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PRIME Mathematics Encyclopedia (Platonic Realms Interactive Mathematics Encyclopedia) - B Sidney Smith

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3 to 12
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This site is an in-depth encyclopedia of mathematical terms. It is designed to be browsed alphabetically and you can input search terms in the box at the left-hand side of ...more
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This site is an in-depth encyclopedia of mathematical terms. It is designed to be browsed alphabetically and you can input search terms in the box at the left-hand side of the page. Search terms can be further refined by choosing either elementary or advanced level, and by choosing math topics to be included with the result. Some definitions include links to other explanations or outside links with more information.
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tag(s): dictionaries (56), probability (130), problem solving (272), vocabulary (324)

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Create a link to the site on classroom computers to use as a student resource. Provide students with the definition of terms and challenge them to find the term being defined. Share this site with students and allow them time to explore the site. Create a scavenger hunt and ask students to search for different terms on the site.

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The Math Forum - Drexel University

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This forum is a leading resource for mathematics information on the internet. Their purpose is to provide discussion and communication opportunities for all interested in math through...more
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This forum is a leading resource for mathematics information on the internet. Their purpose is to provide discussion and communication opportunities for all interested in math through mailing lists, discussion areas, and ask an expert areas. The Math Tools area is a vast library of technology tools, lessons, activities, and other support materials for teaching and learning mathematics. Although it may be a little overwhelming; there are wonderful tours to help you get started in this area. Another frequently visited area is the Teacher Exchange which offers lessons from preK through College submitted by fellow math teachers sorted by math strands. Be sure to check out some of the free workshops offered to help navigate different portions of the site. The site contains too many resources to name them all here, so be sure to take some time to explore and then revisit to find more information. One valuable resource offered is the weekly newsletter - just sign up and receive site updates and more in your digital mailbox weekly.

tag(s): professional development (123), social networking (112)

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Browse the Teacher Exchange section of the site to find lessons to supplement current classroom activities. Visit Teacher2Teacher to post questions for other teachers or view current discussions. Stay current with latest mathematical practices and research through the Math Forum's newsletter.

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Number2.com - Eric Loken and Josh Millet

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8 to 12
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This website offers students access to comprehensive free online test preparation courses for the SAT, ACT, and GRE. It contains a vast reservoir of questions, tutorials, and vocabulary...more
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This website offers students access to comprehensive free online test preparation courses for the SAT, ACT, and GRE. It contains a vast reservoir of questions, tutorials, and vocabulary drills for test prep. Registration is required; however, access to the site is free. Parents and guidance counselors can also create accounts to help coach students by using the reports created within the site to monitor progress. The site adjusts questions to skill levels as you go so it is more interactive than other sites with a bank of practice questions.
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tag(s): test prep (96), tutorials (47), video (254), vocabulary (324)

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Share the site with students and parents on your class webpage or blog, during meet-the-teacher night, or at Open Houses as a resource for test practice. Allow students to access the site for practice during free time or study hall periods. Match students with a partner to coach each other within the site.

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Gnarly Math - Solid Gold Gnarly Math

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Learn how to make math fun, entertaining, and amusing for you and your students with this math site. Although the site was created to sell an e-book and CD-Roms, there ...more
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Learn how to make math fun, entertaining, and amusing for you and your students with this math site. Although the site was created to sell an e-book and CD-Roms, there is a wide variety of items that are free making it worth a visit to the site. When you visit the link with ideas for teachers there are many short ideas and suggestions to use immediately in the classroom. For example, there are 5 minute warm-ups and tricks to use at the beginning of math class. There are several pages of similar ideas that can be used immediately in the classroom. Also included on the site are 10 free downloads from the CD-Rom. Be aware: this site does include advertisements.

tag(s): puzzles (208)

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Print the ideas for teachers and save as a resource for quick classroom math activities. Share ideas with other teachers and brainstorm more activities.

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Mr. Bird's Calc Page - Sean Bird

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9 to 12
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This site provides many handy resources and tidbits to help with Calculus 1. Although the site is deceptively simplistic in its look, there is a great deal of information hidden ...more
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This site provides many handy resources and tidbits to help with Calculus 1. Although the site is deceptively simplistic in its look, there is a great deal of information hidden within the links. Advice includes reminders for taking the AP Calculus exam such as 10 Reminders About the Calculator and Top 10 Student Errors. Other interesting downloads are the Word Documents with Calculus Songs. These documents have the words to 33 songs related to Calculus, such as Separation of Variables to the tune of Itsy, Bitsy, Spider. There is even a calculus video! Other links are to Stuff You Must Know Cold (including quizzes), PowerPoints for Calculus Review, and Smart Notebook Files (including a link to the viewer).

tag(s): calculators (41), songs (52), test prep (96)

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Use the Calculus Songs as warm-ups for class time and have students create their own songs. Share the video on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Challenge students to create their own top 10 lists to share with the class. Use the AP review quizzes to help students study for the exam. Print the Calculus study cards for students to use for review. Challenge students to create calculus flashcards using a tool such as Brainflips (reviewed here). Teachers looking for new ideas to spice up their calc class will find terrific possibilities on this teacher-created site.
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Longwood Central School District SMART Board Lessons - Longwood Central School District

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K to 12
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This is an extensive collection of ready to go, teacher-made SMART Notebook activities. This collection covers all grade levels and subject areas. Click Elementary, Middle School, Jr....more
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This is an extensive collection of ready to go, teacher-made SMART Notebook activities. This collection covers all grade levels and subject areas. Click Elementary, Middle School, Jr. High, or High School to find the many (MANY) resources). The topics vary greatly and the quantity is impressive. You must have Smart Board software installed on your computer to open these files. Some files will work using the SMART Notebook Express online viewer available here. (Download the notebook file from Longwood's collection to your desktop and then upload to SMART Notebook Express site.)

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These lessons are great for the new SMART Board user or the seasoned pro. Use these if you need a lesson but don't have time to create one from scratch. View the lessons and use them to help you create your own lesson. Click the different tabs to view the different grade levels. Please note that all of these activities require SMART Notebook software (which comes with SMART brand IWBs). Don't have SMART brand IWB's? Some files will work using the SMART Notebook Express online viewer available here. (Download the notebook file from Longwood's collection to your desktop and then upload to SMART Notebook Express site.) If you use a lesson, go to the staff directory under District Information -> Email Directory and send the creator a thank you. Think how great it would be to receive an email from a teacher "out there" thanking YOU for sharing?

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Cliff Notes Math Study Guide - Wiley Publishing

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7 to 12
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Understand basic math and algebra, as well as advanced math topics like calculus and statistics. These free CliffsNotes articles can help when you're doing math homework and taking...more
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Understand basic math and algebra, as well as advanced math topics like calculus and statistics. These free CliffsNotes articles can help when you're doing math homework and taking math tests. Articles begin with Algebra 1 and basic math skills and continue through Statistics and Trigonometry. Each article gives a written overview of the topic along with diagrams and charts. Each also contains a link on how to cite the article. Resources also include glossaries for Pre-Agebra, Geometry, and Statistics. Although the site is set up as a supplement to the familiar Cliff Notes books available as study guides, these materials are free and useful as resources in the math classroom. This site does include some unobtrusive advertisements.

tag(s): statistics (122)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector as a supplement to resources used in the classroom for learning basic math skills. Use this site in English class as a lesson for citing internet articles. Share the site on your classroom website or blog for students to use as a resource when working at home. Have student groups make an online Stixy (reviewed here) of things they discover about math concepts and later rearrange the items to "explain" their topic to classmates visually.

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Mathwords - Bruce Simmons

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8 to 12
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This website is designed for math students who need an easy-to-use, easy-to-understand math resource all in one place. It is a comprehensive listing of formulas and definitions from...more
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This website is designed for math students who need an easy-to-use, easy-to-understand math resource all in one place. It is a comprehensive listing of formulas and definitions from beginning algebra to calculus. The explanations are readable for average math students, and over a thousand illustrations and examples are provided. Terms can be searched alphabetically and by subject area. Multi-media entries are also identified separately - these include QuickTime movies, LiveGraphics3D, and JavaSketchpad. This site does include some unobtrusive advertisements.

tag(s): vocabulary (324)

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Use this site as a resource when math definitions are needed in class. Share this link on your class website for students to use at home as a resource. Use definitions from the site in math journals and notebooks. Have students investigate specific relevant terms and create multimedia presentations. Challenge students to create a talking avatar using a photo or other image (legally permitted to be reproduced). Have students use the avatars to explain complicated math terms in their own words. Use a site such as Blabberize (reviewed here)

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Calculus Tutorials - Harvey Mudd College

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10 to 12
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This site offers tutorials for concepts taught in Pre-Calculus, Single Variable Calculus, Multi-Variable Calculus, Linear Algebra, and Differential Equations. Each tutorial includes...more
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This site offers tutorials for concepts taught in Pre-Calculus, Single Variable Calculus, Multi-Variable Calculus, Linear Algebra, and Differential Equations. Each tutorial includes explanations, examples, key concepts, and extensions of concepts taught. Some images are included; however, most explanations are written. Tutorials can also be downloaded in pdf form. At the end of each tutorial there is a quiz; these are only for Harvey Mudd College students and cannot be accessed by the general public.

tag(s): equations (155), tutorials (47), variables (22)

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Share tutorials on your interactive whiteboard or projector when introducing Calculus concepts. Print out the pdf version for students to include in math journals and notebooks. Share a link to the site on your class website or blog for students to access at home for review.
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A+ Click - A+click

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1 to 12
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This site offers practice with math and challenging problems for all grade levels. If you teach math to grades 1-12, this site is a MUST SEE. It contains a graduated ...more
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This site offers practice with math and challenging problems for all grade levels. If you teach math to grades 1-12, this site is a MUST SEE. It contains a graduated set of over 1,000 problems starting from very easy and working up to very difficult levels. Each problem contains a short description and an image to help visualize the problem. Problems adapt to the skill of the person answering problems, grade levels cannot be increased until 5 correct problems in a row have been solved. The tests concentrate on understanding, spatial reasoning, and problem solving rather than math rules and theorems.

tag(s): decimals (133), fractions (239), logic (235), operations (126), order of operations (33), test prep (96)

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Share this site on your classroom newsletter or blog for students to access at home. Introduce the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector then create a link on classroom computers. Challenge students to progress through different grade levels and share problems with the class.

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Interactive Mathematics - Murray Bourne

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8 to 12
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"Play and learn" Math on this interactive site loaded with lessons and flash activities. Topics range from Algebra, Probability, and up to Higher Calculus. Each lesson is divided into...more
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"Play and learn" Math on this interactive site loaded with lessons and flash activities. Topics range from Algebra, Probability, and up to Higher Calculus. Each lesson is divided into different subtopics which contain lessons using real-world examples and images. Many lessons include information obtained with the Live Math Viewer which can be downloaded from the site for free. Be sure to check out the "flash highlights" link which includes activities sure to appeal to students such as a Calculus Math Millionaire game, Math of Beauty, and an interactive World Population display. The advertising is worth ignoring to access the good content.

tag(s): charts and graphs (195), differentiation (47), probability (130)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector and allow students to explore on their own or with groups. Use the World Population Display during Social Studies and Geography classes. Art teachers can use the Math of Beauty interactive to teach the Golden Proportion (explained within the site). Use lessons on the site to introduce new information or review before end-of-unit assessments. Create a link on your classroom website or blog for students to access the site from home.
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Fibonacci Numbers - Dr. Ron Knott

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This site offers a vast array of resources and information for working with Fibonacci Numbers, Golden Section Numbers, and the Golden String. Although the site design is "plain vanilla,"...more
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This site offers a vast array of resources and information for working with Fibonacci Numbers, Golden Section Numbers, and the Golden String. Although the site design is "plain vanilla," the content is quite good. Be sure to check out the quick introduction page mentioned at the beginning of the site to find information on Fibonacci in nature along with images and activities. Links to activities are clearly marked with a pencil icon for quick access. Also included is an in-depth biography of Leonardo of Pisa who became known as Fibonacci in his later years. Students will love some of the number tricks found on the site under the Mathematical Magic of Fibonacci Numbers.

tag(s): puzzles (208)

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Share the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector; then allow students to explore the site on their own or in small groups. Provide the site as a resource to students when studying famous Mathematicians. Present the first portion of the Mathematical Magic to students and challenge them to find out why it works. Provide this link on your class website for additional practice outside of the classroom. INvite students to create highly visual Fibonacci online posters using GlogsterEDU, reviewed here.

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Math Fun Facts - Harvey Mudd College

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7 to 12
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This website can generate random, thought provoking math facts. Or, it can be searched by type of math and level of fact difficulty. While most math content is high school ...more
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This website can generate random, thought provoking math facts. Or, it can be searched by type of math and level of fact difficulty. While most math content is high school level, some of the easier problems may be used with seventh and eighth grades. The search option appears to save time if you are looking for a specific variety of math such as calculus. Although this site is rather "plain vanilla" and does include some unobtrusive ads, it is definitely worth adding to your math collection!

tag(s): brain (72)

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Use this type of fact as a class warm-up exercise or bell ringer activity to have students get actively engaged in learning from the moment they enter your classroom. Or, use it as a Fun Friday Math Fact activity. Assign students into small groups or partners to "solve" a math fact. Additionally, many of these facts could be turned into mini-math research project. Have students investigate this site independently and share their findings with the class by creating an interactive online poster ("glog") using Glogster EDU, reviewed here.

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Math Solutions - Math Solutions

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K to 12
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This site provides many resources for math teachers of all grades and includes lesson plans, articles, classroom and administrator questions and answers, and helpful links - all located...more
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This site provides many resources for math teachers of all grades and includes lesson plans, articles, classroom and administrator questions and answers, and helpful links - all located under the "helpful tool" tab at the top of the site. Click to find elementary resources, algebra, calculus, and other "basic math." Free webinars are also available within the site. Math Solutions was founded by Marilyn Burns, who is known as one of the foremost experts in elementary math instruction. Although much of the website is devoted to materials and Professional Development for sale, there are many resources available for free that are extremely helpful for classroom teachers. One such resource is the classroom lessons portion. Lessons are in ready to print PDF format making them easy to review and use for planning. Sample classroom conversations are often included along with samples of student work and suggestions for use in the classroom. This site also sells many resource materials, so links to these materials are included for alternative resources within the lesson. No need to buy, however! Teachers can sign up to receive the free monthly newsletter containing information about new materials on the Math Solutions site.

tag(s): problem solving (272)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans; also search for plans in grades higher and lower that can be modified to meet your students' needs. Display student work included with the lesson plans on your interactive whiteboard or projector as conversation starters in your classroom - allow students to discuss other students' work to increase understanding of concepts.

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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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My Math Games

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K to 12
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My Math Games provides easy to use interactives for addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and fractions. There is also a link to a calculus activity ideal for secondary students....more
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My Math Games provides easy to use interactives for addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and fractions. There is also a link to a calculus activity ideal for secondary students. Games use recognizable animated characters to engage students. Advise students to ignore the advertisements. The links to the actual games are BELOW the ads!

tag(s): addition (251), division (172), fractions (239), multiplication (227), subtraction (208), vision (87)

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Have students try out these simple skills based activities using an individual laptop. Share this site with parents (on your class wiki or website), so students can practice at home. Since the games are very kid friendly, make a shortcut to this site on classroom computers and use it as a center.

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Science of the Olympic Winter Games - Nantional Science Foundation

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3 to 12
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This site hosts 16 Olympics-related videos from NSF and NBC. Learn about the science of the Olympics available without a membership. Any science teacher can find something related to...more
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This site hosts 16 Olympics-related videos from NSF and NBC. Learn about the science of the Olympics available without a membership. Any science teacher can find something related to your curriculum: from Newton's Laws of motion, to concepts of physics, chemistry, biomechanics, and physiology. Math teachers can also find applied math concepts from basic arithmetic to calculus.

tag(s): olympics (47)

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Share these videos on an interactive whiteboard or projector, being sure to have student use the whiteboard tools as you pause the video so students can draw lines to illustrate forces and other concepts. Have student groups watch different videos and report back on the theoretical science AND the actual results from that sport, connecting the science concepts to the actual results they see in competition. Even younger students can benefit from the videos as an overview of more advanced concepts, provided you preview vocabulary, then stop and discuss more challenging words during the video. Your students will want the link to this site, so share it on your class web page. You can also embed the videos right in your web page, blog, or wiki. Have students write about the embedded piece, adding their own commentary of the actual Olympics based on the video.

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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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Pre-Cal 20S - Darren Kuropatwa

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9 to 12
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Wish you could find out what a pre-calculus class does on a daily basis? Read this blog and the diary entries, conversations, and reflections from students within the class. Students...more
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Wish you could find out what a pre-calculus class does on a daily basis? Read this blog and the diary entries, conversations, and reflections from students within the class. Students are assigned as scribes responsible for reporting on the day's events down to the reminder of the homework assignment. This blog is a great way for students to recap learning for the day, correct misunderstood information and continue class conversations. Use their musings as a great review of material covered in a pre-calculus class. Be sure to check this site at school as many filters will block blogs.

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Allow students the opportunity to review posts of related information being studied. Teachers, find a great variety of different ways to introduce, explain, and enhance the learning of pre-calculus topics. Many of the ideas use an interactive whiteboard and computers for students to access. Why not start your own Pre-Cal wiki. Want to learn how? Check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through.

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TEMATH - Adam O. Hausknecht and Robert E. Kowalczyk

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This website is a portal to a graphing application. The application can be downloaded for free. (see suggestions below). There are programs for calculus, linear algebra, and many others....more
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This website is a portal to a graphing application. The application can be downloaded for free. (see suggestions below). There are programs for calculus, linear algebra, and many others. Data can be analyzed and manipulated. This site gives a great tool to bring math to life in a laboratory type setting. View the tutorial and examples to learn more about this fascinating tool.

tag(s): charts and graphs (195), equations (155), functions (70)

In the Classroom

If your school computers are locked to prevent downloads, it is worth sending this link to your curriculum supervisor along with a request that the tech dept permit the download. Be sure to demonstrate this site (share the tutorial) on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Students could use this application in a laptop lab to discover the graphs behind different mathematical equations. Students could also apply different tools to help with homework if it is posted to the class wiki. Not familiar with wikis? Have no wiki worries - check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through.
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