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Math Solutions - Math Solutions

K to 12

This site provides many resources for math teachers of all grades and includes lesson plans, articles, classroom and administrator questions and answers, and helpful links - all located...more
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tag(s): problem solving (294)

In the Classroom

Take advantage of the free lesson plans; also search for plans in grades higher and lower that can be modified to meet your students' needs. Display student work included with the lesson plans on your interactive whiteboard or projector as conversation starters in your classroom - allow students to discuss other students' work to increase understanding of concepts.

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Pyramid Panic - Manga High

6 to 12

This site provides good practice for higher level geometry skills, such as applying formulas, Pythagorean theorem, and other knowledge to find the area of geometric shapes. The idea...more
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This site provides good practice for higher level geometry skills, such as applying formulas, Pythagorean theorem, and other knowledge to find the area of geometric shapes. The idea of the activity is that the player is a mummy who has been prematurely entombed in a pyramid and must find his way out by solving geometry puzzles and building a path across the voids in the building. No registration is required on the site; however, teachers may create a free account to add student information and save scores. Be sure to check out the Achievements section that provides information on math skills practiced in the game.

tag(s): pythagorean theorem (33)

In the Classroom

Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector and have a student navigate a demonstration. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Provide this link on your class website for students to access at home. Consider setting up an account to use the site as a formative assessment during geometry units.

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Math Interactives - Utah Education Network

7 to 12

Find great math resources on this free site on countless topics. Click each resource to find sites useful on individual computers or projected on a whiteboard screen. Be sure to ...more
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Find great math resources on this free site on countless topics. Click each resource to find sites useful on individual computers or projected on a whiteboard screen. Be sure to test out each interactive prior to using with a class, as some require Flash or other programs. Find great games about Numbers and Operations, Algebra, Geometry, Probability, and Money. Though these interactives are labeled for grades 7-12, several can be used by K-5 teachers i.e. the number line interactives. Be aware of the icons next to the resource for the required plug ins to use. click on an activity and then explore the tabs above. Click the "Learner" tab to view information about the topic. Click "Help" for information on how to use the activity. Find resources in the "Instructor" tab. There is a wealth of material here, so be sure to check it out!

tag(s): data (157), money (184), numbers (191), probability (135)

In the Classroom

Use these resources for review and to reinforce concepts from class. Create teams of students who complete the activity taking turns on a whiteboard or with individual computers. Use the activity as a lead in to the topic of the day. Ask students what they notice about the activity and the general rules that they notice about the topic. Provide this link on your class website for students to use at home for extra practice, enrichment, or to try some new advanced topics.

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Math Wizz - the Statistician

6 to 12

Mathwizz.com provides help with many math related topics ranging from arithmetic to decimals to financial math. Interactive calculators allow students to test their own knowledge. Brief...more
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Mathwizz.com provides help with many math related topics ranging from arithmetic to decimals to financial math. Interactive calculators allow students to test their own knowledge. Brief lessons or descriptions provide simple explanantions to various concepts.

tag(s): calculators (40), decimals (127), fractions (231)

In the Classroom

Use this site as an informal assessment by having students complete a number of questions and then report their results to you. Many of the tests will require additional paper for solving problems. This activity would work well for individuals or pairs of students in a lab or on laptops, and would also be a great way to have a team competition as students use the site on an interactive whiteboard and try to solve problems.

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Common Core State Standards - Common Core State Standards Initiative Team

K to 12

The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a nationwide effort led by the National Governor's Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers to establish a common set...more
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The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a nationwide effort led by the National Governor's Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers to establish a common set of educational standards which aligns benchmarks and expectations across state lines. This system builds on what states are already doing by providing an opportunity to share experiences, best practices, and lessons, while maintaining high expectations that insure the quality of education across America to enable our students to maintain a competitive edge in the global economy.

Visit this website to find out exactly what the national K-12 standards are for English language arts and literacy in history/social studies, science and technology, as well as mathematics, and to find out if your state is one many states (at the time of this review) that have already committed to adopt the Common Core State Standards. Watch videos and the recorded webinar, and read about the key points and rigorous curriculum standards, including the content and skills related to the use of media and technology for critical analysis and production.

tag(s): commoncore (89)

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Online Math Learning

K to 12

Online Math Learning is a huge website with numerous resources including interactive problem generators, a video library, worksheets, and links all organized by grade level and subject...more
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Online Math Learning is a huge website with numerous resources including interactive problem generators, a video library, worksheets, and links all organized by grade level and subject level. This site is very well organized, easy to use, and has something for every grade level and nearly every subject/topic area. Advise students to ignore the advertisements.

tag(s): charts and graphs (199), equations (154), statistics (125)

In the Classroom

Use the interactive section's problem generator to create team competition as students use the site on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Check out the videos to reach struggling students or help deepen understanding of concepts. For a project, have students recreate a video using a site such as SchoolTube (reviewed here) and share with classmates. Be sure to include this site on your class web page for students to access both in and outside of class for further practice.

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AngleShapes - Mark Robinson

5 to 12
AngleShapes offers 20 different interactive activities to help explore angles and use a protractor. Activities include exploring opposite angles, adding the total angles in a triangle,...more
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AngleShapes offers 20 different interactive activities to help explore angles and use a protractor. Activities include exploring opposite angles, adding the total angles in a triangle, finding equivalent angles, finding angle pairs and much mores. In each activity, the geometric shape is placed onto the screen and remains constant. The protractor can be moved around and rotated to explore and measure angles.

tag(s): angles (87), measurement (179)

In the Classroom

Assign during computer lab to allow students to explore angles and protractors through several different activities. Demonstrate congruent angles, opposite angles, right angles on the interactive whiteboard or projector through the use of the online games. Have students create simple instructional videos using this site to demonstrate a math concept requiring a protractor. Share the videos on a site such as SchoolTube (reviewed here).

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What's My Angle? - Mark Robinson

5 to 12

This online protractor is designed to help students learn how to use a protractor as well as to support the learning and investigation of angles. The introduction demonstrates how to...more
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This online protractor is designed to help students learn how to use a protractor as well as to support the learning and investigation of angles. The introduction demonstrates how to use a protractor to measure angles. After viewing the introduction, there is a list of activities that are offered. Examples of activities are Show the Angle, Make and Measure, Make the Angle Game and several others. Feedback is provided throughout the activities to demonstrate progress with each activity. The activities are designed for interactive whiteboards and/or computer monitors.

In the Classroom

Demonstrate use of the protractor by showing students the introduction to the website on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Allow students to create and measure their own angles. Be sure to list this site on your class website for students to access in and out of the class.

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Repper - studio:ludens

2 to 12
Is Open House or Back to School Night looming around the corner? This site is a pattern creator that "turns your images into eye-catching designs." Repper will help your students ...more
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tag(s): design (88), graphic design (39), patterns (87)

In the Classroom

This pattern-making tool is useful if teaching digital design or looking for a way to spruce up student presentations. All patterns can be downloaded as a JPG and therefore can be used, manipulated or incorporated with other image making media such as Animoto, iPhoto, iMovie, ThingLink, Photoshop, Flip movies and many more applications. It may also be useful for teaching geometry and making patterns in math class. To find Creative Commons images for student projects (with credit, of course), try Compfight, reviewed here. All imagery created on Repper is available for public access through their website's online gallery. Viewers can also search for patterns in their database by any combination of tags, color, and size.

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Math Applets - Learning Today

1 to 10

This interactive and entertaining site offers many opportunities for students to learn and discover a variety of math concepts including higher- level thinking skills. The visuals aide...more
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This interactive and entertaining site offers many opportunities for students to learn and discover a variety of math concepts including higher- level thinking skills. The visuals aide in teaching skills in a real-life way. Topics include equalities and inequalities, patterns relationships and functions, tessellation, Venn diagram, fractal tool, basic addition, estimation, transformations, and several others. Even the youngest of students will be able to do Algebra, follow multi-step directions and more. Instructions for each game are clearly given and students can progress in levels as they complete different stages. All games are research-based and are developed to teach math in fun and engaging ways. Most games also include learning objectives as the game is loading.

tag(s): angles (87), counting (110), critical thinking (116), problem solving (294)

In the Classroom

When introducing the concepts of Algebra, display the "Pan Game" on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Challenge students to see if they can solve the problems. After students become comfortable with balancing the pan, introduce the term variables and apply this to what has already been learned through the activity. Reinforce math vocabulary through the use of the activities. After introducing the term "multiple" allow students to try "Sleeboz" to help develop speed with recognition of multiples and to reinforce the definition of multiple. Save this site in your favorites. You may also want to provide this link on your class website for students to use at home.

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6 to 12
This site provides educators and students numerous resources in algebra, geometry, and pre-calculus. The teacher section includes a worksheet generator while the student section offers...more
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This site provides educators and students numerous resources in algebra, geometry, and pre-calculus. The teacher section includes a worksheet generator while the student section offers two calculators including a scientific and graphing calculator. MATHguide also includes lessons, tutorials, and online quizzes. The student projects section includes many creative options for making math more than a pencil-paper routine.

tag(s): equations (154)

In the Classroom

Use this site on a projector or interactive whiteboard to discuss and informally assess prior knowledge as you start the study of topics in geometry, algebra, and pre-calculus. Use the quizmasters section to have students solve equations and receive instant feedback. The site also offers ideas for student projects that delve into different aspects of math. Don't forget to show students how to use the online calculators in the student section. MATHguide is a great resource for middle and high school math teachers and students. List this link on your class website for students to use both in and out of the classroom.

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iPlay Math Games - IPMG Publishing

K to 12
This website has a comprehensive collection of printable math games for all grade levels. Some require common items such as dice and playing cards. Activities are organized by grade...more
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This website has a comprehensive collection of printable math games for all grade levels. Some require common items such as dice and playing cards. Activities are organized by grade level and skills. A wide variety of math skills include: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals and percents, algebra and long division, measurement, graphing and exponents, problem solving, geometry, probability, logic and reasoning, numeration, counting and patterns.

tag(s): logic (247), manipulatives (25), patterns (87), percent (80), probability (135)

In the Classroom

This site will give you a bevy of activity options for your students to try in the classroom to support their learning. Use these activities to plan a Math Night for parents, homework help, embed a link in your classroom website, or send out as an attachment with electronic class newsletters.

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Math Open Reference - John Page

7 to 12
Math Open Reference is designed to teach High School geometry and functions. The site is organized into modules by geometric topic with specific lessons for each concept. The...more
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Math Open Reference is designed to teach High School geometry and functions. The site is organized into modules by geometric topic with specific lessons for each concept. The main topics include Plane Geometry, Coordinate Geometry, Solid Geometry, and Tools (Math/Scientific Calculator, General Function Explorer, Graphical Linear Function Explorer, Graphical Quadratic Function Explorer, and Graphical Cubic Function Explorer). Each module includes interactive elements that allow you to experiment with the topic concept. The interactive activities make abstract concepts more concrete.

In the Classroom

Math Open Reference modules are effective in a lab setting or using an interactive whiteboard or projector with the entire class. Although the lessons are designed for High School students, some of the activities are appropriate for Middle School students. The ability to make and print custom graph paper is a very useful feature. Have student groups explain a geometric concept on the interactive whiteboard, putting the explanations in their own words. For example, have them use the congruence tools on this site, then draw examples using the whiteboard tools, challenging their classmates to identify congruent examples.

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Sheppard Software Math - Sheppard Software

K to 12

This math site is a MUST SEE for teachers of all grade levels. Much of this site is designed for K-8 teachers, but there are a few activities for the ...more
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This math site is a MUST SEE for teachers of all grade levels. Much of this site is designed for K-8 teachers, but there are a few activities for the high school grades. Although the site is mainly a drill and practice, it offers such an array of topics and levels that there is something for everyone here (and it is terrific for differentiating lessons in the classroom). Sample topics include roman numerals, Algebra II, pre-algebra, measurement, absolute value, early childhood math, telling time, money, place value, fractions, decimals, mixed operations, and more! And did we mention, each topic include rich, colorful interactives for students to practice skills! Most topics also include options to specify content (for example, choosing to practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division).

tag(s): decimals (127), fractions (231), money (184), place value (55), preK (284), roman numerals (9), time (139)

In the Classroom

Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard, then allow students to explore on their own. This is a great site to use as a learning station or center. Be sure to list this link on your class website for extra practice or advanced materials for gifted students. Save this site in your favorites, since there are so many topics you are sure to find materials throughout the entire school year.

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Sliding Block Puzzle Page - Nick Baxter

1 to 12
Challenge basic counting skills and problem solving using classic sliding puzzles. Not only will you find numerical sliding puzzles, but also colorful shape puzzles. Java applets make...more
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Challenge basic counting skills and problem solving using classic sliding puzzles. Not only will you find numerical sliding puzzles, but also colorful shape puzzles. Java applets make an interactive version of each puzzle appear below the "goal" you are trying to reach. There is also a targeted number of moves to reach the goal. There are many different types of puzzles, some more familiar than others. Be sure to be patient as puzzles load. Sometimes the interactive (drag to slide) portion does not appear right away.

tag(s): logic (247), puzzles (205)

In the Classroom

Share these puzzles on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) as a mind-bending challenge. Help students develop problem-solving skills such as thinking several steps ahead by offering the link on your class web page. Higher level and gifted math students can try to determine a formula for calculating the number of moves it may take to solve a puzzle. Give awards to students who accomplish the "goal" in the stated number of moves, then ask them to explain their strategy or think aloud as they repeat it on an interactive whiteboard. Offer a puzzle club for your mathematical/logical thinkers or simply develop visual thinking skills by sharing these challenges.

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Protractor - Mark Robinson

3 to 10
Choose from a selection of controls to create a demonstration of virtual protractors. Choose from one of ten activities to generate angles and use an actual protractor to measure and...more
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Choose from a selection of controls to create a demonstration of virtual protractors. Choose from one of ten activities to generate angles and use an actual protractor to measure and check the answer. Choose from "Show the angle," "Make and measure," "Make the Angle game," and others. All of the choices make this site easy to differentiate for a variety of ability levels. Even in lower grades, this tool will allow your students to visualize right angles and other angle basics.

tag(s): estimation (47), measurement (179)

In the Classroom

Use this excellent resource with an interactive whiteboard, projector, or using computer stations. Show students how to measure with a protractor as a class, in groups, or individually. Students can easily operate the demo themselves on your whiteboard. Follow up with additional activities that challenge students to use and measure with protractors. This may be a good site to list on your class website for students to access both in and out of the classroom.

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Math A Tube - GreatEye.com

1 to 10

This site offers a ton of links to math videos with supplementary support problems. There are many topics, and most include subtopics: everything from rounding to exponents to decimals...more
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This site offers a ton of links to math videos with supplementary support problems. There are many topics, and most include subtopics: everything from rounding to exponents to decimals to pre-algebra! It is a very cool place to find homework help or an alternative teaching approach for various math concepts from things as simple as adding whole numbers to more advanced topics such as geometry. The site is divided by click-able math topics. The site does have some advertisements, but they are fairly easy to overlook. 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): decimals (127), estimation (47), homework (43), money (184), ratios (63), statistics (125)

In the Classroom

Teachers could add this site to their class web pages to provide extra support. Specific videos can be shown on the interactive white board as part of learning centers to allow the math classroom to become more like a math laboratory. If you can't find the specific topic you are looking for here, why not challenge cooperative learning groups to create a simple video teaching the new concept(s). Use a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here, to share the videos.

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Math Apprentice - mathapprentice.com

4 to 12

"When will we ever use this math stuff?" Answer this question using Math Apprentice. Choose a character and then begin the journey. Walk (or skateboard) to different work sites, buildings,...more
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"When will we ever use this math stuff?" Answer this question using Math Apprentice. Choose a character and then begin the journey. Walk (or skateboard) to different work sites, buildings, or businesses. Learn how math is used every day in these work places: architecture, bike and toy makers, cafes, and more! Listen to a brief introduction of the concept. Solve problems or free play to identify math concepts in real life. No account or login is required.

tag(s): business (57), careers (147), equations (154), measurement (179), ratios (63), STEM (205)

In the Classroom

This site is a terrific example of STEM integrated learning. This is a great site to share on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have cooperative learning groups explore different careers or buildings and share how math is used at their locations. Why not have groups create a video using a tool such as Teachers.TV (reviewed here) or a podcast using PodOmatic (reviewed here), to share their mathematical discoveries! At the end of an introduction of a concept, use this site for specific math practice using a real life concept. For example, visit the bike shop to use math to determine pedal gear to wheel gear ratios and resultant bike speeds. Use as an individual activity, a team activity, or with the entire class using an interactive whiteboard. Follow up with a personal problem to solve. In this example, students can measure the two gears on their bikes (or their teachers bike brought into the classroom) to use the information for further understanding.

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Dan's Math - Dan Bach

5 to 12
This math website is a resource for basic information on math concepts. Although it is rather "plain vanilla" in design, it provides some valuable information. Concepts include: Basic...more
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This math website is a resource for basic information on math concepts. Although it is rather "plain vanilla" in design, it provides some valuable information. Concepts include: Basic Math Skills, Pre-calculus, Calculus, Beyond Calculus, and Other Stuff. Dan also provides links to neat math extras like paradoxes and riddles.

tag(s): decimals (127), exponents (44), fractions (231), numbers (191), operations (119), order of operations (40), percent (80), prime numbers (31), square roots (20)

In the Classroom

The basic information on the concepts of math could easily be used in online teaching as an option to a formal textbook. The reading is easy to understand, and to-the-point. The problem of the week section of the site could be used as a challenge activity for students once a week in different math classes. Provide this link on your class website for help to struggling students or for your math lovers to explore on their own.

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Using the Smartboard to support Math - Kenton County School District

K to 12

Interested in learning how to use your interactive Smartboard (or any brand of whiteboard) to support good math instruction? View interactive activities by Kentucky Math standards,...more
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Interested in learning how to use your interactive Smartboard (or any brand of whiteboard) to support good math instruction? View interactive activities by Kentucky Math standards, grade level, or content. Preview the resource or download (SMART Notebook format only) for use in the classroom. SMARTboard software is required for using downloaded files. Other activities feature activities using content from another site and a description for using the resource. Many of the outside sites are interactive (and fantastic).

The activities are divided up by grade level. There is something here for all grade levels. You can also search activities by name: clock templates, Pythagorean theorem, graphing coordinate pairs, spinners, and many others.

tag(s): charts and graphs (199), counting (110), fractions (231), iwb (32), numbers (191), patterns (87), volume (53)

In the Classroom

Unlock the power of the interactive whiteboard by using these activities to introduce or reinforce concepts in a variety of Math subjects. For example, teach geometry using the "Geometry in Action" activity which uses architecture to teach geometric concepts or use "Cubic Volume" to fill a rectangular prism with cubes to determine the volume. Be sure to check out the external sites also, there are some gems! If you have a different brand of whiteboard, preview the ideas for the downloadable files, then check your company's software for an equivalent activity. Many offer very similar resources.