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Shmoop Pre-Algebra beta - Shmoop University

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Shmoop Pre-Algebra offers students an overview of basic operations, basic geometry, fractions, decimals, ratios, percentages, probability, and algebra including terms and additional...more
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Shmoop Pre-Algebra offers students an overview of basic operations, basic geometry, fractions, decimals, ratios, percentages, probability, and algebra including terms and additional websites. Interactives follow many topic overviews. The easy user interface will make it a favorite for students, though it is text-heavy in places.

tag(s): decimals (133), fractions (239), percent (82), ratios (53)

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Add the site to your classroom computers' favorites (and a link on your class website) for students to use from home or when they need to review pre-algebra topics. Use the games as a classroom activity on an interactive whiteboard to test student knowledge or to prepare for a test. Use the summaries yourself to help organize your presentation of the content. Students can create accounts on Shmoop to access more features, but the site is very useful even without an account.
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Algebra Meltdown - Manga High

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3 to 8
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Practice basic linear algebra with this interactive site where the players help scientists working at a nuclear generator. The scientists are impatient, so you have to be quick to solve...more
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Practice basic linear algebra with this interactive site where the players help scientists working at a nuclear generator. The scientists are impatient, so you have to be quick to solve the equations to guide the atoms through each machine on time. Be sure to check out the achievements section which provides information on math skills used at each level. There are some unobtrusive advertisements at this site. You can play without joining or register for a free, basic school account to save some scores.

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Have a team competition on the interactive whiteboard or projector and challenge students to move on to higher levels. Students who aren't playing will still be learning as they try to solve problems along with the players. Use the activity as an introduction to algebra skills included in the interactive, such as multiplying and dividing with negatives. Challenge students to come up with the formulas for multiplying and dividing negatives based on correct responses in the activity.
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Math Wizz - the Statistician

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6 to 12
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Mathwizz.com provides help with many math related topics ranging from arithmetic to decimals to financial math. Interactive calculators allow students to test their own knowledge. Brief...more
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Mathwizz.com provides help with many math related topics ranging from arithmetic to decimals to financial math. Interactive calculators allow students to test their own knowledge. Brief lessons or descriptions provide simple explanantions to various concepts.

tag(s): calculators (41), decimals (133), fractions (239)

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Use this site as an informal assessment by having students complete a number of questions and then report their results to you. Many of the tests will require additional paper for solving problems. This activity would work well for individuals or pairs of students in a lab or on laptops, and would also be a great way to have a team competition as students use the site on an interactive whiteboard and try to solve problems.

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Common Core State Standards - Common Core State Standards Initiative Team

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K to 12
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The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a nationwide effort led by the National Governor's Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers to establish a common set...more
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The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a nationwide effort led by the National Governor's Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers to establish a common set of educational standards which aligns benchmarks and expectations across state lines. This system builds on what states are already doing by providing an opportunity to share experiences, best practices, and lessons, while maintaining high expectations that insure the quality of education across America to enable our students to maintain a competitive edge in the global economy.

Visit this website to find out exactly what the national K-12 standards are for English language arts and literacy in history/social studies, science and technology, as well as mathematics, and to find out if your state is one many states (at the time of this review) that have already committed to adopt the Common Core State Standards. Watch videos and the recorded webinar, and read about the key points and rigorous curriculum standards, including the content and skills related to the use of media and technology for critical analysis and production.

tag(s): commoncore (94)

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Take a look at exemplars and sample performance tasks and students' writing to consider how you can integrate these ideas into your own planning to prepare students for the growing challenges of today's world. You can also sign up to receive updates via email. For more information about the Common Core and implementing it in your classes, see TeachersFirst's Common Core: The Fuss Over Non-Fiction, a Q/A article for elementary teachers, and TeachersFirst's resources tagged Common Core for many helpful sites.
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Math Play - Doina Popovici

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K to 8
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Math Play offers a wide variety of fun (and educational) interactives. Most activities are suitable for elementary and middle grades. They are organized by grade level, content, and...more
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Math Play offers a wide variety of fun (and educational) interactives. Most activities are suitable for elementary and middle grades. They are organized by grade level, content, and game type. In addition to being kid-friendly and engaging, kids will enjoy the animation and bright colors. The advertisements are a bit of a distraction.

tag(s): addition (251), decimals (133), fractions (239), subtraction (208)

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A great website for a math game day due to the variety of concepts and levels. Use these activities as an informal assessment by observing students as they engage. Try using an interactive whiteboard to encourage friendly competition when students individual laptops are not available.
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The Abacus - Luis Fernandes

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5 to 12
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This site takes students through the history of the Abacus across various cultures and time periods in addition to showing how to use an abacus for calculating math problems. Students...more
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This site takes students through the history of the Abacus across various cultures and time periods in addition to showing how to use an abacus for calculating math problems. Students can follow directions to make their own abacus. Click to practice using an abacus to solve problems in addition, subtraction, square roots, cube roots, and more. Explore some of the artistic renditions of the abacus as inspiration for a visual-artistic math project.

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This site would appeal to gifted math students. Have students learn about the abacus and challenge them to find another influential math tool. Ask your students to create a multimedia presentation from the information or demonstrate the use of an abacus on an interactive whiteboard. Challenge students to create a video and share using a site such as SchoolTube (reviewed here). Have students compare and contrast math tools using an interactive whiteboard. Have groups compare two tools using a tool such as the "Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram" (reviewed here).

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Solving Quadratic Equations - Craig McNatt and Dr. Bruce Lewis

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7 to 12
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Solving Quadratic Equations, developed by an educational graduate student, provides a variety of resources and explanations for quadratic equations through a well thought out webquest....more
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Solving Quadratic Equations, developed by an educational graduate student, provides a variety of resources and explanations for quadratic equations through a well thought out webquest.

tag(s): equations (155), factors (42)

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After introducing quadratic equations to students, have them participate in this webquest to deepen their understanding. Share the webquest on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students work in cooperative learning groups to complete the quest, or on individual laptops. Have students record their notes and follow up the webquest with a discussion to synthesize information. Create a class wiki about how to solve quadratic equations. Not comfortable with wikis? Check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through.

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Online Math Learning

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K to 12
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Online Math Learning is a huge website with numerous resources including interactive problem generators, a video library, worksheets, and links all organized by grade level and subject...more
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Online Math Learning is a huge website with numerous resources including interactive problem generators, a video library, worksheets, and links all organized by grade level and subject level. This site is very well organized, easy to use, and has something for every grade level and nearly every subject/topic area. Advise students to ignore the advertisements.

tag(s): charts and graphs (195), equations (155), statistics (122)

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Use the interactive section's problem generator to create team competition as students use the site on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Check out the videos to reach struggling students or help deepen understanding of concepts. For a project, have students recreate a video using a site such as SchoolTube (reviewed here) and share with classmates. Be sure to include this site on your class web page for students to access both in and outside of class for further practice.

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Math Applets - Learning Today

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1 to 10
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This interactive and entertaining site offers many opportunities for students to learn and discover a variety of math concepts including higher- level thinking skills. The visuals aide...more
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This interactive and entertaining site offers many opportunities for students to learn and discover a variety of math concepts including higher- level thinking skills. The visuals aide in teaching skills in a real-life way. Topics include equalities and inequalities, patterns relationships and functions, tessellation, Venn diagram, fractal tool, basic addition, estimation, transformations, and several others. Even the youngest of students will be able to do Algebra, follow multi-step directions and more. Instructions for each game are clearly given and students can progress in levels as they complete different stages. All games are research-based and are developed to teach math in fun and engaging ways. Most games also include learning objectives as the game is loading.

tag(s): angles (88), counting (120), critical thinking (108), problem solving (272)

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When introducing the concepts of Algebra, display the "Pan Game" on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Challenge students to see if they can solve the problems. After students become comfortable with balancing the pan, introduce the term variables and apply this to what has already been learned through the activity. Reinforce math vocabulary through the use of the activities. After introducing the term "multiple" allow students to try "Sleeboz" to help develop speed with recognition of multiples and to reinforce the definition of multiple. Save this site in your favorites. You may also want to provide this link on your class website for students to use at home.
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MATHguide - Mark Karadimos

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6 to 12
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This site provides educators and students numerous resources in algebra, geometry, and pre-calculus. The teacher section includes a worksheet generator while the student section offers...more
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This site provides educators and students numerous resources in algebra, geometry, and pre-calculus. The teacher section includes a worksheet generator while the student section offers two calculators including a scientific and graphing calculator. MATHguide also includes lessons, tutorials, and online quizzes. The student projects section includes many creative options for making math more than a pencil-paper routine.

tag(s): equations (155)

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Use this site on a projector or interactive whiteboard to discuss and informally assess prior knowledge as you start the study of topics in geometry, algebra, and pre-calculus. Use the quizmasters section to have students solve equations and receive instant feedback. The site also offers ideas for student projects that delve into different aspects of math. Don't forget to show students how to use the online calculators in the student section. MATHguide is a great resource for middle and high school math teachers and students. List this link on your class website for students to use both in and out of the classroom.

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Online Basic Skill Games - Jefferson County

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K to 8
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This site provides links to basic skill games for math, language arts, science, and social studies. Although we don't typically review "hotlists" this one really has something to offer...more
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This site provides links to basic skill games for math, language arts, science, and social studies. Although we don't typically review "hotlists" this one really has something to offer anyone teaching elementary or middle school. Each subject area has several topics. Each topic has countless links for more information and/or activities. Language Arts topics include Letter Fun, Working with Words, Go Grammar, Spell It, and Read It. Science highlights Animals, Plants, Physics, Biology, Anatomy, Weather, and Space. Math includes everything from Money to Probability to Graphing to Patterns (and more). At the Social Studies link you will find Maps, 50 States, U.S. Presidents, History, The World, and Flags. The link to interactive websites includes activities for grades pre-K -12.

tag(s): charts and graphs (195), fractions (239), integers (41), money (193), patterns (85)

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Save this site in your favorites on classroom computers and use it as a center. Students can focus on areas of strength or weakness on a math game day. Because this site offers multiple levels and activities for many topics, it is easy to differentiate for ability levels within your class. Include this site on your class web page for students and parents to access for home based skills practice. There is a LOT here to explore.
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iPlay Math Games - IPMG Publishing

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K to 12
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This website has a comprehensive collection of printable math games for all grade levels. Some require common items such as dice and playing cards. Activities are organized by grade...more
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This website has a comprehensive collection of printable math games for all grade levels. Some require common items such as dice and playing cards. Activities are organized by grade level and skills. A wide variety of math skills include: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals and percents, algebra and long division, measurement, graphing and exponents, problem solving, geometry, probability, logic and reasoning, numeration, counting and patterns.

tag(s): logic (235), manipulatives (41), patterns (85), percent (82), probability (130)

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This site will give you a bevy of activity options for your students to try in the classroom to support their learning. Use these activities to plan a Math Night for parents, homework help, embed a link in your classroom website, or send out as an attachment with electronic class newsletters.
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Math Snacks - NMSU

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5 to 9
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Get a grasp on math concepts by grabbing short snacks of animations and math activities illustrating the concept. Math Snacks can be viewed online or downloaded to an iPod. iPhone ...more
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Get a grasp on math concepts by grabbing short snacks of animations and math activities illustrating the concept. Math Snacks can be viewed online or downloaded to an iPod. iPhone downloads are also currently available for a limited number of Math Snacks. Many of the lessons include teacher guides. View the descriptions and topics addressed for each Math snack and download the learners guide using Adobe Acrobat.

tag(s): animation (63), charts and graphs (195), coordinates (32), measurement (159), numbers (204)

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Find great interactives on proportions, number lines, ratios, measurement, and much more. Share the activities on your projector or interactive whiteboard. View the learners guide to record learning with the Math Snack animations and games. Find pre-lesson and post-lesson bonus activities in the Teachers guide. Check student answers with the attached answer key. Follow with other in-class scenarios using actual manipulatives such as snacks to show ratios or proportions.
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Think Math! - Harcourt school publishers

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K to 7
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Use Think Math to improve thinking about - Math! Choose either a grade level (K through 5) or a subject (such as Algebra, Geometry, Time and Money, or Data Analysis, ...more
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Use Think Math to improve thinking about - Math! Choose either a grade level (K through 5) or a subject (such as Algebra, Geometry, Time and Money, or Data Analysis, to name a few.) Use one or more of the e-lab activities for each subject as well as interactive tutorials explaining the topic. Use the glossary in the upper left corner to understand the meaning of the terms being used. Don't miss the "Teacher Resources" link with great Adobe PDF resources.

tag(s): data (148), measurement (159), money (193), numbers (204), statistics (122), time (144)

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If you teach math to grades K-5 (or beyond), you will want to save this site in your favorites. Use the interactive tutorials as review activities, to introduce concepts, or for students to learn as groups. Use the activities as exciting drill and practice that provides feedback on right and wrong answers. For example, use "Comparing numbers" tutorials and activities to learn and practice identifying the hundreds and tens places. Each example gives immediate feedback on right and wrong answers. Use as an individual activity or in groups to provide great examples and practice with math concepts. Be sure to list this link on your class website so students can access (and practice) both in and out of the classroom.
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Sheppard Software Math - Sheppard Software

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K to 12
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This math site is a MUST SEE for teachers of all grade levels. Much of this site is designed for K-8 teachers, but there are a few activities for the ...more
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This math site is a MUST SEE for teachers of all grade levels. Much of this site is designed for K-8 teachers, but there are a few activities for the high school grades. Although the site is mainly a drill and practice, it offers such an array of topics and levels that there is something for everyone here (and it is terrific for differentiating lessons in the classroom). Sample topics include roman numerals, Algebra II, pre-algebra, measurement, absolute value, early childhood math, telling time, money, place value, fractions, decimals, mixed operations, and more! And did we mention, each topic include rich, colorful interactives for students to practice skills! Most topics also include options to specify content (for example, choosing to practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division).

tag(s): decimals (133), fractions (239), money (193), place value (56), preK (281), roman numerals (9), time (144)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard, then allow students to explore on their own. This is a great site to use as a learning station or center. Be sure to list this link on your class website for extra practice or advanced materials for gifted students. Save this site in your favorites, since there are so many topics you are sure to find materials throughout the entire school year.
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IXL Math - IXL

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K to 7
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Practice math skills with these quick, timed games. View games according to grade levels and content skill. There are a large number of activities and skills for each grade level, ...more
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Practice math skills with these quick, timed games. View games according to grade levels and content skill. There are a large number of activities and skills for each grade level, ranging from 41 skills for Pre-K through 241 skills for sixth-grade! Race against the clock and watch your score for total correct answers. This site also includes some other features for a fee. But this part of this site free, This site also allows you to view the State Standards for each state in the US. Tip: many games have students typing answers. They do not need to click "submit" with the mouse. Pressing Enter works, too, and your students may not know this.

tag(s): addition (251), decimals (133), fractions (239), mixed numbers (14), money (193), multiplication (227), numbers (204), percent (82), preK (281), probability (130), subtraction (208)

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Create student groups to work on various games for speed and accuracy. Strengthen your students' ability to use and understand math concepts with the vast variety of activities and skills on this site. These games would be exceptional on a projector or interactive whiteboard for class team activity. List this site on your class website for students to use both in and out of the classroom.

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Math Apprentice - mathapprentice.com

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4 to 12
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"When will we ever use this math stuff?" Answer this question using Math Apprentice. Choose a character and then begin the journey. Walk (or skateboard) to different work sites, buildings,...more
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"When will we ever use this math stuff?" Answer this question using Math Apprentice. Choose a character and then begin the journey. Walk (or skateboard) to different work sites, buildings, or businesses. Learn how math is used every day in these work places: architecture, bike and toy makers, cafes, and more! Listen to a brief introduction of the concept. Solve problems or free play to identify math concepts in real life. No account or login is required.

tag(s): business (58), careers (132), equations (155), measurement (159), ratios (53), STEM (134)

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This site is a terrific example of STEM integrated learning. This is a great site to share on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have cooperative learning groups explore different careers or buildings and share how math is used at their locations. Why not have groups create a video using a tool such as Teachers.TV (reviewed here) or a podcast using PodOmatic (reviewed here), to share their mathematical discoveries! At the end of an introduction of a concept, use this site for specific math practice using a real life concept. For example, visit the bike shop to use math to determine pedal gear to wheel gear ratios and resultant bike speeds. Use as an individual activity, a team activity, or with the entire class using an interactive whiteboard. Follow up with a personal problem to solve. In this example, students can measure the two gears on their bikes (or their teachers bike brought into the classroom) to use the information for further understanding.
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Dan's Math - Dan Bach

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5 to 12
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This math website is a resource for basic information on math concepts. Although it is rather "plain vanilla" in design, it provides some valuable information. Concepts include: Basic...more
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This math website is a resource for basic information on math concepts. Although it is rather "plain vanilla" in design, it provides some valuable information. Concepts include: Basic Math Skills, Pre-calculus, Calculus, Beyond Calculus, and Other Stuff. Dan also provides links to neat math extras like paradoxes and riddles.

tag(s): decimals (133), exponents (42), fractions (239), numbers (204), operations (126), order of operations (33), percent (82), prime numbers (31), square roots (24)

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The basic information on the concepts of math could easily be used in online teaching as an option to a formal textbook. The reading is easy to understand, and to-the-point. The problem of the week section of the site could be used as a challenge activity for students once a week in different math classes. Provide this link on your class website for help to struggling students or for your math lovers to explore on their own.

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Visual Math Learning - visualmathlearning.com

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2 to 8
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Use these easy lessons to understand math concepts in Elementary Algebra and Pre-Algebra that many students find difficult to grasp. Use a variety of interactives to bring the concepts...more
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Use these easy lessons to understand math concepts in Elementary Algebra and Pre-Algebra that many students find difficult to grasp. Use a variety of interactives to bring the concepts to life and provide real practice. Practice exercises include topics such as Numeral Tree, Less or Greater, Equivalent Fractions, and several others. Puzzles and Games include Shapeology, Primary Colors, Equivalence Rings, and more. This site has a lot to explore! Use additional puzzles and activities for extra practice. There are some unobtrusive advertisements at this site.

tag(s): equations (155), factors (42), integers (41)

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Many students feel inadequate with math concepts. Use these simple lessons and activities to teach concepts in a meaningful and easy to understand manner. Share the activities on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Or have students work on individual computers and use this site to differentiate instruction to meet each student's current math level. After understanding, provide additional practice on paper or with other manipulatives.
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KS3 Bitesize - BBC

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5 to 9
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Pick your subject for Keystage 3, roughly equivalent to grades 6-8 in the U.S. (English, Math, or Science anyone?) Find interactive activities and lessons in a variety of topics in...more
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Pick your subject for Keystage 3, roughly equivalent to grades 6-8 in the U.S. (English, Math, or Science anyone?) Find interactive activities and lessons in a variety of topics in each subject area. At the end of each lesson is a review that recaps the main points. In the English section you will find Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening, and Shakespeare. The Math section features Numbers (basic arithmetic), Algebra, Handling Data, Measurement, Shapes, and Space. Science includes Organisms, Behavior, Health, Chemical and Material Behavior, Energy, Electricity, Force, The Universe, Environment, and Earth. Within each area there are interactives, tests, and review (referred to as revise at this site, created in the UK). There are also specific activities within each of the categories, educational "games," and message boards. Use of the message boards requires registration but it is not required to use the other materials.

tag(s): data (148), measurement (159), shakespeare (131), space (205), symmetry (55)

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From Life Processes to Solids, Liquids, and Gases in Science, Orders of Operation to Probability in Math, and Writing Structure to Shakespeare in English, find a topic for any material you are covering. Share the interactive (or other sections) on your projector or interactive whiteboard). Provide this link on your class website for students to use to practice both in and out of the classroom. After viewing a topic, brainstorm the main points together as a class and use the information on additional problems or interactives within the classroom.
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