Hands-On Math

A standards-based program taught with manipulatives to transition students from concrete to abstract math concepts

Product Features:

  • 60 lessons are organized by unit, skill area, and lesson
  • Work can be done independently or in a group setting
  • Photo illustrated instructions offer visual prompts to students
  • Units include counting, sets, math signs, patterns, and base ten
Product Item No. Price Qty
Hands-On Math HM-10W $229.00
  • age_neutral
  • Differentiated Instruction
    Differentiated Instruction

    This product integrates individualized student objectives to encourage active participation and access to learning.

  • Data Capture
    Data Capture

    This product includes ongoing assessments and progress monitoring tools to capture data and document student achievement.



Kids learn when their hands are purposefully engaged, while math manipulatives help students grasp abstract concepts. Hands-On Math incorporates both big ideas to teach a wide range of standards-based math lessons to students with intellectual disability and/or autism, regardless of age.

At the heart of HOM is a set of four number lines used in combination to demonstrate concepts and help solve related math problems. Instruction is organized by unit, skill area, and lesson. Each unit (Counting, Sets, Math symbols, Patterns, and Base ten) has four skill areas. Photo-illustrated instructions help teachers present the lesson.

Students work independently or in small groups to solve related problems. Both representational (pictures) and abstract (numbers and symbols) formats are presented on the laminated Activity Cards, so differentiation is built into each lesson. Follow the photo-rich Instructor’s Guide to prepare for and set up a lesson quickly. The Guide also features a PDF CD with additional Activity Cards for lesson expansion. Printable Assessment Forms and Performance Data Sheets are are also included on the PDF CD for easy monitoring of student progress.

 Items Included:
  • Instructor's Guide: Provides step-by-step instruction for the 60 Hands-On-Math lessons, appendixes present Activity Cards and supplemental resources.
  • PDF on CD with Classroom license for printouts: Includes four folders: Assessment Forms, Supplemental Lesson Resources, Activity and Concept Cards (standard and supplemental), Complete Instructor's Guide.
  • Scope and Sequence Guide: One version is arranged by Level and the other side by Skill Area.
  • Bins with Pegs: Includes 30 small yellow and red pegs and 20 large yellow and red pegs.
  • Number Line 0-10: The most commonly used number line.
  • Number Line 11-20: Combines with number line 0-10 for counting, operational and pattern lessons.
  • Number Line 10-100: Combines with number line 0-10 to represent numbers within 100.  The only number line to use large pegs.
  • Number Line Extension 1-9: Combines with 0-10 number line in addition regrouping lessons.
  • Number Book: Illustrated book that includes four sections: Nubmers 0-100, Skip Counting, Even and Odd and Number Words.
  • 60 Activity Cards: Laminated for writing with dry erase marker.
  • Symbol Cards: Nine two-sided cards with symbols and describing words.
  • 3 foam number dice: Large format foam dice showing numerals 0-5
  • Standard dice: Standard dot pattern dice commonly used in games
  • 0-100 number disks: Disks show numeral on one side and corresponding number word on the other.

Hands-On Math Program:  Units and Skill Areas


Math Symbols



Base Ten



Sorting Duplicate Count by tens

Counting to twenty

Greater and less than

Identify sets


Add/subtract 0-100

Skip Counting Plus and minus Add 0-20 Complete Multiply/Divide
Subitizing Math vocabulary Subtract 0-20 Create

Add with regrouping


Demonstrate math concepts to students so they can solve problems independently.

By Don Bastian.  Both books spiralbound, 2015. Instructor's Guide, 94 pages, Number Book, 152 pages.

Additional Info

Additional Info

Age Group Pre-K, Elementary, Secondary, Transition, Older Adult
Subject Math
ISBN 1-57861-911-4, 1-57861-912-2
Author Don Bastian
Copyright N/A
Format Print

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