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Party Designer - Mathplayground.com

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2 to 7
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This great area and perimeter resource lets you set the design for a party. Follow the directions about the size of the area needed to house each of the items ...more
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This great area and perimeter resource lets you set the design for a party. Follow the directions about the size of the area needed to house each of the items for the party. Drag the corners of the icon to create the space needed. You have three tries to get the correct area and perimeter before you receive a different puzzle (same difficulty level). As you complete each party room, move up to more difficult levels. Incorrect choices are explained briefly. There is also a "?" button to click to learn HOW to manipulate this activity. One unfortunate drawback: there is no easy "return to start" button on this activity. You have to hold down your browser Back button or finish the game.

tag(s): area (66), perimeter (32)

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Use this as drill and practice for area and perimeter. Have students work as individuals or groups to understand these concepts. Have students create a similar exercise for classmates using different scenarios and objects. Provide this link on your class website for students to access (and practice) at home. This activity would be easy to duplicate as a student-created challenge on interactive whiteboard using the grid background that comes in the whiteboard software. What other challenges could students create to practice area and perimeter? Save their student-made challenges on a class wiki for future use with other classes or as review.
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Living Math Book List - Living Math Book List

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K to 8
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Math teachers (and others) will enjoy using this site to find literature that corresponds to math topics. What a great way for cross-curricular connections! To find a book, choose from...more
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Math teachers (and others) will enjoy using this site to find literature that corresponds to math topics. What a great way for cross-curricular connections! To find a book, choose from a list of math topics such as angles, percents, regrouping, place value, and many others. A list of books that can be used will be displayed along with a link to purchase the book on Amazon. The concept is simple, yet can be very useful to classroom teachers or parents looking for literature options to connect with math lessons.
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tag(s): addition (251), angles (88), area (66), book lists (128), charts and graphs (195), counting (120), division (172), equations (155), estimation (46), fractions (239), geometric shapes (163), matching (24), measurement (159), negative numbers (22), patterns (85), percent (82), perimeter (32), place value (56), ratios (53), rounding (22), sequences (16), subtraction (208), time (144)

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Bookmark and use this site as a resource to find literature to include with math lessons. Provide a link to this link on your classroom website for parents to use at home to find literature connection to math concepts! If you like the idea of connecting math and independent reading, TeachersFirst also offers a CurriConnects list for "Math in Use."

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Wired Math - University of Waterloo

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5 to 10
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Wired Math organizes a variety of math interactives, challenges, lessons, and enrichment opportunities from various sources to be used by students, teachers, tutors, and parents. The...more
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Wired Math organizes a variety of math interactives, challenges, lessons, and enrichment opportunities from various sources to be used by students, teachers, tutors, and parents. The original site was created for middle grades, but some of the topics are useful at lower and higher levels. Math topics included range from fractions and simple multiplication to ratio, rate, and proportional relationships. The activities are simple to play and have a convenient help feature just in case you feel confused. Most of these activities require Shockwave.
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tag(s): area (66), decimals (133), enrichment (13), exponents (42), factors (42), fractions (239), integers (41), multiplication (227), percent (82), polynomials (32), prime numbers (31), ratios (53), square roots (24)

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Try integrating these activities into (or as an alternative for) traditional math practice. The beauty of this type of practice is that students receive immediate feedback, before they have already started to internalize the wrong procedure and in time to learn the correct methods. Share this site on your interactive whiteboard as one of several learning stations or practice options. If individual computers are available, allow students time to explore and log their progress against an individual math nemesis. Provide this link on your class webpage for students to access both in and out of class.
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Inside Mathematics - Noyce Foundation

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K to 12
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This site provides resources for educators interested in improving students mathematics learning and development. The site includes video examples of innovative teaching methods and...more
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This site provides resources for educators interested in improving students mathematics learning and development. The site includes video examples of innovative teaching methods and tools for immediate use in classrooms. Each grade level offers links to Core Ideas and most offer MARS Tasks, Rubrics, and Analysis. The MARS Task is where lesson ideas are found. These lessons are available in portions (task, rubric, questions, etc.), or as a large downloadable file containing all portions of the lesson. Be sure to click on the Common Core Resources to find tasks and materials, by grade level or standard, you can use immediately. Many other resources are available such as a school-wide problem of the month, professional development resources, and administrative leadership resources. Be sure to take the video tour of the site as an overview of all that is available.

tag(s): commoncore (94), number sense (97), place value (56), probability (130), problem solving (272), rubrics (32), statistics (122), teaching strategies (24), video (253)

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Use this site as a resource for lessons that correspond to Common Core Standards. Share classroom coaching videos with other teachers during common meeting times or school professional development.
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Melting Pot Math - Franklin Institute

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5 to 8
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This site shares different problem sets based in different countries and cultures across the world. Each set of problems comes with all of the necessary information to solve the questions....more
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This site shares different problem sets based in different countries and cultures across the world. Each set of problems comes with all of the necessary information to solve the questions. The problems focus on arithmetic, and many of them are story problems that provide information about the culture from which they are drawn. At the end of each set of problems is a link to answers. Countries included are China, India, England, Mexico, Italy, Ivory Coast and Kenya, Ireland, Russia, Germany, and Caribbean Nations. There are many science related problems on topics such as earthquakes and animals.

tag(s): architecture (84), cross cultural understanding (115), cultures (105), problem solving (272)

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Share these problems with students when studying different geographic locations around the world. Use the problems on this site as examples and have students create their own math word problems with a multicultural foundation. Build social studies into limited class time by doing it during math!

When studying different geographic locations or cultures introduce students to word problems from that area and have individual students use a program such as Evernote reviewed here, to take notes about what they learn about the culture from the problem. Or, have small groups of students use Titanpad reviewed here to collaborate for note taking about what they are learning about the culture.
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Yummy Math - Brian Marks

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5 to 9
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Yummy Math shares mathematics problems and scenarios based on things happening in the world today. In January, some of the topics related to the NFL playoffs. Yummy Math lists activities...more
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Yummy Math shares mathematics problems and scenarios based on things happening in the world today. In January, some of the topics related to the NFL playoffs. Yummy Math lists activities chronologically as well as by mathematics topic. Topics include Algebra, Number Sense, Geometry, Food Math, Sports, and many more. The site is sure to be highly motivational for students as they complete math problems based on items of current interest such as the Super Bowl, American Idol, and American candy sales. Most problems contain a printable word or pdf document with questions. Some also include video or audio clips. Especially helpful is the Contents link which provides an alphabetical listing of all activities on the site.

tag(s): number sense (97), problem solving (272), puzzles (208), sports (97)

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Make math relevant to any student. Assign weekly problems from the site for homework or daily classwork. Ask students to create new problems to be solved by classmates using the topic of the week or local topics of interest. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here. Use the archives to find problems available from previous months.
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Marshmallow Challenge - Tom Wujec

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K to 12
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Use a marshmallow challenge to motivate your students! The concept of this project is to have teams of people work together to create a free standing structure that supports a ...more
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Use a marshmallow challenge to motivate your students! The concept of this project is to have teams of people work together to create a free standing structure that supports a marshmallow. Sounds overly simple? Well, not always. The given materials for each team are simple, inexpensive, and require creative thinking and problem solving skills to use! All in all this adds up to a fun, interesting, and entertaining activity for young to older students, business people, and any group that needs to learn how to work and think together. Spaghetti, string, marshmallows and masking tape are all the supplies that you will need. Have fun with this, your students are sure to do so! The site recommends giving your class one hour to complete the project and activities. They also mention this project would work for smaller groups (4 students) up to larger groups (800), divided into groups of 2 or 4 and working together. There is a typo in the opening paragraph of the site. However the activity content was worth looking over the typo.

tag(s): creativity (109), design (84), engineering (125), problem solving (272), structures (24)

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This engineering challenge would be great during a unit on structures. However, in ANY classroom it would be a solid and creative way to teach design process, group skills, and creative problem solving. This activity is so versatile that it could be use in any grade, even at the college or business level. Of course in younger elementary grades, more instruction would be necessary and possibly some parent volunteers. Its lessons are multiple, from fluency, flexibility, possibility thinking, and promoting originality. In science classes, try including this activity in a lesson on gravity or forces. Prior to implementing this lesson, watch the TED talks video link for yourself. (These links are available at this site.) It is a worthwhile investment of seven minutes, and download and read the adobe acrobat file on the project. It may be a good idea, depending on the age of your students to create a short PowerPoint with the rules and instructions. Also, a visual timer and musical timer would be a great idea for this challenge. Use a site such as the Online Countdown Timer (reviewed here). Show the timer on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) so students are aware of how much time remains. The materials are best given to teams in a small brown bag so that there is an element of surprise and suspense during the instructional period. Another idea is to share this with your administrators, it would make a great challenge for a interactive faculty meeting especially if team building and thinking skills are trying to be built by the administration between faculty members.
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Virtual Field Trip - Utah Education Network

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1 to 12
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Save hundreds of dollars spicing up your curriculum with virtual field trips! This site has "field trips" to take, instructions for creating, and resources for other virtual field trip...more
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Save hundreds of dollars spicing up your curriculum with virtual field trips! This site has "field trips" to take, instructions for creating, and resources for other virtual field trip sites. Field trips for; Career, fine arts, foreign language, health and PE, language arts, math, library, media, professional development, science, social studies, and technology are given. There is a plethora of topics - perfect for research and "virtual" travel. The topics are too broad to list all of them, but some include tessellations, dinosaurs, water cycle, medieval times, Civil War, oil painting, and much more! Receive a detailed tutorial for finding instructions on asking permission for field trips, creating virtual field trips, and evaluating the experience. No bus required! At the time of this review, three of the links under "Visit Related Sites" were not working.

tag(s): animals (276), baseball (36), biomes (116), business (58), charts and graphs (195), civil war (145), dinosaurs (57), egypt (67), field trips (12), immigrants (20), immigration (58), japan (61), maps (288), mayans (12), medieval (27), mexico (34), multiple intelligences (11), musical instruments (48), nutrition (154), olympics (47), painting (66), probability (130), religions (61), rocks (49), russia (38), sports (97), statistics (122), tessellations (6), test prep (96), virtual field trips (48), volcanoes (61), water cycle (33)

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Immerse your students into your studies with a close up in depth look through virtual field trips. Visit places where time, money, and mileage inhibit your dreams for bringing your students into wondrous worlds. Find ways to visit where your class has never gone before. Create a personalized field trip to meet your every need with the detailed tutorials given. Find ways to motivate your most reluctant learners. ESL/ELL learners will appreciate the visit. Reach all types of learners through a class visit. Use field trips as a whole class anticipatory guide, a center activity, a home connection, or even as extra credit. Challenge your gifted students to be guides to their own learning. Make your class go global!

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Platonic Realms - Math Academy Online,

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7 to 12
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Enter the world of math at Platonic Realms. Find high quality mathematical content for secondary school and college students that is free. A math encyclopedia, math quotes, mini texts,...more
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Enter the world of math at Platonic Realms. Find high quality mathematical content for secondary school and college students that is free. A math encyclopedia, math quotes, mini texts, and a free link library compose this site.
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tag(s): logic (235), mental math (27), problem solving (272)

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Keep Platonic Realms on hand for all of your math classes. Find simple explanations to advanced mathematical concepts. Keep handy as a link on your website and keep as a favorite on each student computer. Advanced through remedial students benefit from the extra information and reinforcement.

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Calculator - Athera Corporation

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K to 12
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Use Calculator.com to access a variety of calculators to use in a classroom or as a reference tool. Choose from standard, fraction, scientific, percent, mortgage, area, units converter,...more
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Use Calculator.com to access a variety of calculators to use in a classroom or as a reference tool. Choose from standard, fraction, scientific, percent, mortgage, area, units converter, as well as other calculators. Note: This site has many ads as calculators are chosen.
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tag(s): calculators (41)

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Use these tools whenever calculators are needed in class. Share this link on your class website for students (and parents) to access at home.

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NobelPrize.org - Nobel Media AB 2011

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4 to 12
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Nobelprize.org is the official website of the Nobel Prize. Here you find information about Alfred Nobel, the prizewinners, interviews, and photos. Videos of interviews of Nobel peace...more
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Nobelprize.org is the official website of the Nobel Prize. Here you find information about Alfred Nobel, the prizewinners, interviews, and photos. Videos of interviews of Nobel peace prizewinners, speeches, ceremonies, interviews, banquets, lectures, announcements, award ceremonies, and documentaries fill the gamut of all of the prizewinners. The Nobel prizes awards are in literature, chemistry, medicine, peace, economics, and physics. Varieties of educational games/activities help explain many of the Nobel Award winners' work. This site clearly explains and illustrates the purpose of the awards, the award winners, and their ideas. Videos give an insider look at each of the winners.

tag(s): creativity (109), literature (275), medicine (67)

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Inspire your students to strive for excellence! Show students original, creative, thinking. Let students know they can understand the ideas awarded by trying the educational activities offered. Follow each year's announcements and award ceremonies. Use as an inspiration when beginning your own Nobel Prize winning awards competitions. Encourage students to use critical thinking skills to form opinions based on facts. Gifted programs can easily incorporate many of the ideas into the curriculum. Lead your students to Nobel Award winning thinking.
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LazyMaths - Lazymaths.com

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3 to 12
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This site features a growing list of Speed Math shortcuts and Smart Math techniques that helps anyone attempt math problems in unique ways. At LazyMaths you'll find two sections - ...more
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This site features a growing list of Speed Math shortcuts and Smart Math techniques that helps anyone attempt math problems in unique ways. At LazyMaths you'll find two sections - Speed Math and Smart Math. Speed Math offers interesting math shortcuts that will help you master basic math tasks like multiplication, division, squaring of numbers, etc. Choose a type of problem to learn a shortcut, then watch the video presentation that takes you through the steps of the problem. Most videos also include a PDF practice sheet for using the shortcuts offered. The video and practice sheet format is the same in the Smart Math portion of the site, however, the goal here is to help you solve complicated math problems by simplifying and solving in a shorter amount of time.
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tag(s): addition (251), division (172), multiplication (227), numbers (204), percent (82), problem solving (272), ratios (53), subtraction (208)

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Share the videos on your interactive whiteboard to offer students an alternative means for understanding problem solving processes. Use this site as an example, then have students use Screenr (reviewed here) to make narrated recordings with their own steps for solving math problems.
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Mathematical Chronology - School of Mathematics & Statistics, University of St Andrews

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6 to 12
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This site provides a wonderful chronology of mathematical information starting about 3000 BC on up to the 21st Century. Information can be accessed in several ways. Upon entering the...more
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This site provides a wonderful chronology of mathematical information starting about 3000 BC on up to the 21st Century. Information can be accessed in several ways. Upon entering the site there is a timeline across the top and all information included is in list form on the main page, simply scroll through to view all items. Searches can be narrowed to defined time periods by mousing over that area on the timeline or typing dates into the blank box at the right of the timeline. There is also a link to a chronology index which leads to time periods already broken into smaller portions. Also available is a biographical index which can be used by time period, or choose female mathematicians or use the alphabetical index as an option.

tag(s): biographies (87), cross cultural understanding (115), timelines (62)

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Use this site as a resource when studying different time periods in history to understand math concepts and famous mathematicians of the time. Share this site on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) to provide background on the development of math concepts over time. Share this site with students to use when researching mathematicians. Allow students to explore the site for information relating to certain countries and their contributions to mathematics.

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PBS Learning Media - PBS

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K to 12
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This PBS site is a reorganized collection of over 16,000+ public media offerings (including radio and photographs), arranged specifically for preK-12 teachers. You can search by subject...more
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This PBS site is a reorganized collection of over 16,000+ public media offerings (including radio and photographs), arranged specifically for preK-12 teachers. You can search by subject and grade level across many subjects. After viewing three offerings, you must join (for free) to continue. Membership includes the option of saving favorites. You can also find correlations to state standards. The site is still in development, so material is being added frequently.

tag(s): alphabet (92), careers (132), dance (28), data (148), decimals (133), diseases (66), human body (121), mark twain (10), multimedia (57), music theory (43), percent (82), probability (130), problem solving (272), psychology (64)

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Find more details and teacher information under "Customization for States and District" to align the offerings here with your state's standards. Check this site for an introduction to a curriculum topic or unit or when looking for support activities to reinforce concepts. Use this site as the starting point for individual or group projects. Share the interactives as a learning center or on your interactive whiteboard or projector. This is one that you want to save in your favorites.
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Science (and more) to Music - Dr. Lodge McCammon

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4 to 12
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This site offers many songs related to math, social studies, and science concepts. Science concepts include water & pollution, scientific inquiry, changes in matter, and much more....more
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This site offers many songs related to math, social studies, and science concepts. Science concepts include water & pollution, scientific inquiry, changes in matter, and much more. Math concepts range from order of operations to quadratic and exponential functions. After choosing a topic, you can listen to the song online, download the mp3, view lyrics, and possibly view an accompanying video. (Not all topics include the video.) Some topics also include a teacher guide with lesson suggestions. This site does mention that you can create your own videos. However, at the time of this review, that feature was not working.

tag(s): africa (180), area (66), atoms (56), bill of rights (28), branches of government (48), cells (102), civil war (145), constitution (79), elements (36), equations (155), exponents (42), factoring (31), factors (42), functions (70), inquiry (37), integers (41), matter (58), nutrition (154), oceans (148), order of operations (33), quadratics (32), rainforests (13), ratios (53), songs (52), sound (101), volume (45), water (130), world war 2 (142)

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Play songs related to math, social studies, or science concepts in class to supplement current lessons. Download and play the tunes on iPods or mp3 players in a listening corner. Have younger students sing along with the songs (reading the lyrics). ESL/ELL students will benefit from such an alternate presentation of concepts, as will any who have strong musical/rhythmic intelligence. Give students copies of song lyrics, and have them create their own songs. After listening to a song, have students create their own song relating to current classroom topics. Suggest some familiar tunes so students do not have to start from scratch. Create a video of the songs and share using a site such as SchoolTube reviewed here.
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We Use Math - BYU Mathematics Department

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6 to 12
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This site is a non-profit website dedicated to answering the question, "When Will I Use Math?" The site describes the importance of mathematics and many career opportunities available...more
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This site is a non-profit website dedicated to answering the question, "When Will I Use Math?" The site describes the importance of mathematics and many career opportunities available to students who discover mathematics. Although there is a store and social links on the site, it is worth the visit for the information provided. The Careers link provides an extensive list of careers that use mathematics along with the approximate salary scale. Clicking the title of the career leads you to a biography of someone with this career, their education, math required and used in this career, potential employers, and other facts. Other interesting sections of the site include How To Succeed (tips for being successful with math) and Did You Know? (tidbits and trivia related to math). There is also a link for teachers with a link to a forum, other math resources, and information about math competitions. A blog on the site offers other math problems and information.
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tag(s): biographies (87), careers (132), statistics (122)

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Challenge students to create a list of jobs requiring mathematics and see how many they can find that are provided on the site. Ask students to estimate average salaries of jobs listed on the site and compare to actual salaries. At Take Your Child to Work Day time, have students use this site to explore the connections between math and the careers they visit. Share this site with students when studying careers.

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Mathispower4u - Video Tutorials - James Sousa

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4 to 12
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Math Video Tutorials offers 5,000 free math videos organized by course and topic. And the offerings are constantly growing. Videos are hosted on YouTube and SchoolTube and are all 10...more
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Math Video Tutorials offers 5,000 free math videos organized by course and topic. And the offerings are constantly growing. Videos are hosted on YouTube and SchoolTube and are all 10 minutes or less in length. Content includes arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, business calculus, and calculus. Each main topic includes links to the videos organized by more specific topics - for example, algebra videos are sorted by introduction to algebra, rational expressions, equations and functions, equations and percentages, exponential and logarithmic functions, graphing, linear equations, and more. 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): area (66), business (58), charts and graphs (195), equations (155), factoring (31), functions (70), integers (41), measurement (159), operations (126), order of operations (33), percent (82), place value (56), prime numbers (31), ratios (53), test prep (96), tutorials (47), volume (45)

In the Classroom

Share videos on your interactive whiteboard as in introduction to a new concept or as review. Embed the links to videos of weekly concepts on your class website or blog. Create a link on classroom computers to current content for students to use as a review resource. Ask students to rate the most helpful videos they find and share their recommendations on a class wiki. Share this site with parents to use as a resource when helping students at home. Challenge students to create their own how-to video of math concepts. Share the videos using a tool such as SchoolTube, reviewed here.

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RekenWeb Games - Freudenthal Institute

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This site offers several interesting interactives for practicing math concepts at the elementary level. Many games go beyond the standard rote-type practice and involve critical thinking...more
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This site offers several interesting interactives for practicing math concepts at the elementary level. Many games go beyond the standard rote-type practice and involve critical thinking skills. For example, Beads on a String asks you to create a bead necklace using a pattern, but then asks that bead number 102 be blue adding difficulty to the challenge. Other activities involve estimation, money, logic, and symmetry. Activities can be sorted by age (5-12). Parts of this site appear in Dutch and you may have to simply hit the "translate" button to see the instruction in English.

tag(s): critical thinking (108), estimation (46), logic (235), money (193), puzzles (208), symmetry (55), time (144)

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Create a link to this site on classroom computers for students to explore. Share a link to the site on your classroom website or blog for students to access at home. Display the site on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) to use as a math center. Be sure to explain how to translate the site into English (when necessary).
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Arcade Diner - Pomegranate Software

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Arcade Diner offers some interesting and unusual "edutainment" for practicing math, science, and problem-solving skills. "The irRegular Game of Life" leads you through 42 levels of...more
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Arcade Diner offers some interesting and unusual "edutainment" for practicing math, science, and problem-solving skills. "The irRegular Game of Life" leads you through 42 levels of cell-placing and evolving pattern placement. "Milo Physics" demonstrates concepts of physics by dropping objects and collecting stars to proceed to different levels. Also included are board games such as chess and mahjong, number games, and puzzle games. There are a great many logic activities and much more. Most activities include a visual tutorial. The site offers a sign-up for posting high scores; however, it isn't required to play games. Note: Some games play an approximately 30 second advertisement before loading.
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tag(s): atoms (56), cells (102), critical thinking (108), fractions (239), geometric shapes (163), logic (235), number sense (97), numbers (204), patterns (85), problem solving (272), puzzles (208), symmetry (55)

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Create a link to this site on classroom computers to use as a center. Share this site on your classroom website or blog for students to use at home. This is a fabulous site to provide to students/families to use over summer break!
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The Math Dude - Mike DeGraba

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6 to 10
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This site is perfect for anyone learning or teaching Algebra 1 concepts. The Math Dude approaches a different concept for each episode and explains it in easy to understand terms ...more
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This site is perfect for anyone learning or teaching Algebra 1 concepts. The Math Dude approaches a different concept for each episode and explains it in easy to understand terms through highly entertaining videos. There are 30 videos - created to coincide with Algebra 1 instruction. A new video is meant to be used each week. Each Flash video is approximately 5 minutes in length and is available for download to computers as a Quick Time file as well as through ITunes as a podcast.

tag(s): equations (155), factors (42), polynomials (32), test prep (96)

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Watch videos on your interactive whiteboard as an introduction to new concepts or as review before assessments. You might even try "flipping" your instruction, assigning the videos to students for viewing before they come to class, then following up with applications in class. Peruse the site for videos that are relevant in your classroom. Share the link on your classroom website or blog for students and parents to access at home.
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