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Magical Maths - Magical Maths

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6 to 12
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Magical Maths is a blog dedicated to exploring and sharing math concepts and teaching ideas from around the world. Some example topics include how to teach anyone to multiply any ...more
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Magical Maths is a blog dedicated to exploring and sharing math concepts and teaching ideas from around the world. Some example topics include how to teach anyone to multiply any two digit numbers in 11 seconds and the top 10 biggest brain damaging habits. The blog is written in the United Kingdom so references to their curriculum and "key stage" divisions are included. However, the material is appropriate to anyone teaching math. Search the site using keywords to find posts on particular subjects. Choose from specific categories listed on the side of the page. One very useful category is the lesson starters with ideas for beginning a math lesson. Subscribe to the blog to receive updates via RSS feed. Some of the videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid reviewed here to download the videos from YouTube.
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tag(s): assessment (107), blogs (90), logic (239)

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This is an excellent site to bookmark/save as a favorite and visit often for interesting ideas to use in math class to promote thinking skills. Challenge your students to demonstrate their own understanding of a math concept by creating a video using a tool such as SchoolTube reviewed here.

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Math Lessons and Help - WyzAnt Tutoring

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K to 12
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Find informative descriptions, interactive math lessons, and sample problems in some of the most challenging math topics for elementary math all the way through calculus. Choose from...more
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Find informative descriptions, interactive math lessons, and sample problems in some of the most challenging math topics for elementary math all the way through calculus. Choose from categories beginning with elementary math and including algebra, geometry, calculus, and statistics and probability to begin. View lists of specific content for each category to choose a short lesson with accompany quiz or practice problems. Most lessons include images within the concept description.
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tag(s): addition (239), charts and graphs (195), division (168), equations (153), exponents (42), faces (3), factoring (31), factors (40), fractions (234), geometric shapes (165), mean (25), measurement (158), median (22), mixed numbers (14), mode (15), multiplication (220), negative numbers (21), number sense (94), place value (55), polynomials (30), probability (131), quadratics (34), rounding (22), square roots (23), statistics (124), subtraction (198)

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Share activities on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) to introduce or review concepts. Provide links to lessons on your class website or blog for students to review at home. Have students create their own lessons modeled on this site. Then have students create blogs using Throwww (reviewed here). This site allows you to create "quick and easy" blogs to be used one time only. There is no registration necessary!

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Graphing Stories - Dan Meyer

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6 to 12
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Graphing Stories is a set of short videos to use for graphing. Print the handout (pdf) provided on the site and give to students before beginning each video. Play the ...more
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Graphing Stories is a set of short videos to use for graphing. Print the handout (pdf) provided on the site and give to students before beginning each video. Play the video and have students graph the story. Search by most downloads, type of graph (such as linear or decreasing), or video subject. Each video begins with an overview of the graph and labels to use. The final few seconds of the videos demonstrate how finished graphs should appear.

tag(s): charts and graphs (195), measurement (158), time (139)

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Use Graphing Stories videos for quick graphing practice. Share the videos on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Stop the video after viewing labeling instructions for students to be prepared. Watch the activity. Stop the video again before the correct graph appears. Have students compare graphs and discuss differences before viewing the end of the video with the correct graph. Download graphs onto student computers for students to complete independently or provide a link to graphs for students to review at home.
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Education Unboxed - Rosie

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K to 7
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Education Unboxed is a site put together by a homeschooling mom to help explain math concepts primarily through the use of Cuisinaire rods. Topics include preschool and kindergarten...more
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Education Unboxed is a site put together by a homeschooling mom to help explain math concepts primarily through the use of Cuisinaire rods. Topics include preschool and kindergarten concepts all the way through algebra. Short videos demonstrate and explain each topic. Many topics include explanations of games and activities for practice. Although simple in look, this site is a rich resource for any elementary or middle school classroom.
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tag(s): addition (239), decimals (131), division (168), equations (153), fractions (234), mental math (29), multiplication (220), number sense (94), numbers (199), place value (55), preK (291), square roots (23), subtraction (198), whole numbers (16)

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View videos as a class on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Use code provided with videos to embed on your classroom blog or website or share using urls provided. Use videos as a model and challenge cooperative learning groups to create videos on math topics learned in class. Share the videos on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here.
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Algebra Nation - Lastinger Center for Learning, University of Florida

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6 to 12
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Algebra Nation is an intensive, interactive Algebra site. Although specifically created for Florida students, material is applicable for any Algebra students. This program was originally...more
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Algebra Nation is an intensive, interactive Algebra site. Although specifically created for Florida students, material is applicable for any Algebra students. This program was originally created for students to use at home after school and on weekends. Interesting fact: you access all materials through a Facebook account! Enter Algebra Nation through the link provided to connect with a Facebook account. If you are not associated with a Florida High School, type "other" when prompted to enter a school name. Once logged in, choose any topic from the large list of videos explaining and breaking down featured problems. Use the study guides to follow along and practice independently. Choose the Teacher Resources link and register to access the section created for teachers. This includes videos and other classroom resources. If your school does not allow students to access individual Facebook accounts, why not create a class account under your name (or class number). All students can use the same login information for Facebook.

tag(s): equations (153), exponents (42), factoring (31), fractions (234), order of operations (39), polynomials (30), venn diagrams (14)

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Share this site with students and demonstrate how to enter and access Algebra Nation using their Florida High School name or entering "other." Share this resource with parents as an excellent tool for review and study of Algebra topics. Create a teacher account and share videos on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) as an additional learning tool to use along with current classroom materials. Provide this link for students to use at home to hone their algebra skills.
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SySTEM Alert - Pitsco Education

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6 to 12
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This free publication provides relevance and shows the value of STEM material students learn in class and its importance to our present and future lives. The newsletter showcases articles...more
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This free publication provides relevance and shows the value of STEM material students learn in class and its importance to our present and future lives. The newsletter showcases articles about content and inventions that interest those at any age. By focusing on articles written about and by inventors and scientists, the human side of STEM shows the passion and inventiveness that underlie current knowledge and technology advancements. There are activities to complete, video clips to view, and much information to learn. Do you want to learn how to design a robot? Look no further than the February 2013 issue of this publication. Archived publications are available back to Fall 2012.
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tag(s): inventors and inventions (95), scientific method (67), scientists (70), STEM (153)

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Use these newsletters to show students how their lives are connected to STEM achievements. Students can read and comment on specific articles or careers. Use a variety of these PDF's when researching various STEM careers or highlighting inventions and discoveries. Students can create a traditional or multimedia report on the information learned.
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Figure This - KnowNet Construction, Inc.

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5 to 10
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Looking for a way to add challenges to your middle school math curriculum or gifted classes? Try Figure This, a site of math challenges developed by the National Council of ...more
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Looking for a way to add challenges to your middle school math curriculum or gifted classes? Try Figure This, a site of math challenges developed by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Figure This offers a number of challenges in English and Spanish to be used in a classroom or offered to families for math challenges at home. A PowerPoint is included to help increase parent involvement. Learn why most manholes are round, how fast your heart beats, and numerous other interesting topics. At the time of this review, there were 80 "Challenges" to explore. All of high interest and intriguing topics! Although mainly math activity, many border on science topics as well. Each activity offers hints and answers explained in many ways. Finding the answer is rather tricky! Scroll to the bottom of the page and look for the link to Answer. Don't miss the Teachers Corner. It includes all beginning materials; PowerPoints, forms, and ideas you need to begin!

tag(s): critical thinking (112), geometric shapes (165), logic (239), percent (83), probability (131), problem solving (273), statistics (124)

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In the classroom, use Figure This to help differentiate instruction for all levels, especially the high-achievers and gifted students. Allow students to work independently, or work in pairs to solve challenges. Introduce the challenge on your interactive whiteboard projector. Then allow students to dive into the challenge! Use for gifted enrichment, or even a Math Challenge Day for a reward. Offer extra credit for the number of challenges solved. Use as a model to allow students to create their own challenges. Add to your website as a fun resource for students and families.
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Math Monday - National Museum of Mathematics

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6 to 12
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Math Monday is a weekly column discussing fun, experiential, and puzzling topics in mathematics. Each article takes a math idea, explains the concept, and uses images (and/or videos)...more
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Math Monday is a weekly column discussing fun, experiential, and puzzling topics in mathematics. Each article takes a math idea, explains the concept, and uses images (and/or videos) to put the concept into action. Sample topics include hula hoop geometry, large stars, mathematical quilting, and much more. Subscribe to the RSS feed to view new topics each Monday using the link at the top of the page. (Or add the feed to your Flipboard account if you have a tablet.) There is also a very long list of archives to explore and try!

tag(s): colors (80), fractions (234), geometric shapes (165), origami (17), pi (26), puzzles (207)

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Share articles with students and replicate activities included in the article. Share the video demonstrations on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create videos after reading articles and attempting activities. Share the videos on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here. Use activities in the article as inspiration for Math night activities or Math Fair projects.
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Cyberchase - PBS KIDS

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3 to 7
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Join Jackie, Matt, and Inez in the PBS world of Cyberchase, using the magical powers of math and science to take adventures. The "Motherboard" heads the team against the evils ...more
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Join Jackie, Matt, and Inez in the PBS world of Cyberchase, using the magical powers of math and science to take adventures. The "Motherboard" heads the team against the evils of the universe, Hacker. Visit "Games" to find interactives. There are printables found at the "Activities" link. And finally, watch different episodes (see Video) of Cyberchase to practice various math skills. After the show, find links to the math presented in the show. Examples of content topics include: fractions, geometry, math, weather, money, problem solving, using data, using numbers, science and engineering, pre-algebra, measurement, math and sports, and geometry.

tag(s): data (152), engineering (127), fractions (234), money (185), problem solving (273), sports (98), weather (195)

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Introduce math concepts in a unique way, using Cyberchase adventures on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Use this site at your centers/stations to practice, use, and apply math and science skills. Put a link on your class website for students to use for review, reinforcement, and enrichment.
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Media4Math - Edward De Leon

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7 to 12
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Media4Math offers math resources including videos, tutorials, and more. Begin with "Math in the News" to view SlideShare and YouTube presentations of math and current events. A large...more
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Media4Math offers math resources including videos, tutorials, and more. Begin with "Math in the News" to view SlideShare and YouTube presentations of math and current events. A large archive includes topics such as unemployment, earthquake statistics, and election coverage. Choose the tutorial tab to find many tutorials perfect for interactive whiteboard use on topics such as algebra tiles, solving equations, and linear functions. Choose the PowerPoint tab to download PowerPoints for Algebra Jeopardy, slope/function, and quadratic functions. Watch video tutorials for the TI-Nspire Clickpad and Touchpad at the Nspire tab. This site is worth a look for anyone teaching upper level mathematics. Registration is required (with email) for some of the features. Also be aware some of the videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid reviewed here to download the videos from YouTube.
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tag(s): angles (86), charts and graphs (195), equations (153), functions (69), geometric shapes (165), polynomials (30), quadratics (34), statistics (124)

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View Math in the News presentations on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) to help students understand the connection between higher level math and it's real world use. Share links to tutorials and presentations on your classroom webpage for students to access at home. Bookmark this site for use throughout the year as a resource for supplements to current classroom content.
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Coursera - Coursera.org

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9 to 12
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Take the world's best courses online for free! Choose courses from 33 universities in 20 different topics ranging from science, business, music and film, and the social sciences. Course...more
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Take the world's best courses online for free! Choose courses from 33 universities in 20 different topics ranging from science, business, music and film, and the social sciences. Course information displays start date, length of class, and the source offering the course. View a description/biography of the course instructor, a video explanation of each course, and information on the course format at the homepage for each class. Most courses offer a certificate of completion for successful completion of course requirements.

tag(s): china (68), climate change (64), computers (92), data (152), energy (202), engineering (127), financial literacy (80), gamification (75), greeks (30), immigrants (21), immigration (58), nutrition (159), professional development (156), psychology (66), scientific method (67), sociology (22), solar energy (40), space (218), sports (98)

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Allow gifted students to enroll in courses that interest them or that provide enrichment beyond classroom content. Share with others in your building as a resource for professional development. Explore the topics yourself for some new, engaging topics to round out your own expertise. Allow students to enroll in a course that would fit into their career goals as an exploratory opportunity in that field.
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Super Maths World - supermathsworld.com

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K to 12
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Super Maths World offers a few free games for all levels K-12. Although most of the games are not free, there are a few (2-4) at each level that are ...more
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Super Maths World offers a few free games for all levels K-12. Although most of the games are not free, there are a few (2-4) at each level that are free. Login as Guest to choose a concept (such as algebra or addition) or choose from an age range. Hovering over concepts will show age ranges covered in that concept. Free activities are indicated with a green check mark. Choose a game to begin play. Many contain different levels allowing for practice with a broad range of skills. You may want to check back occasionally to see if new free games are being offered.
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tag(s): angles (86), area (68), charts and graphs (195), fractions (234), geometric shapes (165), perimeter (30), rotation (12), venn diagrams (14)

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Super Maths Games make great computer center activities. Create a link to games desired and have students play at their own pace. Share a link to games on your classroom website or blog. Some activities are multi-player. These would make fun games to play on your interactive whiteboard either with several players or by splitting your class into teams.
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Learning Today Math Curriculum - Learning Today

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K to 5
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Learning Today offers tutorials, practice, and assessment activities sorted by five math concepts - number and operations, measurement, geometry, algebra, and data analysis & probability....more
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Learning Today offers tutorials, practice, and assessment activities sorted by five math concepts - number and operations, measurement, geometry, algebra, and data analysis & probability. Choose a concept then choose from grade levels kindergarten through 5th grade. Each grade level includes one interactive tutorial, practice, and assessment for the concept. Each activity begins with a statement of learning objectives addressed along with directions for completing the activity. There is a large portion of the site that is fee-based; however, these activities are worth exploring for classroom use and review.
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tag(s): addition (239), data (152), division (168), measurement (158), multiplication (220), numbers (199), operations (123), preK (291), probability (131), subtraction (198)

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Include links to tutorials, practice, and assessment activities on classroom computers for students to complete independently. Create a link to activities on your classroom website or blog for students to access at home for independent practice.
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Wolfram Demonstrations Project - Wolfram Mathematica

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4 to 12
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Discover a huge collection of interactive illustrations to help explain complex concepts in science, technology, art, math, and a range of other topics. The activities also give you...more
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Discover a huge collection of interactive illustrations to help explain complex concepts in science, technology, art, math, and a range of other topics. The activities also give you the power to create interactive visualizations. There are thousands of Mathematica Demonstrations. A demonstration is a Mathematica notebook that takes advantage of Mathematica's manipulate command. Use the manipulate command to create sliders or buttons or check boxes to change the values of parameters in the displays in the demonstration. The result is you control the animation. View demonstrations on topics ranging from odd and even numbers to odd and even functions, fractions to fractals, and from linear functions to linear algebra and linear programming. In addition to mathematical topics, there are demonstrations illustrating the time in different cities around the world, global demographic information, the solar system, and art and music concepts. You need to download the Wolfram CDF player to use and interact with the demonstrations.
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tag(s): addition (239), animals (288), architecture (84), computers (92), division (168), fractions (234), geometric shapes (165), gravity (49), logic (239), maps (293), money (185), multiples (35), multiplication (220), plants (153), psychology (66), statistics (124), subtraction (198), weather (195)

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Explain how to use the Demonstrations on your interactive whiteboard (or projector). Allow students to explore on their own classroom computers. (Remember to download the CDF player onto each computer or request it in advance from your tech department.) Challenge students to create a talking avatar using a photo or other image (legally permitted for reproduction). Use avatars to explain activities performed using a Demonstration. Use a site such as Blabberize (reviewed here). The beauty of the demonstrations is that it allows students to manipulate and "play" to view the impact of changes made, allowing many opportunities for classroom discussion. Ask students to predict the impact of changes using the manipulate command; then discuss the actual impact as it occurs.
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Symbolab - Michal Avny

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8 to 12
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Don't miss this unique search engine for math and science. Search for equations, formulas, and expressions using mathematical symbols and scientific notations or search using text....more
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Don't miss this unique search engine for math and science. Search for equations, formulas, and expressions using mathematical symbols and scientific notations or search using text. Choose from options before beginning a search such as basic, operators, physics, trigonometry, and others. Results provided are the most relevant results that are theoretically similar instead of visually similar. Take a tour of the site with the video provided at the home page to beter understand its capabilities. Download the extension for Chrome or Firefox using links provided. Be sure to check out the Formatting Tips link for tips and suggestions on using Symbolab.

tag(s): calculators (41), equations (153), scientific method (67), symbols (19)

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Use as a search engine for mathematics students. Sort results to find explanations of how to solve an equation, what an equation is used for, as well as videos and examples of an equation in use. IN chemistry class, search for examples of chemical equations and places where they are used.

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Mr. Anker Tests - Henry Anker

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K to 7
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This "must-see" site includes many flash tests for Kindergarten through grade 7. Activities support California State Standards and Common Core Standards. Each activity includes a link...more
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This "must-see" site includes many flash tests for Kindergarten through grade 7. Activities support California State Standards and Common Core Standards. Each activity includes a link with standards addressed. Choose by grade level or topic. Each topic has a drop-down box to further refine choice by grade level and content. Although the site is in Flash, a few tests include iPad versions. Find them in the blue box on the main page.

tag(s): addition (239), alphabetical order (19), capitalization (18), compasses (4), decimals (131), division (168), earth (232), fractions (234), geometric shapes (165), homophones (16), keyboarding (37), map skills (81), maps (293), money (185), multiplication (220), number sense (94), reading comprehension (119), sign language (8), spelling (168), subtraction (198), synonyms (38), time (139), vocabulary (324)

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Create a link to activities and tests on classroom computers to use for review. Share a link to the site on your class website or blog for practice at home. Assign the "tests" for homework practice.
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DigitWhiz - Kasey Brown and Elliot Feinberg

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4 to 8
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DigitWhiz is an amazing math program (set up like a game) that guides mastery in five key math skills: multiplication, division, integer operations, like terms, and solving operations....more
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DigitWhiz is an amazing math program (set up like a game) that guides mastery in five key math skills: multiplication, division, integer operations, like terms, and solving operations. It is geared for ages 8+. Playing the interactives allows the program to evaluate skills and prescribe activities leading to mastery and development. This tool differentiates the difficulty levels for each student. Activities are easy to follow and include directions. Set up an account for an entire classroom to view class or individual student progress. Import names from a current list or add names manually. The full site is in Flash so does not work on iOS devices; however, there is a link to a free iPad version.

tag(s): division (168), integers (41), multiplication (220), operations (123), order of operations (39), problem solving (273)

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Demonstrate the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Create a classroom account and allow students to use the program on classroom computers. Share this site with parents to use at home. Parents can create their own account. Use this site as a math intervention resource for students that need additional practice in mastering math skills addressed by this program. More advanced students could use this site for enrichment and advancement as this site caters to students' current levels.
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Mathematics Vision Project - Utah State Office of Education

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8 to 12
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The Mathematics Visions Project contains lessons and activities integrated into Common Core Standards for use with secondary students. Two versions are available: Secondary One and...more
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The Mathematics Visions Project contains lessons and activities integrated into Common Core Standards for use with secondary students. Two versions are available: Secondary One and Secondary One Honors. Both include an edition for students and teachers. It is highly recommended that you read the introduction to the materials to understand the concept behind the lessons before beginning use. Each module is in PDF format for easy printing. It is not necessary to print the entire module. Choose a lesson and just print those pages. Following each lesson is a homework assignment. The Ready, Set, Go! homework assignments correlate to the daily classroom experience and are organized into three parts: Ready to prepare to learn new material, Set for practicing developing skills (the new mathematical skills become more "set" or fluent), Go! to help students remember the skills and procedures learned previously. Follow links provided for additional support with concepts in the homework material. Assessments for each module provide feedback through multiple choice, constructed response, and short answer questions.

tag(s): equations (153), inequalities (27), sequences (16), sequencing (31)

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Use activities, lessons, and homework available here to supplement current classroom materials. Share the short parent section with parents to explain the philosophy behind activities. Use these lessons to help integrate Common Core Standards into your classroom.
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PBLU - Buck Institute for Education

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3 to 12
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Find several ready to go, Common Core aligned, Math and English/Language Arts projects free for your use. Developed by the Buck Institute for Education, who are THE experts for project...more
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Find several ready to go, Common Core aligned, Math and English/Language Arts projects free for your use. Developed by the Buck Institute for Education, who are THE experts for project based learning, the PBLU projects are designed to save you time in the project based learning process. However, each project is flexible enough to customize it to your needs. Along with these projects, also find several two-week online classes that can result in your becoming PBL certified. The classes are free, but not required to use the projects with your students. If none of the projects they have now are appealing, sign up for their newsletter to stay updated about new project development. You can even suggest a project for them to create through the Community Wish List.

tag(s): problem solving (273)

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There are a variety of projects presented at different grade levels. Don't hesitate to look at one that seems beyond or below your grade level. They are easily adaptable. For instance, the one by Biz World created for third through fifth grade students to experience entrepreneurship can easily be adapted to a product that high school students might be interested in such as earrings, designing a class ring, or a video explaining how to conquer levels in a video game.
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Wili the Wizard Math Dictionary - Center on Disability Studies

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2 to 12
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The Math Dictionary is a glossary of important terms that elementary and middle school students need to know for success in their mathematics and science classes. The dictionary includes...more
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The Math Dictionary is a glossary of important terms that elementary and middle school students need to know for success in their mathematics and science classes. The dictionary includes diagrams when appropriate. Click on any letter to see a list of terms. Choose the term to find the definition. Read the short definition along with the Hawaiian translation. Some items include examples or diagrams along with links to further information.

tag(s): dictionaries (57), vocabulary (324)

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Bookmark this site for use when looking up math terms. Have some fun with the Hawaiian translations provided. Give students the Hawaiian word and see if they can find the word and definition it goes with! Share this site through your classroom newsletter, website, or blog for students to use at home. Challenge students to create a talking avatar using a photo or other image (legally permitted to be reproduced). The avatars can be used to explain a term defined on the site. Use a site such as Blabberize (reviewed here). Post these avatars on your classroom website to have your own talking math dictionary!

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