TeachersFirst's Data and Probability - Grades 9-12

Peruse this collection of data and probability resources for grades 9-12. Use these resources to meet the NCTM standards. 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. 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. 

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Excel Easy - E-Learning

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K to 12
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Do you need some help with Excel basics and functions? Excel Easy uses fully illustrated tutorials to walk you through Excel sheets from start to finish. Use the links at ...more
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Do you need some help with Excel basics and functions? Excel Easy uses fully illustrated tutorials to walk you through Excel sheets from start to finish. Use the links at the top of the site to select from options starting with the basics, functions, and data analysis. Choose the 300 Excel Examples to find tutorials on any topic quickly. Each tutorial includes step-by-step directions, including images to guide users through each portion of the directions.
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tag(s): computers (101), data (132), Microsoft (73), spreadsheets (22)

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Bookmark this site for your use and for student use on classroom computers. Make it easy to find sites with tutorials by creating a Padlet, reviewed here, to share with students. Use columns to sort tutorials and other helpful sites by topic within your Padlet. If you don't find a tutorial that you need, extend student learning by asking them to create their own using Free Screen Recorder Online, reviewed here, or by creating an explainer video using FlexClip, reviewed here.

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Your Life in Another Country - Hire a Helper

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5 to 12
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What would your life be like in another country? How much does that country spend on education? What is the average income? Find these answers at this very easy to ...more
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What would your life be like in another country? How much does that country spend on education? What is the average income? Find these answers at this very easy to use site to compare and contrast life in one country vs another. Use the dropdown boxes to choose two countries and see a variety of statistics comparing economies, lifestyles, and more.

tag(s): countries (68), cross cultural understanding (148), cultures (100), statistics (109)

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This 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.

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Tuva - TuvaLabs

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4 to 12
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Tuva offers a collection of data sets related to a variety of subjects and content. The free version offers 15 data sets including lessons with topics including United States Presidents...more
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Tuva offers a collection of data sets related to a variety of subjects and content. The free version offers 15 data sets including lessons with topics including United States Presidents and Weather Balloon Data. Find the free data sets by choosing the Content Library link then using the filter for the 15 Free materials. Choose your topic to see an overview, then access the data. Drag and drop attributes to create and view graphs. Each set includes a large selection of data points to view in a variety of formats. For example, choose to view data in different forms of graphs, including pie charts, dot plots, or line graphs. Each set also includes a variety of activities used by teachers and available to assign to students. View the free data sets without having to register; however, registration is required to create, assign, and use the site's activities.

tag(s): charts and graphs (164), data (132)

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Be 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.

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Is That a Big Number? - Andrew Elliott

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6 to 12
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As you might guess from the title, this site is all about numbers. Their goals are to promote numeracy, develop number sense, and have fun along the way. Use the ...more
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As you might guess from the title, this site is all about numbers. Their goals are to promote numeracy, develop number sense, and have fun along the way. Use the search bar to ask about any number; the results provide context and relationships to your query. Results might include comparisons to items that are bigger or smaller and equivalent items. Choose other links to learn number facts about countries, ratios, or take a number quiz.

tag(s): measurement (129), number sense (70), numbers (120), ratios (52)

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Bookmark this site to use for reference throughout the year. Use it as a 5-10 minute fill-in when you have a little bit of extra time. Get your interactive whiteboard or projector ready and challenge students to provide numbers to use as a comparison or take the numbers quiz together to learn more about numbers. As a substitute to paper and pencil, have students create explainer videos using Biteable, reviewed here, to demonstrate the power and size of large numbers. To extend student learning and understanding, challenge students to create a web page using Carrd, reviewed here, to share information learned after researching numbers and statistics found on this site and others.

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NCTM Illuminations Measurement Resources Grades 9-12 - NCTM

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9 to 12
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Dynamic Paper is a hands-on learning opportunity for high school students. Dynamic Paper allows for creation of all sorts of math manipulatives, such as pentagonal pyramid, a set of...more
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Dynamic Paper is a hands-on learning opportunity for high school students. Dynamic Paper allows for creation of all sorts of math manipulatives, such as pentagonal pyramid, a set of pattern blocks, a number line, and so on; all these in the size and shape you need. This interactive meets NCTM and Common Core Standards and includes directions for use, modes, a toolbar, and a suggested exploration.

tag(s): congress (37), estimation (34), geometric shapes (133), measurement (129), motion (43), pi (25), ratios (52), temperature (32)

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Bookmark this interactive for use when teaching different types of measurement. Share Dynamic Paper on your whiteboard or during small group lessons and discuss problem-solving ideas with students. Add a link to this interactive, along with other online games, to your class website for game play at home. Consider using a site like Symbaloo, reviewed here, as an excellent way to organize and share your resources. Extend learning and ask your students create videos sharing problem solving techniques used during these lessons. Use a video creation tool such as Vibby, reviewed here, to create interactive lessons (can add quizzes and questions). Share the videos using a tool such as SchoolTube, reviewed here.
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Math in Real Life - TEDed

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6 to 12
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Math in Real Life is a selection of TEDed videos all related to real life examples of math in use. Videos look at subjects such as music and math and ...more
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Math in Real Life is a selection of TEDed videos all related to real life examples of math in use. Videos look at subjects such as music and math and winning at rock, paper, scissors. In addition to the video, each selection includes questions to enhance thinking and guided discussion options. Some videos also offer a Dig Deeper link with information on related resources. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable; be sure to look at alternatives for sharing videos on classroom computers.

tag(s): estimation (34), geometric shapes (133), money (122), movies (55), pi (25), place value (36), puzzles (143), riddles (15), shakespeare (91), simple machines (16), space (204), symmetry (29), video (243)

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Math in Real Life isn't just for math class! Find videos from this series for use in all subject areas. Use the questions, additional resources, and discussion available for each video. Create your own lesson using the "Customize This Lesson" link. Use this option to personalize video lessons for your classroom. Have students dig deeper into any of the content of videos, then extend their learning by challenging them to make a mashup using ytClipper, reviewed here.

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Math Arguments 180 - Curmudgeon

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7 to 12
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Find interesting discussion topics for high school math classes at Math Arguments 180. This blog offers 180 days of ideas for discussion in math class. In fact, it has gone ...more
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Find interesting discussion topics for high school math classes at Math Arguments 180. This blog offers 180 days of ideas for discussion in math class. In fact, it has gone beyond 180 and is still counting. Scroll through by date to view topics or search the archives for past posts. Try clicking on the categories to find specific content such as geometry or probability. Find the most popular posts by viewing links on the right side of the home page.

tag(s): logic (165), probability (94), problem solving (219)

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Bookmark this blog or subscribe to it with your RSS feed reader to stay current with new posts. Use ideas in your math class as lesson starters, homework, or for extra credit. Have students create an annotated image explaining answers including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create video explanations and share them on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here.

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Your Life on Earth - BBC

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6 to 12
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We know our own lifetimes are but a tiny hiccup in the long history of the Earth. But what HAS happened since we were born? The BBC will tell you. ...more
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We know our own lifetimes are but a tiny hiccup in the long history of the Earth. But what HAS happened since we were born? The BBC will tell you. Simply enter your date of birth (using the day/month/year format) and some other information (you can choose either metric or Imperial/US measurement), and a wonderful series of charts appears! How many times has your heart beat? How old would you be on Venus? How has the Earth changed since you were born? How has humankind changed the Earth since you were born? How many volcanoes have erupted? What's happened to the sea levels? How many endangered species have become extinct? This site is created by the BBC (United Kingdom). American English speakers may notice some slights spelling differences. It is best viewed in Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer 10 and above.
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tag(s): climate change (80), earth (173), earth day (62), earthquakes (44), planets (109), writing prompts (57)

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Look 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!.

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Carbon Footprint Calculator - Carbon Footprint Ltd.

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5 to 12
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Answer the questions on each of the tabs to determine the amount of carbon dioxide you are responsible for emitting by the products you choose and your lifestyle. You are ...more
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Answer the questions on each of the tabs to determine the amount of carbon dioxide you are responsible for emitting by the products you choose and your lifestyle. You are given the options to measure/calculate using money spent or gallons (or other form of measurement). This calculators is quite detailed.
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tag(s): carbon dioxide (9), carbon footprint (5), climate change (80)

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Have 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.

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Better Explained Archives - Kalid Azad

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9 to 12
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The main idea of the site is that one needs to understand math; it is not just learned or memorized, and the explanations form the basis of understanding. Topics include ...more
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The main idea of the site is that one needs to understand math; it is not just learned or memorized, and the explanations form the basis of understanding. Topics include Mental Math shortcuts, discovering pi, different bases, and much more. The founder of this site stated: "I want to share hard-won "a ha!" moments in clear and simple language. Even Math shortcuts are fun, I promise." Many of the explanations aren't quite as "clear and simple" as students may like; however, there are a great number of topics explored on the site and they are worth the time to break apart and discuss as a class.

tag(s): exponents (36), mental math (19), number sense (70), pi (25), problem solving (219), pythagorean theorem (21), square roots (16), statistics (109), vectors (16)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Choose the appropriate topic, explore the explanation as a class, and then ask students to provide an explanation in their own words. Transform learning by challenging students to create their own multimedia presentation of one of the topics presented on the site using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here. Some tool suggestions are (click on the tool name to access the review): Adobe Creative Cloud Express for Education, Kizoa, and Synth.

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Your Weight in Other Worlds - Ron Hipschman

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3 to 12
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Did you ever wonder what you weigh on other planets? This site offers the opportunity to compare the effect of gravity across our universe in a personal way. Simply input ...more
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Did you ever wonder what you weigh on other planets? This site offers the opportunity to compare the effect of gravity across our universe in a personal way. Simply input your weight to find out what you would weigh on other planets, moons, and even stars. Be sure to check out the explanations and information provided below the weight calculations. Information is provided on mass, weight, gravity, and distance, and the formula for calculating the weights are provided.

tag(s): density (19), gravity (41), mass (18), planets (109)

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Younger students will enjoy inputting their weight to find the differences on other planets. Challenge older students to do the calculations before inputting weights on the site. Create a graph outlining the change in weight based on distance from the sun.

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SketchUp - Google

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8 to 12
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With SketchUp, users can create 3D models of homes, shacks, sheds, decks, design wood work projects, and even imagine and visualize space ships. Once a user has navigated this tool,...more
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With SketchUp, users can create 3D models of homes, shacks, sheds, decks, design wood work projects, and even imagine and visualize space ships. Once a user has navigated this tool, it becomes fast to use, flexible, and fun! The pile of possibilities is sky high (and higher in the spaceship case!). Your creations can be shared online and/or added to Google Earth to get a picture of what your creation would look like in real life from the sky! For more information about Google Earth click here. Beyond a doubt, this is a very cool tool to use for learners, amateur architects, and professionals alike!

tag(s): architecture (63), design (86), drawing (61)

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To introduce yourself to the program, check out the training video. There are templates that you can use to create your designs and they are offered in both metric and English measurements. The application is reminiscent of basic paint programs. Perhaps the best way to learn how to create with this tool is to take some time to "play" with it. The editors at TeacherFirst strongly recommend working your way through a sample before you implement this in a class. It gives your students a great model to visualize your expectations, and it will give you the hands on experience that you can use to help them. Another way to implement this is to roll it out to your students and have them "play" with it. You may learn more from them than you could have ever anticipated. Another neat feature of this program is that it allows you to Google search for previously constructed 3D models and download them directly into SketchUp on your computer!

As part of a multidisciplinary unit in science, technology, economics, math, social studies, and English classes, use this site to create a culminating design project. In English classes, have students create a written grant or design proposal. In economics, have the students discover how to construct the project for the best possible cost. Have the final design project be a new museum or historical/tourist attraction to commemorate a local hero/heroine. In math and science classes, have the students "build" the project with accurate measurements. Then as follow up, have students use Google Earth reviewed here to predict the environmental impact of the new construction. Or, in technology education or industrial arts class, use this as a way to submit project drafts for construction.

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2 car collision simulator - mrmont.com

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9 to 12
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Crash two cars safely in this simulation. Change parameters such as mass, velocity, and bumper material. Click "Go" to see the result. View the current velocity after the collision....more
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Crash two cars safely in this simulation. Change parameters such as mass, velocity, and bumper material. Click "Go" to see the result. View the current velocity after the collision.

tag(s): motion (43)

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Use this simple site to investigate velocity, mass, and bumper material on collisions of cars. Use screenshots to make "measurements" of the movement of the cars. Follow with a discussion of forces and laws of motion. Use in conjunction with other lab activities. Research various materials used for bumpers and car parts as well as other safety issues.

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Pi Day Resources - TeachersFirst

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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students celebrate Pi Day and everything Pi through related projects and classroom activities....more
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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students celebrate Pi Day and everything Pi through related projects and classroom activities. Whether you "circle around" Pi for one class or spend an entire unit on this very special number, the ideas included within the "In the Classroom" portion of reviews will launch discussions and meaningful projects for student-centered learning. Here's Pi in your eye!

tag(s): pi (25)

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Use the resources in this collection to supplement your classroom during a lesson on Pi Day. The links here can be used for lesson plans, webqests, learning centers and the like! Make sure to save this one as a favorite if ever in need of some new ideas for Pi Day.

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Mathcasts Library - Tim Fahlberg

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K to 12
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View math screencasts for grades K-7 or by topic (algebra, trigonometry, calculus, pre-calculus, or financial math). The topics for grades K-7 range from number sense to mathematical...more
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View math screencasts for grades K-7 or by topic (algebra, trigonometry, calculus, pre-calculus, or financial math). The topics for grades K-7 range from number sense to mathematical reasoning to statistics, data analysis, & probability. Follow common problems, example exam questions, and problems of the day. View video clips (some made by students)!. The videos require Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): addition (128), counting (58), measurement (129), numbers (120), probability (94), statistics (109)

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Use this site for homework help, explaining solutions to problems, and extra credit problems to solve. Share the video clips on your interactive whiteboard or projector as an introduction to a new topic or for review, especially for your visual learners! Have students think out loud and create their own instructional videos for math concepts and share them on a tool such as SchoolTube (reviewed here). Be sure to list this link on your class website for students to use both in and out of the classroom. Note: since content is user-contributed, you will want to talk with your students about who created the materials (students, teachers, professors) and how to tell.

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PhET Interactive Simulations - University of Colorado at Boulder

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5 to 12
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PhET offers free, researched-based interactive activities for teaching science and math concepts. Topics include physics, biology, chemistry, and more. In addition to the interactive,...more
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PhET offers free, researched-based interactive activities for teaching science and math concepts. Topics include physics, biology, chemistry, and more. In addition to the interactive, most items include a video demonstration and teacher-submitted activities. Choose interactives by topic, or iPad or ChromeBook compatible games. Many interactives now support HTML 5 for easy access on any device.

tag(s): circuits (18), electricity (61), energy (126), mass (18), motion (43), waves (14)

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Use these simulations initially in a unit to identify and discuss as a class the basic concepts. After more introduction, the simulations can be used as a lab assignment that generates data to be analyzed. Students can view the simulations and write about the concept or the fundamental principles. This will allow the teacher the opportunity to determine where student misconceptions are present. These activities can also be used as a review or in lieu of standard homework assignments that are repetitious but do not provide concrete or visual representations of the concept. This would be an excellent project for gifted students. Provide them the link to the site and the materials and allow them to learn how to use the simulation and teach it to fellow students.
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Simpson Math - Dr. Sarah Greenwald and Dr. Ansdrew Nestler

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11 to 12
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Will The Simpsons TV show engage your students? Peruse the site to find examples of Simpson clips that can be used as a springboard for discussions or instruction of math ...more
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Will The Simpsons TV show engage your students? Peruse the site to find examples of Simpson clips that can be used as a springboard for discussions or instruction of math functions. The "Guide to Mathematics and Mathematics on the Simpsons" link includes episodes from each season. Another link, "Girls just want to have Sums," has several math and cognition articles worth reading, and a text transcript of a presentation providing a class example of engaging students using the Simpsons.

Of greater use is the link to "Classroom Activity Sheets" that provides engaging ideas for using Simpsons' scenarios to solve problems in class. Note: These are thought-provoking activities that are open ended and require considerable critical thinking. Examples include: "Are the Simpsons 2D or 3D?", "2D universes," "Pi," "Blackboard Equations," and "The Simpsons Lottery." At the top of the Activity Sheet page is a link for "suggestions" for successfully implementing these activities as well as cautions for changing math gender bias in society and the classroom.

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Use these as a springboard for problem solving group work in class. These activities can also be used to jumpstart your own ideas for tying pop culture and other media into your classroom. The articles on gender bias and promoting math and science for girls can help promote math and science education for all students.

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Math-Kitecture

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Real life applications of math are explored through a collection of activities that engage student in learning about architecture. Skills involving estimation, measurement, proportion,...more
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Real life applications of math are explored through a collection of activities that engage student in learning about architecture. Skills involving estimation, measurement, proportion, and ratios combine as students draft a "to-scale" floor plan of their classroom. The site provides sample plans, instructions on using computer software to complete the activity, and a collection of links to other Web resources on architecture and mathematics. Related activities involve finding geometric shapes in buildings, designing a bedroom, and using a virtual 3-D model of Frank Lloyd Wright's Falling Water home to estimate surface area and volume. Visit the Teacher Notes for downloadable lesson plans, ideas, and reviews of the site. Links to standards are included.

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Infinite Secrets - WGBH

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What can you do with infinity or pi? While most secondary math curricula are content to merely define them, there's more to the story. Here's a site that explains the ...more
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What can you do with infinity or pi? While most secondary math curricula are content to merely define them, there's more to the story. Here's a site that explains the efforts of Archimedes to identify and explain both terms. Math teachers with an eye toward history will no doubt find a way to integrate some of this material into an interesting class.

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Before using this site, you may want to assess what students know about infinity and pi. Put together an assessment asking about basic information using a tool like Vevox, reviewed here, where you can use a variety of formats including multiple choice, open-ended, star rated, and numeric Then choose a topic for students preview for words they don't know and create flashcards using Flashcard Stash, reviewed here, replacing paper and pen with a digital flashcard creator. Have students continue in this manner for other topics. After completion of the exercise, ask students to reflect on their learning using Flipgrid. FlipGrid allows students to share video responses through collaborative comments and discussions. Augument learning by requiriing students to comment on at least 3 other students learning reflections. Be sure you've coached students in proper discussion etiquette whether online or in class.

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Funderstanding Roller Coaster

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Here's one worth waiting for! This interactive roller coaster page uses a java applet that lets students adjust the layout of a roller coaster, as well as the forces for ...more
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Here's one worth waiting for! This interactive roller coaster page uses a java applet that lets students adjust the layout of a roller coaster, as well as the forces for gravity, friction, etc. to see how the roller coaster behaves under different circumstances. The measurements are all relative, of course, but the interrelationships are all there, and students can readily draw conclusions about how all these forces are interrelated. Truly neat.

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In a computer lab, have students create their own roller coasters at the end of a physics term. The site requires knowledge of acceleration, motion, and the laws of physics and is an excellent way for students to put their new found knowledge to use. For a twist, have students compete in teams to see who can build the scariest, highest, craziest or most creative roller coaster. Or use this site to spur a class discussion as to how physics is used in the real world!

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