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Mathsticks - John Duffty

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K to 6
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Mathsticks has a large variety of math learning resources in the form of games, activities, and interactive materials. Explore the site by choosing grade level, themes, categories,...more
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Mathsticks has a large variety of math learning resources in the form of games, activities, and interactive materials. Explore the site by choosing grade level, themes, categories, or keyword search in the search bar. Each item includes a short description of the activity along with suggestions for modification and added teaching suggestions. Registration is required to download activities in PDF format and was a little cumbersome to complete; however, the many free resources available with standard registration make it worth the work. The site was created in the UK, so some of the pronunciations and spellings (and currency) may differ from those in American English. Note: Our editors found occasional typos in descriptions of activities. The activities themselves warrant ignoring these small mistakes.
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tag(s): addition (251), division (172), fractions (239), money (193), multiplication (227), numbers (204), percent (82), place value (56), preK (281), probability (130), problem solving (272), puzzles (208), roman numerals (9), subtraction (208), time (144)

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Bookmark and save Mathsticks as a resource for math activities. Download and laminate games for use in math centers. Create take-home bags for students to practice and play games at home. Be sure to check out the "Popular Now" link for activities other users have recently downloaded.
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Poetry Writing with Karla Kuskin - Scholastic Inc

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3 to 8
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Explore the world of poetry through Karla Kuskin's eyes. Start with a study of her poetry, and see her come alive through her biography. Write a poem using Kuskin's guidance. ...more
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Explore the world of poetry through Karla Kuskin's eyes. Start with a study of her poetry, and see her come alive through her biography. Write a poem using Kuskin's guidance. Read tips for writing and editing poetry. When finished, post your poem online! See examples of other student poems.

tag(s): biographies (87), poetry (228)

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Bring poetry alive in your classroom with Karla Kuskin. Begin with an author study of Karla Kuskin, and analyze the structure of her poetry. Follow the step-by-step instructions to instant poetry success. Create a virtual class book using Bookemon or create a Prezi,, to share your students' creative ventures. Share your poetry with other classes in your school by displaying them outside your room. Be sure to link to your students' work on your class website. Organize a poetry evening, and include this form of poetry! In content area subjects, create poem riddles for special topics or units to examine and explain the significance in each riddle. To learn more about riddle poems see the I Spy Riddle Rhymes with Jean Marzollo, reviewed here.
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Jessica's Pattern Block Templates - Jessica Brown

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K to 4
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Find many resources for using pattern blocks at this site. Choose from many different pattern block templates sorted by categories such as holidays, vehicles, and alphabet. Click any...more
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Find many resources for using pattern blocks at this site. Choose from many different pattern block templates sorted by categories such as holidays, vehicles, and alphabet. Click any template to view the PDF for instant printing. When printing, do NOT "scale to fit page." Be sure to print at 100% or the actual size. The site is designed for use with standard pattern block pieces. However, if you don't have any, no worries! Select the Printable Blocks link for many print-and-cut options to use.

tag(s): geometric shapes (163), manipulatives (41), patterns (85), problem solving (272)

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Liven up your math centers with the many different templates found on the site. Print any template on cardstock and laminate for long-time use. Create take-home bags for students to work with pattern blocks at home. Share a link to this site on your class website for use at home.
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Form Time Ideas - Jonathan Hall

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5 to 9
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Form Time Ideas offers a constantly changing selection of daily quick activities in many subjects. (For American teachers, "form time" is roughly equivalent to "homeroom" time.) Choose...more
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Form Time Ideas offers a constantly changing selection of daily quick activities in many subjects. (For American teachers, "form time" is roughly equivalent to "homeroom" time.) Choose the Home Page to view a mix of topics such as Brainteasers, In the News Today, and Word of the Day. Select links to choose activities for only specific topics such as literacy, numeracy, or news. Easily print any page using the link in the top right corner of each section. If finished early, refresh the page for a new set of activities! You can also click on the button under each question to only refresh that particular question/statement. The site was created in the UK, so some of the pronunciations and spellings may differ from those in American English.

tag(s): grammar review (37), literacy (103), news (261), numbers (204), riddles (15), substitutes (21), vocabulary (324)

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Form Time Ideas is perfect for daily review and bell work as students arrive in class or as a quick review at the end of class. Print out different pages for use during quiet times or send home for absentee students to complete. This site is excellent for enrichment. Include it on your class web page for students to access both in and out of class. Substitutes will love the handy ideas on this site!

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AWESOME RESOURCE! Patricia, NJ, Grades: 6 - 12

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Writing I Spy Riddle Rhymes with Jean Marzollo - Scholastic Inc

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2 to 8
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Learn how to write an I Spy Riddle Rhyme with expert, Jean Marzollo, the author of I Spy books and riddles. Follow detailed steps including PDFs about how to write ...more
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Learn how to write an I Spy Riddle Rhyme with expert, Jean Marzollo, the author of I Spy books and riddles. Follow detailed steps including PDFs about how to write and publish I Spy Riddle Rhymes. Find examples of student writing. Conclude with a biography written by Jean Marzollo.

tag(s): biographies (87), poetry (228), riddles (15)

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Poetry and riddles come alive through Jean Marziollo's easy to follow steps. Begin with an author study, and analyze the books and riddles written by Jean Marzollo. Follow the step-by-step instructions for student riddle success. Students will learn about the rhythm, rhyme scheme, alliteration, and punctuation of these poetry riddles. Create a class book with Bookemon, reviewed here, or a Prezi, reviewed here, to share your students' creative ventures. Be sure to add links to your students' work on your class website. Share your poems with other classes in your school by displaying them outside your room. Organize a poetry evening featuring this form of poetry. In content area subjects, create riddles for special topics, charts, and diagrams to help students remember terms and concepts. For instance, challenge students to create a riddle poem about the diagram of a microscope or parts of a cell. Examine Marzollo's short autobiography and have students create an autobiography for themselves to go along with their poems.
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Wall Street Survivor - Greg Isenberg and Rory Olson

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8 to 12
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Learn about the Stock Market and the world of finances without spending a cent with Wall Street Survivor. Create a free account to access free courses and stock market simulations....more
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Learn about the Stock Market and the world of finances without spending a cent with Wall Street Survivor. Create a free account to access free courses and stock market simulations. Once registered, join stock market leagues. Set up your own practice portfolio for a no-risk option to dabble in stock trading and buying. Play against friends using your own settings and options for trading and selling. In addition to investing options, be sure to check out the large library of articles and tutorials teaching how the stock market works. Not all courses are free, but several basic introductory finance courses offer free lessons in an easy to understand format. If your district blocks YouTube, videos may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.
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tag(s): business (58), financial literacy (80), money (193)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Share articles on personal finance, investing, and more. Challenge students (or groups) to create their own Stock Market Leagues to learn about investing and trading. Use Wall Street Survivor as an after-school program for students to learn about finances and investing. Share this link on your class website for students to explore on their own. Your math-savvy gifted students and finance aficionados will love this one.
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Spacehopper - visualised.io

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5 to 12
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Test geography skills with Spacehopper (powered by Google Maps). After viewing a Google Street View interactive image of a location, your goal is to pinpoint the location on the world...more
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Test geography skills with Spacehopper (powered by Google Maps). After viewing a Google Street View interactive image of a location, your goal is to pinpoint the location on the world map. Look around using Street View tools to find information that can help determine where you are. Click to receive up to three clues to narrow down the correct answer. Then click the correct dot showing the location of the image. Check your answer. Receive the answer and location after three incorrect guesses. You can also click the clue button a fourth time and you move on to the next location. Choose specific continents rather than the entire world, if too challenging.

tag(s): cities (25), landmarks (26), map skills (80)

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Display Spacehopper on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) to practice problem-solving skills along with geography and map skills. First review how Street View tools work. (Why not allow a student emcee to operate it?) Have students research locations and create an annotated map image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here. Have students create their own location mysteries and associated questions to put on their Thinglink map image. Or have theme simply "drop" a placemarker in Google Maps and write clues and questions to accompany the placemarker url so classmates can figure out why the location is important. Mysteries could include home ports of explorers, locations of major landforms, environmental disaster sites, author homes, or any location that places your curriculum "on the map." In world language classes, have students write the hints in their new language as they introduce cultural locations related to the language.

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Such a cool way to have interactive geography questions for the whole group. Patricia, NJ, Grades: 6 - 12

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Dandy Candies - Dan Meyer

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5 to 9
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Dandy Candies provides open-ended practice and exploration with problem solving and measurement skills, grouped into three "Acts." View a short animated video exploring different options...more
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Dandy Candies provides open-ended practice and exploration with problem solving and measurement skills, grouped into three "Acts." View a short animated video exploring different options for packaging candy. Then solve four questions about the best way to pack candy. Act Three offers solutions along with a link to all packaging options. Click on the Prologue to view links to standards. Be sure to click on Teacher Notes to view more information on the different steps.

tag(s): area (66), measurement (159), perimeter (32), problem solving (272), volume (45)

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Introduce this site (and video clip) on your interactive whiteboard or projector during units on measurement, volume, and perimeter. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Use this site as the starting point for individual or group projects. Have students make concrete representations of candy and packaging to demonstrate responses. Before solving this activity, create a quick poll (with no membership required) using kwiqpoll (reviewed here) to see how much students know. Extend the challenge by having students write packaging/measurement challenges for their classmates to solve, perhaps for a product they especially like!

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Can't wait to use this for morning meeting! Diane will be so proud of me! Patricia, NJ, Grades: 6 - 12

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Pencil Inventions - Duen Hsi Yen

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4 to 12
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Inspire creativity and the inventive spirit through this activity challenging students to invent a new pencil. Begin with a pencil that needs improvement to gather ideas for making...more
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Inspire creativity and the inventive spirit through this activity challenging students to invent a new pencil. Begin with a pencil that needs improvement to gather ideas for making a better pencil as you explore the creative thought processes and critical thinking skills involved in designing new projects. Although very simple in concept, this site offers simple instructions for looking at everyday objects and the process involved in improving them. This is the Maker Movement in a very simple form!

tag(s): creativity (109), gifted (96), inventors and inventions (101)

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Explore Pencil Inventions on your interactive whiteboard with your class as you discuss inventors and inventions. Have students brainstorm or collect ideas on a collaborative bulletin board like Scrumblr, reviewed here (quick start- no membership required!) Challenge cooperative groups to create their own invention then upload a photo they have taken and add voice bubbles to explain what they created using a tool such as Superlame, reviewed here. This is a great activity for gifted students, to help them "think outside the box." What other items (besides a pencil) could you use for the same sort of activity in your classroom to encourage creative fluency and flexibility?

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The Free Dictionary - Farlex, Inc

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4 to 12
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The Free Dictionary is much more than a dictionary; it also includes a thesaurus, encyclopedias, a literature reference library, and lots more! Browse the home page to find Word of...more
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The Free Dictionary is much more than a dictionary; it also includes a thesaurus, encyclopedias, a literature reference library, and lots more! Browse the home page to find Word of the Day, Article of the Day, In the News, Quotations, Today's Birthday and Holiday, and Hangman. Choose the Spelling Bee to test spelling skills in levels. Your ESL/ELL students can discover and "play" with English words using this site. Browse to find dictionaries for many other languages and specialized needs such as medical and legal dictionaries.

tag(s): dictionaries (56), quotations (23), thesaurus (24), vocabulary development (126), word choice (26)

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Set this site as the home page on classroom computers for students to read and find interesting articles and games. Create an account to customize the page to display information to suit class needs. Use information found on this site for quotes, interesting trivia, and much more. Display on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) and discuss articles and information with your class.

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Curious - Curious

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4 to 12
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Learn fascinating information in video format on a plethora of different topics. As you click through, click FREE at the top of each category to se only the free offerings. ...more
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Learn fascinating information in video format on a plethora of different topics. As you click through, click FREE at the top of each category to se only the free offerings. Choose from categories such as Game On, Curious 52, Art and Photo, Smarty Pants, Fit and Active, and Health and Beauty. There is so much more: Learn to Code, Great Outdoors, Popular, Fancy Pants, Around the House, Staff Picks, Pocket Perfect, Language, Crafting, Green Thumb, Software, Tasty Treats, Song and Dance, Business Savvy, and Party Time. Each video has a clickable "timeline" under it where you can read about the video, find lessons, make comments, find related topics, and see assignments. Teach others your skill or talent. Send Curious cards to teachers or others to show what you know. Be aware, not all of the video clips are free.
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tag(s): art history (70), coding (47), dance (28), family (59), financial literacy (80), money (193), nutrition (154), sports (97), video (253)

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Check out the offerings for videos that support or extend your curriculum. Have your students find a lesson to learn or even a lesson to teach. Be sure to show them where to click "free" to narrow the listings. After previewing Curious on an interactive whiteboard or projector, choose a video to evaluate and gather the important parts of the information. Small groups could each choose a different video. Have students create their own lessons in content areas using these as a model. As you teach about informational text, this is the perfect example of digital writing to convey information. Suggest this site at a parent night to help keep everyone lifetime learners. Be sure to post a link on your website for parents and students to access at home.
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Garbology - Naturebridge

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3 to 12
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Garbology is an interactive that teaches about garbage and answers the question, "Where should my waste go?" While exploring, uncover startling facts about trash, waste, recycling,...more
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Garbology is an interactive that teaches about garbage and answers the question, "Where should my waste go?" While exploring, uncover startling facts about trash, waste, recycling, reuse, landfills, and composting. Find lessons and activities to extend your Garbology knowledge, from how to pack a waste-less lunch to getting the dirt on composting. The Trash Talk blog gives stories of conservation in practice.

tag(s): earth day (112), environment (317), recycling (57)

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Sweeten the smell of garbage at Garbology with this engaging site. Introduce the site on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore independently or in small groups. Tickle students' interest and get them digging away at Garbology! Use at centers or offer as a resource for projects on conservation. Put students into groups and offer a different lesson for every group. Students can then create and share their findings in a multimedia presentation! Introduce at science night and challenge families with a new goal: reducing waste! As a school, compete between classrooms to discover all of the changes that each can make. Collect data, analyze, and present findings.
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Greg Tang Math Games - Greg Tang

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K to 6
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Greg Tang Math offers a nice selection of math games for elementary grades. Each game offers different levels and options for play. In addition to practicing basic math facts, these...more
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Greg Tang Math offers a nice selection of math games for elementary grades. Each game offers different levels and options for play. In addition to practicing basic math facts, these games promote thinking and problem skills through different game options. Try your hand at Math Limbo, Funny Numbers, ? Missing, and others.
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tag(s): addition (251), calendars (44), division (172), fractions (239), logic (235), multiplication (227), subtraction (208), time (144), volume (45)

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Although the games are easy to play, directions are not always intuitive. Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector to show how games work and how to avoid the advertising links. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Share a link on your class website or blog for students to play at home. This is a great site to keep math skills fresh during the summer months.

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Video Lectures - Video Lectures Net

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5 to 12
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Enjoy and use award-winning educational science (and some math) videos. Presented by distinguished scholars and scientists, the videos originated during conferences, summer schools,...more
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Enjoy and use award-winning educational science (and some math) videos. Presented by distinguished scholars and scientists, the videos originated during conferences, summer schools, workshops, and science promotional events. Peruse the Nobel laureate speakers section to become inspired. Categories featured include architecture, arts, astronomy, biology, business, chemistry, computers, computer science, Earth sciences, environment, events, health sciences, humanities, life sciences, mathematics, medicine, military, philosophy, physics, regional, science, social sciences, sports, and technology. There is a free newsletter where you can stay up to date with the latest science information.

tag(s): cells (102), computers (95), creativity (109), data (148), engineering (125), machines (30), scientists (69)

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Keep your students minds wondering with the latest thoughts in science. Use this to create your own, science news events day. Use one of these videos as a center when students are studying a related topic. Share the videos on your projector or interactive whiteboard.
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Progressions Documents for the Common Core Math Standards - The Arizona Board of Regents

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1 to 12
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Explore the progressions of the Common Core math standards throughout the grade levels. Look at different areas of mathematical standards, numbers and operations, base ten, counting...more
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Explore the progressions of the Common Core math standards throughout the grade levels. Look at different areas of mathematical standards, numbers and operations, base ten, counting cardinality in algebraic thinking, numbers and operations for fractions, geometry, and measurement and data in grades kindergarten through grade five. In grades six through eight explore statistics and probability, expressions and equations, the number system, ratios, and proportional relationships. In high school discover the progressions in algebra, functions, and modeling. Find resources for further development of programs offered to support Common Core mathematics. Discover research, periodicals and groups using Common Core math.

tag(s): commoncore (94)

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Strengthen your teaching of Common Core mathematics. Having an understanding of the knowledge students enter with or without, leads to better preparation for where the students will explore later. Use this as an individual study or even as a professional learning group study with your grade level and department.
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Visual Patterns - visualpatterns.org

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4 to 12
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Explore over 111 different visual patterns and determine what the 43rd step in the pattern would be. Find the equation, use a table, or draw it! This is a fun ...more
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Explore over 111 different visual patterns and determine what the 43rd step in the pattern would be. Find the equation, use a table, or draw it! This is a fun way to work with patterns, equations, problem solving, and geometry. There is a teacher tab with an explanation about assigning patterns to students and an idea for a form to create for students to fill out. Some patterns have a link with additional information.

tag(s): equations (155), geometric shapes (163), patterns (85), problem solving (272)

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Introduce the concept of visual patterns on an interactive whiteboard or projector with the whole group. Give the practice problem and discover ways to solve while using pictures, words, and equations. Break into small groups and give a challenge. Assign individually for challenges. Have students create their own visual pattern while describing the geometrical terms the pattern employs. Add to students' math portfolios.

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Estimation 180 - CC-BY-NC-SA

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6 to 12
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Start building number sense and problem solving ability with Estimation 180. Start with the included handout and have students track their guesses and then calculate the true answer....more
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Start building number sense and problem solving ability with Estimation 180. Start with the included handout and have students track their guesses and then calculate the true answer. Finally, calculate the error of each problem. There is a problem for every day of the school year! This site is teacher created and tested. Try it out!

tag(s): estimation (46), number sense (97), problem solving (272)

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In your classroom begin developing students' number sense immediately. Share on an interactive whiteboard or projector and show how to solve. Assign for homework the day before or even at the beginning of each class. Have students track their errors and see how it improves. Be sure to reflect and measure growth. Join the blog and add comments, questions, or suggestions.
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Mathematics Performance Task Bank - Research, Development and Accountability

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1 to 8
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Mathematics Performance Task Bank provides resources to help in learning about and implementing performance-based math assessments in K-8 classrooms. Begin with the introduction tutorial,...more
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Mathematics Performance Task Bank provides resources to help in learning about and implementing performance-based math assessments in K-8 classrooms. Begin with the introduction tutorial, and find the best tips for using performance-based assessments. Find suggestions to implement and use most effectively. There is also a collection of children's math literature for all ages. Look at suggestions for management of all different levels. Follow the monthly math assessment tips. Search Mathematics performance test banks by grade level or math strand. Provided are task specific detailed rubrics which will immediately provide ways to restructure instruction. Tasks can be accessed in English and Spanish.

tag(s): addition (251), assessment (100), charts and graphs (195), equations (155), money (193), operations (126), patterns (85), problem solving (272), sequencing (31)

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Use these task items to track student progression in each strand throughout the school year. Revisit the tasks and see how the student strategies change. Use this as a way to find motivation for real world tasks in your math class. Consider placing student work from these tasks in a math portfolio. Use the tasks at an after school math club, or even for a math night. Assign small groups of students to one of the tasks and they can be the experts for that task. Have each group present the task, after the concepts have been taught, as a review and reinforcement.
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Differentiated Best of Math III - Research, Development, and Accountability

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Find math tasks for grades K-8 that are ready to use for differentiating! Choose your grade level to get started. Included is a detailed rubric clearly providing direction for instruction....more
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Find math tasks for grades K-8 that are ready to use for differentiating! Choose your grade level to get started. Included is a detailed rubric clearly providing direction for instruction. Sample searchable topics include sequencing, money, patterns, equations, and more. Standards are provided in these very detailed lessons.

tag(s): addition (251), assessment (100), charts and graphs (195), equations (155), money (193), operations (126), patterns (85), problem solving (272), sequencing (31)

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Use these activities for introducing or reviewing new math concepts. Revisit this site during the year using one of the different ways to view the problem than a student did originally. Use as an example of a performance-based task then have students make up their own problems. Share applicable lessons on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Challenge parents at math nights with these engaging tasks!
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Online Math Learning - OnlineMathLearning.com

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Supplement math instruction in the classroom using OnLineMathLearning. Find videos explaining concepts, worksheets for practice, games, and activities. The site material correlates...more
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Supplement math instruction in the classroom using OnLineMathLearning. Find videos explaining concepts, worksheets for practice, games, and activities. The site material correlates to Singapore Math but is assessable to all learners. Explore math by grade level, or by topic. Find math worksheets by grade level or even by topic. There is also Test Prep for SAT, ACT, GMAT, GRE, ESL, IELTS, or TOEFL. Furthermore, this site has instruction on Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Animal facts, Programming, or English help. Find many science project ideas, listed by subject area.
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tag(s): parents (56), video (253), worksheets (60)

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OnLineMathLearning is a nice supplement to your classroom. Use the videos on your interactive whiteboard to begin instruction. Differentiate your math instruction by student need and assign individually. Use the worksheets, games, and activities for extra practice and reinforcement. Allow students to see the ideas listed before they start their science fair projects. Recommend this website to parents so they can understand the "new way" of doing math. Be sure to list as a resource for extra practice on your class website. Keep the videos on this site in mind for using as models when assigning students to make their own videos. Be sure to include in your math parent night. Use as enrichment for your advanced students.
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