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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help students learn their most effective study strategies.  The collection includes specific study tools, reading strategies, review ideas, and notetaking methods that students and teachers can try as lessons in themselves or --even better-- as they go about the regular curriculum. Whether you want to use a graphic organizer, create your own electronic flash cards, or simply learn how to approach a test, there is a resource to help. Learning Support teachers and teachers of gifted will also want to share these alternate ways for students to organize and retain concepts, vocabulary, and more.

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Mr. Martini's Classroom - Mr. Martini

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1 to 8
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Upon first entering this site it appears to be a resource for flashcards; however, delving deeper, there is much more. This site also provides practice with higher math skills such...more
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Upon first entering this site it appears to be a resource for flashcards; however, delving deeper, there is much more. This site also provides practice with higher math skills such as order of operations, decimals and percentages, negative numbers, and more. You may want to explore the link on the left side of the page to Math Teachers' News & Index. Here there is an alphabetical index of activities beginning with adding from 1 to 9 objects all the way to printable math worksheets. Each activity and is simple to use, directions are included, most feedback is provided in the form of number of correct answers given in a series.
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tag(s): addition (251), decimals (133), flash cards (46), mixed numbers (14), negative numbers (22), operations (126), order of operations (33), percent (82), subtraction (208), worksheets (60)

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Create links to flashcards and activities on classroom or computer lab computers for students to use for fact and math content practice. Share a link to the site on your classroom newsletter or blogs for students to use at home. Use activities on this site on your interactive whiteboard as a classroom center or during inside recess.
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Math Topics - Adam Chan

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8 to 12
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This site offers four animations explaining how to solve algebraic operations. The interactives are interesting, easy to follow, and provide a great resource for introduction or review...more
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This site offers four animations explaining how to solve algebraic operations. The interactives are interesting, easy to follow, and provide a great resource for introduction or review for Linear Equations, Linear Systems, Completing the Square, and the AC Method of Factoring. Although the site is quite basic in its look, these animations will be a great addition to teacher and parent resources for these topics.

tag(s): equations (155), factoring (31), test prep (96), video (253)

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Share videos on your interactive whiteboard or projector as an introduction to these topics or as review. Share the site on your classroom website or blog for students to access at home for review. After viewing the videos, have students recreate the steps using their own problems in their math journals. Challenge students to create their own videos/animations sharing how to solve an algebraic problem. Share the videos using a site such as SchoolTube reviewed here.
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Absorb Mathematics - Kadie Armstrong

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6 to 11
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This site offers a series of online, interactive math courses for middle-school students. Although a majority of the site contains lessons to be purchased, there is free material available...more
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This site offers a series of online, interactive math courses for middle-school students. Although a majority of the site contains lessons to be purchased, there is free material available that would make this a valuable resource for classrooms. Several lessons are available in geometry and shape basics. Each lesson contains an introduction, explanation of the topic, questions to correspond with the material presented, a summary of information provided, then follow-up review questions. The real-life examples make geometry much easier to digest. At the time of this review there were ten free examples. Some of the topics include Ratio and Scale, Bearings, Working with Angles, Regular Polygons, and more.

tag(s): geometric shapes (163), test prep (96)

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Provide a link on classroom computers or in the computer lab for students to review this material at the end of your geometry unit. Differentiate for students by providing this link to students struggling with these geometry topics. Put the link on your class website. Use the site as an example; then challenge students to create their own activities on different geometry concepts for classmates to use for review. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.
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Geometry: The Supplement - Dan Meyer

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7 to 11
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This site contains 38 weeks of Geometry lessons provided in several formats to be easily used with interactive whiteboards. Dan Meyer is well known for his mathematics teaching methods...more
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This site contains 38 weeks of Geometry lessons provided in several formats to be easily used with interactive whiteboards. Dan Meyer is well known for his mathematics teaching methods and much of the material is hands-on, problem-based activities appropriate for any classroom. Lessons are in slide format and can be downloaded in Keynote (Mac) or PowerPoint (Windows). In addition, each week's lessons can be downloaded as a PDF. Each lesson contains slide notes for the teacher and weekly handouts are available for use. Textbook assignments reference Discovering Geometry; however, these materials can be used with any textbook or materials. Each week's lessons are also tagged making it easy to find other similar content within the site.

tag(s): angles (88), functions (70), geometric shapes (163), patterns (85), problem solving (272), test prep (96), tutorials (47)

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Use the lessons provided on your interactive whiteboard or projector either on their own or as a supplement to current classroom materials. This could also be used as enrichment/advancement for gifted students or supplemental practice for struggling math students. Consider providing this link on your class website.
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ESL Bits - Skip Reske

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5 to 12
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Don't let the title mislead you! Find listening and reading activities for any listener who enjoys audio stories at a teen and adult level, including the advanced English language learner....more
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Don't let the title mislead you! Find listening and reading activities for any listener who enjoys audio stories at a teen and adult level, including the advanced English language learner. There are short stories, books, radio scripts, and songs to listen to and read, as well as English idioms, sayings, and slang. You'll also find a Reading Comprehension and Test Preparation area with interactive activities to help students read and understand English and prepare for reading exams. Unlike many audio book sites, this one includes recent and popular selections for almost anyone, including teachers and parents! Don't miss classic radio shows perfect for discovering life in 20th century decades past.

tag(s): listening (91), radio (27), reading comprehension (116), short stories (25), test prep (96)

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Project a story or song on an interactive whiteboard or projector for group listening, reading along, and discussion. Literature teachers can use the site for a class novel, so lower readers can have audio support at home for listening and review. You could have small groups of students listen to different short stories, and make up Bloom's type questions for the next group of students to answer, or they could turn the story into a Reader's Theater piece and video tape it, or perform it live for the class. Share the videos using a tool such as SchoolTube reviewed here. This is a terrific site to list on your class website for students to use for at-home practice or enjoyment. For elementary and middle school students, you will want to provide the specific url for the selection you want them to use so they are reading articles appropriate in content for their age group. If you supervise a study hall, keep this link handy as a listening option for students who "don't have any homework."

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Excellent resource! alma grimaldi, , Grades: 7 - 9

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Virtual Nerd - Josh Salcman

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8 to 12
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Virtual Nerd is a FREE unique, online resource offering students real help in math. Current topics include middle grades math through algebra 2, geometry, and SAT math topics. Within...more
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Virtual Nerd is a FREE unique, online resource offering students real help in math. Current topics include middle grades math through algebra 2, geometry, and SAT math topics. Within each topic are many subtopics offering videos along with a written explanation of the problem.
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tag(s): equations (155), functions (70), test prep (96), tutorials (47), variables (22), video (253)

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Display videos on your interactive whiteboard or projector as an introduction or review to current topics. Create a link on classroom computers for students to view videos for review. Post the link to this site on your classroom website for students to access at home.

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Amazing Mathematical Object Factory - Frank Ruskey

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8 to 12
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This site offers the opportunity to experiment with, learn about, and create combinatorial objects. Each object type is listed along with a link to information about the object. There...more
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This site offers the opportunity to experiment with, learn about, and create combinatorial objects. Each object type is listed along with a link to information about the object. There is another link to generate the object based on your inputted information. Object categories include permutations, partitions, magic squares, Fibonacci sequences, and more. Explanations are quite detailed and include a definition, images, and examples of problems. Also included are classroom uses and links to other resources.

tag(s): gifted (96), logic (235), manipulatives (41), sequences (16), test prep (96)

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Share the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector when introducing combinatorial objects. Create a link to the site on classroom computers and allow students to explore the site and generate their own creations then discuss findings in math journals.
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Trig Without Tears - Stan Brown

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9 to 12
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This site offers explanations for trigonometric functions and identifies the most important formulas as a basis for learning and understanding trigonometry. The concept is that student...more
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This site offers explanations for trigonometric functions and identifies the most important formulas as a basis for learning and understanding trigonometry. The concept is that student learning will increase with understanding of basic concepts instead of memorizing all formulas by rote without comprehension of meaning. Although a little dry and void of many illustrations, the site may be helpful for studying and learning basis trigonometric concepts. There is a printable version of the site which can be used for student journals or notebooks.

tag(s): functions (70), test prep (96)

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Use copies of the printable version of the site with students to use in class for highlighting important information. Use small portions of the printable information to reinforce new concepts taught in class or when reviewing for assessments. Read portions of the site in class with your students and have them create their own explanation of concepts.

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Exam General - Examgeneral.com

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6 to 12
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Create and administer tests easily with this resource. ExamGeneral is free to use (unless you decide to sell your tests). ExamGeneral receives a portion of the revenue as well as ...more
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Create and administer tests easily with this resource. ExamGeneral is free to use (unless you decide to sell your tests). ExamGeneral receives a portion of the revenue as well as a nominal up-front fee if you do sell. Follow the detailed tutorial for help in using the site. Create a class and even define whether students require a subscription. Use the class ID for students to use to join your class. Create test templates, tests, schedule tests, and view results from your dashboard. Secret URL's are generated for each exam. Choose to auto grade your exam, create a time limit, and other parameters of the exam.

tag(s): quizzes (97), test prep (96)

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Create an easy way to enter tests and grade them. Create pre- and post- assessment tests as well as unit tests. Create practice rest for end of the year type exams. Be sure to save this site in your favorites! Students could also create peer "tests" as review activities or as follow up after student presentations.

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Regents Exam Prep Center - Oswego City School District Regents Exam Prep Center

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6 to 12
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This resource contains great review information, test questions, and other materials for several content areas. The materials included for review are a great way to identify the basic...more
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This resource contains great review information, test questions, and other materials for several content areas. The materials included for review are a great way to identify the basic material needed for the understanding of Chemistry, Physics, Geometry, Algebra, U.S. and Global History, Earth Science, and the Living Environment.

tag(s): test prep (96)

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Use this site as a great review of information about various topics in the subject. This activity would work well for individual or pairs of students in a lab or on laptops. Make a shortcut to this site on classroom computers and use it as a center. Be sure to include this site on your class web page for students to access both in and outside of class for further practice.

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Paul's Online Math Notes - Paul Dawkins

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9 to 12
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This site was created by a university-level Math instructor; however, it can be useful for high school Math students and teachers also. Contained within the site are downloadable notes...more
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This site was created by a university-level Math instructor; however, it can be useful for high school Math students and teachers also. Contained within the site are downloadable notes and tutorials for Algebra, Calculus I, 2, and 3, Linear Algebra, and Differential Equations. Each set of notes is quite in-depth and includes detailed definitions, examples, and tips. Notes can also be printed in PDF form. Be sure to scroll down to the bottom portion of the site for an Algebra/Trig review, Common Math errors, and advice on how to study Math.

tag(s): functions (70), test prep (96), tutorials (47)

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This site is perfect to use with gifted students who are ready to move on to more complicated math skills. Allow them to explore and learn higher level skills on their own. Print PDF's relating to classroom concepts being taught for students to place in their Math journals. Use this site to review skills taught in previous courses.
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I like this idea. A homework assignment could be to print a page and then be required to make up a problem that fits the subject area. Thank you, Heather Heather, CA, Grades: 9 - 12

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Accompl.sh - Accomplsh, LLC

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6 to 12
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Accomplish your resolutions and goals with this clever resource. Develop a goal, determine the measurable increments towards its completion, and track the progress over time. This is...more
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Accomplish your resolutions and goals with this clever resource. Develop a goal, determine the measurable increments towards its completion, and track the progress over time. This is not meant as a "to do" list but as a way to make meaningful changes toward life goals. Create your list by answering "I want to..." Create a title for the list, add 10 goals, then lock in the goals. Click on a goal to create a comment (these can be identified as progress reports using the checkbox below the comment box.) Accompl.sh has a user community that can help in motivating you towards your goals, so be aware that your input is visible to the public. Whether it is New Years or another milestone day, this is the tool to get you started.
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tag(s): new years (11)

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Identify the goals needed to become a better student, be more organized, or other life or study skills that students would find useful. This is a great "tracking" system to help students in class and at home. Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector, so families can make group goals together. Promote solid study skills and project planning using this tool.

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Study Blue - StudyBlue

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K to 12
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This site lets you keep study notes with you anywhere you go! Create flashcards and study even on your mobile phone. Share notes, flashcards, study guides, and quizzes with others ...more
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This site lets you keep study notes with you anywhere you go! Create flashcards and study even on your mobile phone. Share notes, flashcards, study guides, and quizzes with others for excellent collaboration. Study Blue also provides hints to help students study. Create a folder in "My Backpack." Make flashcards to get started or search flashcards already created by others.

tag(s): flash cards (46)

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Use as a study aid for students. This is a great tool for older students (who own cell phones). Students can study their flashcards on the bus, in the backseat of the family car, or while waiting for their dentist appointment! Have students create individual accounts and collaborate with others or create a class account for all to use. Have groups collaborate on the creation of flashcards for students to use or have groups create flashcards for specific parts of the unit. Learning support students can take their extra help along with them.

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Visual Fractions - Richard Rand

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3 to 9
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This site is a tutorial that models fractions with number lines or circles through several different options. Applets are divided into categories such as identify fractions, rename...more
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This site is a tutorial that models fractions with number lines or circles through several different options. Applets are divided into categories such as identify fractions, rename fractions, compare fractions, investigate fractions, and much more. Each category contains different options for exploration with flash applets to practice that skill. The "investigate" option offers step-by-step explanations of the different categories and would be very useful to offer students when reviewing skills such as comparing fractions and using order of operations. Some of the slide shows are also available in PDF form along with practice worksheets. Another component of the site allows you to input your own fractions to practice your own examples.

tag(s): decimals (133), fractions (239), percent (82), test prep (96)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have the students open the site and use the whiteboard tools to explore and practice different aspects of fractions. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Use this site on a projector or interactive whiteboard to discuss and informally assess prior knowledge as you start your study of fractions. Create a link to this site on classroom computers, and your classroom website or blog for students to explore.
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Free Mathematics How-To Library - Teachers Choice Software

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8 to 12
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12 areas of mathematics are offered on the site from Algebra to Trigonometry. Each has multiple sections and offers help with specific topics. After choosing an area, a brief explanation...more
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12 areas of mathematics are offered on the site from Algebra to Trigonometry. Each has multiple sections and offers help with specific topics. After choosing an area, a brief explanation is available, then further information is provided on performing the operation. Many of the topics include graphics or charts along with explanations. Some topics include a downloadable file containing all information on the topic.

tag(s): angles (88), coordinates (32), equations (155), fractions (239), homework (44), test prep (96)

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Create a link on classroom computers for students to use as a resource. Create a bulletin board using explanations of current math topics. Share explanations on your interactive whiteboard or projector when reviewing classroom content. Share this site with students and parents through your website or blog for use at home.

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Math.com - Leap of Faith Financial Services, Inc

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5 to 12
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This site offers many opportunities for math exploration for both teachers and students. Although they have a store and ads on the site, much of the site is free and ...more
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This site offers many opportunities for math exploration for both teachers and students. Although they have a store and ads on the site, much of the site is free and worth a visit. One especially helpful portion of the site is the link to different types of calculators from basic to graphing to mortgage and loan calculators. Students and parents will find the homework section of the site helpful as it is categorized by different topics, then each topic is further divided into sections. For example, under fractions you will find definitions, reducing, adding and subtracting, multiplying and dividing. In each of those portions there is a section with a first glance (overview), in-depth, examples, and workout. There is also a unit quiz for each section. Another helpful area of the site is the practice section which offers practice in many different math skills such as square root, percent, and integers. The games section offers practice with critical thinking skills through logic puzzles and games such as chess.
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tag(s): calculators (41), fractions (239), integers (41), percent (82), test prep (96)

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Create a link to this site on your classroom website or blog to share with students and parents as a resource at home. Display portions of the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector when introducing a unit or lesson or when reviewing at the end of a unit. Use the calculators on your interactive whiteboard during whole class lessons.

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Understanding Algebra - James Brennan

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7 to 10
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This site offers a complete online Algebra 1 textbook. The book is divided into 9 chapters beginning with "The Numbers of Arithmetic" and finishing with "Quadratic Equations." Each...more
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This site offers a complete online Algebra 1 textbook. The book is divided into 9 chapters beginning with "The Numbers of Arithmetic" and finishing with "Quadratic Equations." Each of these sections includes explanations of the topic along with examples. Also included on the site are a line graphing applet, prime factorization machine, prime number list, and quadratic equation solver/plotter. The entire book is available as a PDF download by clicking the link on the home page.

tag(s): equations (155), factoring (31), factors (42), functions (70), prime numbers (31), problem solving (272), test prep (96)

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Share this site with students to use for supplemental material and Algebra practice. Use information in the book to supplement current classroom materials. After students review each section, have them create problems for other classmates to solve.
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Single Fraction Finder - Shodor

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6 to 8
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Visually experiment with the relationship between the value of fractions and areas within a square or a circle with this activity. It also provides practice with viewing fractions in...more
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Visually experiment with the relationship between the value of fractions and areas within a square or a circle with this activity. It also provides practice with viewing fractions in a circle or square and the representation on a number line. Scoring is available; however, it can be turned off to allow students to practice freely. Be sure to check out the instructor area which provides links to standards, possible classroom uses, and links to related resources.

tag(s): area (66), fractions (239), geometric shapes (163), test prep (96)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Provide this link on your class website for students to access both in and out of the classroom.
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Flu Trends - Google

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4 to 12
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This site shows graphs of flu cases in the U.S., and with an easy click, allows students and teachers to check similar graphs in countries around the world. At the ...more
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This site shows graphs of flu cases in the U.S., and with an easy click, allows students and teachers to check similar graphs in countries around the world. At the time of this review, the graphs were updated through 2009. Google uses aggregated data to make the flu trend data into graphic form. In an accompanying narrative, Google suggests that people who search for flu trends are often suffering from flu themselves. The site also compares the data Google collects and the published data from each country's health services.

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Use this site when teaching graph reading and also data collection presentation when students are doing research. Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on graphic organizers on a projector or interactive whiteboard. The site includes an active graph that adds data by time period as students view it. To show what they have learned from this site, challenge students to create a different type of online graphic to share using Tabblo reviewed here. Discuss with your students other types of data that Google might be able to collect in a more up-to-date manner than public agencies.
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