What’s in every math teacher’s toolbox? Smart tools to make learning math concepts more fun and interactive. These 25 classroom math supplies are the “must-haves” for teachers.
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This hands-on math activity set is perfect for helping young students learn counting, operations, number patterns and more. The trays are flat and compact for easy storage and include colorful magnets to make math a little more fun! See more ten frame activities here.
This tub of number tiles is a great way to teach addition, division, multiplication and more. The one-inch tiles all fit inside a plastic storage tub, making them easy to store and sanitize!
Help students explore the relationship between numbers with these “write and wipe” fact family boards. They’ll develop problem-solving, equation building, and other higher-level algebraic skills. They are double-sided—use one side for addition and subtraction and then flip it over for multiplication and division!
4. LEGO Bricks
These beloved building bricks make terrific tools in your classroom, and they’re especially great for teaching a variety of math concepts. Check out our 30 favorite LEGO math ideas for every skill level.
Your students will master manipulatives, place value, and regrouping with these base ten blocks. This set includes an activity book, storage container, 100 units, 50 rods, 10 flats, and one cube. Made of durable plastic, these are incredibly easy to keep clean!
Whether you use the increasingly popular dice in dice or sets of two dice, there are so many ways to use dice in math. Add them up, roll to match, and more. Check out dice in dice games and standard dice games for the classroom.
These XY axis dry erase mats will make graphing easy without taking up a lot of space. Students can develop a better understanding of numeracy and relational concepts without leaving a mountain of crumbled up loose-leaf papers!
Another replacement for graph paper are these double-sided graph lap boards! They’re not just for math either—one side has a blank writing surface that students can use to practice spelling and penmanship, too!
If you’re looking for classroom math supplies, you can’t overlook a good fraction tower set. This is the perfect hands-on activity to promote visual learning of fractions, decimals, and percents in a tangible way.
10. Playing Cards
Just like the dice above, there is a multitude of ways to incorporate playing cards into your math curriculum. From number sequencing to skip counting and more.
Foster early math skills and shape recognition with these plastic pattern blocks. Help learners grasp geometry and pattern design and then put everything back in the convenient storage bucket!
Your students will really “dive into shapes” with this “Sea” and Build geometry set! They’ll quickly learn about identifying shape attributes and partitioning squares and circles into equal parts with this kit, which also includes 15 double-sided activity cards.
13. Math Posters
These math posters get your students to talk about their math thinking. Because so many students come up with the answer in different ways, these help them to explain their process!
You want your students to be able to do basic math equations by hand, but having a standard calculator is also important. For younger grades, a simple, colorful model will be as fun to use as it is helpful!
15. Mathlink Cubes
There are so many uses for these MathLink Cubes. Kids can work on adding and subtracting, but also grouping, comparison, color identification, shape identification, and more. These cubes also promote the development of fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
The square shape of these spinners is perfect for dividing evenly. Use them for various math games or even to teach probability!
Spark engagement with these tangible, manipulative kits. You’ll find Algeblocks, polyhedral dice, color-number spinners, coordinated pegboards, and color tiles inside this set which comes with a sturdy storage bin.
18. Geometric Solids
It’s one thing to try to imagine or even draw three-dimensional shapes, but being able to handle and inspect one can make learning about them so much easier. They’re easy to clean and students can even fill them with liquid or dry substances (such as sand).
19. Cuisenare rods
Use these cuisenare rods as a concrete representation of abstract math concepts. The 10 color-coded lengths (in 1cm increments from 1cm to 10cm) help with fractions, measurements, and more. This teacher’s set comes with 155 rods.
Starting with the basics? These wooden peg number boards are great for teaching students to count. They can also help kids get a better grasp on the relationship between numbers and quantities.
21. Counting Bears
Sort. Match. Count. Pair. However you happen to use these adorable counting bears, your students will have fun without even knowing they’re learning math!
22. Calendar chart
As you share the calendar, your students learn math! Show them counting, dividing a month into weeks, and more, with this pocket chart featuring 45 clear pockets for holding headliners and days.
23. 100s Chart
Make numbers, skip counting, and odds/evens easy to see with this 100s chart with clear pockets. Fill it yourself to hang on the wall, or use it for an activity to get students sorting their numbers.
24. Teaching Clock
Time isn’t always easy to teach, which makes this clock one of our top math classroom supplies. With each quarter broken down into a specific color, it’s easier than ever for your students to remember and retain where each minute is located.
25. Math Teacher Mug
This list of essential classroom math supplies would be incomplete without something for YOU! Give yourself a little boost each day by sipping from this funny math teach mug. You deserve it!
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