Making Math FUN with Manipulatives

Constructing Mathematical Understanding

Join us for the 2024 Math Workshop!

August 12th, 13th & 14th
8:00 am–4:00 pm daily

Develop math instruction in Pre-K through 5th-grade curriculum.

Math Manipulatives

Explore how to foster inquiry, conceptual understanding, and build a math community through hands-on, manipulative-based learning.

Course Highlights

  • Focus on the use of mathematical manipulatives as a way to meet differing student learning styles and levels of mathematical understanding. 
  • Build strategies to enhance and individualize specific math concepts  using hands-on materials 
  • Explore ways to integrate math into meaningful interdisciplinary projects across your curriculum
  • Develop teaching and assessment techniques in alignment with grade-level standards
  • Topics explored could include place value, numeric operations, fractions/decimals/percents, algebraic sense, probability, or geometry
  • Apply these new concepts and techniques directly to your school’s current math curriculum.
  • For pre-K through 5th-grade teachers.
  • Clock Hours, CEUs, and Post-BA Credits available
  • Public Educator Grant available


Constructing Mathematical Understanding is an interactive, hands-on course designed for Pre-K and Elementary educators. Participants will explore techniques for teaching math concepts through a variety of student learning-style approaches. We will focus on the use of mathematical manipulatives as a way to introduce new concepts, enhance and assess current understanding, and individualize existing curricula to meet each student’s level of mathematical understanding. Instructors will highlight how to blend these techniques with traditional teaching methodologies and grade-level requirements. 

Additionally, this course will use a theme to show participants fun and creative ways to boost student engagement and integrate math concepts with other subject areas in the classroom. Whether you are a math expert or building your own mathematical confidence, you will have fun while learning new strategies to take back to your classrooms!

How to Apply for a Public Educator Grant

UCDS Institute is committed to sharing our educational model with enthusiastic educators across schools. Each year we offer up to 2 Public Educator Grants to qualifying applicants.

UCDS Math Workshop Public Educator Grant includes:

  • Registration costs for 3-Day Math Workshop
  • Materials and Supplies

If you are interested in attending Math Workshop through a UCDS Public Educator Grant please submit the following to

  • Name
  • Current school, location, and teaching role
  • Grade levels taught
  • Why are you interested in the UCDS Math Workshop?

Host a Workshop at Your School

Whether held on our Seattle campus or hosted at your school, UCDS Institute workshops are some of the most informative and fun professional development you’ll find anywhere! Contact us to learn more about how you can host or attend one of our events, courses, or workshops.

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