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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students learn measurement and to plan projects and classroom activities so to reinforce concepts of both standard and metric measurement. Be sure to include some measurement activities during special sporting events such as the Olympics, World Series, or Super Bowl to give special relevance to your measurement “units”!

 

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STEM Collaborative - Corporation for Public Broadcasting

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5 to 9
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Find exceptional activities, interactives, and lesson plans at this free site that focuses on real life math to raise the achievement of middle school students. Read about the "Project...more
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Find exceptional activities, interactives, and lesson plans at this free site that focuses on real life math to raise the achievement of middle school students. Read about the "Project Descriptions" with great summaries and other information about the resources, view the "Standards and Concepts," and find other "Additional Resources." At the time of this review a few examples of the activities included "Scale City," "Math By Design," "Rock-n-Roll Road Trip World Tour," and "Proportionland." Click on the links to go to the appropriate resource. Be sure to test out the resources using a student computer prior to using in class.

tag(s): architecture (83), counting (119), measurement (157), ratios (53)

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Use any of these great resources to show how math concepts are used in everyday life. For example, use "Math by Design" as a scenario of how math and architecture are connected. Use the resource to design a nature center or park. Allow students to work in collaborative groups to make decisions and identify the math used to solve the problem. Demonstrate their understanding with a presentation that justifies their choices and how they arrived at their final project choice. Use conventional or multimedia resources to showcase the results and find a public audience. Consider using a wiki or Google Docs for collaboration and presentation. Use a variety of mind mapping applications such as Diagrammr to collaborate and create a flowchart. Take these projects one step further by proposing nature areas in your school campus. Students can take their ideas and resulting understanding of math to justify their design and propose it to the local school board or town council. Use many of these ideas to create your own real world math projects and activities.
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24/7 Science - UC Berkeley- Lawrence Hall of Science

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1 to 6
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Discover science through interactive activities: learn characteristics of acids and bases at the Alien Juice Bar; learn about the human skeletal system as you try to reassemble poor...more
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Discover science through interactive activities: learn characteristics of acids and bases at the Alien Juice Bar; learn about the human skeletal system as you try to reassemble poor Mr. Bones, and create your own Juice Bottle Jingles. The site also provides a descriptive list of hands-on activities that can be done in class or at home. Topics include everything from space to cells and even include gas economy and pollution from cars. Activities for measurement and more integrate math into hands-on science.

tag(s): acids and bases (11), body systems (57), human body (121), measurement (157)

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Use these delightful interactive games as practice or enrichment activities in your classroom.
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Fun Math Games - Math4Children

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K to 7
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This site offers many math games, videos, and worksheets for grades preschool through 7th. Games are classified by grade level and concept. Most games offer fun titles for students...more
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This site offers many math games, videos, and worksheets for grades preschool through 7th. Games are classified by grade level and concept. Most games offer fun titles for students such as Fling the Teacher and Walk the Plank. Also offered on the site is a large bank of downloadable worksheets sorted by grade level. Worksheets are in PDF format. Video explanations are also offered for many math skills such as number skills, time, and measurement. Searches can be made by specific format such as video, games or downloads or by grade level. This site does include simple advertisements. Scroll down to get past them and find the actual games.

tag(s): preK (281), probability (130)

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Introduce math concepts on your interactive whiteboard or projector with the videos provided on the site. Create a link to games or videos on classroom or computer lab videos for math practice. Print worksheets for at-home practice or review. Challenge students to create their own video explaining math concepts. Share the videos on a site such as SchoolTube (reviewed here).
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Mathematical Interactives - Mr. Hellam

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3 to 12
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This site offers many different math interactives, puzzles, and activities for all learners of math! Math games include popular puzzles such as the frog puzzle, matching, and an interactive...more
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This site offers many different math interactives, puzzles, and activities for all learners of math! Math games include popular puzzles such as the frog puzzle, matching, and an interactive 100's chart. Number puzzles included are magic squares and triangles, multiplication tables, mazes, and much more. Be sure to check out the interactive algebra online section for some great conversation starters and practice. This site isn't always updated with the creator's most current resources, but there is a link provided to his weblog to find the most current information.

tag(s): measurement (157)

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Create a link on classroom or computer lab computers for students to explore or practice specific math skills. Choose a different game or activity each week as a game of the week. Ask students to respond to activities in math journals by describing thought processes when solving problems. Create a class math wiki to share the activities they have tried and their successes and challenges. For more information about wikis, check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through.
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Metric Mania Lesson Plans - The Science Spot

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5 to 9
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This straightforward, simple site contains lessons on length, density, mass, volume, and conversions that include PowerPoint lessons, students activity worksheets, and more. PowerPoints...more
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This straightforward, simple site contains lessons on length, density, mass, volume, and conversions that include PowerPoint lessons, students activity worksheets, and more. PowerPoints must be downloaded to your computer (assuming you have PowerPoint software), and most other activities are in PDF form. There is a short explanation of each lesson and lab activity included before going to the link to download information. Most activities are geared toward middle high students and have been chosen to help maintain interest. Be sure to check out the gummy bear lab (incorporates metric measurements when a gummy bear is soaked in water overnight), mystery canisters (float and sink), and the Metric Mania card game. Many links to other metric activities are also included in the site.

tag(s): conversions (23), density (21), mass (23), measurement (157), volume (44)

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Introduce and present lessons on your interactive whiteboard using the PowerPoints provided and the accompanying student worksheets. Use these ready to go lessons to "spruce up" your metric lessons. Ask students to design their own metric measurement lab using ordinary items from around their home. Then have the class try some and record the results on a class wiki.
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Hitting the Target - Simon Jobling

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2 to 5
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Learn about angles through their uses in sports! Choose 1-4 players, type in your name and gender, then you are ready to get started. Activities include helping students estimate angle...more
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Learn about angles through their uses in sports! Choose 1-4 players, type in your name and gender, then you are ready to get started. Activities include helping students estimate angle size, learn vocabulary terms of angles, and measure angles by looking at their use in football, tennis, pool, and other sports.

tag(s): angles (88), measurement (157), sports (97), vocabulary (323)

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Create a link on classroom computers or in the computer lab for students to try this activity on their own or with a partner. Share the link on your classroom website or blog for practice at home. What a fantastic site to use to motivate students in the spring, when the weather gets warm, sports begin, and students want to be outside!
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E-Lab Grade 3 - Harcourt School

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2 to 4
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Harcourt School's website offers many different activities for practicing Math skills taught in their 3rd grade program; however, the activities are free and useful for everyone, no...more
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Harcourt School's website offers many different activities for practicing Math skills taught in their 3rd grade program; however, the activities are free and useful for everyone, no matter what text they use. Activities are divided by math strands - number sense, algebra and functions, measurement and geometry, and statistics, data analysis and probability. Most activities have an interactive element and printable recording sheet that can be used by students. Students can input their own figures which makes the activities less repetitive and more interesting.

tag(s): data (148), multiplication (227), probability (130), time (144)

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Make a shortcut to this site on classroom computers and use it as a center. Use this site to differentiate for students of all levels. Have students complete the recording sheet with an activity to use as an assessment or accountability piece. Include a link to the site on your classroom website or blog for students to practice at home.
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Homestyler - Autodesk

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Homestyler is a free online interior design planner. Users choose a layout plan, add details such as doors, windows, and furnishings, and then decide on color schemes for interior decorating....more
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Homestyler is a free online interior design planner. Users choose a layout plan, add details such as doors, windows, and furnishings, and then decide on color schemes for interior decorating. Designs are viewable in both a 2D and 3D format. This is a free online program that requires no downloading. Registration does require an email address. This site may or may not be fully accessible inside your school filtering. Check to make sure all portions of this site are available when using your school's network. Homestyler does have a retail component that suggests certain name brands for appliances, and building supplies but the 3D designing capability outshines this form of advertising.

tag(s): architecture (83), area (66), design (83), volume (44)

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Users click and drag design components onto the main layout page. The free draw tool is a bit trickier to control but is similar to drawing tools in other programs. The perimeter measurement scrolls alongside the line you are drawing. The interface for such a complicated concept is intuitive. Students will need explicit instructions on how to operate this program.

Use an interactive whiteboard or projector to share the tutorial presentation and demonstrate how to use the design tools. Divide students into cooperative learning groups to explore the site. Consider this resource to help math students visualize how to compute the surface area of three-dimensional shapes and understand how area and volume change with scale. Social Studies and History teachers can ask students to re-create the interior of an early American home, Greek Temple or even their own classroom. With guidance, this could be a wonderful tool to help younger students understand interior mapping skills. Classrooms focusing on "real-world learning" may find this a valuable resource tool to help students create design plans for an alternative environment.

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Math By Design - Thinkport

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6 to 10
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Put On Your Thinking Cap as you enter Flossville Town Park and Windjammer Environmental Center! Students are encouraged to think critically and problem solve as they encounter unique...more
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Put On Your Thinking Cap as you enter Flossville Town Park and Windjammer Environmental Center! Students are encouraged to think critically and problem solve as they encounter unique geometry and measurement challenges at this highly interactive website. How does it work? As students work through the tasks, they can access hints to help them along. These hints are brief math tutorials with explanations and examples. At any time, students may check their work to get feedback on how they are progressing. When students successfully complete a task, they are asked to "Make the Math Connection." This additional question was designed to reinforce students' knowledge of the math concept and provide another opportunity for students to apply their knowledge. Students can sign in to save their work. No email address is required to sign-in/register. Registering is especially helpful if a planned project takes several days. Students can also view "Math in Action" videos to see how people such as architects and cake designers use geometry and measurement concepts everyday in their jobs.

Be sure to visit the Teacher Resources section which includes standards, lesson plans, tips, and math in action videos.

tag(s): critical thinking (108), measurement (157), problem solving (272)

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Introduce the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector then allow students to explore on their own. This site is perfect for independent projects - students can create a multimedia presentation of information learned through the challenges, respond through journal entries over several days, or use this site as a resource day for career day projects. Include a link on classroom computers for students to use during free time.
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Daylight Savings Time - Web Exhibits

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5 to 12
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This site offers a comprehensive look at Daylight Saving Time. The introduction gives a brief explanation of how Daylight Saving Time was implemented to allow us to receive more benefits...more
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This site offers a comprehensive look at Daylight Saving Time. The introduction gives a brief explanation of how Daylight Saving Time was implemented to allow us to receive more benefits of available sunlight. Be sure to check out the link with incidents and anecdotes related to Daylight Saving Time. In addition, there is a map demonstrating the use of Daylight Saving Time across the globe and explanations of the history of the adoption of DST. One interesting feature of the site is the ability to switch from a "normal" page view to "nodes". The nodes view looks like clouds, each one is labeled with a topic and is linked to additional information. There is also a link to SpicyNodes, where you can create your own clouds to be used on web pages, blogs, presentations and more.

tag(s): cultures (105), measurement (157), sun (71), time (144)

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Divide students into cooperative learning groups to explore the site. Have them present the different anecdotes and incidents to the class using different media such as video, booklets, etc. Challenge students to create a video and share using a site such as SchoolTube (reviewed here). Or create an online book using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here. In addition to the anecdotes on the site, gifted students can be challenged to find additional stories that relate to Daylight Saving Time. Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Use the site as a discussion starter when assigning a creative writing assignment with a topic such as, "I forget to turn my clock back and..."

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Math Centers - CanTeach

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1 to 6
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Are you continually looking for math center ideas? As the title suggests, this site provides a lengthy list of simple math centers. The ideas could easily be tailored to grade ...more
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Are you continually looking for math center ideas? As the title suggests, this site provides a lengthy list of simple math centers. The ideas could easily be tailored to grade level and ability as needed. The site is divided up by math strands of Numbers and Equations, Geometry, Patterns, and Measurement.

tag(s): measurement (157), numbers (203), patterns (85)

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Share this site with others in your building and/or grade level and brainstorm other activities that can be added to the list. Encourage student choice by making 2 or 3 suggestions available at each center to allow students to choose the activity that appeals to him/her the most.

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Fuel the Brain

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K to 5
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Check out this highly interactive site that offers a wealth of math activities, printables, and more for elementary students of all ages. Students will enjoy the many different Math...more
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Check out this highly interactive site that offers a wealth of math activities, printables, and more for elementary students of all ages. Students will enjoy the many different Math games such as Fact Worms (basic facts), A Lucky Place (place value), and Jelly Golf (fractions). Main topics include: Counting & Cardinality, Number & Operations, Operations & Algebraic Thinking, Measurement & Data, and Geometry. Interactives may be used without registering on the site; however, registration allows scores to be compiled and posted against other players. Be sure to check out the interactives such as Venn Diagrams as well as printables, teacher's guides, articles and seasonal resources. Activities have also been matched up to North Carolina Mathematics Standards.

tag(s): fractions (239), money (192), numbers (203), preK (281), puzzles (208)

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The interactives are perfect to use on interactive whiteboards or projectors. Use activities as an introduction to new units such as making change, counting on the number line, or recognizing numbers shown with base 10 blocks. Save this on your desktop on all of your classroom computers. List this link on your classroom website or blog. This is excellent enrichment and/or advancement for gifted students. It could also be used for extra practice for struggling students. This site is definitely one to save and revisit often.
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Stopwatch - Shodor

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K to 12
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This simple applet is ideal for classroom use whenever a stopwatch is needed. Large numbers make the time easy to read and can be set to count up from 0 ...more
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This simple applet is ideal for classroom use whenever a stopwatch is needed. Large numbers make the time easy to read and can be set to count up from 0 or down from any number. There is an option to use the buzzer which will go off at the specified time. The instructor section of the site contains information on alignment to some textbooks and links to similar resources.

tag(s): measurement (157), time (144)

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Display on your classroom interactive whiteboard or projector whenever a timer needs to be used - time left until recess is over, time for cleanup, amount of time left to finish a test or classroom activity, or more. Help younger students explore the concept of time by having them turn their back to the stopwatch then turn around when they think a predetermined time has been reached.

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More or Less Estimator - Shodor

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3 to 8
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This activity allows the user to estimate quantities and sizes including the number of objects in a set, the lengths of a curve, and the area of a shape. Many ...more
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This activity allows the user to estimate quantities and sizes including the number of objects in a set, the lengths of a curve, and the area of a shape. Many options are available for exploration - the size of the curve can be changed, problem type can be changed and there are 2 levels of difficulties. The learner section explains the activity as well as discusses how estimation is used in everyday life. In addition to a description of the activity, the instruction section provides possible issues to address in the classroom, links to standards, and links to other similar resources.

tag(s): estimation (46), measurement (157)

In the Classroom

Introduce the activity on the interactive whiteboard or projector and model for students how to use estimation instead of actually counting the figures. Use the site as a springboard to discuss when estimation is appropriate and when measurement is needed. Use the site to begin discussions on what level of estimation is needed in different circumstances (close, really close and almost perfect).
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Maths is Fun - Rod Pierce

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3 to 9
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Math is Fun when you visit this website that is loaded with games, activities and much more! Math activities are divided into topics such as Algebra, Data, Games, Dictionaries, Worksheets,...more
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Math is Fun when you visit this website that is loaded with games, activities and much more! Math activities are divided into topics such as Algebra, Data, Games, Dictionaries, Worksheets, and more. After choosing a topic there are several choices for appropriate activities within the category. The teachers page has links to many virtual manipulatives, puzzles, speed math and other classroom activities. All activities contain an explanation and solution to the puzzle. Although this site may appear as another "drill and kill" site, is also has a lot of extra features and activities included. If you are a math teacher, this is definitely a site worth taking a look at.

tag(s): logic (235), measurement (157), problem solving (272)

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Use the teacher's page on the interactive whiteboard or projector to demonstrate math concepts such as symmetry, tessellations, and basic algebra concepts. Assign activities and games to students and let them become the expert in one topic. Use the illustrated math dictionary provided on the site as an example and create a class math dictionary of concepts learned. Have students share their new math term on the class wiki. Not comfortable with wikis? Have no wiki worries - check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through. This may also be a site that you want to include on your class website for students to use both in and out of the classroom.
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Primary Resources Math - Gareth Pitchford

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K to 6
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Primary Resource's Maths page has useful materials for teaching number concepts, measurement concepts, data and probability, computation, and much more. Resources include handouts,...more
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Primary Resource's Maths page has useful materials for teaching number concepts, measurement concepts, data and probability, computation, and much more. Resources include handouts, presentations, graphic organizers, worksheets and other printables, and lesson ideas. Most activities include a key that indicates the appropriate age group, grade level, or required skill level needed as well as its file format. This site is from the UK, so some of the pronunciations and spellings may differ from those in American English. This site does include advertisements.

tag(s): addition (250), measurement (157), subtraction (207)

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Take advantage of the interactives, printables, lesson resources, and presentations. A few activities include tasks for an interactive whiteboard or projector and others provide handouts or reproducible activity pages. Be sure to save this site in your favorites, there is lots here to explore. Also provide this link on your class website. A great site to have parents use with their student as well.
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Measurement - Money - SmartTutor

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1 to 3
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Help Carlos shop for his parrot, Paco, with this interactive all about money. You choose the wallet with the correct amount of money to purchase items. Following a demonstration of...more
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Help Carlos shop for his parrot, Paco, with this interactive all about money. You choose the wallet with the correct amount of money to purchase items. Following a demonstration of how to count money and choose the correct wallet, you are given a price of a treat for Paco and are asked to find the correct wallet. If correct, Paco places the item into his cage, a wrong response prompts you to try again.

tag(s): measurement (157), money (192)

In the Classroom

Choose this site for a math computer center to allow students to practice money counting skills. Use on the interactive whiteboard or projector while students draw and write the correct answers at their seats. If you are teaching a unit about money, provide this link on your class website for students to access both in and out of the classroom.
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Measurement Tools - Angles - SmartTutor

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4 to 6
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Dudley Dog is looking for his buried items and it is up to you to find them. Using a protractor, you will find the correct angle of the item based ...more
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Dudley Dog is looking for his buried items and it is up to you to find them. Using a protractor, you will find the correct angle of the item based upon location from his doghouse to help return the items. A narrated demonstration begins the activity to explain how to use the protractor and locate the angle. If the incorrect angle is given, the player can try again. If the correct angle is given, Dudley digs up his buried treasure. You can also click on a link to review the definitions for protractor and vertex. Learning objectives and covered vocabulary is presented before the start of the game.

tag(s): angles (88), measurement (157)

In the Classroom

Demonstrate the use of a protractor on your interactive whiteboard or projector with this activity. Challenge students to guess the angle before measuring with the protractor. Assess understanding of acute and obtuse angles through students' estimates of angles.
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XP Math - T. L. Hui

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K to 9
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XP Math offers a wide variety of math interactives organized by NCTM math strands. There are countless activities on the topics of numbers & operations, algebra, geometry, measurement,...more
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XP Math offers a wide variety of math interactives organized by NCTM math strands. There are countless activities on the topics of numbers & operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, data analysis, and probability. Activities are user friendly and use vibrant graphics. Registration is free, but not required for game play. This site also includes a section detailing how math is used in different professions in addition to worksheets and other helpful resources for teachers and students.

tag(s): measurement (157)

In the Classroom

Have students try these interactives on a math game day. To prepare for standardized testing, have students play one or two games from each strand and then have them describe what kind of problems fall under each strand. Ask students to identify strong and weak strands. Students can practice more of the activities in their weaker strands. Be sure to list this site on your class website so students can access the site both in and out of the classroom.
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3D Boxes - David Hellam

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3 to 6
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3D Boxes provides students with an introduction to volume by having students count the number of cubes in a 3 dimensional box. Students click the "Click Me!" button when finished ...more
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3D Boxes provides students with an introduction to volume by having students count the number of cubes in a 3 dimensional box. Students click the "Click Me!" button when finished to instantly find out if their answer was correct. If incorrect, the correct answer is provided.

tag(s): measurement (157), volume (44)

In the Classroom

Use this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector to introduce volume. Have students look at the amount of cubes in one layer and then multiply by the number of layers. Try using the site as a competition by having students be the first to calculate the volume. Use in a one on one conference as an informal assessment technique. Provide this link on your class website for students to practice at home.

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