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Problems with a Point - Education Development Center

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6 to 12
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This site provides a resource for teachers who use, or are only beginning to use, a problem-centered approach. Varying in difficulty and approaches, these problems are useful for teachers,...more
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This site provides a resource for teachers who use, or are only beginning to use, a problem-centered approach. Varying in difficulty and approaches, these problems are useful for teachers, students, parents, math clubs, and home-schoolers. Problems are classified by topic, time required, suggested technology, required mathematical background, and habits of mind that students develop or use as they work. Synopses of the problems are keyword searchable. Answers and solutions are provided, and many problems include hints. Problems are available as html and as pdf documents. Each problem also has a link to view/add reader comments - this section may be useful for finding problem extensions or difficulties found when using problems. To become familiar with the site, there is a guided tour of the site, links to readers' favorite problems, and technical requirements. There is an extensive selection of teachers resources with answers to problems, goals and objectives, and preparations for class use.

tag(s): charts and graphs (195), logic (235), modeling (9), problem solving (272)

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Use this site as a resource for locating problems to use with your existing math program. Assign problems to students based on individual skills and needs or as enrichment for gifted students. Suggest this site to parents as a resource for practice problems to use at home. Challenge students to explain the problem-solving process used with a multimedia presentation. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.
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Math Madness - Bob Garvey

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3 to 12
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Although this site is created to sell Math CD's there are several samples of Math songs and cheers offered for free. Elementary students will enjoy The Candy Shop (adding numbers),...more
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Although this site is created to sell Math CD's there are several samples of Math songs and cheers offered for free. Elementary students will enjoy The Candy Shop (adding numbers), Multiply Cy, and The Fraction Song which are available both in audio form and downloadable lyrics. For older students samples included are Pi Song, Algebra Song, and Quadratic Song. Also of interest are videos of various cheers that can be used to liven up classrooms. Students will enjoy the Watermelon Cheer, Ketchup Cheer, and others.
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tag(s): fractions (239), multiplication (227), number sense (96), songs (52)

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Introduce the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector and share song examples with students before challenging them to create their own song for topics taught in class. Have students either video or create a podcast of their songs. Share the videos on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here. Create a podcast using a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here). Post student songs to your class website or blog. Teach students a new cheer each week to use in the classroom.

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Homework hotline - homeworkhotline.org

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3 to 12
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Have a student stumped by homework? Find exercises and extra help in various subject areas in this kid friendly site. Navigate through the various resources and friendly graphics to...more
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Have a student stumped by homework? Find exercises and extra help in various subject areas in this kid friendly site. Navigate through the various resources and friendly graphics to areas of the site such as "Sweet Stuff" which features neat interactives, "Needed Knowledge" with great tips, "Book review" to view video book reviews, and "Getting Historical." Watch informative (don't confuse with boring) videos of various math problems whether it be basic math, solving word problems, or even geometry. Find videos for other subjects such as science, language arts, social studies, health, and art. Review information in various subjects by trying age-appropriate interactives. This site also boasts "Dial A Teacher." Students can use a toll-free number to speak with a real teacher Monday through Thursday between the hours of 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. EST.

tag(s): homework (44), tutorials (47)

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Visit the "Boring Stuff' link for parents and teachers to find a PDF of 10 Ways to Use the Homework Helper Site in Your Classroom. Find segment guides, scripts, and book reviews beneficial for in class or use by students outside of class. Share this link at Back to School Night and put the link directly on your class website. Encourage middle schoolers to build independent work habits using this site.

Consider creating helpful information, videos, and tutorials of information students need answers to and creating your own help site as a school. Use students to create book reviews, math tutorials, etc. Use a tool such as SchoolTube reviewed here to share the videos.
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Regents Exam Prep Center - Oswego City School District Regents Exam Prep Center

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6 to 12
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This resource contains great review information, test questions, and other materials for several content areas. The materials included for review are a great way to identify the basic...more
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This resource contains great review information, test questions, and other materials for several content areas. The materials included for review are a great way to identify the basic material needed for the understanding of Chemistry, Physics, Geometry, Algebra, U.S. and Global History, Earth Science, and the Living Environment.

tag(s): test prep (95)

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Use this site as a great review of information about various topics in the subject. This activity would work well for individual or pairs of students in a lab or on laptops. Make a shortcut to 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.

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MathPuzzle - Martin Gardner

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6 to 12
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If you are looking for many different variations of math puzzles, look here. This site contains many puzzles of all kinds, together with links to other puzzles and mathematical recreation...more
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If you are looking for many different variations of math puzzles, look here. This site contains many puzzles of all kinds, together with links to other puzzles and mathematical recreation pages. The puzzles are marvelous, though many are a bit hard to understand -- often the author starts talking about a group of puzzles without explaining what the puzzle is. You may also have to work your way through some other random thoughts by the author; however, the puzzles on the page are worth sifting through the page to find them. Puzzles are listed in order of being added to the site, it may be easier to find items by looking on the right-hand side of the page and following the links listed under "Math Games". Activities are listed here by title without any explanation or picture, it would have been easier if they were in alphabetical order; however, this is still easier to find than scrolling through the long page of activities.

tag(s): logic (235), problem solving (272), puzzles (208), trivia (17)

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Introduce the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector then challenge students to choose a puzzle to solve. Have students explain the solution to the class. Use puzzles as a Problem of the Week for homework or extra credit by posting on your classroom website or blog.

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Study Blue - StudyBlue

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K to 12
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This site lets you keep study notes with you anywhere you go! Create flashcards and study even on your mobile phone. Share notes, flashcards, study guides, and quizzes with others ...more
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This site lets you keep study notes with you anywhere you go! Create flashcards and study even on your mobile phone. Share notes, flashcards, study guides, and quizzes with others for excellent collaboration. Study Blue also provides hints to help students study. Create a folder in "My Backpack." Make flashcards to get started or search flashcards already created by others.

tag(s): flash cards (45)

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Use as a study aid for students. This is a great tool for older students (who own cell phones). Students can study their flashcards on the bus, in the backseat of the family car, or while waiting for their dentist appointment! Have students create individual accounts and collaborate with others or create a class account for all to use. Have groups collaborate on the creation of flashcards for students to use or have groups create flashcards for specific parts of the unit. Learning support students can take their extra help along with them.

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MoMath - Museum of Mathematics - Museum of Mathematics

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2 to 12
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This is the official website for the first math museum in the United States, opening in 2012. At the time of this review, this site is in its infancy but ...more
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This is the official website for the first math museum in the United States, opening in 2012. At the time of this review, this site is in its infancy but certainly shows potential as a wonderful math resource. Currently there are several videos from their "Math Encounters" presentations that help bring math to life. Topics include Symmetry, Art and Illusion, the Geometry of Origami, Geometric Sculpture Barn Raising, and more. One especially interesting portion of the site is Math Monday - a weekly column discussing fun, experiential topics in Mathematics. Previous topics include shadow folds, cut and fold Escher, and pencil star.
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tag(s): critical thinking (108), logic (235), origami (17), sculpture (21), video (254)

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Use activities from Math Monday during Math nights or competitions at school. Challenge students to choose one of the activities to create while discovering math concepts such as symmetry and angles. Show videos from Math Encounters to students on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) as supplements to classroom activities. Have older students create projects found on the site, then share and create them with younger students. Share the site with the art teacher and work together to have students create mathematical art projects.
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Aesthetic Computing for Mathematics Teachers - Paul Fishwick

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7 to 12
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"Aesthetic computing" is an approach to algebra that focuses on students representing algebraic equations as pictures and stories to increase student involvement and understanding....more
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"Aesthetic computing" is an approach to algebra that focuses on students representing algebraic equations as pictures and stories to increase student involvement and understanding. The goal is to engage students who would benefit through hands-on and visual approaches to learning. The site includes a 5 minute video describing the approach, an introduction to the theory including lesson plans and handouts, and learning outcomes. Lesson plans are divided into Middle School and High School categories. One interesting inclusion to the site is the online chat and group for teachers interested in trying the approach. The group is very small but might be worthwhile to use for networking with others using this approach.

tag(s): operations (125), problem solving (272), visualizations (14)

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Share this site with Special Education and Gifted teachers as the hands-on approach will appeal to both types of learners. Display and share students' pictures and stories in your classroom or on your classroom website. Challenge students to find the equation within the pictures and stories.

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Powers of Ten - Charles and Ray Eames

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5 to 12
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This site offers dramatic, visual views of changes when zooming in or out by powers of ten. Simply click on the start page to begin the journey by looking at ...more
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This site offers dramatic, visual views of changes when zooming in or out by powers of ten. Simply click on the start page to begin the journey by looking at roses as we normally see them. By clicking on each of the numbers on the ruler below, you can see what happens at +10 squared and beyond up to 10 to the 26th value (the largest scale picture ever taken). You can also go to negative powers of 10 up to -15, the study of quarks. According to TeachersFirst user C.G., this site is based on a video. Watch the video here. Consider offering this site as a starter and the YouTube video (if accessible at school) for students who wish to know more. If your district blocks YouTube, then this may not be viewable. You could always view that at home and bring it to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid reviewed here to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): exponents (42), negative numbers (22), place value (56), square roots (24)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector to help students visualize the dramatic changes between powers of ten. Allow students to experiment with the site on classroom computers. Provide a link on your class website to this interesting activity. Make ten even more "powerful" by having students write abstract poems about what they might see at different "powers."

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Show your students video "The Powers of Ten" which is what the site was based on. It's fascinating. I don't know who was more amazed - my 5th graders or me. [Ed note: thanks for the video link. We have added it to the review!] Cindy, TX, Grades: 5 - 6

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E-Lab Grade 6 - Harcourt School

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5 to 7
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Harcourt School's website offers many different activities for practicing Math skills taught in their sixth grade program; however, the activities are free and available to everyone....more
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Harcourt School's website offers many different activities for practicing Math skills taught in their sixth grade program; however, the activities are free and available to everyone. Activities are divided by math strands - number sense, algebra and functions, measurement and geometry, and statistics, data analysis and probability. Most activities have a printable recording sheet that can be used by students. Students can input their own figures which makes the activities less repetitive and more interesting.

tag(s): equations (155), fractions (239)

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Make a shortcut to this site on classroom computers and use it as a center. Use this site to differentiate for students of all levels. Have students complete the recording sheet with an activity to use as an assessment or accountability piece. Include a link to the site on your classroom website or blog for students to practice at home.
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Visual Fractions - Richard Rand

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3 to 9
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This site is a tutorial that models fractions with number lines or circles through several different options. Applets are divided into categories such as identify fractions, rename...more
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This site is a tutorial that models fractions with number lines or circles through several different options. Applets are divided into categories such as identify fractions, rename fractions, compare fractions, investigate fractions, and much more. Each category contains different options for exploration with flash applets to practice that skill. The "investigate" option offers step-by-step explanations of the different categories and would be very useful to offer students when reviewing skills such as comparing fractions and using order of operations. Some of the slide shows are also available in PDF form along with practice worksheets. Another component of the site allows you to input your own fractions to practice your own examples.

tag(s): decimals (133), fractions (239), percent (82), test prep (95)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have the students open the site and use the whiteboard tools to explore and practice different aspects of fractions. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Use this site on a projector or interactive whiteboard to discuss and informally assess prior knowledge as you start your study of fractions. Create a link to this site on classroom computers, and your classroom website or blog for students to explore.
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Online Mathematics Dictionary - MathPro Press

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4 to 12
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This site offers a simple, basic math dictionary that may be helpful as a quick classroom resource. It contains definitions for virtually all math terms in a quick sentence. All ...more
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This site offers a simple, basic math dictionary that may be helpful as a quick classroom resource. It contains definitions for virtually all math terms in a quick sentence. All definitions are on one page and words can be found either by clicking the alphabetical links at the top of the page or by scrolling down through the site.
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tag(s): dictionaries (56), vocabulary (323)

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Create a link on classroom computers for easy access to mathematics terms. Print a copy of the site for students to include with math notebooks or journals. Use definitions from the site to create flash cards for learning mathematical definitions.

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MyAlgebra - Bagatrix

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7 to 12
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Enter algebra problems and receive the solutions! Also included are many sample problems. Choose sample problems using the options on the right of the screen, from categories such as...more
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Enter algebra problems and receive the solutions! Also included are many sample problems. Choose sample problems using the options on the right of the screen, from categories such as algebra concepts and expressions, simplifying or factoring polynomials, vectors, and much more. After creating a problem, select "solve" to find an answer. One major downfall of the site is that the option to see the steps needed to answer the problem leads to a pay site. However, the site is still worthwhile for students to check problem solutions.
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tag(s): factoring (31), homework (44), polynomials (32), vectors (25)

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Share the site with students as a resource for checking homework. Provide this link on your class website. At the beginning of a unit, display the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector showing the solution to a new problem, and then allow students to investigate and discover how to find the answer. When they complain that the site does not explain how it "got" the answer, you have the perfect teaching moment to point out why you require students to "show their work" to remove such mystery.

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Math.com - Leap of Faith Financial Services, Inc

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5 to 12
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This site offers many opportunities for math exploration for both teachers and students. Although they have a store and ads on the site, much of the site is free and ...more
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This site offers many opportunities for math exploration for both teachers and students. Although they have a store and ads on the site, much of the site is free and worth a visit. One especially helpful portion of the site is the link to different types of calculators from basic to graphing to mortgage and loan calculators. Students and parents will find the homework section of the site helpful as it is categorized by different topics, then each topic is further divided into sections. For example, under fractions you will find definitions, reducing, adding and subtracting, multiplying and dividing. In each of those portions there is a section with a first glance (overview), in-depth, examples, and workout. There is also a unit quiz for each section. Another helpful area of the site is the practice section which offers practice in many different math skills such as square root, percent, and integers. The games section offers practice with critical thinking skills through logic puzzles and games such as chess.
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tag(s): calculators (41), fractions (239), integers (41), percent (82), test prep (95)

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Create a link to this site on your classroom website or blog to share with students and parents as a resource at home. Display portions of the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector when introducing a unit or lesson or when reviewing at the end of a unit. Use the calculators on your interactive whiteboard during whole class lessons.

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Baseball-Reference

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6 to 12
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This site is perfect to practice math skills using real-time information and statistics from the American and National Leagues. A vast amount of data is available including prices of...more
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This site is perfect to practice math skills using real-time information and statistics from the American and National Leagues. A vast amount of data is available including prices of recent transactions, team and player statistics, streaks, and more. Considerable data is included for All-Star games, postseason stats, and frivolities such as birthdays and birthplaces. Information is also included for minor league teams. Be sure to check out the tutorial videos that help users with the site. Videos include information on box scores and their features, player and team gamelogs, and a 17 minute video reviewing features and layout of the baseball-reference site.

tag(s): charts and graphs (195), data (148), probability (130), statistics (122)

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Watch the information video on the website on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) as an introduction to the site. Allow students time to explore the site on their own or with a partner. This site is perfect for students to practice working with statistics and graphing. Have students choose a player or team and graph statistics, then compare these statistics with other students' data. Challenge students to research statistics on the site to find unusual information and research what may have happened. Have students create a multimedia presentation to share with the class such as a simple online posters using PicLits (reviewed here). Or compare data from students' favorite teams and create a class graph.
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CalcEnstein - Blaine Hilton

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5 to 12
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Looking for different types of calculators? Find them on this interesting site. Choose a button on the calculator corresponding to the subject. Examples of subjects include Medicine,...more
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Looking for different types of calculators? Find them on this interesting site. Choose a button on the calculator corresponding to the subject. Examples of subjects include Medicine, Algebra, Weather, Phonics, Financial, HVAC, Engineering, Weather, and Rocketry to name a few. After the subject is chosen, click on a formula to enter values. Some of the topics offer reference information, not calculations. This is definitely an interesting site to peruse.

tag(s): energy (198), medicine (67), phonics (75), rockets (14), sports (97), weather (188)

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There are many different calculators for students to explore as ways to apply math in real world situations. For example, choose weather and then wind chill. Enter the information and wind chill will be calculated. Enter the information, view the calculated answer, and then have students determine how it is actually calculated. This site is a great find for gifted students to use to further investigate specific topics beyond your "regular" classroom content. Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students work with a partner to explore various "buttons" on this interactive calculator. Have the groups create multimedia presentations to share their findings or demonstrate them on the whiteboard as advertisements or infomercials! Have students create online posters on paper or do it together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here) or PicLits (reviewed here).
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KenKen Puzzles - New York Times

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3 to 12
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KenKen is a puzzle game similar to Soduku with the added twist that numbers in dark-outlined areas must combine to produce the target number indicated. Read the fully illustrated tutorial...more
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KenKen is a puzzle game similar to Soduku with the added twist that numbers in dark-outlined areas must combine to produce the target number indicated. Read the fully illustrated tutorial for more information. Each day the New York Times provides 6 new puzzles in 3 different skill levels. This is a great activity for practicing math operations and also developing problem solving and critical thinking skills.
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tag(s): logic (235), problem solving (272), puzzles (208)

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Create a link to the site for students to use at computer centers or the computer lab. Print out puzzles and allow students to work with a partner to solve during center time. Challenge students to complete puzzles at different skills levels. Share a puzzle on the interactive whiteboard as students are entering the classroom and complete the puzzle together.
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Dr. Mike's Math Games - Michael Hartley

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K to 7
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If you are looking for fun math interactives and printable, this is the place for you! Hundreds of activities are available and are sorted in several different formats. Search by ...more
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If you are looking for fun math interactives and printable, this is the place for you! Hundreds of activities are available and are sorted in several different formats. Search by grade level, board games, worksheets, printable games, and more. Some grade levels also offer customizable worksheets. If you aren't sure what you are looking for, try the Cool Math Games link to view the most highly rated games or the Popular Math Games link to find the most visited games. Visitors can sign up to receive an email when new games are available and subscribe to Dr. Mike's blog and newsletter. There are some ads on the site that you will want to have students avoid.
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tag(s): fractions (239), number sense (96), numbers (203), puzzles (208), sudoku (18), worksheets (60)

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Create a link on your classroom computer to appropriate activities for your students. Use the printable games for classroom math centers, such as BINGO for #1-10 (kindergarten.) Share a link to the site on your classroom website or blog for students to access at home.
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Understanding Algebra - James Brennan

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7 to 10
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This site offers a complete online Algebra 1 textbook. The book is divided into 9 chapters beginning with "The Numbers of Arithmetic" and finishing with "Quadratic Equations." Each...more
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This site offers a complete online Algebra 1 textbook. The book is divided into 9 chapters beginning with "The Numbers of Arithmetic" and finishing with "Quadratic Equations." Each of these sections includes explanations of the topic along with examples. Also included on the site are a line graphing applet, prime factorization machine, prime number list, and quadratic equation solver/plotter. The entire book is available as a PDF download by clicking the link on the home page.

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Share this site with students to use for supplemental material and Algebra practice. Use information in the book to supplement current classroom materials. After students review each section, have them create problems for other classmates to solve.
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Jokes for Math Teachers - Clem Falbo

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4 to 12
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What did one math book say to the other? Don't bother me I've got my own problems! Are you looking for more bad jokes like this for your math class or ...more
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What did one math book say to the other? Don't bother me I've got my own problems! Are you looking for more bad jokes like this for your math class or perhaps a staff presentation? This site is for you! Choose from over 40 math jokes listed on this site, or send in your own. Who says math teachers can't be funny?

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Share a joke a day with your classroom or encourage them to create their own jokes. Use a joke to introduce a new topic and explore what makes it funny. Share a joke a week on your class website or blog and encourage readers to add their own joke or spin on the joke. Add an entire math joke section to your class wiki and give extra credit to promote a multiple intelligence approach to math.

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