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Special Holiday Emergency Desk - Erwin Penland

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K to 12
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This great site draws a picture of whatever is typed into the "Draw It" box. A baseball-capped man (viewed in a video) sitting behind a desk with many pictures tacked ...more
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This great site draws a picture of whatever is typed into the "Draw It" box. A baseball-capped man (viewed in a video) sitting behind a desk with many pictures tacked on the wall behind him takes up his drawing pad and pen and creates the drawing in front of you! The site does take a few seconds to load and to draw, so it is not an instant picture, but the picture appears within 6 seconds. The supporting dictionary does seem to be somewhat limited, so the picture you get may not always be what you are expecting! And if students types in something inappropriate, they get a "naughty list' note from the man.

tag(s): dictionaries (56), drawing (78), vocabulary (324)

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This is a great site for ESL, SPED, and language teachers who can not seem to communicate exactly what a certain object is. Share the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. For students who do not know what a hedgehog or okapi is, this is a simple way to display a picture. Have students compete to draw their vocabulary words with the onscreen man, and decide whose pictures are best!
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Mr. R's World of Math - Mr. R

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K to 12
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"I decided to put together Mathstory.com to keep students smiling and engaged as they mastered mathematical concepts," is Mr. R's explanation for this site that includes many resources...more
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"I decided to put together Mathstory.com to keep students smiling and engaged as they mastered mathematical concepts," is Mr. R's explanation for this site that includes many resources for elementary teachers along with a few lessons for Jr High and High School teachers. Be sure to check out the Math Videos page which includes 20 homemade videos created for learning strategies for counting and multiplying (the page may be slow to load because of the number of videos included). The Math Story link currently leads you to the online book, Fourth Grade and the Evil Wizard of Math. Each chapter contains math problems. There are many math lessons included for all grade levels. Don't miss the interesting math poems to learn geometric shapes. There is A LOT here to explore!
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tag(s): geometric shapes (163), interactive stories (32), poetry (228), video (254)

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Share a Math Poem a day from the site with your class on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Challenge students to create their own Math Poems. Math videos on the site are perfect to share on your interactive whiteboard, or create a link on classroom computers and allow students to explore the videos on their own. Share the Math Story as a read-aloud during Math class. Put this link on your class website for students to access both in and out of the classroom.
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TallJerome Math Songs/Video - Jerome White

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8 to 12
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New Orleans Math Teacher, Jerome White, has created this site to share his classroom productions with others. He has produced videos fashioned after popular songs with Math themes....more
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New Orleans Math Teacher, Jerome White, has created this site to share his classroom productions with others. He has produced videos fashioned after popular songs with Math themes. Examples are Super Geek sung to the the tune of Super Freak, I Solved for X to the tune of I Kissed a Girl, and many more. Videos are presented through YouTube and most are also linked to an original posting with an explanation of the contents. Be sure to also check out his Math Nerdiness page which features his Mathematical explanation of Parallel Parking, Sine Cradle, Rational Functions explanations, and other "Nerdiness." Other linked portions of the site are for more mature students, such as the tattoo designs done by calculus students.

tag(s): angles (88), geometric shapes (163), humor (15), quadratics (32)

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This is a great find for gifted students or to lure in disengaged math students. Allow them to explore the Math Nerdiness and investigate the Mathematical explanations contained there. Share the videos with students on your interactive whiteboard or projector to add a little humor to Math class. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they 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 KeepVid reviewed here to download the videos from YouTube. Challenge students to create their own video or multimedia presentations using current Math content. Share the videos on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here.
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HS Tutorials - Lisa Thorne

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7 to 12
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This site offers many animated tutorials for Pre-Algebra, Algebra, and Geometry. The lessons referenced are in popular textbooks by Prentice-Hall and Glencoe/McGraw/Hill. In addition,...more
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This site offers many animated tutorials for Pre-Algebra, Algebra, and Geometry. The lessons referenced are in popular textbooks by Prentice-Hall and Glencoe/McGraw/Hill. In addition, there are some animated lessons covering computer topics such as digital imaging, keyboarding, and introduction to computers. After choosing a topic, links are available to specific textbooks, study aides such as vocabulary, and skills games. Tutorials last approximately 1 to 2 minutes each and offer a visual example of solving problems along with an oral explanation of methods used.
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tag(s): test prep (96), tutorials (47), vocabulary (324)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set to introduce a unit or lesson on a projector or interactive whiteboard, or to provide an explanation for a problem in your students' textbook. Post a link to one of the explanations on your classroom website or blog for students to use as reference when working homework problems. This site is perfect to use on your interactive whiteboard when discussing methods of solving problems; tutorials can be paused to allow for discussion and comments as needed. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create their own tutorial videos. Share the videos on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here.
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MathEbook - MathEbook

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K to 12
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Mathebook.net has Online Tutorials as well as Downloadable pdf tutorials which you can save on a computer and use later. It can be used by teachers for home work purpose. ...more
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Mathebook.net has Online Tutorials as well as Downloadable pdf tutorials which you can save on a computer and use later. It can be used by teachers for home work purpose. The pdf is editable and students can e-mail the homework tutorials by e-mail back to teachers. To begin using the site, you simple choose from kindergarten, elementary, middle school, or high school levels. Within each of those sections is a list of topics, and then a choice of virtual or ebook. Virtual activities are those done on the computer and cannot be saved. These are items such as fact practice where feedback will be given as to the correctness of answers. eWorkbook items are PDF documents that can be printed and used as worksheets. You can either print and use them, or the answers can be inputted online, saved, then emailed to the instructor. The site also includes a math dictionary, video tutorials, and downloadable worksheets.
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tag(s): addition (251), decimals (133), division (172), factors (42), fractions (239), measurement (159), multiplication (227), number sense (97), subtraction (208), time (144), video (254), worksheets (60)

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Save this site as a link on classroom or computer lab computers for math practice. Share this site on your classroom website or blog for students to practice at home. Share the video tutorials on your interactive whiteboard or projector to introduce or review concepts taught in class.
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Calcoolate - The Coolest Calculator on the Web - Calcoolate.com

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7 to 12
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Calcoolate is an online, fast, scientific calculator. It has a clean interface and, unlike other online calculators, doesn't clutter your screen with unnecessary calculator buttons...more
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Calcoolate is an online, fast, scientific calculator. It has a clean interface and, unlike other online calculators, doesn't clutter your screen with unnecessary calculator buttons that you can input from your keyboard (1,2,3, +, -,* etc). It supports simple and trigonometric or scientific math functions (sin, cos, log, etc), instantly highlights any errors in your input, and automatically saves a history of your previous calculations. The preferences page allows for further customization of the calculator: choose to use either a dot or comma as the decimal point, save the history (or not), and show angles in radians or degrees. In addition to the calculator, there is an online conversion tool. This tool performs conversions for distance and length, speed, temperature, weight, volume, area, and currency. Your computer's calculator history will also show on screen when performing conversions. Although the advertisements on this page can be a bit "flashy," this site is definitely worth using!
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tag(s): calculators (41), conversions (23), measurement (159)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector when performing operations and conversions in math and science. Use the history as a reference for comparing calculations performed. (Some school computers may "blow out" the computer "cookies" that store this history.) Share a link to the site on your classroom website or blog for students to use at home.

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Math Bits - Frederick and Donna Roberts

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7 to 12
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This site offers practice in secondary mathematics topics using fun activities such as games, and Math With the Movies, and a cool activity called "MathCaching." "MathCaching" uses...more
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This site offers practice in secondary mathematics topics using fun activities such as games, and Math With the Movies, and a cool activity called "MathCaching." "MathCaching" uses the internet to find hidden boxes to reveal clues to the games. Your success at "MathCaching" is dependent upon your skills at solving mathematical problems. Answers to caching activities can only be retrieved through email - teachers must email the site administrator from an educational email address, parents need to register on the site then email the administrators. Explanations for all activities are available onsite. Junior Math Resources has a section with free samples for teacher use. The printables and multimedia materials covers sixth grade math through Pre Algebra with the intent of to energize students' mathematical experiences. And, there is much more to explore!

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

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Introduce the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector, then allow students to explore activities on their own on classroom computers or the computer lab. Assign one of the "MathCaching" activities as a weekly homework problem. Challenge students to create their own caching activity for other students to solve.
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Symmetry - It's All Around You! - Adrian Bruce

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1 to 6
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This site contains many examples of symmetry found in the world around us. Examples include images of animals, masks, ink blots, faces, and more. In addition to all of the ...more
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This site contains many examples of symmetry found in the world around us. Examples include images of animals, masks, ink blots, faces, and more. In addition to all of the activities, be sure to check out the information at the bottom of page under "teacher stuff." A PowerPoint presentation is available for download, but even better is the information available at "Construct Your Own Symmetry Learning Quest." This link provides questions and challenges to use with students for each of the symmetry images on the site. Also included are activities categorized by Blooms Taxonomy Levels to be used in the classroom. Build visual thinking!
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tag(s): flips (5), geometric shapes (163), slides (63), symmetry (55), turns (3)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on symmetry on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Create a class book or webpage showing examples of symmetry found around your classroom or school.

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Bricks Activity - Math Forum

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6 to 8
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Use the Brick Activity to challenge students to build the strongest wall they can using as few fault lines as possible. The student page identifies the problem, displays some images...more
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Use the Brick Activity to challenge students to build the strongest wall they can using as few fault lines as possible. The student page identifies the problem, displays some images to help explain the construction activity, and offers a hint as needed. Check out the Teacher's link which includes links to standards, the manipulatives needed, and links to possible solutions.

tag(s): careers (132), critical thinking (108), earth (228), earthquakes (48), problem solving (272), puzzles (208)

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Introduce the activity on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) then allow students to work with partners to solve the brick problem. This activity would work well when studying earthquakes, careers (architects, civil engineers), as well as problem-solving.

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SNAP Math Fair - SNAP Mathematics Foundation

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2 to 6
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This site offers information about how to organize and assess a math fair, but more importantly, provides puzzles and resources to use. SNAP is an acronym for student-centered, non-competitive,...more
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This site offers information about how to organize and assess a math fair, but more importantly, provides puzzles and resources to use. SNAP is an acronym for student-centered, non-competitive, all-inclusive, and problem-based. The purpose of a SNAP math fair is to provide a meaningful, problem-solving experience for all students. Puzzles are offered in 2 levels, plus there are river-crossing, and Sodoku puzzles. Each puzzle is explained and illustrated with the problem. One dilemma for the site creators was in how to provide the solutions as they realize that there are several methods for solving each puzzle. Answers are not provided; however you can email the site creators for answers.

tag(s): critical thinking (108), logic (235), problem solving (272), puzzles (208)

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Use puzzles as a center activity or challenge activity for students. Challenge students to complete the puzzles and explain the problem solving process to their classmates. Have them use use the puzzles and create your own Math fair, Math Fun Day, or Family Math night. Provide a puzzle of the week throughout the year for students to solve. Be sure to allow students time to solve puzzles on their own without any hints or tips!

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ThatQuiz - ThatQuiz

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3 to 12
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ThatQuiz is an online assessment tool for teachers of all subjects and grade levels. Create an account to gain access to record keeping tools. You can make your own tests ...more
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ThatQuiz is an online assessment tool for teachers of all subjects and grade levels. Create an account to gain access to record keeping tools. You can make your own tests using questions within the site. Students do not need to register since additional features are only for teachers. After choosing a category, different options are available within each of the quizzes to increase difficulty and add features. Quizzes can be timed or completed at the students' own pace. There is also an option to create a url for an individual quiz that can be linked to Facebook or Twitter accounts.

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Assign quizzes to students to complete on classroom computers or in computer labs. Modify activities for different student levels. Create a teacher account and modify quizzes to meet your own needs. Challenge students to complete quizzes and then increase the difficulty level. Share this link on your classroom website for students to access (to practice skills) while both in and out of the classroom. Consider allowing students to create quizzes for each other using a class account during review times or in small groups. It is much more fun to "study" by creating a quiz!
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SAS Curriculum Pathways - SAS institute Inc.

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7 to 12
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Create a free account to this great resource site for teachers. After verification of your account, a login code is displayed for use with your students. Students use the login ...more
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Create a free account to this great resource site for teachers. After verification of your account, a login code is displayed for use with your students. Students use the login and type in their name before starting an activity. The site has resources for all subjects in the Middle school and High School levels. Audio support is available for the text. The engaging activities use lower-level thinking skills that engage higher order skills. The products work in the classroom in large part because teachers shape every phase of the planning and production process. This site uses standards and the Common Core to clarify the content in the core academic disciplines. The value of the resource lies in the focus on difficult to explain concepts that are enriched through the use of technology based resources using audio, video, and interactivity. Students "do" and "see" in order to understand the difficult concepts. Lessons have the following parts: classroom activity, web lesson, and project. InterActivities allow students to explore, apply, and analyze using online tools.

tag(s): africa (180), architecture (84), cells (102), europe (75), evolution (100), genetics (90), grammar (216), literature (275), motion (59), numbers (204), operations (126), probability (130), statistics (122), verbs (41)

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Use the more than 200 Interactive activities and 855 ready-to-use lessons to provide technology-rich lessons to teach many of the most difficult concepts in the core subjects. Use the variety of assessment options that are found within each lesson. Note the Quick Launch numbers on the resource you will be using to direct students to the correct activity. Example activities include a Web Inquiry which is a guided and self-paced investigation that is built around a focus question.
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The Eyeballing Game - Woodgears

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4 to 12
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This interactive was intended for woodworkers but works very well in Geometry class. The activity works by showing you a series of geometric figures that need to be adjusted a ...more
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This interactive was intended for woodworkers but works very well in Geometry class. The activity works by showing you a series of geometric figures that need to be adjusted a bit to make them correct. A square highlights the point that needs to be moved or adjusted. Use the mouse to drag the blue square or arrowhead where you feel it is 'right.' Once you let go of the mouse, the computer evaluates your move, so don't let up on the mouse button until you are sure. The 'correct' geometry is also shown in green, so you can see where you went wrong. You will be see each challenge three times. The table to the right shows your score ach time. You can compare your score to the last 500 players or to your last best score.

tag(s): angles (88), geometric shapes (163), puzzles (208)

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This site is perfect for use on the interactive whiteboard. Display the game and challenge students to make adjustments to the shapes. Create a class chart of scores for a class competition. Use the site to review Geometry terms. Create a link to the site on classroom computers for students to practice on their own.
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Science Buddies: Pure Mathematics Project Ideas - Science Buddies

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K to 10
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This excellent site consists of ideas for projects to use in Math fairs; however, there are many other uses for the ideas presented on this site. Titles and subjects such ...more
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This excellent site consists of ideas for projects to use in Math fairs; however, there are many other uses for the ideas presented on this site. Titles and subjects such as Juice Box Geometry, Play-Doh Math, and more, are intriguing and sure to capture students' interest. Topics include geometry, estimation, measurement, and probability. Each project contains detailed directions including background knowledge required, materials, and variations to try. General grade level suggestions are also provided (for grades 1-10.) One activity includes a video to help understand the directions. Perhaps most interesting is the section at the end of each project that is composed of links to careers in mathematics that tie-in to the activities.

tag(s): estimation (46), experiments (71), probability (130)

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Choose a project to use as a center activity to complement current units being taught. Assign gifted students a project and then challenge them to share their findings with other classmates. Assign a project as homework or for extra credit. Allow students to videotape and present their project to the class then share on your website or class blog (with parental permission of course). Use a tool such as SchoolTube reviewed here or Prezi reviewed herefor students to present their findings to the classs.
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Just Kids Games - Center for Advanced Technologies

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2 to 7
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This site contains several educational games to help teach students math, science, reading, and environmental science. Categories include Word Search, Crossword Puzzles, and Skill Games...more
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This site contains several educational games to help teach students math, science, reading, and environmental science. Categories include Word Search, Crossword Puzzles, and Skill Games (marked by grade level and topic). For example, Boat Brigade is 3rd Grade Math, specifically fractions. These interactives are entertaining and easy to use, instruction are included; however, most students will figure them out on their own.
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tag(s): animals (276), dinosaurs (57), ecology (135), environment (317), logic (235), puzzles (208), recycling (57)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Create a link on classroom computers and allow students to explore the site on their own. Create a link to specific activities on your classroom website or blog each week for students to practice. Have students create their own word search using vocabulary, terms, or spelling words. Use a site such as PuzzleMaker (reviewed here).
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Vi Hart's Blog - Vi Hart

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5 to 12
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Vi Hart's math videos, featured on this blog, have become very popular. They have even been featured on various cable shows. She also includes her Twitter information, so you can ...more
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Vi Hart's math videos, featured on this blog, have become very popular. They have even been featured on various cable shows. She also includes her Twitter information, so you can follow her. In the link, "Math Doodling," are several videos on doodling in the math classroom sure to entertain Math teachers and students alike. Each video also includes a written transcript. Titles include Stop-Motion Silly Band Fight, Sick Number Games, Snakes + Graphs, Stars, Binary Trees, and others. Be sure to also check out the link to Mathematical Food which contains demonstrations of slicing apples into Platonic Solids, slicing a cubic apple to find a regular hexagon, and how to arrange candy corn into Sierpinski's Triangle. Another wonderful resource is the link on balloons. Directions for making tetrahedrons, icosahedrons, and other shapes are all included.

tag(s): geometric shapes (163), humor (15)

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This site is perfect for a Math fun day! Share the video clips on your interactive whiteboard or projector or set them up as stations on laptops. After catching students doodling during Math class, show one of the doodling videos to show students how their doodles can really be productive! Your visual learners will love it. Have fun with balloons creating shapes demonstrated on the balloon page. Challenge students to create the shapes after being shown a picture -- but before seeing directions. Use some of the topics when researching ideas for Math Fairs or Math Nights at school. Provide this link for student to explore outside of the classroom. Even girls may find they like math presented in such humorous ways.

The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. You could always view that at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid reviewed here to download the videos from YouTube.
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Absorb Mathematics - Kadie Armstrong

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6 to 11
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This site offers a series of online, interactive math courses for middle-school students. Although a majority of the site contains lessons to be purchased, there is free material available...more
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This site offers a series of online, interactive math courses for middle-school students. Although a majority of the site contains lessons to be purchased, there is free material available that would make this a valuable resource for classrooms. Several lessons are available in geometry and shape basics. Each lesson contains an introduction, explanation of the topic, questions to correspond with the material presented, a summary of information provided, then follow-up review questions. The real-life examples make geometry much easier to digest. At the time of this review there were ten free examples. Some of the topics include Ratio and Scale, Bearings, Working with Angles, Regular Polygons, and more.

tag(s): geometric shapes (163), test prep (96)

In the Classroom

Provide a link on classroom computers or in the computer lab for students to review this material at the end of your geometry unit. Differentiate for students by providing this link to students struggling with these geometry topics. Put the link on your class website. Use the site as an example; then challenge students to create their own activities on different geometry concepts for classmates to use for review. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.
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GeoGebra - GeoGebra

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4 to 12
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This site offers tutorials, videos, publications, and more for users of GeoGebra (free downloadable software reviewed here). Links on the site include...more
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This site offers tutorials, videos, publications, and more for users of GeoGebra (free downloadable software reviewed here). Links on the site include math modules with ready-to-use problems categorized by subject - Measurement, Algebra 1 & 2, and Calculus. Holiday and fun activities are also included. Be sure to check out the TeacherTube and YouTube videos with many explanations and tutorials of GeoGebra lessons and activities. 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): angles (88), geometric shapes (163), holidays (147), measurement (159)

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Use this site as a resource when first beginning to use GeoGebra (free) software. Share tutorial videos on your interactive whiteboard or projector with students as they learn the software. Have students create and design their own projects to share with the classroom. Use information on this site to embed and share projects on your classroom website or wiki.

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Geometry: The Supplement - Dan Meyer

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7 to 11
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This site contains 38 weeks of Geometry lessons provided in several formats to be easily used with interactive whiteboards. Dan Meyer is well known for his mathematics teaching methods...more
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This site contains 38 weeks of Geometry lessons provided in several formats to be easily used with interactive whiteboards. Dan Meyer is well known for his mathematics teaching methods and much of the material is hands-on, problem-based activities appropriate for any classroom. Lessons are in slide format and can be downloaded in Keynote (Mac) or PowerPoint (Windows). In addition, each week's lessons can be downloaded as a PDF. Each lesson contains slide notes for the teacher and weekly handouts are available for use. Textbook assignments reference Discovering Geometry; however, these materials can be used with any textbook or materials. Each week's lessons are also tagged making it easy to find other similar content within the site.

tag(s): angles (88), functions (70), geometric shapes (163), patterns (85), problem solving (272), test prep (96), tutorials (47)

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Use the lessons provided on your interactive whiteboard or projector either on their own or as a supplement to current classroom materials. This could also be used as enrichment/advancement for gifted students or supplemental practice for struggling math students. Consider providing this link on your class website.
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Learning Objects - Wisconsin Technical College System

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7 to 12
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Looking for review materials for a variety of classes? Use Learning Objects for a wide range of curriculum topics. (A "learning object" is any kind interactive activity, animation,...more
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Looking for review materials for a variety of classes? Use Learning Objects for a wide range of curriculum topics. (A "learning object" is any kind interactive activity, animation, video, audio file, etc, that can be used for learning.) This site is great for introductory, reinforcement, or review materials. Find most of the relevant topics under "General Education." Choose from many subjects such as biology, biochemistry, chemistry, math, sociology, world languages, and written communication, among others. Gifted students or those who learn well independently can study Chinese and other topics not easily available in their school using these learning objects.

tag(s): animals (276), business (58), cells (102), chinese (48), grammar (216), grammar review (37), life cycles (25), microscopes (13), plants (145), psychology (64), sentences (52), sociology (22), speech (92)

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Find a variety of topics for each subject area. For example, use learning objects in biology topics: How to use a Microscope, Life Cycles of Animals and Plants, and Cell Division. Choose from many others. Use as an introduction to a new unit. Additionally, these learning objects can be used for reinforcement or as a review. Under the Written Communication subject you will find 50 Learning Objects from parts of speech, commonly confused words, to how to summarize, brainstorm, and many others. Share direct urls to specific review activities to help students who need extra practice or as links on a class web page or wiki for all students to access outside of class. Encourage students to comment on your wiki about the learning objects they found most helpful in explaining tough concepts (use the discussion tab).
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