Ideas for Math Manipulatives Apps or Online Tools ~ Thanks K-2 friends!

(Last Updated On: April 21, 2017)

At recent grade level meetings, we played and brainstormed how these awesome apps could be used in our classrooms.  Teachers explored the apps and then shared a story or task a student could use the app to solve the problem  Here are our ideas:

PS:  These are iPad apps and also web based tools.  Awesome!

Image result for geoboard appGeoboard App or Web Tool




Story or Task ideas:

Can you show me shapes with _____ sides?


Draw _______. How many sides? Corners? Etc.
Make a shape then make the symmetrical shape.


Make a shape with four vertices and four sides.


Make a polygon.

Story or Task Ideas:
Students could show “teen” numbers as 10 and _____ more. For example, 15 is 10 and 5 more.
They can be used to make sums of ten in different ways. A screen shot could be taken of the frames and then be imported into Educreations where the students can explain their understanding.
Help with number stories so they have a visual tool to see the answer as opposed to writing a number sentence.

Number Line App or Web Tool

Story or Task Ideas:
Addition and subtraction problems. You could use the number lines for skip counting
Kindergarten had 3 basketballs . Our gym teacher gave us 2 more basketballs. How many basketballs do we have in our room?


Give the students an addition or subtraction problem, such as 3 + 5. Have the students pull up a number line and type in the problem. Next have them take a screen shot and import it into Educreations. Open it up in Educreations and record how you would use the number line to solve the problem, speaking and showing your work.

Number Pieces App or Web Tool


Story or Task Ideas:
Writing a 2 or 3 digit number and build it with blocks. They could put it in a place value mat. They could write it in expanded form.

Bobby’s pumpkin weighs 12 lbs. Gina’s pumpkin weighs 23 lbs. how much do their pumpkins weigh all together?

You can use these tools for simple addition and expanded form
Story or Task Ideas:
Kids could use this to practice the concept of 10. What makes a 10 and how different combinations of ten look.

You can use it to make sums of ten or higher numbers. Use the shade to hide some and work with a partner to tell how many are missing.
This would be a great app. For my math centers as two forms of manipulatives for students. I can see myself using the geometry shapes for teaching fractions and tessellations. For accountability, I could have students perform screen shots and email them.

Pattern Shapes App or Web Tool


Story or Task Ideas:
Can you repeat the pattern?
Can you show me shapes with _____ sides?


Make a shape then make the symmetrical shape.







Do you have any other story or task ideas that could be used with these great tools? Share here….


One thought on “Ideas for Math Manipulatives Apps or Online Tools ~ Thanks K-2 friends!

  • November 23, 2014 at 8:50 pm
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    I found a picture of all the upper and lowercase-letters made on geoboards. I made these into cards and the kids use them with the geoboard app on the iPads.

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