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Using the Smartboard to support Math - Kenton County School District

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K to 12
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Interested in learning how to use your interactive Smartboard (or any brand of whiteboard) to support good math instruction? View interactive activities by Kentucky Math standards,...more
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Interested in learning how to use your interactive Smartboard (or any brand of whiteboard) to support good math instruction? View interactive activities by Kentucky Math standards, grade level, or content. Preview the resource or download (SMART Notebook format only) for use in the classroom. SMARTboard software is required for using downloaded files. Other activities feature activities using content from another site and a description for using the resource. Many of the outside sites are interactive (and fantastic).

The activities are divided up by grade level. There is something here for all grade levels. You can also search activities by name: clock templates, Pythagorean theorem, graphing coordinate pairs, spinners, and many others.

tag(s): charts and graphs (195), counting (120), fractions (239), iwb (31), numbers (204), patterns (85), volume (45)

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Unlock the power of the interactive whiteboard by using these activities to introduce or reinforce concepts in a variety of Math subjects. For example, teach geometry using the "Geometry in Action" activity which uses architecture to teach geometric concepts or use "Cubic Volume" to fill a rectangular prism with cubes to determine the volume. Be sure to check out the external sites also, there are some gems! If you have a different brand of whiteboard, preview the ideas for the downloadable files, then check your company's software for an equivalent activity. Many offer very similar resources.
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Calculation Nation - National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

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4 to 9
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Online games CAN help students learn! Use this free site to play math games against other opponents or a computer. Learn about fractions, factors, multiples, and symmetry among others....more
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Online games CAN help students learn! Use this free site to play math games against other opponents or a computer. Learn about fractions, factors, multiples, and symmetry among others. Practice important skills using basic multiplication and have fun learning math. In order to play all games, a log in is required. However, you can do some of the activities using a "Guest Pass." Just click on the "Guest Pass" link to begin. With this option, you can't play against other players - only the computer. At the time of this review, all five interactives were available to guests. Log in to play against others in and out of your class. Registering with the site also allows you to save your game.

Specific activities include "Square Off," "Factor Dazzle," "Fraction Feud," "Times Square," and "Slam Ball". Click on the "For Parents and Educators" tab to learn more about each game and the content area being addressed.

tag(s): decimals (133), fractions (239), multiples (35)

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Students can create a login to save their game play as well as challenge others in their class or elsewhere. Students must have individual accounts (email required). Check your school policies about accessing/sharing student email on school computers. You may want to create your own Gmail account with up to 20 subaccounts for each group of students (by code name or number) within your classes. If your students do not have their own emails follow the Gmail subaccount directions explained here.
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Educational Videos for kids - NeoK12

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K to 12
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This incredible site is a database of videos on an abundance of topics! They are arranged by topic and very easy to access. The general subjects include physical science, life ...more
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This incredible site is a database of videos on an abundance of topics! They are arranged by topic and very easy to access. The general subjects include physical science, life science, earth and space, social studies, math, English, and the human body. Each of the subjects includes 10+ topics. And each of the topics includes countless videos. You truly have to see this collection to believe it! There are lessons "ready to go" on video: Civil Rights Movement, Ice Age, Allergies, Subtracting Negative Numbers, Electricity, and MANY others.

NOTE: Although the videos are listed on this site, they actually "live" elsewhere on the Internet, so some videos may be blocked in your school (those on YouTube, for example). Always pretest to be sure the video you hope to use is accessible at school!

tag(s): ecosystems (88), insects (69), phonics (75), probability (130), solar system (119), speaking (24), statistics (122), writing (359)

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Share these videos on your interactive whiteboard or projector. This is a great site to use when planning for substitute teachers, as an introduction to a new unit, or even as additional information on a specific topic.

Challenge cooperative learning groups to create their own videos about topics being studied in social studies, science, math, or nearly any other topic. Share the videos using Teachers.TV reviewed here. Include this link on your class web page for students to access outside of schools for reinforcement and further exploration of concepts.
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Lure of the labyrinth - Maryland Public Television

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6 to 9
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Use this free learning tool that combines the best research of game theory to learn about pre-algebra. A compelling story is woven through multi-level puzzle play to build pre-algebra...more
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Use this free learning tool that combines the best research of game theory to learn about pre-algebra. A compelling story is woven through multi-level puzzle play to build pre-algebra skills in proportions, fractions, ratios, variables, equations, and operations. Lure of the labyrinth is an underground world inhabited with monsters and really gross food and slimy materials sure to make a middle school student smile. Students operate in this activity as a monster avatar in a shadowy factory. The mission is to rescue and save their missing pet as well as others. Play this game individually or in teams. Players can communicate online to exchange ideas and strategies which encourage collaboration. Click on the "educator's guide" for great ideas and suggestions for integrating the game into your curriculum and the "quick start" for learning the basic ins and outs of the game. Videos are also available for learning the basic skills. Most students, however, know how to approach games and learn as they go. Registration with an email address for this site is required. Teachers should record student logins and passwords for students who may forget. Be sure to read the recommendations on the site for login creations as well as your district recommendations for student registrations. You may want to create your own Gmail account with up to 20 subaccounts for each group of students (by code name or number) within your classes. Here is a blog post that tells how to set up GMail subaccounts to use for any online membership service.

tag(s): equations (155), fractions (239), puzzles (208)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Use this site to sharpen and advance pre-algebra skills using problem sets in this fun filled activity. Students groups can work collaboratively on solving problems. You may want to provide this link on your class website for additional enrichment at home (even if you don't have the time to do the activities during class).
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Math Interactives - Alberta Education

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3 to 12
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Looking for interactive math resources and their use in everyday life? Math Interactives provide a variety of topics with interactive options for each. View "Use it" to access guided...more
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Looking for interactive math resources and their use in everyday life? Math Interactives provide a variety of topics with interactive options for each. View "Use it" to access guided practice for students or "Explore it" for activities that can be used as a teacher demo or practice activities. Additional quicktime videos about the topic and support materials are included. Example topics in the "Number" category include Fractions, Integers, and Exponents. Other categories include "Patterns and Relations," "Shape and Space," and "Statistics and Probability."

tag(s): data (148), equations (155), exponents (42), integers (41), numbers (204), square roots (24)

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Use these great activities with an interactive whiteboard or projector to engage students and identify underlying math rules. Students can work individually or in groups on the "Use It" activities for guided practice in understanding the math concepts. Use the "Explore it" activities for additional practice or to uncover the math concepts. Students can create their own interactive directions using wikis, video or photo tutorials, or podcast which can be shared with others. Not sure where to begin with the multimedia projects? Not comfortable with wikis? Have no wiki worries - check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through. Having students create a video? Use a video sharing site such as Teachers.TV reviewed here. Looking to narrate an image? Try ThingLink, reviewed here. Not sure where to create Podcasts? Try a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here).
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This is a great resource. I will use it during our Exponents unit. Nancy, GA, Grades: 6 - 12

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Maths online - Actis

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Use these free math activities for learning math concepts from number grids to Algebra. There is something here for all grade levels. Examples include "Millennium Bug Racing" for mental...more
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Use these free math activities for learning math concepts from number grids to Algebra. There is something here for all grade levels. Examples include "Millennium Bug Racing" for mental math games between players and "Transformation Golf" for a great way to learn spatial relationships. At the time of this review, this site included eight interactive math activities.

tag(s): counting (120)

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Use the Interactive whiteboard or projector to introduce this site and the activities. Create a station as a learning center for concept introduction, review, or practice. Use many of these activities and give students the opportunity to explain the math concept behind it to check for understanding. List this site on your class website or wiki for use both in and out of the classroom.
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Flash Card Flash - Flash Card Flash

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Everyone needs time savers. This site just made your life easier. Find pre-made flash cards using a search engine (powered by Google) from the best flash card sites on the ...more
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Everyone needs time savers. This site just made your life easier. Find pre-made flash cards using a search engine (powered by Google) from the best flash card sites on the web. Simply type in your topic in the search line and in seconds, you will have a list of flash card sites that feature your topic. Click on the links, and you have pre-made electronic flash cards at your fingertips. You do not need to be signed in with the flash card sites to enjoy the benefits. Some sites are easier to navigate than others. This tool may require some time "digging" for the best! Many of the sites require Flash and/or Adobe Acrobat. You can get both from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): flash cards (46)

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Share the online vocabulary words on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Students can work in pairs at a computer to enhance the flashcard learning. GED and placement test learners will find this feature most useful. Foreign language learners will find all their flash card needs are met with this site. Share this site on your class website for students to use to practice both in and out of the classroom. Use this tool with ESL/ELL students. Use this site for students to practice new science vocabulary words. Imagine the possibilities!
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Mathematical Fiction - Alex Kasman

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K to 12
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This site provides countless books, films, plays, and television shows that all relate to specific math concepts. What a fabulous way to integrate math, language arts, history, and...more
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This site provides countless books, films, plays, and television shows that all relate to specific math concepts. What a fabulous way to integrate math, language arts, history, and more! The site includes the title, year, and brief description. Teachers can browse by genre, medium, motif, and/or topic. Media include everything from comic books to plays to television series. Genres include historical fiction, children's literature, adventure/espionage, fantasy, science fiction, and more. Sixty-three fiction offerings are even available FREE (in their entirety) online! The site is still developing and frequently adds additional fiction titles. Students who enjoy fantasy will also enjoy choosing books from this site, since the author admits that not all math mentioned in all the books is "real" math!! The site allows teachers to search by keyword and also to browse new offerings in the compilation of titles.

tag(s): logic (235), probability (130), statistics (122)

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Use this site to find extra reading choices for reluctant readers who are interested in technology and math. Use it also to show students that math processes are inherent in a lot of life's experiences. Search the site for your current math topics. Share this link on your class website for students (and parents) to use at home. Share it with your school librarian for a featured reading shelf. Challenge your more verbal/linguistic gifted students to write similar stories that feature a math concept and create an online book using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here.

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emathematics - Emathmatics.net

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5 to 12
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Looking for extra practice and better ways to track student progress? Use this free site for explanations of concepts, see example problems, and answer a practice problem. The English...more
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Looking for extra practice and better ways to track student progress? Use this free site for explanations of concepts, see example problems, and answer a practice problem. The English is British style, so remember that "revise" on this site means the same as "review" to Americans. Teachers can register their students to follow their progress. Registration is free, but does require an email address. If you plan to have students register individually, you may want to create your own Gmail account with up to 20 subaccounts for each group of students (by code name or number) within your classes. Here is a blog post that tells how to set up GMail subaccounts to use for any online membership service.

Data on correct and incorrect answers as well as strengths and weaknesses are kept for students. This site does include some minor advertisements. Watch out for a link to "essay paper" buried at the far bottom right on the home page: a place to purchase essays online!

tag(s): coordinates (32), exponents (42), fractions (239), integers (41), percent (82)

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Use this site for extra practice or answering a problem after initial teaching. Identify strengths and weaknesses for grouping students in solving problems. Share this link on your class website for students to use for extra practice and as a resource outside of the classroom.

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AlgebraLAB - Mainland High School

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7 to 12
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AlgebraLAB highlights the connection between algebra (and many other math subjects) and science. Although this website may appear as an in-depth informational algebra site, there...more
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AlgebraLAB highlights the connection between algebra (and many other math subjects) and science. Although this website may appear as an in-depth informational algebra site, there is A LOT more to explore! AlgebraLAB includes 10+ links to various topics: Lessons, Practice, Careers (how Algebra and science are used in countless careers), Directions (offers insight on how to use this site), Word Problems, Study Aids, a Glossary, and several others. Many activities are interactive. This site requires Windows Media Player. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): calculators (41), coordinates (32), equations (155), vectors (25)

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This informational site is a MUST HAVE in any secondary math class. Be certain to save this site in your favorites. The site highlights countless algebra topics (and other math areas). Share the information on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Share the link on your class website so students can access the site both in and out of the classroom. Have cooperative learning groups explore one of the topics presented at the lessons or activities link. Have the groups create a video to share what they learned. Share the videos on your interactive whiteboard or projector using a tool such as TeacherTube (explained here). Differentiate! You can easily find extension activities for your more-able students to do while you reinforce the basics with others.

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Mathematics in Movies - Oliver Knill

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6 to 12
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This site features engaging movie scenes (in Quicktime and Flash formats) that involve Math problems. Beside each clip and title is an explanation of the Math concept in the clip. ...more
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This site features engaging movie scenes (in Quicktime and Flash formats) that involve Math problems. Beside each clip and title is an explanation of the Math concept in the clip. Most are secondary level, but a few are for lower grades. If you click on the TITLE of the movie, you will be lead to a site to purchase, rate, and/or view the movie in its entirety. To avoid this confusion, be sure to click on the "Play the Flash Version or QuickTime" links. These links lead directly to the "math clip." Links at the bottom lead to other movie collections websites.

tag(s): logic (235), movies (65), patterns (85)

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Use the links "Begin of Lectures in College teaching" and "The end of lectures in college teaching" to identify effective and ineffective teaching elements at all levels. Use these clips for anticipatory set or activators at the start of a lesson or introduction of a concept. Share the video clips on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Discuss the concepts as a class or have students work in cooperative learning groups. See if students can identify any other movie or television show that has used math concepts. If time permits, have students create their own mini-dramas that include discussion of math concepts within the story.
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Mathcasts Library - Tim Fahlberg

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K to 12
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View math screencasts for grades K-7 or by topic (algebra, trigonometry, calculus, pre-calculus, or financial math). The topics for grades K-7 range from number sense to mathematical...more
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View math screencasts for grades K-7 or by topic (algebra, trigonometry, calculus, pre-calculus, or financial math). The topics for grades K-7 range from number sense to mathematical reasoning to statistics, data analysis, & probability. Follow common problems, example exam questions, and problems of the day. View video clips (some made by students)!. The videos require Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): addition (251), counting (120), measurement (159), numbers (204), probability (130), statistics (122)

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Use this site for homework help, explaining solutions to problems, and extra credit problems to solve. Share the video clips on your interactive whiteboard or projector as an introduction to a new topic or for review, especially for your visual learners! Have students think out loud and create their own instructional videos for math concepts and share them on a tool such as SchoolTube (reviewed here). Be sure to list this link on your class website for students to use both in and out of the classroom. Note: since content is user-contributed, you will want to talk with your students about who created the materials (students, teachers, professors) and how to tell.
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GeoGebra - GeoGebraWiki International

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K to 12
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Choose from a wide variety of lesson plans and ideas for elementary, middle school, high school, or college, all created using GeoGebra. View concepts on individual pages that house...more
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Choose from a wide variety of lesson plans and ideas for elementary, middle school, high school, or college, all created using GeoGebra. View concepts on individual pages that house interactive applets (mini-programs) and downloadable, zipped versions. Depending on your computer's security settings, you may need to "tell" your computer to "trust" the source of the activity before it will "Run." Explore Math resources for Art, Music, and Physics. Some of the available activities have demos with audio explanations, as well. Be aware this wiki allows users to add content. You must log-in to add content, but you still may want to preview for accuracy before you share this site with your students. The users appear to all be math teachers, but some activities may be created by students.

tag(s): angles (88), coordinates (32), decimals (133), equations (155), fractions (239), integers (41), percent (82), volume (45)

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Use the applets to demonstrate concepts in Math. Use these as a review or as an introductory lesson for students to identify the rule. Many are well-suited for interactive whiteboards.

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Java applets - Pacific Lutheran University

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Use these applets (mini-animations) to show Math problems and their solutions clearly and dynamically. Choose applets in "Arithmetic," "Algebra and Trigonometry," "Calculus," "Geometry,"...more
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Use these applets (mini-animations) to show Math problems and their solutions clearly and dynamically. Choose applets in "Arithmetic," "Algebra and Trigonometry," "Calculus," "Geometry," "Algebra," and "Probability and Statistics." View the math relationships easily with these great applets. This site requires Java to run all the applets (mini-programs). You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): equations (155), fractions (239), probability (130), statistics (122)

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Use these applets with groups of students to learn the math rules and use to demonstrate and teach concepts to the rest of the class. Use the applets to demonstrate and identify solutions to problems. List this link on your class website for students to explore both in and out of the classroom for review, recap, or exploration.

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Real World Math: Using Google Earth in the Math Curriculum - Real world math

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5 to 12
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This site uses Google Earth to teach Math! If your school does not allow access or installation of this free software, use this site as justification for the power of ...more
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This site uses Google Earth to teach Math! If your school does not allow access or installation of this free software, use this site as justification for the power of GE in the curriculum. Use higher level thinking skills and provide active learning by using the lessons on this site. Visit the "Lessons" page to view lessons grouped into four categories: Concept Lessons, Project-Based Learning, Exploratory, and Measurement. Use the "Community" page to collaborate or submit lesson ideas. Click on the "Update" page to view new lessons or resources added. The "Resource" page contains links to other sites and tutorials that are useful. NOTE that you must have the FREE Google Earth reviewed hereinstalled on your computer to use these terrific ideas.

Be aware that the "Community" link has been moved off-site and is designed for teachers, not students.

tag(s): data (148), earth (228), measurement (159), problem solving (272)

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Use this site to access lessons that bring Math to life and provide relevance to the students. These lessons provide an option to use higher level thinking skills that provide true understanding and learning of Math concepts.

Have students complete these lessons and share their finished products on an interactive whiteboard or projector.

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Science for Kids - Kidipede

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5 to 10
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This site, designed especially for middle school students, highlights the basic foundations of math, geology, chemistry, physics, and biology. Although this site is recommended for...more
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This site, designed especially for middle school students, highlights the basic foundations of math, geology, chemistry, physics, and biology. Although this site is recommended for middle school students, it is also appropriate for high school students studying the subject areas. It is mainly a "text" site, without interactives. However, this is a great resource for explaining complex topics, researching specific topics in science and math, and much more. Each general area (i.e. geology or biology), includes several sub-topics. There are also links to activities for students, project ideas, and Teacher's Guides. There are two caveats: there are some advertisements -- nothing too distracting -- AND some of the suggested activities include "buying" a book from Amazon. You do NOT need to purchase anything to take advantage of this free resource!

tag(s): atoms (56), diseases (66), earth (228), earthquakes (48), electricity (89), medicine (67), rocks (49), weather (188)

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Use portions of this site as an anticipatory set in your science or math class. The information is simple to understand and would be useful for students struggling with a topic. Use the site for research about specific topics. Have teams of students explore each of the "sub-topics" within the main topic and then create an interactive presentation (Powerpoint, video, or wiki) to share the information with their class. Why not list this link on your class website, so students can access the page both in and out of the classroom.

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Using a Calculator - BBC

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4 to 7
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Use this site to introduce, practice, and review intermediate calculator skills. Scroll to the bottom of the screen to find the interactive. There are three options at this site: Revision...more
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Use this site to introduce, practice, and review intermediate calculator skills. Scroll to the bottom of the screen to find the interactive. There are three options at this site: Revision Bite offers a great introduction (or review) of the skills, there is also an interactive calculator with several questions to challenge your students, and finally an online quiz. Most of the questions are designed for middle school math classes. The interactive provides sound clips and motivation (a skateboarder). This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): decimals (133)

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Share this site with your students on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Use the Revision Bite as an anticipatory set for a lesson about using the calculator. Then use the activities and online quiz as additions to your lesson (or even AS the lesson). The site is ready to go, easy to follow, educational, and simple for both teachers and students to use. Provide this link in your class newsletter or embed it right into your class web site or wiki so students can practice with this interactive calculator at home.
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Number Patterns - BBC

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3 to 7
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Looking for some challenging ways to practice number patterns and sequence? This "kid-friendly" site offers practice activities for a variety of patterns (including negative integers)....more
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Looking for some challenging ways to practice number patterns and sequence? This "kid-friendly" site offers practice activities for a variety of patterns (including negative integers). Scroll to the bottom of the screen to find the activity. You can try the activity again and again with new patterns to figure out. Sound clips and interesting "surprises" are provided when students find the correct patterns.

In addition to the practice activity, there is also an online quiz (multiple choice) and a Revision Bite which offers detailed information about patterns and sequence (useful for introducing new material or review.

The entire interactive is embeddable by copying/pasting the "code" into your class web page or wiki. Many of the activities at this site require Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): negative numbers (22), numbers (204), patterns (85)

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Share this site with your students on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Use the Revision Bite as an anticipatory set for a lesson about number patterns. Then use the activities and online quiz as enhancements to your lesson (or even AS the lesson). The site is ready to go, easy to follow, educational, and simple for both teachers and students to use. Why not have students work in groups and create their own interactive number activities using PowerPoint (plus graphics),creating a blog, or even creating their own educational videos demonstrating interesting patterns and sharing them on TeacherTube (explained here).

Provide this link in your class newsletter and on your class website so students can practice math and number patterns at home.
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Seeing Math: Secondary Interactives - The Concord Consortium

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7 to 12
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This site offers FREE interactive math tools: qualitative grapher, piecewise linear grapher, linear transformer, function analyzer, quadratic transformer, system solver, plopit, and...more
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This site offers FREE interactive math tools: qualitative grapher, piecewise linear grapher, linear transformer, function analyzer, quadratic transformer, system solver, plopit, and proportioner. Originally the interactives required special software, but they now run directly from the web site without any special installation or download. The interactives all include a real-time connection between math concepts (graphical or symbolic) and the representations. The activities provide visual illustrations to enhance algebra class. They allow for accelerated learning. And you are even able to save images to share with classmates.

The "Qualitative Grapher" demonstrates the meaning of a function and see how it can be seen as something changing over time. The "Proportioner" highlights scale and proportion and allows you to compare image dimensions. All of the other individual activities highlight other upper level math skills. This site requires Java and Adobe Acrobat. You can get both from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): mean (25), median (22), statistics (122)

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Share this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector to help students visualize concepts learned in class. Have students work in pairs to try some of the activities that enhance your secondary math units. List this link on your class website, so students can practice these math skills at home.
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AAA Math

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K to 8
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Students can practice math skills independently (and in both English and Spanish) with this collection of challenging, interactive practice activities, organized by grade level and...more
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Students can practice math skills independently (and in both English and Spanish) with this collection of challenging, interactive practice activities, organized by grade level and topic. Click Spanish version at the top for your ESL/ELL students to have access to the same valuable resources! The website says the activities are designed for students in grades K through eight. Topics vary greatly and include algebra, statistics, counting, comparing, decimals, basic operations, exponents, fractions, and many others. Nearly every math topic taught in elementary or middle school, will be found at this site. Once you click on the general topic area, be prepared for a HUGE list of specific choices to explore. Each math concept is explained in a simple paragraph and then students are presented with practice activities about the specific concept. The practice activities are timed.

Be aware there are several advertisements at this website (all appropriate). But considering this site is free (and full of ready to go math activities), the advertisements are worth the minor annoyance.

tag(s): estimation (46), exponents (42), measurement (159), mental math (27), money (193), patterns (85), place value (56), statistics (122)

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This site has countless possibilities in the classroom. Use the descriptions and activities as an anticipatory set for a new topic in math class. Share the activities on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Set up a learning station for students and differentiate the activities for your lower and higher level math students. Provide this link on your class website for students to use to review at home.

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