TeachersFirst's Data and Probability - Grades 6-8
If you are a middle school math teacher, this is a must see collection. Use these resources to meet the NCTM Data Analysis and Probability Standards for grades 6-8. Many of these tools are ideal for use on your interactive whiteboard or in your BYOD (or 1:1) classroom. Find topics that relate to the content being taught in your classroom. Use these resources to explain statistics, probability, polls, and data. Share these resources with students on your class website. Use these tools for remediation and review with all students. Share these tools with families for at-home practice. Share with gifted students for additional enrichment and advancement opportunities.
Grades5 to 12
In the ClassroomThis site is perfect for use when discussing current events or during your study of different countries. Share information on your whiteboard during your discussions and ask students to contrast and compare this information to their life. Use a 2 or 3 circle Venn diagram from Class Tools, reviewed here, to visualize comparisons between countries. As students learn more about the country they are studying, ask them to use Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here, to create an infographic representing the data found. Extend learning by asking students to use Google My Maps, reviewed here, to create a virtual tour of any country using images and videos to describe life in that part of the world.
Grades7 to 12
In the ClassroomUse this site for many different purposes in history and geography classrooms. Data found on these maps only go up through 2010, ask students to research data through the current year. Create and annotate your own charts using ChartAccent, reviewed here, to demonstrate population changes in your state or community. Take advantage of a large amount of data and information found on this site to use as a starting point for student research projects. Ask them to transform their learning by creating and presenting their information through a multimedia platform such as History in Motion, reviewed here. Use this tool to add texts, images, maps, and more to tell the story of changes over time within a community.
Grades4 to 12
In the ClassroomBe sure to watch Tuva's tutorial video to get a full overview of what is on the site and how to use it. Use Tuva not only to view and sort data, but to make cross-curricular connections. For example, use the United States Presidents collection during math class to teach and share how to gather and share data in a variety of formats. Use the same collection during your social studies lessons to evaluate information on United States presidents, including the age when taking office and age of death. As students become comfortable with gathering data and graphing, replace paper and pencil charts and ask them to create their own graphs using this DIY Chart builder, reviewed here. Extend classroom technology use by having students create a website using Webnode, reviewed here, and include their charts and graphs along with written analysis of the content. Alternatively, include images of student charts created with ThingLink, reviewed here, to annotate and highlight data points providing context with annotations using text, video, or links to additional information. Thinglink can be used for a variety of assignments in any classroom that is integrating technology as an enhancement, modification, or transformation.
GradesK to 12
tag(s): addition (128), coding (76), decimals (89), division (101), equations (121), fractions (164), functions (52), game based learning (159), geometric shapes (133), logic (165), measurement (129), multiplication (123), operations (75), probability (94), problem solving (219), pythagorean theorem (21), ratios (52), square roots (16), statistics (109), subtraction (111)
In the ClassroomLetsMod is perfect for use in math classrooms in a variety of ways. Become acquainted with the free lesson plans to incorporate LetsMod activities based on specific math skills. Encourage problem-solving and math exploration by including a link to LetsMod on classroom computers. Instead of assigning a worksheet or other math activity for homework, ask students to spend time exploring LetsMod at home. Extend and assess student learning by using Flip, reviewed here, for students to provide a short video reflection on their learning activity. Optional registration allows you or your students to save progress and create your own machines.
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomBookmark this site to find math problems correlating to your teaching standards or content. This site is perfect for finding materials to differentiate instruction with different student ability levels. Have students share their results and discuss their problem-solving process on your interactive whiteboard. Take screenshots of the different solutions and include on your class website. Another option is to take a picture of student's written solutions, then use ThingLink, reviewed here, to extend student learning by having them add an audio recording describing their mathematical thinking. Share their ThingLink images on your website, or add to your student's digital portfolio on Seesaw, reviewed here, or another portfolio creation site. As students become more proficient in sharing their mathematical thinking and problem-solving activities, consider using their math talks as part of an ongoing podcast using Buzzsprout, reviewed here, as a way to extend student learning and promote math conversations and help students understand that there may be many different ways to arrive at the right answer to a problem. Buzzsprout features free and easy to use tools including the ability to create and schedule podcasts to be released on any date and time you desire.
Grades5 to 9
In the ClassroomAlthough created for English Language Learners, take advantage of these geometric tasks for use with all students. Use the Sentence Starters and Story Frames as models for incorporating writing into any math lesson. If you are beginning the process of integrating technology, replace paper and pen by having students create blogs sharing their mathematical thinking and understanding using Tumblr, reviewed here. If you are teaching younger students and looking for an easy way to integrate technology and check for understanding, challenge your students to create a blog using Edublog, reviewed here.
Grades6 to 12
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In the ClassroomLook at the various metrics based on your age to gain perspective on many science and history topics. Look at the impact of human behavior on the environment or at the "big picture" of what one human can do in a lifetime. Consider comparing the changes on Earth based on a student's age versus a teacher's age (if you're brave enough to tell!). You can also dial back the clock 100 years, but choose times in modern history for the comparison. Don't forget to use the dropdown menus on each chart for more information. For example, pick any planet to see how old you'd be there. Small groups of students could discuss and analyze different components of the site and present their findings to the larger class. Include this in math class as a way to apply multiplication formulas or conversions. Use observations on this site to spark blog posts of evidence-based writing. Have students make visual representations of their life on Earth as an infographic. To learn more about infographics in the classroom, see TeachersFirst's Now I See!.
Grades5 to 9
In the ClassroomIntroduce 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 using Survey Anyplace, 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!
Can't wait to use this for morning meeting! Diane will be so proud of me!Patricia, NJ, Grades: 6 - 12
GradesK to 12
tag(s): addition (128), angles (50), base ten (5), coordinates (13), counting (58), data (132), division (101), equations (121), factoring (25), fractions (164), functions (52), geometric shapes (133), measurement (129), mixed numbers (8), multiplication (123), negative numbers (12), number lines (33), number sense (70), polynomials (21), prime numbers (25), probability (94), quadratics (25), rounding (9), square roots (16), statistics (109), subtraction (111), transformations (12), vectors (16), whole numbers (10)
In the ClassroomShare this site on your class website or blog for students to practice math concepts at home. Share with parents through your class website or newsletter as a great resource for review and reinforcement of math concepts. Share activities on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Use problems on the site to present new concepts or review information before end-of-unit assessments. Provide links to lessons on the class website or blog for students to review at home. Have students create their own lessons modeled on this site. Then have students create blogs to practice writing about their math solutions. If you are beginning the process of integrating technology, have students create blogs sharing their learning and understanding using Tumblr, reviewed here.
GradesK to 12
tag(s): addition (128), commoncore (79), decimals (89), division (101), equations (121), fractions (164), functions (52), integers (22), measurement (129), multiples (16), multiplication (123), number sense (70), numbers (120), operations (75), order of operations (28), polynomials (21), pythagorean theorem (21), statistics (109), subtraction (111), time (92)
In the ClassroomAdd a link to classroom computers for use during math centers. Be sure to share a link with parents on your class website or newsletter for math practice at home. Differentiate content based on individual student's needs. If you wish, encourage parents to create individual student accounts to track progress and share with you throughout the school year. Have them email reports or print them out and send to school with younger ones. If you and the parent wish to "share" a login, you could work together to support struggling students. Learning support teachers and ENL/ESL teachers will find this simple tool a great asset in the classroom.
This website is now, out of beta and they have added a lot of new content. Editor's Note - Thank you, we will update our information.ise, , Grades: 0 - 12
Great website for math-practiceise, , Grades: 0 - 12
Grades6 to 12
tag(s): angles (50), area (50), assessment (121), charts and graphs (164), decimals (89), equations (121), estimation (34), measurement (129), negative numbers (12), percent (58), pythagorean theorem (21)
In the ClassroomBookmark and save this site as a resource for classroom activities and assessments relating to Common Core standards. Share this site with others in your department as a resource for developing and implementing activity based lessons. View videos as part of your (and your department's) professional development sessions. This is an excellent site for any Math department head or curriculum leader to use when leading fellow teachers.
Grades5 to 12
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In the ClassroomHave each student use the calculator to determine their total. Compare students in the class and the types of activities that cause a greater amount. Ask questions as to why some activities raise the carbon footprint more than others. Research the reasons for a better understanding of what causes a carbon footprint. Discuss ways that families could take action to reduce their carbon footprint. Most students are unfamiliar with carbon offsets. Discuss what these are and whether they are important or needed. Create a campaign or contest to reduce the carbon footprint of your community and make a change for the future. Have students create a word cloud of the important terms they learn from this site (or things that will increase your footprint) using a tool such as Tagxedo, reviewed here, or WordItOut, reviewed here. Create infographics using the class footprint stats and a simple infographic tool such as Easel.ly, reviewed here.
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomTeaching nanotechnology theory can be hard. Make the abstract idea concrete with the activities in the DIY Nano section of this website. Use the activities in the lab. In no time at all, students will be wrapping their minds around the tiny world of nanometers and nanotechnology. Encourage students to download the application if they have a smart phone and experiment further at home with their parents. (It's FREE!) This could really ignite a worthwhile career for aspiring scientists!
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomProvide time for student groups to explore this tool, record observations, discuss information they know, and generate questions. Research information to answer questions. Use this site before discussing the metric system or conversions between various units. It can be used to discuss the use of significant figures and errors in measurements and numbers. Use it as a springboard to measuring and comparing various items that students are familiar with. Embed this on to your class site for easy access by students.
In the ClassroomUse this site as a resource when first beginning to use GeoGebra (free) software. Share tutorial videos on your interactive whiteboard or projector with students as they learn the software. Have students create and design their own projects to share with the classroom. Use information on this site to embed and share projects on your classroom website or wiki.
Wonderful free site for geometric constructions, similar functionality to Geometer's Sketchpad.James, GA, Grades: 10 - 12
Grades3 to 9
In the ClassroomUse the teacher's page on the interactive whiteboard or projector to demonstrate math concepts such as symmetry, tessellations, and basic algebra concepts. Assign activities and games to students and let them become the expert in one topic. Use the illustrated math dictionary provided on the site as an example and create a class math dictionary of concepts learned. Have students share their new math term on the class wiki. Not comfortable with wikis? Have no wiki worries - check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through. This may also be a site that you want to include on your class website for students to use both in and out of the classroom.
Grades5 to 9
In the ClassroomFind great interactives on proportions, number lines, ratios, measurement, and much more. Share the activities on your projector or interactive whiteboard. View the learners guide to record learning with the Math Snack animations and games. Find pre-lesson and post-lesson bonus activities in the Teachers guide. Check student answers with the attached answer key. Follow with other in-class scenarios using actual manipulatives such as snacks to show ratios or proportions.
Grades5 to 12
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In the ClassroomUse this site to access lessons that bring Math to life and provide relevance to the students. These lessons provide an option to use higher level thinking skills that provide true understanding and learning of Math concepts.
Have students complete these lessons and share their finished products on an interactive whiteboard or projector.
Grades1 to 6
In the ClassroomAll of these activities would be fabulous on an interactive whiteboard. Be sure to turn up the volume.
Include this website in your next class newsletter, your class blog, and your class web page. This is a wonderful choice for at-home practice (for the struggling students) or advanced activities (for the gifted students).