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Calculation Nation - National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

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4 to 9
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Online games CAN help students learn! Use this free site to play math games against other opponents or a computer. Learn about fractions, factors, multiples, and symmetry among others....more
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Online games CAN help students learn! Use this free site to play math games against other opponents or a computer. Learn about fractions, factors, multiples, and symmetry among others. Practice important skills using basic multiplication and have fun learning math. In order to play all games, a log in is required. However, you can do some of the activities using a "Guest Pass." Just click on the "Guest Pass" link to begin. With this option, you can't play against other players - only the computer. At the time of this review, all five interactives were available to guests. Log in to play against others in and out of your class. Registering with the site also allows you to save your game.

Specific activities include "Square Off," "Factor Dazzle," "Fraction Feud," "Times Square," and "Slam Ball". Click on the "For Parents and Educators" tab to learn more about each game and the content area being addressed.

tag(s): decimals (132), fractions (237), multiples (36)

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Students can create a login to save their game play as well as challenge others in their class or elsewhere. Students must have individual accounts (email required). Check your school policies about accessing/sharing student email on school computers. You may want to create your own Gmail account with up to 20 subaccounts for each group of students (by code name or number) within your classes. If your students do not have their own emails follow the Gmail subaccount directions explained here.
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Educational Videos for kids - NeoK12

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K to 12
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This incredible site is a database of videos on an abundance of topics! They are arranged by topic and very easy to access. The general subjects include physical science, life ...more
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This incredible site is a database of videos on an abundance of topics! They are arranged by topic and very easy to access. The general subjects include physical science, life science, earth and space, social studies, math, English, and the human body. Each of the subjects includes 10+ topics. And each of the topics includes countless videos. You truly have to see this collection to believe it! There are lessons "ready to go" on video: Civil Rights Movement, Ice Age, Allergies, Subtracting Negative Numbers, Electricity, and MANY others.

NOTE: Although the videos are listed on this site, they actually "live" elsewhere on the Internet, so some videos may be blocked in your school (those on YouTube, for example). Always pretest to be sure the video you hope to use is accessible at school!

tag(s): ecosystems (89), insects (71), phonics (72), probability (130), solar system (123), speaking (25), statistics (124), writing (362)

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Share these videos on your interactive whiteboard or projector. This is a great site to use when planning for substitute teachers, as an introduction to a new unit, or even as additional information on a specific topic.

Challenge cooperative learning groups to create their own videos about topics being studied in social studies, science, math, or nearly any other topic. Share the videos using Teachers.TV reviewed here. Include this link on your class web page for students to access outside of schools for reinforcement and further exploration of concepts.
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Math Interactives - Alberta Education

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3 to 12
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Looking for interactive math resources and their use in everyday life? Math Interactives provide a variety of topics with interactive options for each. View "Use it" to access guided...more
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Looking for interactive math resources and their use in everyday life? Math Interactives provide a variety of topics with interactive options for each. View "Use it" to access guided practice for students or "Explore it" for activities that can be used as a teacher demo or practice activities. Additional quicktime videos about the topic and support materials are included. Example topics in the "Number" category include Fractions, Integers, and Exponents. Other categories include "Patterns and Relations," "Shape and Space," and "Statistics and Probability."

tag(s): data (149), equations (153), exponents (42), integers (41), numbers (201), square roots (23)

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Use these great activities with an interactive whiteboard or projector to engage students and identify underlying math rules. Students can work individually or in groups on the "Use It" activities for guided practice in understanding the math concepts. Use the "Explore it" activities for additional practice or to uncover the math concepts. Students can create their own interactive directions using wikis, video or photo tutorials, or podcast which can be shared with others. Not sure where to begin with the multimedia projects? Not comfortable with wikis? Have no wiki worries - check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through. Having students create a video? Use a video sharing site such as Teachers.TV reviewed here. Looking to narrate an image? Try ThingLink, reviewed here. Not sure where to create Podcasts? Try a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here).
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This is a great resource. I will use it during our Exponents unit. Nancy, GA, Grades: 6 - 12

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Graph sketch - lardbucket.org

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9 to 12
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Need a simple way to graph equations? Enter an equation (up to six per graph,) choose some settings, and graph it. There are a number of functions you can use ...more
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Need a simple way to graph equations? Enter an equation (up to six per graph,) choose some settings, and graph it. There are a number of functions you can use to plot with examples for formatting. Save the graphs to use later in your documents or worksheets. Create a permanent link to share them with others. Ability to format equations for use with this graph is needed, but some examples are given. Easily change the settings of the graph and few common functions for formatting.

tag(s): charts and graphs (196), equations (153)

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Demonstrate how to use this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Use as a simple graphing calculator for all students. Students can verify math rules through the use of graphing of various equations. Be sure to list this site on your class website for students to access outside of the classroom!

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The Problem site - The problem site

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K to 12
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Play interesting word, math, and other games with this free site. Specific topics include "Strategy Games and Quests," "Problems and Brainteasers," "Zero Gravity," "Entrapment," "Junior...more
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Play interesting word, math, and other games with this free site. Specific topics include "Strategy Games and Quests," "Problems and Brainteasers," "Zero Gravity," "Entrapment," "Junior Edition Games," and several others.

Membership is not required though members receive additional benefits. Find an interesting activity to try. On its page, click to play the game, read the directions for play, bookmark the specific game, or generate a link for embedding in a website, wiki, or blog. Printable game worksheets that can be customized can also be found on this site. Note: Ads appear along the side and students should be cautioned in clicking on these ads. Teachers should decide whether you are willing tolerate the extensive ads in light of the high-value site content.

tag(s): integers (41), solar system (123)

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Use these activities for problem solving drills and interest in words or numbers. Many of the activities could also be used for science class, research, or math extension activities. These interactives can be used for review that is both educational and engaging. Save this site in your favorites, as it is useful in many subject areas. Share this link with your students on your class website or wiki.
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Math Tool Chest - Macmillan

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K to 5
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Learn basic math skills with this exciting site. Each chest offers and experience with a math concept: tables, coin toss, spinner, counter, graphs, fractions, attributes, place value,...more
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Learn basic math skills with this exciting site. Each chest offers and experience with a math concept: tables, coin toss, spinner, counter, graphs, fractions, attributes, place value, money, and pattern blocks. Tools for each game include "Erase," "Start Over," "Camera," "Paint," "Set Up," and "Hide Data." The character in the lower right hand corner offers help to the player. Speakers are required to hear the help prompts. You are able to turn the sound ON or OFF. There is a calculator available at the bottom of the screen. This site is available in both English and Spanish. Use the print function to share results.

tag(s): money (190), numbers (201), patterns (85), probability (130)

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Use these great games to teach or reinforce various math functions. This is definitely one to save in your favorites and list on your class website or blog. Share this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector as an introduction to a math unit or as review.
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The Problem site

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K to 12
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Play interesting word, math, and other activities with this free site. Membership is not required though members receive additional benefits. Find an interesting challenge to try. On...more
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Play interesting word, math, and other activities with this free site. Membership is not required though members receive additional benefits. Find an interesting challenge to try. On its page, click to play the game, read the directions for play, bookmark the specific game, or generate a link for embedding in a website, wiki, or blog. Printable game worksheets that can be customized can also be found on this site. Some of the specific topics include magic squares, attributions, hangman, strategy games, and more.

Note: Ads appear along the side and students should be cautioned in clicking on these ads. This site requires Flash and Adobe Acrobat. Get both from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): problem solving (272)

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Share this eclectic site on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Use these activities for problem solving drills and interest in words or numbers. Use this site for review. List the link on your class website for students to practice both in and out of the classroom. This is a great find for gifted students!
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Mathematics and Children's Literature - NCTM Illuminations

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3 to 5
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Looking for a way to integrate literature into your math lessons? Check out this site featuring three famous pieces of children's literature: A Light In The Attic, Counting...more
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Looking for a way to integrate literature into your math lessons? Check out this site featuring three famous pieces of children's literature: A Light In The Attic, Counting on Frank, and How Big Is a Foot?. These stories are used to teach and reinforce math skills such as geometric figures, estimation, volume, measurement, and more. Some of the lessons include exploring the size of humpback whales, creating "beds" using their footprints, and other creative ideas. Many of these lesson plans and coordinating activities require Adobe Acrobat. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): estimation (45), literature (276), measurement (160), volume (44)

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Take advantage of these FREE lesson plans! Read the stories together as a class. Have students create their own math stories (about geometry or another topic you are teaching). Challenge cooperative learning groups to create online math-based stories using a tool such as Bookemon (reviewed here).
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Cyclic Figures - NCTM Illuminations

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6 to 8
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At this site, students practice recognizing symmetry, rotational symmetry in figures, and creating symmetry. Simply click on the little red squares to rotate and create shapes. This...more
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At this site, students practice recognizing symmetry, rotational symmetry in figures, and creating symmetry. Simply click on the little red squares to rotate and create shapes. This site offers a related lesson plan (click on the Lessons link on the right side of the page).

tag(s): rotation (12), symmetry (54)

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Share these figures on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students try the rotations on individual computers. Take advantage of the free lesson plan (and interactive, of course). If you teach geometry, be sure to list this link on your class website.

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Dihedral Figures - NCTM Illuminations

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6 to 12
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This site offers practice in recognizing dihedral symmetry. Students also practice reflections in figures and symmetry. Simply click on the red squares to alter and rotate the figures....more
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This site offers practice in recognizing dihedral symmetry. Students also practice reflections in figures and symmetry. Simply click on the red squares to alter and rotate the figures. There is also a lesson plan available (click on "Recognizing Transformations").

tag(s): rotation (12), symmetry (54)

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Have students explore this site on individual computers. If individual computers aren't available, share the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. If you are a geometry teacher, be sure to list this link on your class website.

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Frieze Patterns - NCTM Illuminations

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4 to 12
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This site offers seven simple interactives that demonstrate various classes of Frieze patterns (patterns of symmetry). Students can experiment at this site with Glide Reflection and...more
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This site offers seven simple interactives that demonstrate various classes of Frieze patterns (patterns of symmetry). Students can experiment at this site with Glide Reflection and Rotation, Horizontal and Vertical Reflections, and Translations. Click on the small red circles to transform the figures, use the red "s" to stretch or shorten the pattern. Some of the terminology is even applicable in elementary math.

There is a link to a detailed lesson plan (including a few lesson plans, printables, and interactives). This site is aligned to national standards. The site requires both Flash and Adobe Acrobat. You can get both from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): rotation (12), transformations (18)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector during a unit about rotation and/or reflection. Have students work with partners to explore this site together. Have students create their own patterns using graph paper or a drawing program with lines of symmetry and simple "flip horizontal" or "flip vertical" commands. Take advantage of the ready to go lesson plans, printables, and more.
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Mathematical Fiction - Alex Kasman

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K to 12
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This site provides countless books, films, plays, and television shows that all relate to specific math concepts. What a fabulous way to integrate math, language arts, history, and...more
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This site provides countless books, films, plays, and television shows that all relate to specific math concepts. What a fabulous way to integrate math, language arts, history, and more! The site includes the title, year, and brief description. Teachers can browse by genre, medium, motif, and/or topic. Media include everything from comic books to plays to television series. Genres include historical fiction, children's literature, adventure/espionage, fantasy, science fiction, and more. Sixty-three fiction offerings are even available FREE (in their entirety) online! The site is still developing and frequently adds additional fiction titles. Students who enjoy fantasy will also enjoy choosing books from this site, since the author admits that not all math mentioned in all the books is "real" math!! The site allows teachers to search by keyword and also to browse new offerings in the compilation of titles.

tag(s): logic (237), probability (130), statistics (124)

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Use this site to find extra reading choices for reluctant readers who are interested in technology and math. Use it also to show students that math processes are inherent in a lot of life's experiences. Search the site for your current math topics. Share this link on your class website for students (and parents) to use at home. Share it with your school librarian for a featured reading shelf. Challenge your more verbal/linguistic gifted students to write similar stories that feature a math concept and create an online book using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here.

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emathematics - Emathmatics.net

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5 to 12
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Looking for extra practice and better ways to track student progress? Use this free site for explanations of concepts, see example problems, and answer a practice problem. The English...more
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Looking for extra practice and better ways to track student progress? Use this free site for explanations of concepts, see example problems, and answer a practice problem. The English is British style, so remember that "revise" on this site means the same as "review" to Americans. Teachers can register their students to follow their progress. Registration is free, but does require an email address. If you plan to have students register individually, you may want to create your own Gmail account with up to 20 subaccounts for each group of students (by code name or number) within your classes. Here is a blog post that tells how to set up GMail subaccounts to use for any online membership service.

Data on correct and incorrect answers as well as strengths and weaknesses are kept for students. This site does include some minor advertisements. Watch out for a link to "essay paper" buried at the far bottom right on the home page: a place to purchase essays online!

tag(s): coordinates (31), exponents (42), fractions (237), integers (41), percent (82)

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Use this site for extra practice or answering a problem after initial teaching. Identify strengths and weaknesses for grouping students in solving problems. Share this link on your class website for students to use for extra practice and as a resource outside of the classroom.

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MathsNet Geometry - MathsNet

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3 to 12
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Use this site to access many interactive geometry activities. Use the interactive course topics such as "Construction," "Transformation," and "Shape." Select individual topics within...more
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Use this site to access many interactive geometry activities. Use the interactive course topics such as "Construction," "Transformation," and "Shape." Select individual topics within the main course topics. Be aware: this site does have some minor advertising. Read the text directions carefully to find all the treasures. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): design (82), rotation (12), transformations (18)

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This is a great site to share with students using your interactive whiteboard or projector. Some of the topics are simple enough for elementary students, such as the section on transformations and the shape sorting activity. You might consider listing this link on your class website so students can access it outside of the classroom. Use the proofs and explanations to assist students with basic concepts. Many visuals can be used to start group or individual thinking and application of concepts. Students can use the Interactive glossary at the bottom as a resource for better understanding.
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Geometry Games - Jeff Weeks

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K to 12
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Download free shareware games to encourage thinking and practice identifying geometric shapes. Many of the downloads are games, while others provide opportunities to view computer art...more
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Download free shareware games to encourage thinking and practice identifying geometric shapes. Many of the downloads are games, while others provide opportunities to view computer art and find the hidden geometry or for students to create their own! There are also activities connecting math to physics and astronomy.

Be sure to check with your technology department about the ability to download these applications to school computers. Many districts have restrictions on the ability to download. Click on each game icon to read a description of the games included and some uses. Games are Mac and Windows compatible. Read their FAQ link with each set of games for the most asked questions about the shareware. Once downloaded, to "stop" a program, click Esc. If you are not allowed to install software on your own, share these powerful games with your math or art supervisors so they can advocate for you with the tech folks.

tag(s): geometric shapes (166), symmetry (54), tessellations (6)

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Use many of the images as an introductory inquiry activity to get students thinking about shapes and space. In art class, use the tiling activity and others on a projector before having student create their own on paper. Share the activities on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Provide images to groups to explore and identify the underlying math concepts present in the artwork. Provide an opportunity for some groups to create their own work with a geometric shape that they are investigating. Follow up with student projects of the geometric shape or photographs of geometric shapes in nature and man-made structures.

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Crappy Graphs!

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3 to 10
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So the name may NOT be the most appealing.... But this site Crappy Graphs offers some amazing tools (and of course some giggling from the students - from the name). ...more
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So the name may NOT be the most appealing.... But this site Crappy Graphs offers some amazing tools (and of course some giggling from the students - from the name). The site claims they chose the name of the site, "Because 'Awesome Graphs!"'sounded way too pretentious." Whatever the name may be, this site is a MUST SEE if you are teaching your students about graphs or Venn diagrams, or even if you need to create your own.

The first thing you need to do is choose your type of graph to create: Line Graph, Venn Diagram 2, or Venn Diagram 3. Then, visit the Tool Box. There you will find tools to enhance your graph: a brush, a tool to make thin white lines, a link to enable you to type text onto your graph, a tool to "grab and select stuff," and a color picker. This site is very simple to use.

The site also includes a glossary, to help you understand WHAT all of the tools are for (it is directly below the graph on the main page). There is an option to SAVE your graph, by clicking submit. If you don't click submit, you will lose your graph. If you want to save the graph, you must include an email address. The site will send you an email with a direct URL to your graph. It also displays on the screen once you upload your data. Here is a sample the TF review team made. Rather than using personal email accounts consider creating a teacher Gmail account and set up subaccounts for up to 20 students to register (by code name or number). If you plan to have students register individually, you may want to create your own Gmail account with up to 20 subaccounts for each group of students (by code name or number) within your classes. Here is a blog post that tells how to set up GMail subaccounts to use for any online membership service. Be certain to check your school's Acceptable Use Policy before using this site. This site also requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): charts and graphs (196)

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This is one cool tool that would be useful with elementary, middle, and high school levels. In the younger grades YOU could create the graphs together on the interactive whiteboard or projector. In the middle and upper grades, have students use the tool to create their own graphs demonstrating their understanding of a math problem. The Venn Diagrams could also be used in a science class (comparing elements), or literature (character analysis), or many other subject areas outside the realm of math.
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History of Geometry - Cynthia Lanius

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7 to 12
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This site offers an interesting look at the history of geometry. Learn about geometry during the times of the Egyptians, Babylonians, and Greeks, The Fifth Postulate Controversy, The...more
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This site offers an interesting look at the history of geometry. Learn about geometry during the times of the Egyptians, Babylonians, and Greeks, The Fifth Postulate Controversy, The search for Pi, coordinate geometry, non-Euclidian geometry, differential geometry, and fractal geometry. There is also an Assignment link at the bottom of the site. The assignment challenges students to research a famous mathematician. The research links are provided, and some are very lengthy.

tag(s): coordinates (31), pi (23)

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Use this site to help your students understand how geometry has evolved throughout the centuries. Have students work in cooperative learning groups (or independently) to research a mathematician. Challenge students to create a blog entry written from the perspective of the mathematician explaining what they have "discovered."

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Interactive Geoboard - NCTM

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2 to 8
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This site offers an interactive geoboard. Click on the rubber bands, and choose a color to get started. Once you have created the shape you desire, click on the color. ...more
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This site offers an interactive geoboard. Click on the rubber bands, and choose a color to get started. Once you have created the shape you desire, click on the color. You are able to manipulate the rubber band to create any shape, add different colors to each shape, and more. You may delete specific shapes, movements, or the entire board at any any time. The site requires that JAVA is enabled on your computer. See how at the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

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Share this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector, while students work independently on laptops or other computers. If individual computers aren't available, set this site up as a learning center, after the introduction. In younger grades challenge students to create certain shapes. With older students use the site for more complex instruction, helping students to navigate through basic geometry and geometric shapes. Anything you can do on a real geoboard you can do here without purchasing materials, and students cannot shoot each other with rubber bands!

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Hidden Irrationals - Cynthia Lanius

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4 to 10
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This site features 13 geometry questions, a printable "dot paper," and a link to a virtual Geoboard. Some of the topics (of the questions) include square roots (of 2 - ...more
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This site features 13 geometry questions, a printable "dot paper," and a link to a virtual Geoboard. Some of the topics (of the questions) include square roots (of 2 - 40), lengths of irrational numbers, and diagonal irrationals. The virtual Geoboard opens in a new window, so you can easily navigate between the questions and the Geoboard.

tag(s): numbers (201)

In the Classroom

You have several options to use this site with your geometry students. You could print out the "dot paper" and display the question on an interactive whiteboard or projector, while students work independently at their seats and selected students share on the whiteboard (resist the urge to be Vanna White yourself). You could also share this site using the interactive Geoboards. If individual computers are available, you could have students try the 13 questions using their own interactive Geoboards. Have cooperative learning groups create 2-3 additional questions (related to the topic) for the class to try. Share them on your class web site for students to challenge one another.

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AlgebraLAB - Mainland High School

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7 to 12
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AlgebraLAB highlights the connection between algebra (and many other math subjects) and science. Although this website may appear as an in-depth informational algebra site, there...more
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AlgebraLAB highlights the connection between algebra (and many other math subjects) and science. Although this website may appear as an in-depth informational algebra site, there is A LOT more to explore! AlgebraLAB includes 10+ links to various topics: Lessons, Practice, Careers (how Algebra and science are used in countless careers), Directions (offers insight on how to use this site), Word Problems, Study Aids, a Glossary, and several others. Many activities are interactive. This site requires Windows Media Player. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): calculators (41), coordinates (31), equations (153), vectors (25)

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This informational site is a MUST HAVE in any secondary math class. Be certain to save this site in your favorites. The site highlights countless algebra topics (and other math areas). Share the information on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Share the link on your class website so students can access the site both in and out of the classroom. Have cooperative learning groups explore one of the topics presented at the lessons or activities link. Have the groups create a video to share what they learned. Share the videos on your interactive whiteboard or projector using a tool such as TeacherTube (explained here). Differentiate! You can easily find extension activities for your more-able students to do while you reinforce the basics with others.

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