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### LazyMaths - Lazymaths.com

3 to 12

This site features a growing list of Speed Math shortcuts and Smart Math techniques that helps anyone attempt math problems in unique ways. At LazyMaths you'll find two sections - ...more
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This site features a growing list of Speed Math shortcuts and Smart Math techniques that helps anyone attempt math problems in unique ways. At LazyMaths you'll find two sections - Speed Math and Smart Math. Speed Math offers interesting math shortcuts that will help you master basic math tasks like multiplication, division, squaring of numbers, etc. Choose a type of problem to learn a shortcut, then watch the video presentation that takes you through the steps of the problem. Most videos also include a PDF practice sheet for using the shortcuts offered. The video and practice sheet format is the same in the Smart Math portion of the site, however, the goal here is to help you solve complicated math problems by simplifying and solving in a shorter amount of time.

tag(s): addition (227), division (161), multiplication (212), numbers (197), percent (81), problem solving (296), ratios (63), subtraction (187)

#### In the Classroom

Share the videos on your interactive whiteboard to offer students an alternative means for understanding problem solving processes. Use this site as an example, then have students use Screencast-o-matic, reviewed here, or Screencastify (Chrome app), reviewed here, to make narrated recordings with their own steps for solving math problems.

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### PBS Learning Media - PBS

K to 12

This PBS site is a reorganized collection of over 16,000+ public media offerings (including radio and photographs), arranged specifically for preK-12 teachers. You can search by subject...more
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This PBS site is a reorganized collection of over 16,000+ public media offerings (including radio and photographs), arranged specifically for preK-12 teachers. You can search by subject and grade level across many subjects. After viewing three offerings, you must join (for free) to continue. Membership includes the option of saving favorites. You can also find correlations to state standards. The site is still in development, so material is being added frequently.

tag(s): alphabet (86), careers (144), dance (28), data (162), decimals (125), diseases (72), human body (133), mark twain (9), multimedia (63), music theory (44), percent (81), probability (141), problem solving (296), psychology (67)

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Find more details and teacher information under "Customization for States and District" to align the offerings here with your state's standards. Check this site for an introduction to a curriculum topic or unit or when looking for support activities to reinforce concepts. Use this site as the starting point for individual or group projects. Share the interactives as a learning center or on your interactive whiteboard or projector. This is one that you want to save in your favorites.

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### Mind42 - IRIAN Solutions Vienna

1 to 12

Mind 42 is an easy to use mind mapping (or concept mapping) tool. You create the format and easily add links, notes, to do lists, images, or even a Wikipedia ...more
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Mind 42 is an easy to use mind mapping (or concept mapping) tool. You create the format and easily add links, notes, to do lists, images, or even a Wikipedia article. Import the result into documents or perhaps a Skype conversation. Bring mind maps/concept maps to a new level!

tag(s): concept mapping (20), mind map (22)

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This free organizational tool can be used in classrooms at every level. Teachers can use this tool to help organize learning units and share the orgnanization on screen so students see how pieces fit together. Share the unit map with other teachers, students, or parents, to highlight goals, objectives, learning tasks, assessments, and resources. Share before your unit and expectations become very clear. Use as a yearly overview for parents showing units with resources at the beginning of the year at Open House. Let parents see the multiple ways their child will be assessed through the year. Students can use this tool for direction in problem based learning situations. Use this tool in science for collecting data, experiments, or science fair outlines. Use the tool in writing class to make writing guides for narrative or expository writing. In reading, use for predictions, sequencing of stories, inferences, or organizing genres of books each student has read. Have students map multiple ways to solve a single problem in math class. Have students keep daily requirements or schedules with readily available resources as links. Let students enjoy taking notes from content based classes. Have a student scribe create the notes each day and share with the class. Have student groups map the current unit before the test as a review activity.

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### Math Games - Kent ICT

K to 5

This site offers elementary math activities for use on your interactive whiteboard. Hovering over each image offers a description of the activity and the math concept taught. Activities...more
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This site offers elementary math activities for use on your interactive whiteboard. Hovering over each image offers a description of the activity and the math concept taught. Activities for the youngest students include adding spots to giraffes, subtraction to the 5 little ducks song, a countdown clock, and more or less practice. One especially interesting activity is the Magic Square which offers choices of puzzles and the ability to record information while solving the puzzle. Activities for older students provide practice with place value, multiplication, decimals, and negative numbers. Many of the activities can also be downloaded for later use by using the link toward the bottom of the page. Don't miss the Build a Snowman for wintertime fun counting eyes, hands, etc.

tag(s): addition (227), counting (113), decimals (125), iwb (32), logic (247), multiplication (212), negative numbers (21), number sense (96), operations (123), place value (56), preK (289), puzzles (203), subtraction (187), time (141)

#### In the Classroom

Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Use one of the activities on your interactive whiteboard as a math center. Share this link on your class website for students (and parents) to access at home. Selected activities could also serve as writing prompts after the math is done: tell about your giraffe or snowman!

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### Mathispower4u - Video Tutorials - James Sousa

4 to 12

Math Video Tutorials offers 5,000 free math videos organized by course and topic. And the offerings are constantly growing. Videos are hosted on YouTube and SchoolTube and are all 10...more
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Math Video Tutorials offers 5,000 free math videos organized by course and topic. And the offerings are constantly growing. Videos are hosted on YouTube and SchoolTube and are all 10 minutes or less in length. Content includes arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, business calculus, and calculus. Each main topic includes links to the videos organized by more specific topics - for example, algebra videos are sorted by introduction to algebra, rational expressions, equations and functions, equations and percentages, exponential and logarithmic functions, graphing, linear equations, and more. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): area (73), business (59), charts and graphs (198), equations (152), factoring (30), functions (69), integers (40), measurement (178), operations (123), order of operations (40), percent (81), place value (56), prime numbers (31), ratios (63), test prep (99), tutorials (49), volume (53)

#### In the Classroom

Share videos on your interactive whiteboard as in introduction to a new concept or as review. Embed the links to videos of weekly concepts on your class website or blog. Create a link on classroom computers to current content for students to use as a review resource. Ask students to rate the most helpful videos they find and share their recommendations on a class wiki. Share this site with parents to use as a resource when helping students at home. Challenge students to create their own how-to video of math concepts. Share the videos using a tool such as SchoolTube, reviewed here.

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### RekenWeb Games - Freudenthal Institute

K to 7
This site offers several interesting interactives for practicing math concepts at the elementary level. Many games go beyond the standard rote-type practice and involve critical thinking...more
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This site offers several interesting interactives for practicing math concepts at the elementary level. Many games go beyond the standard rote-type practice and involve critical thinking skills. For example, Beads on a String asks you to create a bead necklace using a pattern, but then asks that bead number 102 be blue adding difficulty to the challenge. Other activities involve estimation, money, logic, and symmetry. Activities can be sorted by age (5-12). Parts of this site appear in Dutch and you may have to simply hit the "translate" button to see the instruction in English.

tag(s): critical thinking (121), estimation (48), logic (247), money (186), puzzles (203), symmetry (51), time (141)

#### In the Classroom

Create a link to this site on classroom computers for students to explore. Share a link to the site on your classroom website or blog for students to access at home. Display the site on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) to use as a math center. Be sure to explain how to translate the site into English (when necessary).

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### Games for the Brain - GamesfortheBrain.com

3 to 12

This site offers a myriad of memory games, brain games, quizzes, and more. Train your brain to think! Interactives offered in a variety of languages include: Dragger, Counterfeit, The...more
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This site offers a myriad of memory games, brain games, quizzes, and more. Train your brain to think! Interactives offered in a variety of languages include: Dragger, Counterfeit, The Game you Can't Stop, Masterpieces, Sudoko, Mastermind, Crime Scene, The Image Quiz, Anagramania, Square Words, Speed Read, and Spellice. Many other games are also included. After winning a game, you earn a ticket. The tickets let you enter the bonus room to win a surprise image.

tag(s): gifted (88), logic (247), spelling (168)

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Offer exciting and fun ways to improve problem solving and creativity in A Game a Day! Challenge your students to go beyond and stretch their thinking in a variety of ways. The gaming format holds high motivation and interest with your students. Arrange contests within your class for increased achievement. Use in gifted and advanced classes. A Game a Day is a great center time activity and also can be used effectively for reward time. Use as examples for gaming formats with your computer classes. Challenge your students to create review activities for concepts and units based on the game formats presented. Preservice teachers can benefit for discovering the wave of the future: education through gaming. Use in your world language classes to increase fluency.

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### Study Skills - Learning and Teaching Scotland

K to 12

This Study Skills site is fabulous! The activities are all divided by ages (5-9, 10-14, and 15-18). Each age level includes teacher information, parent information, and Learners......more
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This Study Skills site is fabulous! The activities are all divided by ages (5-9, 10-14, and 15-18). Each age level includes teacher information, parent information, and Learners... the link to find the neat interactives! Each age level also highlights four key areas: Do, Get, Remember, and Understand. Each area includes some age-appropriate text and interactives.

Highlights from the youngest level (ages 5-9) include Reading for Information, Sorting Shapes, Sorting Information, Kim's Game, Writing About Different Things, and others. The middle level (ages 10-14) includes Time Management, Exam Preparation, Note Taking, Revision, Memory Tips, Mindmaps, Pictograms, and others. The older students (ages 15-18) delve into topics such as Summarizing, Essay Writing, Learning Styles, Referencing, Learning from Lectures, and several others.

For professional purposes, there are also links (some PDF files) to research about the importance of teaching study skills. This site makes it easy and fun to teach these life skills! This site was creating in the United Kingdom, so you may notice a few spelling and pronunciation differences from American English.

tag(s): listening (88), logic (247), maps (298), note taking (40), organizational skills (128), sorting (11), time (141), writing (368)

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This is one of those rare sites that should be saved in ALL teachers' favorites. Be sure to list this link on your class website.

Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students work with a partner to navigate the age appropriate activities at the site. Why not highlight a different area each month or unit of study so you have material with which to apply it (Do, Get, Remember, or Understand). During month/unit one introduce study skills using the Do link and resources. Then further investigate subsequent study skills each month/unit using the other main topics : Get, Remember, and Understand. Have students try out some of their "new skills" before the unit test. Be sure to ask them afterwards why they were successful (or not) in applying the new study approach. Maybe even add a question about the latest study skill at the end of every test.

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### Curriki - EnterpriseDB Postgre SQL company

K to 12

Curriki is a nonprofit organization that encourages collaboration of teachers and learners in a global community of 211 different countries. Find resources by grade level, subject area,...more
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Curriki is a nonprofit organization that encourages collaboration of teachers and learners in a global community of 211 different countries. Find resources by grade level, subject area, or resource type (interactive, video, or podcast.) Usage type, or exercise, unit, lesson plan, or game, is another option for searching. Use the professional webinars for a better understanding of Curriki. Onsite training is another option listed. Join different groups for a more involved way to explore new areas in online learning, subject area interests, or focus questions. Be a peer reviewer offering comments or suggestions on submitted lessons, units, games, or exercises and give your input. Create collections of your resources to keep privately or share with others. Easily make lesson plans or web quests with the easy to use templates, which include graphic organizer and rubric options. Try a problem based learning unit. Join the challenge to create a video lesson for a chance at winning \$5000. The focus of this site is to provide access to teachers, schools, students, or parents to many new creative ideas in a global community. Free membership includes monthly newsletters. Follow Curriki on Facebook, twitter, or blogs.

tag(s): graphic organizers (39), literacy (107), operations (123), rubrics (32)

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Curriki has a number of ways to benefit teachers and students. Use Curriki as a resource listed on your website for parents and students to have extra opportunities for additional practice or enrichment. Use as a way to organize your digital resources. The lesson plan and webquest templates are user friendly and promote best practices. While growing in your professional development by connecting with teachers worldwide, let your class learn with other classes worldwide. Curriki encourages you to think critically of your own lessons, but also lessons suggested.

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### Math Drill - MathDrill.com

3 to 8
This site offers practice with computation in several different areas of math. Math problems are organized into 86 levels (and increasing), ranging from simple ordering of numbers to...more
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This site offers practice with computation in several different areas of math. Math problems are organized into 86 levels (and increasing), ranging from simple ordering of numbers to addition and subtraction (with/without carrying, borrowing, word problems, using whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and more). There is also multiplication, division (simple as well as long), fractions, time, algebra, geometry, etc. You can sign up and register your class to receive feedback on student progress. It will grade the submitted answers and you will get the scores for all your students.

tag(s): addition (227), decimals (125), division (161), fractions (229), multiplication (212), numbers (197), problem solving (296), subtraction (187), time (141), whole numbers (16)

#### In the Classroom

Demonstrate the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector then create links on classroom or computer lab computers for students to use for fact practice. Share this site with parents through your classroom newsletter, website, or blog for practice at home.

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### TuLyn Math for All - NySphere International

1 to 12

TuLyn provides over 2000 math video tutorial clips, hundreds of practice word problems, and printable worksheets for grades 1 through 12. Registration to the site is free and is required...more
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TuLyn provides over 2000 math video tutorial clips, hundreds of practice word problems, and printable worksheets for grades 1 through 12. Registration to the site is free and is required to fully view all video clips. Although previews can be viewed without registration. Available items can be viewed by searching by topic, grade level, or school level. After choosing a topic there is a short explanation, definitions, and links to available resources by format. Choices include video tutorials, worksheets, word problems, discussions, and books. All worksheets are in PDF format for easy saving and printing. Be aware, this site has many advertisements. You may want to peruse the site and get the video (or other activity) prepared ahead of time, to avoid the advertisements.

tag(s): problem solving (296), tutorials (49), video (280), worksheets (64)

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K to 12

Studyladder offers a sequential learning program with videos, interactive activities, worksheets and assessments for reporting to teachers and to parents. Activities are highly engaging...more
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Studyladder offers a sequential learning program with videos, interactive activities, worksheets and assessments for reporting to teachers and to parents. Activities are highly engaging and motivating. You can create classes, have unlimited access to all features on the site, and students can access homework features from home. Topics included on the site are Math, Literacy, Numeracy, Spelling Bee, and Interactive Whiteboard activities. Each section provides many activities categorized in several ways such as topic, type of activity, grade levels, and extras. Registration also allows access to progress reports on school and homework results, 2000 printable worksheets, and student rewards such as certificates, special avatars, and access to reward rooms. The site is free for teachers and for limited homework use with one student after registration. However, there is also a paid portion of the site if desired.

tag(s): factoring (30), fractions (229), homework (42), iwb (32), literacy (107), negative numbers (21), number sense (96), numbers (197), prime numbers (31)

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This site is perfect for use with interactive whiteboards, download and use activities to supplement current classroom curriculum. Create an account and set up student accounts for students to use on classroom or computer lab computers. Take advantage of the progress reports to track and monitor student progress within the site.

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### Rick's Math - Ricks Math

K to 12
This site contains more than 4,800 (at the time of this review) math problems for students pre-kindergarten to high school. There are activities/math problems learning to count, write...more
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This site contains more than 4,800 (at the time of this review) math problems for students pre-kindergarten to high school. There are activities/math problems learning to count, write numbers, understand place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, prime numbers, composite numbers, least common multiples, greatest common factors, factoring whole numbers, fractions and lots more. The site is divided into topics such as word problems, geometry, telling time, and others. Each portion contains a section on tips and tricks section that explains the concept including vocabulary and illustrations. Be sure to also check out the resources section for printable graph paper, number lines, and an assignment measure graph for keeping track of student progress. This site has some interactive activities and many printable pages.

tag(s): charts and graphs (198), data (162), division (161), factoring (30), fractions (229), multiplication (212), operations (123), prime numbers (31), problem solving (296), time (141), worksheets (64)

#### In the Classroom

Use your interactive whiteboard (or projector) to display tips and tricks for concepts taught and to review or introduce vocabulary. Copy and print worksheets for homework or additional practice. Share this site through your class website or blog for students to practice at home. This site offers so many topics, that it would make differentiating much easier!

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### Pitara Magazine - Pitara Kids Network

3 to 6
Short stories, biographies, riddles, games and other appealing activities make this an attractive way to introduce students to magazine reading. With both academic and just-for-fun...more
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Short stories, biographies, riddles, games and other appealing activities make this an attractive way to introduce students to magazine reading. With both academic and just-for-fun features, the site fills the need students have after Highlights Magazine and other similar publications get too old. Students are using their reading skills as they try to solve riddles, tell jokes, and practice tongue-twisters.

tag(s): biographies (91), crafts (39), holidays (141), riddles (16), short stories (25)

#### In the Classroom

Keep this site in mind to recommend to parents for use during summer vacation. Be sure to list this link on your class website. Take a few moments in class to display the various parts to show the wide range of reading activities (and writing activities, using these articles as models) students can enjoy.

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### Learn With Math Games - Learn With Math Games

K to 9

This site was created for teachers to help students see the fun and creative side of Math! There are many games here to be used in the classroom. Some activities ...more
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This site was created for teachers to help students see the fun and creative side of Math! There are many games here to be used in the classroom. Some activities include printables. Activities are categorized by math topic and grade level. Be sure to check out the Math Tricks for fun shortcuts and tricks to amaze students! Some worksheets are available on the site; however, most activities are hands-on practice for students. Teachers and parents can sign up to receive a monthly newsletter with tips and ideas.

tag(s): addition (227), counting (113), division (161), multiplication (212), printables (39), subtraction (187), worksheets (64)

#### In the Classroom

Use the site as a resource to find fun activities to supplement Math topics being taught in class. Create a link to games on classroom computers. Share the Math Tricks with students to help with learning basic Math facts or to use tricks during Open House or Math Nights at school.

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### Sqworl - Caleb Brown

K to 12

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tag(s): bookmarks (68)

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In the classroom use this site to combine url's of online class projects into one group. Create a group of resources for students or parents for different subjects and share the url through your classroom website or newsletter. Create a group with videos relating to classroom content. Create a classroom account and let students add resources they have found to groups to share with others. Show students how to follow other groups on Sqworl and share resources by creating their own groups. Share this site with others in your building or district as an easy way to save and share online resources.

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### Mr. R's World of Math - Mr. R

K to 12

"I decided to put together Mathstory.com to keep students smiling and engaged as they mastered mathematical concepts," is Mr. R's explanation for this site that includes many resources...more
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"I decided to put together Mathstory.com to keep students smiling and engaged as they mastered mathematical concepts," is Mr. R's explanation for this site that includes many resources for elementary teachers along with a few lessons for Jr High and High School teachers. Be sure to check out the Math Videos page which includes 20 homemade videos created for learning strategies for counting and multiplying (the page may be slow to load because of the number of videos included). The Math Story link currently leads you to the online book, Fourth Grade and the Evil Wizard of Math. Each chapter contains math problems. There are many math lessons included for all grade levels. Don't miss the interesting math poems to learn geometric shapes. There is A LOT here to explore!

tag(s): geometric shapes (173), interactive stories (29), poetry (221), video (280)

#### In the Classroom

Share a Math Poem a day from the site with your class on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Challenge students to create their own Math Poems. Math videos on the site are perfect to share on your interactive whiteboard, or create a link on classroom computers and allow students to explore the videos on their own. Share the Math Story as a read-aloud during Math class. Put this link on your class website for students to access both in and out of the classroom.

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### MathEbook - MathEbook

K to 12

Mathebook.net has Online Tutorials as well as Downloadable pdf tutorials which you can save on a computer and use later. It can be used by teachers for home work purpose. ...more
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Mathebook.net has Online Tutorials as well as Downloadable pdf tutorials which you can save on a computer and use later. It can be used by teachers for home work purpose. The pdf is editable and students can e-mail the homework tutorials by e-mail back to teachers. To begin using the site, you simple choose from kindergarten, elementary, middle school, or high school levels. Within each of those sections is a list of topics, and then a choice of virtual or ebook. Virtual activities are those done on the computer and cannot be saved. These are items such as fact practice where feedback will be given as to the correctness of answers. eWorkbook items are PDF documents that can be printed and used as worksheets. You can either print and use them, or the answers can be inputted online, saved, then emailed to the instructor. The site also includes a math dictionary, video tutorials, and downloadable worksheets.

tag(s): addition (227), decimals (125), division (161), factors (40), fractions (229), measurement (178), multiplication (212), number sense (96), subtraction (187), time (141), video (280), worksheets (64)

#### In the Classroom

Save this site as a link on classroom or computer lab computers for math practice. Share this site on your classroom website or blog for students to practice at home. Share the video tutorials on your interactive whiteboard or projector to introduce or review concepts taught in class.

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### Symmetry - It's All Around You! - Adrian Bruce

1 to 6

This site contains many examples of symmetry found in the world around us. Examples include images of animals, masks, ink blots, faces, and more. In addition to all of the ...more
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This site contains many examples of symmetry found in the world around us. Examples include images of animals, masks, ink blots, faces, and more. In addition to all of the activities, be sure to check out the information at the bottom of page under "teacher stuff." A PowerPoint presentation is available for download, but even better is the information available at "Construct Your Own Symmetry Learning Quest." This link provides questions and challenges to use with students for each of the symmetry images on the site. Also included are activities categorized by Blooms Taxonomy Levels to be used in the classroom. Build visual thinking!

tag(s): flips (5), geometric shapes (173), slides (66), symmetry (51), turns (4)

#### In the Classroom

Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on symmetry on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Create a class book or webpage showing examples of symmetry found around your classroom or school.

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### SNAP Math Fair - SNAP Mathematics Foundation

2 to 6
This site offers information about how to organize and assess a math fair, but more importantly, provides puzzles and resources to use. SNAP is an acronym for student-centered, non-competitive,...more
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This site offers information about how to organize and assess a math fair, but more importantly, provides puzzles and resources to use. SNAP is an acronym for student-centered, non-competitive, all-inclusive, and problem-based. The purpose of a SNAP math fair is to provide a meaningful, problem-solving experience for all students. Puzzles are offered in 2 levels, plus there are river-crossing, and Sodoku puzzles. Each puzzle is explained and illustrated with the problem. One dilemma for the site creators was in how to provide the solutions as they realize that there are several methods for solving each puzzle. Answers are not provided; however you can email the site creators for answers.

tag(s): critical thinking (121), logic (247), problem solving (296), puzzles (203)

#### In the Classroom

Use puzzles as a center activity or challenge activity for students. Challenge students to complete the puzzles and explain the problem solving process to their classmates. Have them use use the puzzles and create your own Math fair, Math Fun Day, or Family Math night. Provide a puzzle of the week throughout the year for students to solve. Be sure to allow students time to solve puzzles on their own without any hints or tips!