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Support for Problem Solving Pack - The School Mathematics Project

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8 to 12
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The Support for Problem Solving Pack offers several tasks to support math problem-solving skills for high school students. Created as a tool to help develop mental flexibility, tasks...more
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The Support for Problem Solving Pack offers several tasks to support math problem-solving skills for high school students. Created as a tool to help develop mental flexibility, tasks vary in structure and style while requiring you to make use of realistic data. Each problem includes complete directions, possible solutions, and related questions. Some of the units of measure and spellings may differ from those in American English since this is a UK site.

tag(s): critical thinking (119), logic (236), problem solving (286)

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Use tasks from the packet throughout the school year to supplement your current materials. Assign as homework or use for math centers. If you are beginning the process of integrating technology, have students create blogs sharing their problem solving process and understanding using Telegra.ph, reviewed here. This blog creator requires no registration. Have students share the blog entry with a small group or partner, who is to ask for clarification where needed. Explaining their writing will help students internalize the problem-solving process. Challenge students to create their own problem-solving tasks to be solved by classmates.
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Manga High - Manga High

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2 to 12
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Manga High is a game-based learning site for mathematics all aligned to Common Core standards. Enroll in the site to set up your class account and add members. Once your ...more
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Manga High is a game-based learning site for mathematics all aligned to Common Core standards. Enroll in the site to set up your class account and add members. Once your class is set up, use the dashboard to assign activities, monitor student progress, or assign challenges. Students can play games without having been assigned a class. However, they cannot save performance history or compete in challenges.

tag(s): addition (225), critical thinking (119), DAT device agnostic tool (173), data (150), decimals (125), division (160), equations (149), fractions (228), game based learning (120), geometric shapes (171), multiplication (211), problem solving (286), subtraction (185)

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Create your class account on Manga High and assign activities for your entire class or differentiate based on student performance levels. Use the search tool to assign tutorials based on grade level or Common Core standard. Add your class to public leaderboards and challenge students to improve their standing versus other classes. Be sure to provide a link to Manga High on your class website or blog for students to access from home.
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What is Mathematics? - Dr. Robert H Lewis

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8 to 12
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What is Mathematics? is a very helpful article for understanding that mathematics is about process not numbers. Dr. Lewis takes his readers through the thought process of providing...more
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What is Mathematics? is a very helpful article for understanding that mathematics is about process not numbers. Dr. Lewis takes his readers through the thought process of providing insight into what math is by comparing it to early reading instruction, sports analogies, and more. His explanations give readers an understanding of the true meaning of mathematics - "true mathematical understanding, the true ability to think, perceive, and analyze mathematically."

tag(s): logic (236), problem solving (286), professional development (162)

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Have your students ever said, "I'll never use this in real life"? If so, that is the time to pull out this article for classroom discussions. Provide different sections of the article to groups of students to present to classmates as a way to understand the importance of developing mathematical understanding, not just a way to put numbers together. Share this article with parents to help them understand the importance of developing mathematical understanding. Share this article with other math teachers in your building.

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Earliest Uses of Various Math Symbols - Jeff Miller

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Did you know the first known use of the + symbol was sometime between 1323 and 1382? Learn more about this and the origins of other math symbols at this ...more
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Did you know the first known use of the + symbol was sometime between 1323 and 1382? Learn more about this and the origins of other math symbols at this interesting site. Choose from different links to learn about the origins of geometry, fractions, and other symbols. Each description includes a background on its original use along with information about pertinent mathematicians.

tag(s): biographies (91), symbols (19)

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Use information from this site to share math "tidbits" with your students on your class webpage or your interactive whiteboard as students enter class. Share this site with students and allow them to explore on their own.The text portions are challenging, so you should pair weaker readers with a partner as they research on this site. Have students use Fakebook, reviewed here, to create a "fake" page similar in style to Facebook about a mathematician.

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Mathematical Symbols and Abbreviations - Janette Matthews and Tony Croft

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8 to 12
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Mathematical Symbols and Abbreviations is a nine-page PDF leaflet describing symbols and notations commonly used in mathematics. Along with each symbol, learn how to say it, what it...more
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Mathematical Symbols and Abbreviations is a nine-page PDF leaflet describing symbols and notations commonly used in mathematics. Along with each symbol, learn how to say it, what it means, see an example, and view a search topic. For further information, use the URL given in the first paragraph (second line) and search box provided there to search the main Math Centre site. This site was created in the United Kingdom. If you speak American English, you may notice some slight spelling differences.

tag(s): printables (39), symbols (19)

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Print and enlarge the leaflet to poster size to hang on classroom walls. Provide students with a copy of the leaflet to include in math notebooks or journals. Create a link to the leaflet on your class blog or website for easy reference.
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JMAP - New York Regents Exams Resources - Steve Sibol and Steve Watson

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7 to 12
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JMAP offers a large collection of resources for integrating Regents exam questions into everyday curriculum. Although it is created specifically for New York Regents exam preparation,...more
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JMAP offers a large collection of resources for integrating Regents exam questions into everyday curriculum. Although it is created specifically for New York Regents exam preparation, content is applicable to any math curriculum. Choose from content sorted by textbook, class, or review materials. Choices for downloading materials include PDF, DOC, and TST formats. Other materials included on the site are Regents books, worksheet generators, and Regents archives. This site is a must-see for New York teachers and worth a visit for all math teachers!

tag(s): assessment (109), test prep (96), worksheets (62)

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Bookmark this site for use throughout the year for finding standardized testing questions to integrate into classroom lessons. Be sure to share a link to former test questions and review materials on your class web page or blog for use at home. If you teach using AMSCO or Pearson textbooks, be sure to explore this site for valuable resources to supplement your textbook materials. Use an online flashcard maker, like Flashcard Stash, reviewed here, to create study materials found on JMAP. Have students upload a photo they have taken and add voice bubbles to explain steps in solving a problem using a tool such as Superlame, reviewed here.
 
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ABC Splash - ABC TV and Radio Australia

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K to 10
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ABC Splash is a large educational website from Australia containing videos, games, and audio clips. Special sections for parents include informational articles, teaching resources,...more
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ABC Splash is a large educational website from Australia containing videos, games, and audio clips. Special sections for parents include informational articles, teaching resources, and education news. Choose from primary or secondary level to view offerings sorted into categories or go to games and sort by topic or grade level to find resources. Register on the site to store and save favorite activities for later use. The site was created in the Australia, so some of the pronunciations and spellings may differ from those in American English.

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This site is excellent for enrichment. Include it on your class web page for students to access both in and out of class. Share this link on your class web page and/or in a parent newsletter for help with homework and school projects. These high-quality media resources will engage your students and enhance their learning.
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Math Antics YouTube Channel - mathantics.com

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3 to 12
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Learn math through simple, yet engaging videos at Math Antics' YouTube Channel. Choose from several different math topics such as working with fractions, multi-digit numbers, and factoring....more
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Learn math through simple, yet engaging videos at Math Antics' YouTube Channel. Choose from several different math topics such as working with fractions, multi-digit numbers, and factoring. Most videos run less than 10 minutes, making them perfect for use in many different situations. 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.

tag(s): addition (225), decimals (125), division (160), equations (149), factors (40), fractions (228), geometric shapes (171), mixed numbers (14), multiplication (211), subtraction (185)

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Share these videos on your interactive whiteboard or projector. FLIP your classroom and have students view the videos at home to discuss and apply the next day in class. (This is a great option if YouTube is blocked in your school.) Use the videos to introduce or practice any math topic and assign others in the series for homework. Be sure to provide this link on your class website for students (and their families) to access at home for additional Math practice.

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Math Antics is a resource that I can recommend without reservation to all 3 - 5th grade elementary school teachers. You can log on to their website and use their videos for free at mathantics.com. Even though my district's math curriculum provides videos for each lesson, Math Antics' videos are much better, and easier to understand, and my students LOVE them! Lauriekay, WA, Grades: 4 - 5

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Numeracy Tasks - Peter Liljedahl

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K to 12
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Numeracy Tasks offers a large selection of open-ended problems for grades K-12. Choose from titles sorted by grade level (K-3, 4-6, 7-9, or 10-12). Each task is listed individually....more
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Numeracy Tasks offers a large selection of open-ended problems for grades K-12. Choose from titles sorted by grade level (K-3, 4-6, 7-9, or 10-12). Each task is listed individually. Click to download the Word document including instructions and any necessary materials. Although this site is rather "plain vanilla," there are some very engaging topics: Cell Phone Plans, Nine Hole Golf Course, Building a Garden, Trip to the Waterslides, and many more.

tag(s): number sense (98), problem solving (286)

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Bookmark and save Numeracy Tasks for use throughout the year for group projects or math centers. Share with tutors and parents to use as enrichment in problem solving. Share some of the activities with students to do for extra credit or for summer enrichment.

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Math Fair Problems - Gaileo.org

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3 to 12
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Math Fair Problems offers a large selection of problem solving activities for classroom and math fair use. Choose from topics such as Number Concepts, Patterns & Relationships, Statistics...more
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Math Fair Problems offers a large selection of problem solving activities for classroom and math fair use. Choose from topics such as Number Concepts, Patterns & Relationships, Statistics & Probability, or Shapes & Spaces. Use problems for both elementary or secondary students unless otherwise marked for a specific grade level. Links for each activity include complete instructions, how to play, variations, and math found in the activity. Use the provided link to download in PDF format. Be sure to click the link with the explanation on how to introduce and use these activities with students.

tag(s): charts and graphs (192), data (150), equations (149), functions (70), geometric shapes (171), measurement (164), number sense (98), numbers (195), order of operations (39), patterns (87), probability (131), problem solving (286), statistics (126), transformations (17)

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Use Math Fair Problems throughout the year as a classroom center or homework. Choose one day a week to set up a student rotation through different problem activities. Share activities with classroom tutors as individual practice for students.
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Ducksters - Technological Solutions, Inc. (TSI)

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2 to 8
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Ducksters is a safe, extensive, educational portal for kids. Find a wide choice of content such as interactives, sports, movies, and music. Begin by choosing a category to explore choices....more
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Ducksters is a safe, extensive, educational portal for kids. Find a wide choice of content such as interactives, sports, movies, and music. Begin by choosing a category to explore choices. The study category includes extensive information such as world history, many biographies, science explanations, and information on all continents and many countries. Interactive subjects include math times tables, checkers, and guess the country. There is a TON here to explore.
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tag(s): addition (225), african american (112), american revolution (89), animal homes (45), animals (292), artists (77), biographies (91), china (67), civil rights (121), civil war (142), cold war (29), continents (49), countries (80), data (150), division (160), egypt (70), elements (36), energy (203), environment (322), explorers (63), fractions (228), friction (14), geometric shapes (171), greece (26), habitats (85), human body (129), inventors and inventions (94), keyboarding (38), mean (25), median (22), mode (15), multiplication (211), planets (126), presidents (130), puzzles (203), recycling (57), renaissance (32), rome (27), solar system (119), sound (103), sports (98), subtraction (185), sun (71), world war 1 (53), world war 2 (141)

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This site is a perfect addition for use with a biography unit. Explore and share information categorized by topics such as Civil Rights, the Cold War, and Ancient Greece. Have students use Fakebook, reviewed here, to create a "fake" page similar in style to Facebook about a president, famous scientist, or nearly any other real or fictitious person. Be sure to create a link to the site on your class webpage or newsletter for students to explore at home. Create a link on classroom computers for students to use the interactives during center time.
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Very safe and reliable. Everyone else is my school thinks ducksters is stupid but I love ducksters. Ry, CA, Grades: 6 - 12

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Mathematics Interactives and Lessons - SAS Curriculum Pathways

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1 to 12
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SAS Curriculum Pathways offers over 400 interactives and web lessons for math. Topics range from Numbers and Operations to Trigonometry. Browse resources by category, type, required...more
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SAS Curriculum Pathways offers over 400 interactives and web lessons for math. Topics range from Numbers and Operations to Trigonometry. Browse resources by category, type, required plug-ins, or level. Each resource includes a short description, estimated time to complete, and appropriate age levels. All activities correlate to state and Common Core Standards. Click the Standards link in each lesson to view corresponding standards for each activity. Create an account to save items to favorites and connect to your school. Generate an account code for your students to create student accounts. Be sure to disable your browser's pop up blocker for this site to allow interactives to load.

tag(s): angles (88), charts and graphs (192), data (150), decimals (125), equations (149), factors (40), fractions (228), geometric shapes (171), mixed numbers (14), operations (123), order of operations (39), polynomials (30), probability (131), quadratics (33)

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Use interactives and lessons from this site to supplement classroom instruction. Demonstrate how to use this tool on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Allow students to explore the site independently on classroom computers. Be sure to include a link to activities on your classroom webpage. Use this site to differentiate for different student levels.
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Youcubed - Jo Boaler and Stanford University

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K to 12
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Youcubed is an up and coming mathematics education site for grades K-12. See short video presentations about how to build confident, math-loving students. In addition, the site plans...more
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Youcubed is an up and coming mathematics education site for grades K-12. See short video presentations about how to build confident, math-loving students. In addition, the site plans to include tasks and lessons correlated to Common Core Standards. One interesting feature discusses mathematic tasks used by today's companies such as Google. Another section will feature information, resources, and tools for parents. This site continues to grow. Be sure to sign up with your email to receive site access and all of the latest updates. Browse through a few examples currently on the site for a preview of upcoming features. Search for lesson plans by using the word Tasks. (Don't be shy about adding comments on this TeachersFirst review as new features roll out!). Some videos are hosted on YouTube (others on Vimeo). If your district blocks YouTube, the videos 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.

tag(s): professional development (162), STEM (164)

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Sign up for email updates as this site continues to grow. Bookmark Youcubed for use as a resource throughout the year for lessons, videos, and parent information. Share videos through your class website or newsletter for students (and parents) to view at home. Share the videos or interactives on a projector or interactive whiteboard.
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XKCD - XKCD

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8 to 12
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Get ready to have a good laugh at Ready for a good laugh? Come on over to XKCD, a webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language. Three times a week ...more
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Get ready to have a good laugh at Ready for a good laugh? Come on over to XKCD, a webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language. Three times a week find comics with stick figures featuring mathematical, scientific, and cultural humor. Dig through the archives to find the perfect one for you! Creative Commons License allows reprinting of the comics. Each comic has an individual URL that can be shared to direct students to that specific comic. Be sure to PREVIEW before you share any comics with your class. Our editors found a few that may be questionable depending on the maturity of your students.
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tag(s): comics and cartoons (67), humor (15)

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Add humor to your science, math, language, and current events classes to lighten the mood! Spice up professional presentations with humor, and keep your audience involved. Share the direct URL to any comic that relates to your curriculum or specific topics. Encourage students to create comics with your current content. Have students use one of the tools and ideas included in this collection. Keep your class website humorous with a few comics from XKCD.

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Autodesk Digital STEAM Workshop - Autodesk, Inc.

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9 to 12
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Do you want to use STEM with better learning through design? Bring project based learning through design along with science, technology, engineering, math, AND art with this tool. The...more
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Do you want to use STEM with better learning through design? Bring project based learning through design along with science, technology, engineering, math, AND art with this tool. The Digital STEAM Workshop is a curriculum using Autodesk products, such as AutoCAD and Inventor. Worried you do not know how to use the software? Don't fear! The student materials include extensive information about completing the projects. These projects are real world, engaging challenges for students. Teacher resources are extensive and include project briefs, lesson plans, pre/post tests, and extensive materials for students. Be sure to note the available materials includes prerequisites, ideas for differentiation, extension ideas, and STEAM connections. Be sure to check the For Educators section, as well as the How-To videos. Teacher materials are available as a download. Be sure to look over all the information on the site including the free download link for the software found in the upper right corner. Discuss the installation and use of the software with your Administration or Technology departments to see if it will work on school computers. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos 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.

tag(s): animation (66), architecture (84), engineering (130), STEM (164), sustainability (19)

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View the basic information. "Start Here" is a good place to start! Choose from the three different levels of information and projects. Be sure to view the lessons and materials under the Teacher Resources section. Select from projects labeled Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced as appropriate. Use a project from the curriculum in place of one activity normally planned through the year. As you become comfortable with using authentic project-based curriculum, consider adding more. Choose from subjects: Architecture, Animation, Engineering, Manufacturing, Maker, STEAM, or Sustainability. These activities would be wonderful challenges for gifted students. Consider looking at student curriculum and creating a class that fits a STEAM model. Incorporate many of these activities into the curriculum. Use projects such as Urban Planning in a variety of different courses in school.

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Math Puzzles - Transum

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4 to 12
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Math Puzzles offers a large selection of puzzles with mathematical connections. Scroll through the page to find puzzles using geometric shapes, crosswords, number squares, and more....more
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Math Puzzles offers a large selection of puzzles with mathematical connections. Scroll through the page to find puzzles using geometric shapes, crosswords, number squares, and more. Choose any puzzle to view directions and begin to play.
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tag(s): crosswords (19), logic (236), problem solving (286)

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Share the math puzzles on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Use as a math center or when you have an extra 5-10 minutes of time. Create a link to the puzzles on classroom computers or your class website. This is a great find for use with gifted students to practice logic and problem-solving skills. If you are beginning the process of integrating technology, have students create blogs to explain their problem solving process and understanding using Pen.io, reviewed here. This blog creator requires no registration.

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SlideRule - Parul Gupta and Gautam Tambay

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8 to 12
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Discover some of the world's best online courses with SlideRule's search engine. Enter what you want to learn into the search bar. Explore the offerings provided or browse by subject,...more
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Discover some of the world's best online courses with SlideRule's search engine. Enter what you want to learn into the search bar. Explore the offerings provided or browse by subject, university, or providers. Narrow results down by starting date, teaching method, or credentials. Each entry includes a short description of the course, fees (many are free!), start dates, length of course, and skill level required. Many classes also include reviews from other SlideRule users. Click the "Enroll" link to go directly to the course or save to your wish list after creating a free account. Some of the videos are hosted on YouTube. Most do not require Flash. 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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Share SlideRule with your gifted students as a resource for finding enrichment resources or content not taught by your school. Search for and share free courses for all students to use for review of any topic. Use the SlideRule search engine to find professional development courses for your own personal use.
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MATHCOUNTS Foundation - mathcounts.org

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The MATHCOUNTS Foundation is a non-profit organization striving to engage middle school students of all ability and interest levels in enjoyable and challenging math programs. This...more
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The MATHCOUNTS Foundation is a non-profit organization striving to engage middle school students of all ability and interest levels in enjoyable and challenging math programs. This site offers a large variety of resources for both students and educators. View programs to find information about The National Math Club, Math Video Challenge, and the MATHCOUNTS competition series. Discover the Solve-a-Thon fundraising program to create fundraising pages for your program and school. Be sure to explore the Resources portion of the site. Find a Problem of the Week including extensive archives, an electronic school handbook featuring 300 problems correlated to NCTM grade 6-8 standards, and MATHCOUNTS minis - a series of short video explanations of MATHCOUNTS problems. This site includes YouTube videos. 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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Be sure to bookmark this site for use throughout the school year. Share with the head of the math department and other math teachers as a valuable resource. Consider creating a fundraising page using the Solve-a-Thon program to raise funds for manipulatives and classroom resources. Include the problem of the week on your class webpage or blog as homework or extra credit. Include links to video explanations of problems on your class webpage to reinforce current learning concepts.
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Tabor Rotation Free Resources - Glenna Tabor

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K to 1
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Tabor Rotation is a flexible format for simplifying small-group, differentiated math instruction. This specific part of the site focuses on the free resources offered to help anyone...more
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Tabor Rotation is a flexible format for simplifying small-group, differentiated math instruction. This specific part of the site focuses on the free resources offered to help anyone teaching math groups within any format. Printable sheets include weekly planning options, game activities, and classroom management records. Be sure to check out the excellent resources for parents with activities such as a number treasure hunt and activities for dot cards.

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Share parent resources in your class newsletter or blog for ideas on developing math skills at home. Even if you don't teach using the Tabor Rotation method, many of the ideas and management records work across different teaching methods. Use these resources for planning and managing according to your classroom needs.
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Secondary Sample Mathematics Tasks - The Dana Center - The University of Texas at Austin

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The Dana Center offers this set of 30 rich instructional tasks correlated to American Diploma Project Benchmarks. Topics include several secondary math topics such as geometry, algebra,...more
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The Dana Center offers this set of 30 rich instructional tasks correlated to American Diploma Project Benchmarks. Topics include several secondary math topics such as geometry, algebra, and trigonometry. Activities include some or all of the following: an introductory rationale, specific directions with images, discussion questions and questions, and sample solutions. Choose the PDF link to print any activity for easy download.

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Bookmark and use activities from this site throughout the year for homework, centers, or use in your substitute folder for a quick and enriching activity while you are away for the day! Share a link to one of the activities with parents throughout the year as a supplement to classroom resources.
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