts, vocabulary, brainstorming/mind-map etc.
Science: periodic table, cell diagram, rock cycle etc
Social Studies: history timeline, infographic, graphic organizers such as for cause & effect
Other Resources for Using Manipulative’s:
I would love to know how you use Google Drawing in the Classroom, please share in the comments.