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Aesthetic Computing for Mathematics Teachers - Paul Fishwick

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7 to 12
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"Aesthetic computing" is an approach to algebra that focuses on students representing algebraic equations as pictures and stories to increase student involvement and understanding....more
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"Aesthetic computing" is an approach to algebra that focuses on students representing algebraic equations as pictures and stories to increase student involvement and understanding. The goal is to engage students who would benefit through hands-on and visual approaches to learning. The site includes a 5 minute video describing the approach, an introduction to the theory including lesson plans and handouts, and learning outcomes. Lesson plans are divided into Middle School and High School categories. One interesting inclusion to the site is the online chat and group for teachers interested in trying the approach. The group is very small but might be worthwhile to use for networking with others using this approach.

tag(s): operations (126), problem solving (272), visualizations (14)

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Share this site with Special Education and Gifted teachers as the hands-on approach will appeal to both types of learners. Display and share students' pictures and stories in your classroom or on your classroom website. Challenge students to find the equation within the pictures and stories.

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Addition of Three Digit Numbers - Harcourt School

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2 to 5
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This site provides practice with addition of three digit numbers with and without regrouping, shown via base 10 blocks. Students input their own numbers to add, so you can use ...more
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This site provides practice with addition of three digit numbers with and without regrouping, shown via base 10 blocks. Students input their own numbers to add, so you can use the site without repetition of problems. Once you choose two numbers, the representation of both numbers shows vertically using as base 10 blocks. The tool adds up each column for the student to see where they need to regrouping. If regrouping is necessary, the blocks combine and move to the appropriate column. Turn on audio by clicking on the yellow volume icon. What a fabulous way to learn the thousands, hundreds, tens, and ones.

tag(s): addition (251), regrouping (6)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set to introduce a unit or lesson on regrouping on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Have a student operate the site with classmates helping to direct him/her. Stop and discuss each step of the problem to demonstrate how and why regrouping takes place. Ask students to follow each of the steps with base 10 blocks at their seats. Make a shortcut to this site on classroom computers to use it as a center. Create a classroom bulletin board using a problem created by the class to demonstrate steps needed when regrouping.
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Mr Nussbaum's Math Games - Greg Nussbaum

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K to 6
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MrNussbaum.com was developed with the idea that crucial concepts, themes, ideas, and fact sets taught in the classroom can be enhanced over the internet through interactivity. Furthermore,...more
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MrNussbaum.com was developed with the idea that crucial concepts, themes, ideas, and fact sets taught in the classroom can be enhanced over the internet through interactivity. Furthermore, for teachers to have a reliable k -8 internet site to use in the computer lab or in the classroom, that likely covers one or many themes currently being taught. The Math portion of the site contains dozens of interactives labeled by grade level and topic. Directly below the links to all different topics offered on the site there is a color coded display to help correctly identify grade-level suggestions for activities. For example, red for 1st Grade, orange for 2nd, and so on. Many different topics are offered including fact practice, estimation, rounding, fractions, decimals, money, time, coordinate grids, metric and standard units, and more. Many of the games offer an introductory video explaining how to play. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them 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. Some activities require a name, Mr. Nussbaum recommends that students never use their actual name but make up something. Names are not stored and login isn't required to play.
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tag(s): charts and graphs (195), coordinates (32), decimals (133), estimation (46), fractions (239), measurement (159), money (193), number sense (97), operations (126), rounding (22), time (144)

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Make a shortcut to this site on classroom computers and use it as a center. This site offers multiple levels, so it is easy to differentiate for ability levels within your class. Share this link on your class web page and/or in a parent newsletter for practice at home.
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Shine + Write - Transum Software

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2 to 6
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This site offers a large collection of math resources that can be used on your interactive whiteboard or individual computers/learning stations. Activities include interactives such...more
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This site offers a large collection of math resources that can be used on your interactive whiteboard or individual computers/learning stations. Activities include interactives such as broken calculator, fraction spinners, ice cream combinations, and many more. Be sure to check out the Starter of the Day with an activity for each day of the week, there are archives so you can choose from many different options.
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tag(s): calculators (41), fractions (239), logic (235), number sense (97), probability (130), time (144)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Create a link on classroom computers so students can choose from the different activities. Provide a link on your classroom website or blog for access from home. Display the Starter of the Day activity as students arrive in class for students to begin as they arrive. Create a class book with sample problems from the site and student explanations of their answers.

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ABCya - ABCYA.com, l.l.c,

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K to 5
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ABCya.com, developed by a web developer turned computer teacher, aims to provide educational games and activities for elementary students. Nearly every subject is included. Simply click...more
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ABCya.com, developed by a web developer turned computer teacher, aims to provide educational games and activities for elementary students. Nearly every subject is included. Simply click on your grade level (K-5) and find what is available under language arts, math, and other subjects. Specific topics range from basic typing activities to creating word clouds to grammar games (at all levels) and so much more. The interactives are teacher approved and offer colorful and attention grabbing ways for learning. Opportunities for sharing on Facebook, tweeting, and sharing on social bookmarking sites are incorporated. This is a MUST SEE site for elementary teachers looking for some great practice sites for basic skills!
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tag(s): alphabet (92), decimals (133), drawing (78), fractions (239), game based learning (103), geometric shapes (163), keyboarding (38), latitude (13), literacy (103), longitude (13), number sense (97), numbers (204), operations (126), preK (281)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector, demonstration how to use the specific tool/activity. Create a learning center AT the whiteboard or on individual laptops and allow students to try it out on their own. List this as a student and parent resource on your classroom website. Use this site to informally assess skills to tell you which students to allow to do alternative work or go ahead. Allow your gifted students to explore new concepts while providing necessary reinforcement for those learners that need a technology-inspired method to help master learning goals. This is an excellent tool for differentiating. Provide as an anticipatory guide for new units.
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Learning Clip: IWB Resources for Primary Maths - Learning Clip

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K to 6
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This site provides material for teaching math using interactive whiteboards. Although the site has a paid portion, there are many resources available for free after completing the registration...more
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This site provides material for teaching math using interactive whiteboards. Although the site has a paid portion, there are many resources available for free after completing the registration form. Activities are divided by age level and content. Included resources cover number properties, shape, measurement, data, and problem solving. In addition to the interactive whiteboard activities many resources also include videos and worksheets.
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tag(s): charts and graphs (195), data (148), geometric shapes (163), iwb (31), measurement (159), number sense (97), numbers (204), problem solving (272)

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Use this site on a projector or interactive whiteboard to discuss and informally assess prior knowledge or review skills with different math concepts. Use this site on your interactive whiteboard as a supplement to current classroom materials. Create a math center using the interactive whiteboard resources included on the site. List this link on your class website or TeachersFirst public page for students to access at home.
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Powers of Ten - Charles and Ray Eames

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5 to 12
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This site offers dramatic, visual views of changes when zooming in or out by powers of ten. Simply click on the start page to begin the journey by looking at ...more
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This site offers dramatic, visual views of changes when zooming in or out by powers of ten. Simply click on the start page to begin the journey by looking at roses as we normally see them. By clicking on each of the numbers on the ruler below, you can see what happens at +10 squared and beyond up to 10 to the 26th value (the largest scale picture ever taken). You can also go to negative powers of 10 up to -15, the study of quarks. According to TeachersFirst user C.G., this site is based on a video. Watch the video here. Consider offering this site as a starter and the YouTube video (if accessible at school) for students who wish to know more. If your district blocks YouTube, then this may not be viewable. You could always view that at home and bring it to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid reviewed here to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): exponents (42), negative numbers (22), place value (56), square roots (24)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector to help students visualize the dramatic changes between powers of ten. Allow students to experiment with the site on classroom computers. Provide a link on your class website to this interesting activity. Make ten even more "powerful" by having students write abstract poems about what they might see at different "powers."

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Show your students video "The Powers of Ten" which is what the site was based on. It's fascinating. I don't know who was more amazed - my 5th graders or me. [Ed note: thanks for the video link. We have added it to the review!] Cindy, TX, Grades: 5 - 6

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Add it Up - GameScene

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2 to 5
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Add It Up is a time driven game. Choose a combination of numbered tiles by clicking on them to add up to the target number, which is located in the ...more
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Add It Up is a time driven game. Choose a combination of numbered tiles by clicking on them to add up to the target number, which is located in the upper right corner of the screen. Each numbered tile has a point value, which you earn when you choose that tile to add up to the target number. The more tiles you choose to get to the target, the more points you earn for that turn. There is a timer located in the bottom right of the screen. Earn time bonus points for choosing your combinations quickly.
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tag(s): addition (251), fluency (23), number sense (97), numbers (204)

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Have a team competition as students use the site on an interactive whiteboard or projector and try to compile the highest score. Create a link on classroom computers to use as a center when trying to improve fluency with addition of single digit numbers. Copy and paste the code on the site to embed the activity on your classroom blog or website, then have students compete to see who can achieve the highest score
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E-Lab Grade 6 - Harcourt School

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5 to 7
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Harcourt School's website offers many different activities for practicing Math skills taught in their sixth grade program; however, the activities are free and available to everyone....more
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Harcourt School's website offers many different activities for practicing Math skills taught in their sixth grade program; however, the activities are free and available to everyone. Activities are divided by math strands - number sense, algebra and functions, measurement and geometry, and statistics, data analysis and probability. Most activities have a 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): equations (155), fractions (239)

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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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E-Lab Grade 5 - Harcourt School

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4 to 6
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Harcourt School's website offers many different activities for practicing math skills taught in their 5th grade program; however, the activities are free and available to everyone....more
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Harcourt School's website offers many different activities for practicing math skills taught in their 5th grade program; however, the activities are free and available to everyone. Activities are divided by math strands - number sense, algebra and functions, measurement and geometry, and statistics, data analysis and probability. Most activities have a 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), fractions (239), measurement (159), multiples (35), number sense (97), prime numbers (31), probability (130), statistics (122)

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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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Be a Mathematician - Nelson Thomes

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K to 6
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This site has a very nice section with free downloads containing math activities such as puzzles, open-ended investigations and resources to practice math skills. Activities are searchable...more
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This site has a very nice section with free downloads containing math activities such as puzzles, open-ended investigations and resources to practice math skills. Activities are searchable by age level and math strand. However, the site is produced by a British education publishing company and is geared toward promoting their products. This review is for the free resources offered.
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tag(s): counting (120), multiples (35), number sense (97), numbers (204), puzzles (208)

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Download and print activities for students to use in a math notebook for free time fillers. Use activities as a math center. Choose activities that correspond to current lessons and assign for homework or math problem of the week.
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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 (95)

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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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Online Mathematics Dictionary - MathPro Press

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4 to 12
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This site offers a simple, basic math dictionary that may be helpful as a quick classroom resource. It contains definitions for virtually all math terms in a quick sentence. All ...more
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This site offers a simple, basic math dictionary that may be helpful as a quick classroom resource. It contains definitions for virtually all math terms in a quick sentence. All definitions are on one page and words can be found either by clicking the alphabetical links at the top of the page or by scrolling down through the site.
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tag(s): dictionaries (56), vocabulary (323)

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Create a link on classroom computers for easy access to mathematics terms. Print a copy of the site for students to include with math notebooks or journals. Use definitions from the site to create flash cards for learning mathematical definitions.

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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 (95)

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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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MyAlgebra - Bagatrix

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7 to 12
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Enter algebra problems and receive the solutions! Also included are many sample problems. Choose sample problems using the options on the right of the screen, from categories such as...more
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Enter algebra problems and receive the solutions! Also included are many sample problems. Choose sample problems using the options on the right of the screen, from categories such as algebra concepts and expressions, simplifying or factoring polynomials, vectors, and much more. After creating a problem, select "solve" to find an answer. One major downfall of the site is that the option to see the steps needed to answer the problem leads to a pay site. However, the site is still worthwhile for students to check problem solutions.
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tag(s): factoring (31), homework (44), polynomials (32), vectors (25)

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Share the site with students as a resource for checking homework. Provide this link on your class website. At the beginning of a unit, display the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector showing the solution to a new problem, and then allow students to investigate and discover how to find the answer. When they complain that the site does not explain how it "got" the answer, you have the perfect teaching moment to point out why you require students to "show their work" to remove such mystery.

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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 (95)

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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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Baseball-Reference

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6 to 12
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This site is perfect to practice math skills using real-time information and statistics from the American and National Leagues. A vast amount of data is available including prices of...more
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This site is perfect to practice math skills using real-time information and statistics from the American and National Leagues. A vast amount of data is available including prices of recent transactions, team and player statistics, streaks, and more. Considerable data is included for All-Star games, postseason stats, and frivolities such as birthdays and birthplaces. Information is also included for minor league teams. Be sure to check out the tutorial videos that help users with the site. Videos include information on box scores and their features, player and team gamelogs, and a 17 minute video reviewing features and layout of the baseball-reference site.

tag(s): charts and graphs (195), data (148), probability (130), statistics (122)

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Watch the information video on the website on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) as an introduction to the site. Allow students time to explore the site on their own or with a partner. This site is perfect for students to practice working with statistics and graphing. Have students choose a player or team and graph statistics, then compare these statistics with other students' data. Challenge students to research statistics on the site to find unusual information and research what may have happened. Have students create a multimedia presentation to share with the class such as a simple online posters using PicLits (reviewed here). Or compare data from students' favorite teams and create a class graph.
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CalcEnstein - Blaine Hilton

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5 to 12
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Looking for different types of calculators? Find them on this interesting site. Choose a button on the calculator corresponding to the subject. Examples of subjects include Medicine,...more
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Looking for different types of calculators? Find them on this interesting site. Choose a button on the calculator corresponding to the subject. Examples of subjects include Medicine, Algebra, Weather, Phonics, Financial, HVAC, Engineering, Weather, and Rocketry to name a few. After the subject is chosen, click on a formula to enter values. Some of the topics offer reference information, not calculations. This is definitely an interesting site to peruse.

tag(s): energy (198), medicine (67), phonics (75), rockets (14), sports (97), weather (188)

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There are many different calculators for students to explore as ways to apply math in real world situations. For example, choose weather and then wind chill. Enter the information and wind chill will be calculated. Enter the information, view the calculated answer, and then have students determine how it is actually calculated. This site is a great find for gifted students to use to further investigate specific topics beyond your "regular" classroom content. Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students work with a partner to explore various "buttons" on this interactive calculator. Have the groups create multimedia presentations to share their findings or demonstrate them on the whiteboard as advertisements or infomercials! Have students create online posters on paper or do it together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here) or PicLits (reviewed here).
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KenKen Puzzles - New York Times

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3 to 12
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KenKen is a puzzle game similar to Soduku with the added twist that numbers in dark-outlined areas must combine to produce the target number indicated. Read the fully illustrated tutorial...more
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KenKen is a puzzle game similar to Soduku with the added twist that numbers in dark-outlined areas must combine to produce the target number indicated. Read the fully illustrated tutorial for more information. Each day the New York Times provides 6 new puzzles in 3 different skill levels. This is a great activity for practicing math operations and also developing problem solving and critical thinking skills.
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tag(s): logic (235), problem solving (272), puzzles (208)

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Create a link to the site for students to use at computer centers or the computer lab. Print out puzzles and allow students to work with a partner to solve during center time. Challenge students to complete puzzles at different skills levels. Share a puzzle on the interactive whiteboard as students are entering the classroom and complete the puzzle together.
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Dr. Mike's Math Games - Michael Hartley

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K to 7
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If you are looking for fun math interactives and printable, this is the place for you! Hundreds of activities are available and are sorted in several different formats. Search by ...more
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If you are looking for fun math interactives and printable, this is the place for you! Hundreds of activities are available and are sorted in several different formats. Search by grade level, board games, worksheets, printable games, and more. Some grade levels also offer customizable worksheets. If you aren't sure what you are looking for, try the Cool Math Games link to view the most highly rated games or the Popular Math Games link to find the most visited games. Visitors can sign up to receive an email when new games are available and subscribe to Dr. Mike's blog and newsletter. There are some ads on the site that you will want to have students avoid.
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tag(s): fractions (239), number sense (97), numbers (204), puzzles (208), sudoku (18), worksheets (60)

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Create a link on your classroom computer to appropriate activities for your students. Use the printable games for classroom math centers, such as BINGO for #1-10 (kindergarten.) Share a link to the site on your classroom website or blog for students to access at home.
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