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Maths Through Stories - University of Reading's Institute of Education (UK)

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Gather ideas for teaching math through stories and creative writing at this site created for parents and educators. Find book lists, lesson ideas for students up to fourteen years old,...more
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Gather ideas for teaching math through stories and creative writing at this site created for parents and educators. Find book lists, lesson ideas for students up to fourteen years old, and guidelines for writing stories for students of all ages. Another option includes a link to YouTube videos featuring high-quality readings of math stories. Learn about the key elements to include in math stories based on tips for authors and read interviews with mathematical storytellers.

tag(s): book lists (123), stories and storytelling (29)

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Use this resource to find ideas for introducing and teaching the elements of math stories with your students. Bookmark and share interesting math stories with your students using Symbaloo, reviewed here. Take advantage of the many tools found at ReadWriteThink, reviewed here, to teach students the features and process for writing math stories. Search for math stories at ReadWriteThink to find lessons. After students create math stories have them create interactive presentations using Genially, reviewed here. Use Genially to create presentations, interactive images, or games and escape rooms.
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Virtual Manipulatives - Didax

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K to 8
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This site includes a large selection of virtual manipulatives and activities to enhance math skills in various ways. Choose from 10-frames, color tiles, number lines, dice, and much...more
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This site includes a large selection of virtual manipulatives and activities to enhance math skills in various ways. Choose from 10-frames, color tiles, number lines, dice, and much more. In addition to the manipulatives, choose from several downloadable activity guides featuring each specific tool's directions and activities. If you have a website, use the embed code to add any of the manipulatives to your platform.

tag(s): addition (131), charts and graphs (160), decimals (95), fractions (174), number lines (33), number sense (73), numbers (135), patterns (63), subtraction (117)

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If you teach elementary math, this site is a must-have to include with your bookmarked sites. Include manipulatives from this site in your blended learning and remote teaching lessons to allow students to explore and practice math content. Include a link to manipulatives and other student sites using Symbaloo, reviewed here, and share with students as a resource for practicing math concepts. Items to include might be instructional videos, online games, and other practice activities. Add manipulatives within a learning system such as TES Teach Blendspace, reviewed here, to create a complete online lesson that has opportunities for students to share and discuss their learning. Enhance learning by asking students to share their findings by creating a screen recording using Free Screen Recorder Online, reviewed here. Ask students to conduct a math talk as a response to a teacher prompt after having the opportunity to explore and interact with the virtual manipulatives.
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Open Up Resources - Open Up Resources

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Access high-quality math and language arts resources on Open Up Resources. Register on the site to view and gain access to course materials. Select the grade level and choose the ...more
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Access high-quality math and language arts resources on Open Up Resources. Register on the site to view and gain access to course materials. Select the grade level and choose the teacher, parent, or student materials. The math curriculum supports grades 6-8 and high school content; English language arts (ELA) is available in grades K-8. Content is divided into units and lessons and includes all materials except assessments. Provide additional information related to your school affiliation to gain access to available assessments. Other options include downloading resources as a print file or import into a Microsoft OneNote Class Notebook.

tag(s): data (130), decimals (95), differentiation (63), exponents (36), factoring (26), fractions (174), guided reading (37), measurement (136), OER (31), remote learning (45), transformations (11), writing (281)

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Include this site to supplement your current ELA and math curriculum. Use the resources to differentiate instruction for gifted students in lower grades or as remediation for struggling students in older grades. Be sure to take advantage of the family materials providing explanations of math content and strategies for problem-solving. Use the student materials for differentiating instruction, as homework, or in remote learning situations. Have students share their math explanations, reading strategies and more with video explanations using a tool like FlipGrid, reviewed here. FlipGrid provides a tool for video responses to a question along with comments from peers. Extend learning by asking students to create and share their own math problems, along with suggestions for learning. Use a tool like Sway, reviewed here. Sway is a presentation tool that offers multimedia options, including text, video, and images.
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OK2Ask: Increase Student Achievement and Engagement in Your Classroom with Simulations - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from May 2020. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from May 2020. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

The authentic nature of simulations can be highly motivating for even your hardest to reach students. When used properly, instructional simulations can empower student learning, helping students to set goals, seek feedback, and demonstrate what they have learned. Learn to choose simulations that model the relationships between concepts studied. In this session, we will discuss how to best use simulations in the classroom to increase student achievement, allow students to reflect on what they have learned, and transfer their knowledge to new problems and situations. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand the value of using simulations in the classroom; 2. Explore instructional simulations; and 3. Plan for the use of simulations in the instructional setting. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): professional development (257)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.

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Grades 6-8 Math & Science Resources for Teaching Remotely on Short Notice - TeachersFirst

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It doesn't have to be difficult to teach remotely. This collection shares tips and online resources for use in teaching math and science for grades 6-8 in remote situations. The ...more
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It doesn't have to be difficult to teach remotely. This collection shares tips and online resources for use in teaching math and science for grades 6-8 in remote situations. The tips share guidelines for getting started and maintaining schedules. Also key is the need for student interaction; the tips also share ideas for maintaining classroom community even during remote lessons. Use instructional tools included in this collection, PhET Interactive Simulations, reviewed here, and tips to provide practice and exploration of many math and science topics. This collection also includes ideas for formative assessment based on the use of the PhET Simulations.

tag(s): game based learning (155), problem solving (222), professional development (257)

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Take advantage of your remote teaching experience to provide students with engaging interactives and games using PhET Simulations. Copy the Wakelet template shared on the site and modify student directions to fit the activity and your learning goals. If you need quick training on the use of Flipgrid or Wakelet, use the links in this collection to view archived webinars sharing how to incorporate each of these resources into the classroom.

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Dictionary of Numbers, Putting Numbers in Human Terms - Glen Chiacchieri

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Dictionary of Numbers is an extension for the Chrome web browser that helps make sense of numbers found on the web and puts them in human terms. For example, highlight ...more
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Dictionary of Numbers is an extension for the Chrome web browser that helps make sense of numbers found on the web and puts them in human terms. For example, highlight the term 8 million on a web page and Dictionary of Numbers offers the comparison to the population of New York City. Use Dictionary of Numbers for your own search too. Just type in any number to receive a term comparing to something relatable. Click Download Now and follow the easy directions to get started. The introduction video is hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then it may not be viewable. Click the Download Now button to get this Chrome extension.

tag(s): dictionaries (50), number sense (73)

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Install (or request installation) on classroom computers for student use when working with or reading statistics or numbers. Display on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) to help students compare and relate numbers to physical objects or similar items. Challenge students to add their own number "annotations" to passages they read, especially when doing close reading of informational texts. Make number sense a routine part of reading.

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Graphing Stories - Desmos

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Graphing Stories is a math activity that teaches how to transition from one-variable representations to two-variable representations (number lines to coordinate planes). Use the attached...more
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Graphing Stories is a math activity that teaches how to transition from one-variable representations to two-variable representations (number lines to coordinate planes). Use the attached Teacher Guide to plan instruction using the included videos and whiteboard for sketching. The helpful "Teacher Moves" provides tips for guiding instruction within each of the videos. Create a free Desmos account to make a class code to use the activity with students. Desmos recommends a different class code for each class period.

tag(s): charts and graphs (160), number lines (33)

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Take advantage of the many free activities provided by Desmos by creating your account and saving favorites to collections. Use the Graphing Stories as a self-paced activity for students to complete in place of other homework assignments or as a collaborative activity with peers. Be sure to ask students to create their representations to share in the class gallery. For more specific information on using Desmos tools, search for tutorials on YouTube. Ask students to include reflections about their learning process in a digital portfolio created with Pathbrite, reviewed here. Include screenshots of the learning process as slides within the portfolio or create a screencast tutorial using Free Screen Recorder Online, reviewed here, and embed it within the portfolio. Extend student learning by asking students who work ahead to create step-by-step instructions via explainer videos for their peers using FlexClip, reviewed here.
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Polyup: Mod with Math - Dr. Amir Zarkesh, Professor Yahya Tabesh, and Shaya Zarkesh

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Polyup is a web-based math problem-solving app for grades K-12. Use Polyup in several different ways for students to explore and play with numbers. Choose Play to work with numbers...more
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Polyup is a web-based math problem-solving app for grades K-12. Use Polyup in several different ways for students to explore and play with numbers. Choose Play to work with numbers in the computational thinking playground or select from featured machines to work with specific math functions. Find options for your grade level by selecting from the lesson plans, with included learning modules, from those provided within the several different grade bands.

tag(s): addition (131), coding (75), decimals (95), division (101), equations (124), fractions (174), functions (55), game based learning (155), geometric shapes (131), logic (173), measurement (136), multiplication (129), operations (86), probability (97), problem solving (222), pythagorean theorem (22), ratios (51), square roots (16), statistics (109), subtraction (117)

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Polyup is perfect for use in math classrooms in a variety of ways. Become acquainted with the free lesson plans to incorporate Polyup activities based on specific math skills. Encourage problem-solving and math exploration by including a link to Polyup on classroom computers. Instead of assigning a worksheet or other math activity for homework, ask students to spend time exploring Polyup at home. Extend and assess student learning by using FlipGrid, 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.

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CanFigureIt Geometry - CanFigureIt LLC

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CanFigureIt is an interactive tool and workspace for exploring and learning about geometric proofs. This tool, developed to help promote problem-solving skills and logical thinking,...more
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CanFigureIt is an interactive tool and workspace for exploring and learning about geometric proofs. This tool, developed to help promote problem-solving skills and logical thinking, provides immediate feedback to student responses. Start as a guest user, or apply for the Proof Ninja Educator Program to receive student reports. Choose from over 450 different topics, then follow prompts to justify claims and make proofs. Take advantage of the included tutorial videos to understand how to use all of the features of the program. Although optimized for Chromebooks, this site works on PC's and Macs but is not optimized for use on mobile devices.

tag(s): angles (54), geometric shapes (131)

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Include this site with your other tools for teaching and practicing geography concepts. Be sure to share with students on your webpage or blog for easy access at any time. Apply for the Proof Ninja Educator Program to take advantage of the additional features for monitoring student work. Introduce this site to your students on your interactive whiteboard as you work together to learn geometry concepts. Ask students to show proofs and justifications using the program and take a screenshot of their work. Ask students to include their screenshot within a Google document and share their problem-solving process. This site is an excellent way to differentiate learning for different levels of student understanding. Encourage students to create explainer videos using My Simpleshow, reviewed here, to modify their learning and to share their understanding with their fellow students. Include those videos on your website for all students to review and access.

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Open Middle - N Johnson, R Kaplinsky, B Anderson, D Luevanos, and Z Miller

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K to 12
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Open Middle is a terrific resource to find challenging math problems for all grade levels. The problems on this site offer multiple options for finding the solution. Many initially...more
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Open Middle is a terrific resource to find challenging math problems for all grade levels. The problems on this site offer multiple options for finding the solution. Many initially appear to be easy; however, they become more complex as they are solved. Use links at the top of the page to find problems by grade level and concept or use filters to browse by Common Core Standards. Each question includes a hint when necessary and answers.

tag(s): logic (173), problem solving (222), statistics (109)

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Bookmark 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.

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Expii - Expii, Inc.

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6 to 12
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Expii is a free resource for learning about math and science topics creatively through video and written explanations provided by different expert contributors. Math content begins...more
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Expii is a free resource for learning about math and science topics creatively through video and written explanations provided by different expert contributors. Math content begins with pre-algebra and moves up through advanced topics. Many units also offer options for practice. Expii also encourages students and teachers to add their content. Search for topics by keyword or choose from the different math and science topics to begin learning. Use Expii without registering; however, free registration allows you to save favorites for later use. If your district blocks YouTube, then the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): atoms (41), cells (80), charts and graphs (160), decimals (95), earth (173), electricity (61), equations (124), fractions (174), magnetism (32), molecules (36), number lines (33), number sense (73), planets (108), ratios (51), space (201), stars (61), STEM (216), sun (59), transformations (11), variables (15)

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Include Expii with your links for students to use at home and in class. Expii is an excellent way to provide content explanation through the voice of many different speakers, allowing the opportunity to increase student understanding. To enhance learning, ask groups of students to view lessons provided by the different contributors, then ask them to compare and contrast information by creating a concept map or Venn Diagram using Canva, reviewed here. At the end of a teaching unit, ask students to redefine what they learned using a multimedia tool like Adobe Spark in K-12, reviewed here, or Sway, reviewed here, to share their learning. Be sure to have them include their own video explanation of the content.

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STEM Resource Finder - The Concord Consortium

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K to 12
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Do you struggle to find quality resources for teaching STEM lessons? Check out over 260 lessons and units provided on this comprehensive website. Use filters to choose grade level,...more
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Do you struggle to find quality resources for teaching STEM lessons? Check out over 260 lessons and units provided on this comprehensive website. Use filters to choose grade level, content, and type of activity, or use the keyword search to locate specific content. All resources include correlation to science standards and most include several interactives and online response options.

tag(s): animals (262), cells (80), earthquakes (41), engineering (109), equations (124), measurement (136), plants (134), pollution (48), problem solving (222), space (201), stars (61), STEM (216), temperature (31), weather (155)

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Be sure to bookmark this site as a resource for many interactives and activities for teaching STEM topics. Place students in cooperative groups to complete activities or share ideas from this site for science fair projects. Ask students to share their research and projects and extend their learning using a tool like bulb, reviewed here. bulb offers a variety of options for building a personalized webpage without knowledge of coding.
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Math at the Core: Middle School - PBS Learning Media

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Explore and find math activities for middle school students (grades 5-8) aligned to Common Core Standards at this comprehensive site. Find materials through several different search...more
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Explore and find math activities for middle school students (grades 5-8) aligned to Common Core Standards at this comprehensive site. Find materials through several different search avenues; browse standards, search by grade level, choose a domain, or use a keyword search. Content includes lesson plans, interactive activities, and videos.

tag(s): commoncore (78), decimals (95), equations (124), exponents (36), fractions (174), functions (55), geometric shapes (131), mass (20), measurement (136), operations (86), order of operations (29), place value (42), ratios (51), volume (36)

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Bookmark and save this site as a resource for math lessons and activities throughout the year. Consider using a collaborative bookmarking tool like SearchTeam, reviewed here, and include Math at the Core with your other math resources to share with fellow educators. SearchTeam offers the ability to collaborate and share bookmarks with others and also add comments. Incorporate lessons from Math at the Core and your own resources into an interactive learning tool like PlayPosit, reviewed here. Personalize your resources using PlayPosit to create lessons with video, questions, polls, and more.
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Twitter Chat: Infusing STEM Into Any Classroom - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from June 2018 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is - Infusing STEM Into Any Classroom. Through this chat participants ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from June 2018 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is - Infusing STEM Into Any Classroom. Through this chat participants will: 1. Discuss ways to incorporate STEM into any content area, 2. Share tech tools that promote STEM activities, and 3. Discuss ways to promote critical thinking skills through STEM education. Read the many comments and suggestions by both the moderator and other participants.

tag(s): STEM (216), twitterchatarchive (116)

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Are you ready to infuse STEM into your classroom? Learn new STEM trends and tools for your classroom. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for sites and information about infusing STEM into the classroom. Explore the various tools that are shared.

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Open Up Resources Math Curriculum - Open Up Resources

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Access the Illustrated Mathematics Grades 6-8 curriculum for free through the Open Up Resources site. Register on the site to view and gain access to course materials. Select the grade...more
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Access the Illustrated Mathematics Grades 6-8 curriculum for free through the Open Up Resources site. Register on the site to view and gain access to course materials. Select the grade level and choose teacher, parent, or student materials. Content is divided into units and lessons and includes all materials except assessments. Provide additional information related to your school affiliation to gain access to assessments. Additional options include downloading resources as a print file or import into a Microsoft OneNote Class Notebook.

tag(s): data (130), equations (124), exponents (36), factoring (26), factors (29), fractions (174), geometric shapes (131), measurement (136), OER (31), percent (57), probability (97), pythagorean theorem (22), ratios (51), transformations (11), volume (36)

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Include this site to supplement your current grade 6-8 math curriculum. Use the resources to differentiate instruction for gifted students in lower grades or as remediation for struggling students in older grades. Be sure to take advantage of the family materials providing explanations of math content and strategies for problem-solving. Use the student materials for differentiating instruction or as homework. Have students share their math explanations and strategies with video explanations using a tool like FlipGrid, reviewed here. FlipGrid provides a tool for video responses to a question along with comments from peers. Take student learning a step further and ask them to create and share their own math problems along with suggestions for learning. Use a tool like Sway, reviewed here. Sway is a presentation tool that offers multimedia options including text, video, and images.
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Would You Rather...? Math Tasks - John Stevens

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Choose a path and justify it with these intriguing Would You Rather...? problems. Each post presents a math question with two answer choices. Students explore the possibilities, then...more
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Choose a path and justify it with these intriguing Would You Rather...? problems. Each post presents a math question with two answer choices. Students explore the possibilities, then make their decision with an explanation through mathematical reasoning. This blog frequently updates with new dilemmas. Find questions by specific categories by choosing from tags on the right-hand side of the home page.

tag(s): decimals (95), fractions (174), geometric shapes (131), logic (173), measurement (136), money (125), place value (42), probability (97), problem solving (222), statistics (109)

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Share problems on your interactive whiteboard or with a projector for use as class starters, or provide a link on your class website for homework. Use the sample sheet provided on this site as an example to create your own student response template using Google Forms, reviewed here. After collecting responses, create a 2-column Padlet, reviewed here, and ask students to share their solution in the appropriate column. Padlet allows users to add comments; turn this feature on and ask students to respond to the solutions provided by their peers. Have students use Flipgrid, reviewed here, to create their own Would You Rather...? question and collect video responses from peers.
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Math Resources for All Grades - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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Find an extensive collection of resources for math. Curated lists are based on NCTM standards and divided by grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Topics include Numbers & Operations, Algebra,...more
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Find an extensive collection of resources for math. Curated lists are based on NCTM standards and divided by grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Topics include Numbers & Operations, Algebra, Geometry, Measurement, and Data & Probability. Each reviewed resource includes a description and technology integration ideas for your classroom.

tag(s): charts and graphs (160), data (130), equations (124), estimation (33), exponents (36), geometric shapes (131), integers (26), measurement (136), number lines (33), number sense (73), numbers (135), operations (86), order of operations (29), probability (97), sequences (10), sequencing (15), vectors (18)

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Save this list for when teaching any math class in grades K-12. Many of the resources would work in a BYOD environment. Share these lists on your class website for students to access for additional practice.

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WooTube - Eddie Woo

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WooTube is a middle and high school level mathematics YouTube channel and more. This site includes video playlists sorted by topic, downloadable worksheets and resources, and the author's...more
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WooTube is a middle and high school level mathematics YouTube channel and more. This site includes video playlists sorted by topic, downloadable worksheets and resources, and the author's blog. The highly acclaimed videos provide instruction in complicated topics and easy to understand content explains the relevance to the real-world use of the content. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): fractions (174), integers (26), measurement (136), money (125), percent (57), tutorials (43), video (242), volume (36)

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This site began with the owner's desire to share lessons with homebound students making it a perfect accompaniment to classroom instruction. Be sure to take advantage of the free worksheets and resources to use with your students. Share a link to videos on your class website for students to view at home. Ask them to watch videos before you teach content in class. If you typically view videos then discuss questions in class, try using Flipgrid, reviewed here, to take questioning and collaboration to a new level. Upload a WooTube video to your Flipgrid account, then have students record their questions and thoughts. Have students respond to comments made by peers, then discuss both content and student responses in the classroom.
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Math Resources for Geometry - Grades 6-8 - TeachersFirst

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Explore this collection of resources for grades 6-8, related to geometry. Use these resources to meet the NCTM standards. Many of these tools are ideal for use on your interactive ...more
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Explore this collection of resources for grades 6-8, related to geometry. Use these resources to meet the NCTM standards. Many of these tools are ideal for use on your interactive whiteboard or in your BYOD classroom. Find topics that relate to the content being taught in your middle school classroom.

tag(s): geometric shapes (131)

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Share these resources with students on your class website for additional help or enrichment in geometry. Have partners explore the sites together on laptops.

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NCTM Illuminations Geometry Resources Grades 6-8 - NCTM

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6 to 8
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This section of the Illuminations site contains thirty-plus geometry interactives and activities for students in grades 6-8. Scroll through to choose from interactives like Tessellation...more
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This section of the Illuminations site contains thirty-plus geometry interactives and activities for students in grades 6-8. Scroll through to choose from interactives like Tessellation Creator, Cube Nets, and others. You'll also find Dynamic Paper (create 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). All interactives include complete instructions, an exploration, and correlation to standards.

tag(s): angles (54), equations (124), functions (55), geometric shapes (131), logic (173), number lines (33), patterns (63), problem solving (222)

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Keep this site with your professional favorites to find supporting technology and activities for teaching geometry. Consider using a site like Symbaloo, reviewed here, as an excellent way to share specific links on your class web page or at classroom computer centers for students to access independently or as you assign them for needed practice. The full list can be overwhelming for most parents, so share the specific areas that fit your curriculum.
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