Grades K-8

Hands-On Standards®

Step-by-step lesson plans

target key concepts

Target challenging math standards with photo-illustrated lesson plans

Hands-On Standards focuses on the most challenging topics for students and uses manipulatives to help deepen their understanding of math concepts. Step-by-step, photo-illustrated guides reinforce teachers’ content knowledge for ease of implementation in the classroom, enabling them to differentiate instruction in intervention, small group, and whole class situations.


  • Lesson plans provide a simplified walk-through for teaching and reinforcing challenging math standards.
  • Supplements your math curriculum with targeted lessons organized by specific standards.
  • Enables students to build conceptual understanding through concrete, representational, and abstract progression.
hands on standards

How it Works

select lesson

Select Lesson

Select lesson based on objectives, standards, or student needs.

set the stage

Set the Stage

Set the stage using discussion prompts to explore previously learned concepts while building vocabulary.

engage students

Engage Students

Engage students with problem solving through hands-on, concept-based lessons.

reinforce concepts

Reinforce Concepts

Reinforce concepts with follow-up skill-practice.

Components & Configurations

teacher guides

Teacher Guides

Hands-on activities that use manipulatives to drive genuine understanding of challenging mathematics concepts.

small group kits

Small Group Kits

Available for each Hands-On Standards Teacher Guide (sold separately) with enough material for 4 students.

classroom kits

Classroom Kits

Kit includes a Teacher Guide as well as enough hands-on manipulatives for up to 24 students.

Hands-On Standards Includes

Hands-On Standards Math

Integrate math practice with standards-aligned, hands-on lesson plans.

  • 27 to 43 lesson plans target clearly stated objectives for all domains and are aligned to state standards.
  • Manipulative-based lesson plans with deep content focus on skill development.
  • Photo-illustrated lesson plans make it easy to identify points of discussion, ideas for more exploration, and formative assessment items.
Shop All Hands-On Standards Math

Shop Grades K-8

Grade K

Topics Covered:

  • Counting and Cardinality
  • Operations and Algebraic Thinking
  • Number and Operations in Base Ten
  • Measurement and Data
  • Geometry

Sample Lessons:

Manipulatives Used:

  • Attribute Blocks
  • Sorting Circles
  • Classifying Counters
  • 1” Color Cubes
  • Color Tiles
  • CounTEN Sorting Tray
  • Frog Counters
  • Link ‘N’ Learn® Links
  • Snap Cubes®
  • Three Bear Family® Counters

Grade 1

Topics Covered:

  • Operations and Algebraic Thinking
  • Number and Operations in Base Ten
  • Measurement and Data
  • Geometry

Sample Lessons:

Manipulatives Used:

  • Base Ten Blocks
  • Cuisenaire® Rods
  • DecaDots®
  • Geared Clocks
  • Graphing Mat
  • Pattern Blocks
  • Snap Cubes®
  • Tangrams
  • Two-Color Counters

Grade 2

Topics Covered:

  • Operations and Algebraic Thinking
  • Number and Operations in Base Ten
  • Measurement and Data
  • Geometry

Sample Lessons:

Manipulatives Used:

  • Base Ten Blocks
  • Coin Tiles
  • Color Tiles
  • Cuisenaire® Rods
  • Geared Mini-Clock
  • Geoboard
  • Inchworms
  • Inchworms Ruler
  • 2-cm Color Cubes
  • Two-Color Counters

Grade 3

Topics Covered:

  • Operations and Algebraic Thinking
  • Number and Operations in Base Ten
  • Number and Operations-Fractions
  • Measurement and Data

Sample Lessons:

Manipulatives Used:

  • Base Ten Blocks
  • Centimeter Cubes
  • Color Tiles
  • Deluxe Rainbow Fraction® Circles
  • Fraction Number Line

Grade 4

Topics Covered:

  • Operations and Algebraic Thinking
  • Number and Operations in Base Ten
  • Number and Operations-Fractions
  • Measurement and Data

Sample Lessons:

Manipulatives Used:

  • AngLegs®
  • Attribute Blocks
  • Base Ten Blocks
  • Centimeter Cubes
  • Color Tiles
  • Cuisenaire® Rods
  • Deluxe Rainbow Fraction® Circles
  • Fraction Tower® Equivalency Cubes
  • Geoboards
  • GeoReflector Mirror
  • Pattern Blocks
  • Three Bear Family® Counters

Grade 5

Topics Covered:

  • Operations and Algebraic Thinking
  • Number and Operations in Base Ten
  • Number and Operations-Fractions
  • Measurement and Data
  • Geometry

Sample Lessons:

Manipulatives Used:

  • AngLegs®
  • Base Ten Blocks
  • Centimeter Cubes
  • Color Tiles
  • Deluxe Rainbow Fraction® Circles
  • Deluxe Rainbow Fraction® Squares
  • Folding Number Line
  • Fraction Tower® Equivalency Cubes
  • Rainbow Fraction® Circle Rings
  • Snap Cubes®
  • XY Coordinate Pegboard

Grade 6

Topics Covered:

  • Ratios and Proportional Relationships
  • The Number System
  • Expressions and Equations
  • Geometry
  • Statistics and Probability

Sample Lessons:

Manipulatives Used:

  • Algeblocks®
  • AngLegs®
  • Centimeter Cubes
  • Color Tiles
  • Cuisenaire® Rods
  • Deluxe Rainbow Fraction® Circles
  • Fraction Tower® Equivalency Cubes
  • Geoboard
  • Pattern Blocks
  • Relational GeoSolids®
  • Snap Cubes®
  • XY Coordinate Pegboard

Grade 7

Topics Covered:

  • Ratios and Proportional Relationships
  • The Number System
  • Expressions and Equations
  • Geometry
  • Statistics and Probability

Sample Lessons:

Manipulatives Used:

  • Algeblocks®
  • AngLegs®
  • Centimeter Cubes
  • Color Tiles
  • Deluxe Rainbow Fraction® Circles
  • Deluxe Rainbow Fraction® Squares
  • Number Cubes
  • Pattern Blocks
  • Polyhedral Dice Set
  • Rainbow Fraction® Circle Rings
  • Relational GeoSolids®
  • Spinners
  • Two-Color Counters
  • XY Coordinate Pegboard

Grade 8

Topics Covered:

  • The Number System
  • Expressions and Equations
  • Functions
  • Geometry
  • Statistics and Probability

Sample Lessons:

Manipulatives Used:

  • Algebra Tiles
  • AngLegs®
  • Centimeter Cubes
  • Color Tiles
  • Folding Number Lines
  • Pattern Blocks
  • XY Coordinate Pegboard

Hands-On Standards Number and Operations

Build number sense and conceptual understanding with hands-on lesson plans.

  • 12 to 18 lesson plans engage students in hands-on learning aligned to standards.
  • Differentiated teacher tips and games reinforce number sense and algebraic reasoning.
  • Focus on counting and cardinality, number and operations in base ten, and operations and algebraic thinking.
Shop All Hands-On Standards Number and Operations

Shop Grades K-5

Grade K

Topics Covered:

  • Numbers to 5
  • Numbers to 20
  • Comparing Numbers
  • Adding and Subtracting

Sample Lessons:

Manipulatives Used:

  • Color Tiles
  • CounTEN® Sorting Tray
  • Frog Counters
  • Rekenrek
  • Snap Cubes®
  • Two-Color Counters

Grade 1

Topics Covered:

  • Understanding Addition and Subtraction
  • Using Strategies to Add and Subtract Within 20
  • Counting, Comparing, and Place Value
  • Adding and Subtracting Beyond 20

Sample Lessons:

Manipulatives Used:

  • Base Ten Blocks
  • Color Tiles
  • Cuisenaire® Rods
  • Frog Counters
  • Rekenrek
  • Snap Cubes®
  • Two-Color Counters

Grade 2

Topics Covered:

  • Adding and Subtracting Within 100
  • Place Value, Counting, and Comparing
  • Foundations of Multiplication
  • Adding and Subtracting Beyond 100

Sample Lessons:

Manipulatives Used:

  • Base Ten Blocks
  • Cuisenaire® Rods
  • DecaDots®
  • Two-Color Counters

Grade 3

Topics Covered:

  • Understanding Multiplication and Division
  • Properties and Problem Solving
  • Computation and Fluency

Sample Lessons:

Manipulatives Used:

  • Base Ten Blocks
  • Centimeter Cubes
  • Color Tiles
  • Cuisenaire® Rods
  • Two-Color Counters

Grade 4

Topics Covered:

  • Operations, Word Problems, and Reasoning
  • Factors, Multiples, and Patterns
  • Place Value
  • Extending Multiplication and Division

Sample Lessons:

Manipulatives Used:

  • Base Ten Blocks
  • Centimeter Cubes
  • Color Tiles
  • Cuisenaire® Rods
  • Factor Track
  • Two-Color Counters

Grade 5

Topics Covered:

  • Expressions and Relationships
  • Place Value
  • Operations with Whole Numbers and Decimals

Sample Lessons:

Manipulatives Used:

  • Base Ten Blocks
  • Centimeter Cubes
  • Cuisenaire® Rods
  • DecimalMods® Tiles
  • Factor Track
  • XY Coordinate Pegboard

Hands-On Standards Fractions

Develop conceptual understanding of fractions with hands-on lesson plans.

  • 12 to 18 lesson plans engage students in hands-on learning that is aligned to standards.
  • Differentiated lesson plans that outline vocabulary use and support-perfect for ELL learners.
  • Warm-up activities, foundational skills practice, guided practice, independent practice, remediation, and enrichment opportunities.
All Hands-On Standards Fractions

Shop Grades 3-5

Grade 3

Topics Covered:

  • Understanding Fractions
  • Equivalent Fractions
  • Compare and Order Fractions

Sample Lessons:

Manipulatives Used:

  • Geoboard
  • Cuisenaire® Rods
  • Deluxe Rainbow Fraction® Circles
  • Fraction Tower® Equivalency Cubes
  • Fraction Number Lines
  • Beginner Dual-Scale Ruler

Grade 4

Topics Covered:

  • Equivalent Fractions and Decimals
  • Compare and Order Fractions
  • Add and Subtract Fractions
  • Multiply Fractions

Sample Lessons:

Manipulatives Used:

  • Base Ten Blocks
  • Cuisenaire® Rods
  • Deluxe Rainbow Fraction Circles
  • Deluxe Rainbow Fraction® Squares
  • Fraction Dice
  • Fraction Tower® Equivalency Cubes
  • Fraction Number Lines

Grade 5

Topics Covered:

  • Add and Subtract Fractions
  • Multiply and Divide Fractions

Sample Lessons:

Manipulatives Used:

  • Color Tiles
  • Deluxe Rainbow Fraction® Circles
  • Deluxe Rainbow Fraction® Squares
  • Fraction Dice
  • Fraction SAFE-T® Ruler®
  • Fraction Tower® Equivalency Cubes
  • Fraction Number Lines

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