Making math more hands-on certainly takes two or three extra steps in planning an engaging lesson, but this small investment pays huge dividends for all learners in all environments. Have fun raiding Pinterest or reproduce your own manipulatives by looking at examples here.
Above, one of my third graders learns to construct prisms (and even angles of different classifications) using toothpick edges and marshmallow vertices. I always enjoy observing how "patient" the kids are with their building blocks. Funny, but every time at least one group comes up a marshmallow or two short and needs to ask for extras to complete the task.
Joe Manning is a Colorado public school teacher with a background in 3rd-12th grade education. He has helped hundreds of students achieve their learning goals both online and off, and he is excited to find smarter ways to help hundreds more do even better.