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Peruse this collection of measurement 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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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 (33), geometric shapes (135), measurement (137), motion (45), pi (23), ratios (53), temperature (30)

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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 Vizia, 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 (33), geometric shapes (135), money (127), movies (54), pi (23), place value (42), puzzles (150), riddles (15), shakespeare (91), simple machines (15), space (200), symmetry (35), video (245)

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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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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 (72)

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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 Wordle (reviewed here), 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 (37), mental math (21), number sense (75), pi (23), problem solving (224), pythagorean theorem (24), square roots (17), statistics (112), vectors (19)

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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 Spark 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 (20), gravity (42), mass (21), planets (108)

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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 (65), design (81), drawing (57)

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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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Math By Design - Thinkport

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Put On Your Thinking Cap as you enter Flossville Town Park and Windjammer Environmental Center! Students are encouraged to think critically and problem solve as they encounter unique...more
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Put On Your Thinking Cap as you enter Flossville Town Park and Windjammer Environmental Center! Students are encouraged to think critically and problem solve as they encounter unique geometry and measurement challenges at this highly interactive website. How does it work? As students work through the tasks, they can access hints to help them along. These hints are brief math tutorials with explanations and examples. At any time, students may check their work to get feedback on how they are progressing. When students successfully complete a task, they are asked to "Make the Math Connection." This additional question was designed to reinforce students' knowledge of the math concept and provide another opportunity for students to apply their knowledge. Students can sign in to save their work. No email address is required to sign-in/register. Registering is especially helpful if a planned project takes several days. Students can also view "Math in Action" videos to see how people such as architects and cake designers use geometry and measurement concepts everyday in their jobs.

Be sure to visit the Teacher Resources section which includes standards, lesson plans, tips, and math in action videos.

tag(s): critical thinking (102), measurement (137), problem solving (224)

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Introduce the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector then allow students to explore on their own. This site is perfect for independent projects - students can create a multimedia presentation of information learned through the challenges, respond through journal entries over several days, or use this site as a resource day for career day projects. Include a link on classroom computers for students to use during free time.

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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 (45)

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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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K to 12
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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 (23)

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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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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 (16), electricity (61), energy (126), mass (21), motion (45), 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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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.

tag(s): critical thinking (102), equations (125), pi (23)

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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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8 to 12
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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.

tag(s): estimation (33), measurement (137), ratios (53)

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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.

tag(s): pi (23)

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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 Survey Anyplace, reviewed here, where you can use a variety of formats including multiple choice, open-ended, images, and more. 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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