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Math Thinking - David Wees

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K to 12
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Explore examples of thinking in math through original solutions found by students! Find ways to include an inquiry-based approach in mathematics education. Each post explores a particular...more
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Explore examples of thinking in math through original solutions found by students! Find ways to include an inquiry-based approach in mathematics education. Each post explores a particular math situation and conversations with students to find solutions. Browse through the blog by scrolling through recent posts or find specific topics by keyword search, tags, and categories.

tag(s): blogs (73), number sense (75), questioning (31)

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Subscribe to the Math Thinking blog as part of your ongoing professional development in teaching thinking skills in mathematics. Discuss specific posts with colleagues as you work on questioning techniques in the classroom. Share with administrators and other professionals to help them understand the importance of discussing math thinking strategies in the classroom.

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The Three Acts of a Mathematical Story - Dan Meyer

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7 to 12
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This blog details very specifically how to introduce and teach mathematical tasks through storytelling. Begin by choosing the first link that introduces the storytelling tasks through...more
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This blog details very specifically how to introduce and teach mathematical tasks through storytelling. Begin by choosing the first link that introduces the storytelling tasks through a "brief series" of video clips. On the landing page, click on the video to display the entire 36 minutes. Scroll to the bottom to find the series of clips. Follow the next link to find a Google document with many different tasks. Included in the document is information about the resource, standards addressed, and suggested task question. Click on the Task Title to view the problem.

tag(s): equations (125), geometric shapes (134), money (127), percent (58), perimeter (19), variables (15), volume (37)

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Work together with a colleague to learn more about the Three Acts Mathematical tasks strategy. Use tasks in your classroom for enrichment for gifted students, as extra credit, or as weekly homework. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools, reviewed here, to share steps for the problem solving process.

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Problems of the Month - Inside Mathematics

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K to 12
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The Problems of the Month offer problems (divided into 5 difficulty levels) to be used school-wide as part of a problem-solving theme. View videos to learn more about the program ...more
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The Problems of the Month offer problems (divided into 5 difficulty levels) to be used school-wide as part of a problem-solving theme. View videos to learn more about the program and get started in your school. Expand the Getting Started link to find scoring guidelines, sample letters for teachers and parents, and more. Video examples demonstrate the use of different levels within each of the problems. Click on the "download problems of the month" link on the left side of the page to access problems by grade level.

tag(s): critical thinking (102), problem solving (223)

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Use this site to supplement your Common Core math teaching materials and problem-solving lessons. Share the site with staff members and use as a professional development resource throughout the school year. Share with parents during your math night or as part of your meet the teacher information. Although the site states for school-wide use, individual teachers can use problems in any classroom.
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Math Arguments 180 - Curmudgeon

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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 (175), probability (100), problem solving (223)

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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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Shmoop Common Core Standards - shmoop.com

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K to 12
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Still wrestling with Common Core? Let Shmoop help with math and language arts Common Core resources. Search for any standard or browse through standards links to begin. Links to each...more
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Still wrestling with Common Core? Let Shmoop help with math and language arts Common Core resources. Search for any standard or browse through standards links to begin. Links to each standard offer a tab explaining the standard and another tab with aligned resources. Resources may include videos, teaching guides, sample assignments, and more. Not all standards include resources, but most do.
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tag(s): commoncore (79)

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Use Shmoop to find materials correlated directly to individual Common Core Standards in Math and English. Share a link to student activities on your class webpage or blog for students to practice at home. Link to activities on classroom computers for use as centers. Use assessments for planning Common Core related lessons.
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Math Advent Calendars - University of Cambridge

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K to 12
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Choose from primary or secondary level Advent Calendars with different themes such as planet earth or food and drink. Don't let the years bother you, use these calendars as you ...more
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Choose from primary or secondary level Advent Calendars with different themes such as planet earth or food and drink. Don't let the years bother you, use these calendars as you please and at any time. Click on your choice of calendar then on a number to view the problem of the day. Problem formats include video questions, problem solving, and games. Note: The age levels terminology for lessons is from the UK, so you may need to "translate" for U.S. curriculum topics and spelling.

tag(s): addition (134), division (104), equations (125), fractions (179), geometric shapes (134), logic (175), multiplication (131), numbers (136), patterns (64), prime numbers (26), problem solving (223)

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Use Advent Calendars on your interactive whiteboard as a problem solving activity while counting down to the holidays. Be sure to share a link to calendars on your class website or blog for parents to use at home over the holidays. Challenge yourself to create your own Advent Calendar using an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here.
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JMAP - New York Regents Exams Resources - Steve Sibol and Steve Watson

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7 to 12
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JMAP offers a large collection of resources for integrating Regents exam questions into everyday curriculum. Although it is created specifically for New York Regents exam preparation,...more
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JMAP offers a large collection of resources for integrating Regents exam questions into everyday curriculum. Although it is created specifically for New York Regents exam preparation, content is applicable to any math curriculum. Choose from content sorted by textbook, class, or review materials. Choices for downloading materials include PDF, DOC, and TST formats. Other materials included on the site are Regents books, worksheet generators, and Regents archives. This site is a must-see for New York teachers and worth a visit for all math teachers!

tag(s): assessment (122), test prep (70), worksheets (65)

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Bookmark this site for use throughout the year for finding standardized testing questions to integrate into classroom lessons. Be sure to share a link to former test questions and review materials on your class web page or blog for use at home. If you teach using AMSCO or Pearson textbooks, be sure to explore this site for valuable resources to supplement your textbook materials. Use an online flashcard maker, like Flashcard Stash, reviewed here, to create study materials found on JMAP. Have students upload a photo they have taken and add voice bubbles to explain steps in solving a problem using a tool such as Phrase.it, reviewed here.
 
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ABC Splash - ABC TV and Radio Australia

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K to 10
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ABC Splash is a large educational website from Australia containing videos, games, and audio clips. Special sections for parents include informational articles, teaching resources,...more
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ABC Splash is a large educational website from Australia containing videos, games, and audio clips. Special sections for parents include informational articles, teaching resources, and education news. Choose from primary or secondary level to view offerings sorted into categories or go to games and sort by topic or grade level to find resources. Register on the site to store and save favorite activities for later use. The site was created in the Australia, so some of the pronunciations and spellings may differ from those in American English.

tag(s): addition (134), animals (260), antarctica (26), atmosphere (21), australia (27), cells (81), climate change (72), continents (29), counting (64), decimals (98), division (104), earth (172), earthquakes (41), ecosystems (65), egypt (42), energy (126), environment (218), food chains (18), forces (35), forensics (12), fossil fuels (9), game based learning (155), gold rush (16), human body (92), immigration (56), insects (56), light (46), maps (217), molecules (36), money (127), multiplication (131), nuclear energy (19), nutrition (131), oceans (129), parts of speech (41), percent (58), perimeter (19), place value (42), plants (134), probability (100), rhymes (21), rocks (36), songs (40), sound (70), subtraction (120), time (99), vietnam (30), volcanoes (50), weather (156), whole numbers (14), world war 1 (58), world war 2 (133)

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This site is excellent for enrichment. Include it on your class web page for students to access both in and out of class. Share this link on your class web page and/or in a parent newsletter for help with homework and school projects. These high-quality media resources will engage your students and enhance their learning.

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Math Antics YouTube Channel - mathantics.com

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3 to 12
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Learn math through simple, yet engaging videos at Math Antics' YouTube Channel. Choose from several different math topics such as working with fractions, multi-digit numbers, and factoring....more
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Learn math through simple, yet engaging videos at Math Antics' YouTube Channel. Choose from several different math topics such as working with fractions, multi-digit numbers, and factoring. Most videos run less than 10 minutes, making them perfect for use in many different situations. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. Avoid YouTube issues by viewing videos directly on the Math Antics website located here

tag(s): addition (134), decimals (98), division (104), equations (125), factors (31), fractions (179), geometric shapes (134), mixed numbers (9), multiplication (131), subtraction (120)

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Share these videos on your interactive whiteboard or projector. FLIP your classroom and have students view the videos at home to discuss and apply the next day in class. (This is a great option if YouTube is blocked in your school.) Use the videos to introduce or practice any math topic and assign others in the series for homework. Be sure to provide this link on your class website for students (and their families) to access at home for additional Math practice.

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Math Antics is a resource that I can recommend without reservation to all 3 - 5th grade elementary school teachers. You can log on to their website and use their videos for free at mathantics.com. Even though my district's math curriculum provides videos for each lesson, Math Antics' videos are much better, and easier to understand, and my students LOVE them! Lauriekay, WA, Grades: 4 - 5

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Math Fair Problems - Gaileo.org

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3 to 12
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Math Fair Problems offers a large selection of problem solving activities for classroom and math fair use. Choose from topics such as Number Concepts, Patterns & Relationships, Statistics...more
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Math Fair Problems offers a large selection of problem solving activities for classroom and math fair use. Choose from topics such as Number Concepts, Patterns & Relationships, Statistics & Probability, or Shapes & Spaces. Use problems for both elementary or secondary students unless otherwise marked for a specific grade level. Links for each activity include complete instructions, how to play, variations, and math found in the activity. Use the provided link to download in PDF format. Be sure to click the link with the explanation on how to introduce and use these activities with students.

tag(s): charts and graphs (165), data (132), equations (125), functions (57), geometric shapes (134), measurement (137), number sense (75), numbers (136), order of operations (30), patterns (64), probability (100), problem solving (223), statistics (111), transformations (12)

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Use Math Fair Problems throughout the year as a classroom center or homework. Choose one day a week to set up a student rotation through different problem activities. Share activities with classroom tutors as individual practice for students.
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Youcubed - Jo Boaler and Stanford University

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K to 12
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Youcubed is an up and coming mathematics education site for grades K-12. See short video presentations about how to build confident, math-loving students. In addition, the site plans...more
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Youcubed is an up and coming mathematics education site for grades K-12. See short video presentations about how to build confident, math-loving students. In addition, the site plans to include tasks and lessons correlated to Common Core Standards. One interesting feature discusses mathematic tasks used by today's companies such as Google. Another section will feature information, resources, and tools for parents. This site continues to grow. Be sure to sign up with your email to receive site access and all of the latest updates. Browse through a few examples currently on the site for a preview of upcoming features. Search for lesson plans by using the word Tasks. (Don't be shy about adding comments on this TeachersFirst review as new features roll out!). Some videos are hosted on YouTube (others on Vimeo). If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): professional development (253), STEM (215)

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Sign up for email updates as this site continues to grow. Bookmark Youcubed for use as a resource throughout the year for lessons, videos, and parent information. Share videos through your class website or newsletter for students (and parents) to view at home. Share the videos or interactives on a projector or interactive whiteboard.
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Math Puzzles - Transum

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4 to 12
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Math Puzzles offers a large selection of puzzles with mathematical connections. Scroll through the page to find puzzles using geometric shapes, crosswords, number squares, and more....more
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Math Puzzles offers a large selection of puzzles with mathematical connections. Scroll through the page to find puzzles using geometric shapes, crosswords, number squares, and more. Choose any puzzle to view directions and begin to play.
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tag(s): crosswords (17), logic (175), problem solving (223)

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Share the math puzzles on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Use as a math center or when you have an extra 5-10 minutes of time. Create a link to the puzzles on classroom computers or your class website. This is a great find for use with gifted students to practice logic and problem-solving skills. If you are beginning the process of integrating technology, have students create blogs to explain their problem solving process and understanding using Webnode, reviewed here.

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MATHCOUNTS Foundation - mathcounts.org

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6 to 9
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The MATHCOUNTS Foundation is a non-profit organization striving to engage middle school students of all ability and interest levels in enjoyable and challenging math programs. This...more
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The MATHCOUNTS Foundation is a non-profit organization striving to engage middle school students of all ability and interest levels in enjoyable and challenging math programs. This site offers a large variety of resources for both students and educators. View programs to find information about The National Math Club, Math Video Challenge, and the MATHCOUNTS competition series. Discover the Solve-a-Thon fundraising program to create fundraising pages for your program and school. Be sure to explore the Resources portion of the site. Find a Problem of the Week including extensive archives, an electronic school handbook featuring 300 problems correlated to NCTM grade 6-8 standards, and MATHCOUNTS minis - a series of short video explanations of MATHCOUNTS problems. This site includes YouTube videos. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): competitions (9), problem solving (223), video (245)

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Be sure to bookmark this site for use throughout the school year. Share with the head of the math department and other math teachers as a valuable resource. Consider creating a fundraising page using the Solve-a-Thon program to raise funds for manipulatives and classroom resources. Include the problem of the week on your class webpage or blog as homework or extra credit. Include links to video explanations of problems on your class webpage to reinforce current learning concepts.
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Make A Roman Mosaic - Jo Edkins

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3 to 12
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Create your own Roman Mosaic with this interesting online tool. Choose a color and mosaic piece then click to add to your design. When complete, copy and paste the code ...more
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Create your own Roman Mosaic with this interesting online tool. Choose a color and mosaic piece then click to add to your design. When complete, copy and paste the code generated into a word processor file. Learn more about Roman designs by clicking links to information about the different patterns such as Greek Key, Maze, and Knot.

tag(s): patterns (64), romans (29)

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Demonstrate how to use this tool on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Share this tool during art class to incorporate art into history lessons. Have students create their own designs and practice patterns. Create a Roman Mosaic to incorporate into classroom reports. Use this tool in math class when teaching about symmetry. In geometry class challenge students to create shapes using this tool.

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Free Training Tutorials - Barak Sofer

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K to 12
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Here is your one stop for FREE training on Microsoft Word and Excel, Typing challenges, and activities in several subjects. There are activities for typing, math, spelling, and life...more
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Here is your one stop for FREE training on Microsoft Word and Excel, Typing challenges, and activities in several subjects. There are activities for typing, math, spelling, and life skills geared toward elementary and middle school students. The menu at the left provides links to all activities except Excel. Find those at the top of the page. If you find an activity you like, easily share using links on each activity via email or social networks. Some of the video clips are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.
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tag(s): grammar (138), keyboarding (30), Microsoft (62), operations (89), parts of speech (41), spelling (87), spreadsheets (23), vocabulary (231)

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Make a shortcut to any activity on this site on classroom computers and use it as a center. Be sure to include this site on your class web page for students to access both in and outside of class for further practice. Train yourself on Microsoft Word or Excel using these video clips. Share the typing activities with your students to increase their speed and accuracy. Set up learning centers for the interactives available (such as nouns and verbs).

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Better Lesson - BetterLesson

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This site offers over 10,000 lessons aligned with the Common Core and the Next Generation Science Standards. The lessons were created by 130 Master Teachers. You can browse resources...more
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This site offers over 10,000 lessons aligned with the Common Core and the Next Generation Science Standards. The lessons were created by 130 Master Teachers. You can browse resources without registering. Click the blue "Browse" button to get started. Choose along the top from Common Core Math, Common Core ELA, or Next Generation Science. Lessons are arranged by grade level or Math, Language, and Science subjects. However, if you want to create your own resources, registration is required. After registering, create a class and then create a unit for that class. Finally, create a lesson for that unit, fill in an objective, select a state standard, and estimate the total time on task. Upload files (or drag and drop) to assign them to the lesson or keep them "unassigned" for later use. Additionally, simply add other users' files to your own curriculum. Search for files by keyword, age-level, and type of format. Click on a result to see every lesson plan using that file.

tag(s): commoncore (79), professional development (253), Teacher Utilities (115)

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Use this site to create lessons for students to follow. Use this site to share inspirational lessons you create or to find inspiration in the work of others. Meet the Common Core goals by using the tools and lesson plans offered at this website. Though the site deals with the technical aspect of lesson planning, many ideas exist to reverse engineer to your own lessons. Create a course to maintain and tweak your lessons for your classes. Expand PD to others in your school or in other schools to learn from the best ideas of others!

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Common Core: ND Curriculum Initiative - North Dakota Curriculum Initiative

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K to 12
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The North Dakota Curriculum Initiative offers this informative site containing many downloadable documents. Use these documents when implementing and planning ELA (English/Language...more
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The North Dakota Curriculum Initiative offers this informative site containing many downloadable documents. Use these documents when implementing and planning ELA (English/Language Arts) and Math Common Core Standards in all grades. Choose from grade level links to begin browsing available content. Choose from lists of standards, lesson and unit plans, pacing calendars, and much more.

tag(s): commoncore (79), professional development (253)

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Share the Parents Guide with parents at Open House to introduce them to Common Core ideas and guidelines. Use information and resources on the site to supplement your current lesson ideas and planning tools. Use unit and yearly pacing guides as a guideline for planning. Share these resources with colleagues during professional development sessions.
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Inspirograph - Nathan Friend

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2 to 12
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Remember playing Spirograph as a kid? Now you can create and play online with Inspirograph! Choose from fixed and rotating gears, and then change the size of the gears. Change ...more
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Remember playing Spirograph as a kid? Now you can create and play online with Inspirograph! Choose from fixed and rotating gears, and then change the size of the gears. Change the background and pen colors using the toolbar. Click on the + sign to personalize colors. Be sure to view the gallery of saved designs for lots of inspiration when beginning. Click the download icon to save images to your computer.

tag(s): angles (56), critical thinking (102), gifted (63), problem solving (223)

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Use Inspirograph to create fascinating art and to explore math concepts. Have students experiment with different gear sizes (both fixed and rotating) and explain changes. Design a table for students to map out findings such as number of points made when using different gear sizes. Find patterns between the fixed circle sizes and the number of points generated. Work collaboratively with other groups of students to create and answer questions about spirograph designs. Identify the various shapes created.

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West Contra Costa Unified School District Mathematics Center - West Contra Costa Unified School District

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K to 12
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The Mathematics Center is an excellent site full of mathematics teaching resources aligned to Common Core Standards. Choose options from the menu on the home page such as lessons, videos,...more
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The Mathematics Center is an excellent site full of mathematics teaching resources aligned to Common Core Standards. Choose options from the menu on the home page such as lessons, videos, applets, and Common Core resources. Links lead to offerings sorted by grade level and topic. Most content is available for easy download in PDF format. Be sure to check out the parent guides available in both English and Spanish.

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Bookmark and save this site for math Common Core resources throughout the school year. Share parent guides to help parents understand teaching strategies and techniques. Explore the many general mathematics resources for classroom use. Be sure to share with other math teachers in your building and district.
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The Annenberg Learner Foundation's goal is to advance excellent teaching in American schools. Annenberg Learner's multimedia resources help teachers increase their expertise in their...more
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The Annenberg Learner Foundation's goal is to advance excellent teaching in American schools. Annenberg Learner's multimedia resources help teachers increase their expertise in their fields and improve teaching methods in all grade levels in all subjects. There are video resources for all subject areas. Find lesson plans for all subjects by grade level. A variety of interactives accompany lessons or can also stand alone. Follow the monthly updates and blogs for the latest information.
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In your classroom, explore the interactives available to enhance your lessons. Use the lesson plan library to add a new twist to your subject matter. Organize a professional study of your area of concentration for your department or grade level.
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