Using virtual manipulatives is not quite the same as holding and using actual manipulatives, yet for PARCC, students will need to be comfortable with using virtual ones. Here are some sites and ideas that will give them some practice in virtual manipulatives as well as highlighting. Also, don’t forget about the PARCC site, including the Nav 8 tutorial, for more practice.

**Using Online Calculators:**

- Use online calculator to solve problems and answer questions online: http://www.tv411.org/math/basic-math/using-calculator/activity/1/1 (3-5)

**Use Virtual Manipulatives:**

- Math Playground: Area and Perimeter – uses virtual ruler: http://www.mathplayground.com/manipulatives/AreaandPerimeter_secure.swf
- Math Playground: Measuring Angles with an online protractor: http://www.mathplayground.com/measuringangles.html
- Math Playground: Think Blocks Addition and Subtraction – drag parts and wholes and numbers to model story problems: http://www.mathplayground.com/tb_addition/thinking_blocks_addition_subtraction.html
- Math Playground: Think Blocks Multiplication – drag parts and wholes and numbers to model story problems: http://www.mathplayground.com/NewThinkingBlocks/thinking_blocks_multiplication_division.html
- Build a Bar Graph – This site lets you build a bar graph by clicking to indicate bar height (most sites ask the use to input numbers and automatically create the bar graph for the user.) http://www.mathsisfun.com/data/data- graph.php