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Core Resources Series: Math Part 2

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Our new series looks at key online resources that can form the basis of a core resource curriculum to integrate Educational Technology into your programs. These are the sites we keep coming back to in our day to day work with students.  Today we are looking at part 2 of our math resources.

Mr. Nussbaum:

This site is a great one for students with some extra time or as a resource on the class website. It provides games based on math concepts that are fun and involve thinking (the site also has games and activities for other subjects as well). The site also has a couple of nice resources for teachers including a worksheet maker and a “drag and drop math” interactive that “allows kids to do everything they would do with a pencil and paper, right on the computer – with no eraser marks and no trouble lining numbers up. Kids can practice any kind of problem in addition, subtraction, division and multiplication.”

Check the site out at Mr. Nussbaum!

Grapher and Create a Graph:

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Grapher is an online bar graph maker that is easy to use. Kids like the site because the information is easy to read. Teachers can use it as an introduction to graphing and the parts of a graph. You can also use it as a center for an activity where students can complete a survey or response, then bring their answers up to the board and fill in the appropriate information. Once all the students are done adding their information, it can be a great way to discuss what the information is saying.

If you go to the root of the site (www.amblesideprimary.com), there are also other activities you can use as well.

If you are looking for a more complex graphing site, you can take a look at Create a Graph. This site provides you with more options and types of graphs to make. However, it is not interactive. It simply allows you to add you data and print it out.

Check the sites out at Grapher and Create a Graph!

Sudoko:

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It can be hard to find a good Sudoku site that is kid friendly. This is the best one that I have found to date. It is a kids site and is easy to use. Students can choose easy or hard games. It provides hints and help as well as fun little stickies to help you track possible answers. Each game as an identifying number so students can come back to that exact game if they run out of time. The only issues I have with the site are the fact that there are a number of ads on it. They are easy to ignore and I have never had a problem with the ads. The kids don’t bother with them. If you have an ad blocker, you can easily get rid of them. The other problem is that the hints function is far to easy to use and, unless you are watching them or enforcing the rule, kids like to use the hints instead of actually trying to figure it out themselves.

Check the site out at Sudoku!

Math Fact Cafe:

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This is a great, easy to use worksheet maker for creating basic fact quizzes, worksheets for practicing adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing. There are also pre-made worksheets for time and money. I use this on my blog for parents to create practice pages for their child.

Check out the site at Math Fact Cafe!

Aunty Math:

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While problem solving is a major component of all math programs, the problems can often seem stilted or contrived. As the problems are always related to the concept taught that day, students also have a pretty good idea of what they are going to do to solve it (though that doesn’t always mean that they will get it right!).

Aunty Math is a great site to get math problems that involve more real world situations. The problems are usually in the form of a short story involving Aunty Math and her nieces and nephews. Students read through the story and, using the information provided, attempt to answer the questions posed at the end. The problems are more involved with students having to use a variety of math techniques to solve them. There are helpful tips and an explanation of the problem with possible solutions for the teacher/parent and also easier versions of the problem for lower grade levels.

This is a great site to use with a focus on problem solving and I have also used it as a collaborative activity with students working together to solve the problem.

Check out the site at Aunty Math!

TenMarks:

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TenMarks is an online math program that is free for teachers and students. As the site states,

TenMarks is the only online math program that helps students refresh, learn, and master math concepts – in their own time, at their own pace. Each child receives a personalized curriculum to help them master the concepts quickly.

TenMarks offers lessons and specialized programs to cover the breadth of the core math skills your child will cover in school.

  • Grades 3-High School
  • Over 300 core math skills
  • Hints and video lessons for every topic
  • Mapped to state standards

Each of your students gets a personalized account with a curriculum that you’ve chosen, mapped to state standards and customized to your lesson plans. They can practice topics covered in class, complete assignments, or review past concepts to refresh themselves – whenever they want, as much as they want. No limits. They also unlock games and certificates based on their performance to keep them motivated. Your account allows you to monitor, assign and review your students work. You can easily assign work to your students or even send them a note congratulating them on their good work. You can even let a parent know that their child is doing really well with parent messaging. You get reports which give you an instant snapshot on the entire class, a particular concept, or an individual student.

Check out the site at Ten Marks!

Do you have any great Math sites that are essential to your class activities? Let us know in the comments.

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Core Resource Series: Social Studies!