OVERVIEW: The NLVM is a comprehensive website that contains free virtual manipulatives for elementary and secondary grades. Just select a grade level and a math topic, such as geometry, and choose a manipulative that corresponds with your lesson. The NLVM was built according to national standards for math, so the manipulatives are guaranteed to go along with your curriculum.
The site is simple to use, and the manipulatives allow students to think about the math concept in a new way. Students with learning disabilities often struggle with understanding abstract concepts, so the visual aspect of the manipulatives is extremely helpful. It also helps with student motivation because they become engaged with this new form of learning.
A great feature of this website is the eNLVM which allows teachers to create their own "virtual classroom." Teachers can adapt the manipulatives to the specific needs of their students and create an individualized learning experience for everyone. If you're interested in this topic, the article about virtual manipulatives in the Scholarly Research tab will be helpful for you.
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