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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)

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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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Tax Basics for Middle Schoolers: intuit - Scholastic

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5 to 9
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Scholastic teamed up with Mint.com to create this financial literacy program for middle-school students. There are 2 one hour lessons and 2 bonus lessons. Each lesson also includes...more
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Scholastic teamed up with Mint.com to create this financial literacy program for middle-school students. There are 2 one hour lessons and 2 bonus lessons. Each lesson also includes links to related articles, resources, worksheets, and online activities. Be sure to check out the online activities which provide engaging practice with the concepts from the lessons.

tag(s): financial literacy (80), money (193)

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Use the lesson plans to teach the financial literary concepts then allow students to explore the online activities on their own at a center or in the computer lab. After completing the worksheets provided with the lessons, have students create their own worksheets for other classmates to complete. Challenge students to create their own financial literacy newsletter for students in their school including money-saving suggestions, job ideas for students, and tips for creating a budget. Have students create posters sharing their newsletter using a site such as Padlet (reviewed here).
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CurriConnects Book List - Math in Use - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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Use this CurriConnects list to find books related to math in everyday use. CurriConnects thematic book lists include ISBN numbers for ordering or searching, interest grade levels, ESL...more
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Use this CurriConnects list to find books related to math in everyday use. CurriConnects thematic book lists include ISBN numbers for ordering or searching, interest grade levels, ESL levels and Lexiles''''''® to match with student independent reading levels to challenge, not frustrate. Don't miss other CurriConnects themes being added regularly.

tag(s): book lists (126), reading lists (73)

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Build student literacy skills, reinforce what students are learning about math, and help students build the important reading strategy of connecting what they read to prior (classroom!) knowledge. Share this link on your class web page or wiki so students can select independent reading books to accompany your unit on everyday math. Don't forget to share the list with the school and local libraries so they can bring in some of the books on interlibrary loan. CurriConnects are a great help for teachers who have lost school library/media specialists due to budget cuts.

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Groundhog Day: (Punxsutawney) Phil Your Day With Fun - Education World

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K to 12
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This site features five "ready to go" lesson plans related to Groundhog's Day, nearly all include standards, objectives, and even technology options! Lessons designed for grades K-5...more
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This site features five "ready to go" lesson plans related to Groundhog's Day, nearly all include standards, objectives, and even technology options! Lessons designed for grades K-5 include "Where Is Punxsutawney Phil? - A Groundhog Day Tag Game" and "A Shadow of Yourself." Grades K-8 will find the lessons "Find the Hidden Hibernators" and "Graphing Groundhog Predictions." And finally designed for grades 3-12 is "Marmots (Groundhogs) of the World."
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tag(s): animals (276), charts and graphs (195), holidays (147), light (46)

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These FREE lesson plans are ready to go for you on Groundhog's Day. Connect your students with current events, science, research skill, math, and more using these fabulous lessons.
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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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BizKids - American Public Television

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5 to 12
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Explore the many facets of the business world on this approachable site. All information is tied in to the T.V. show entitled "BizKids" which was created to teach kids about ...more
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Explore the many facets of the business world on this approachable site. All information is tied in to the T.V. show entitled "BizKids" which was created to teach kids about money and business. The site is divided into several different sections - for teachers and for students. The teacher section includes lesson ideas that tie into videos available on the website. This can be found under the link "Cool Biz Stuff": five lessons are available in both English and Spanish.

Students can sign up to receive a newsletter with money tips just for them. Also included is a blog with links to other financial sites for kids. Most resources for students are located under "Cool Biz Stuff," then go to "Tools for Kids." Some of the tools include a financial calculator to determine what it takes to become a millionaire, sample business plans, allowance budgeting, and investment basics. Under "The Show" link, short video segments are available for review. Shows are geared toward increasing student interest through the use of familiar cultural icons such as "The Intern" and a parody of the T.V. show "24."
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tag(s): business (58), college (43), financial literacy (80), money (193)

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Watch the video on "How to Hold a Fundraiser" when planning a class economics project or before a school fundraiser event to get ideas on how to boost fundraising income. Watch a few of the short videos for creative ideas before creating classroom presentations of information studied in class. Divide up the online shows between students in your class and have students view and report back on the information presented in the videos. To show what they have learned from this site, challenge students to create an online graphic to share using Web Poster Wizard, reviewed here, or PicLits, reviewed here. Ask students to create an economic plan using the allowance budget worksheet. Business teachers, family and consumer science classes, and young entrepreneurs will appreciate the many offerings on this site. College counselors will also want to share the college planning information.
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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 (144), 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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Dvolver - Movie Maker - Ben Rigby

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7 to 12
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Dvolver creates animated movies online. In no time at all, there is an animation of your topic. No membership is needed to create movies. Membership is free. Some content choices ...more
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Dvolver creates animated movies online. In no time at all, there is an animation of your topic. No membership is needed to create movies. Membership is free. Some content choices may be inappropriate for the classroom. The scene descriptions include things like "freeze your butt off" at the mountain scene, so less mature students will not manage this tool well. Always preview or use under supervision, depending on your teaching situation and students' maturity level. Here is a sample Dvolver movie made by our review team. Tip: email the finished movie to yourself to obtain the url or find it amid the embed code, if you are enough of a "geek."

Devolvr content may be problematic in some middle school/junior high settings, depending on community standards and student maturity levels. Teachers should preview to determine suitability at their own school or use only in a teacher-supervised setting.
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tag(s): comics and cartoons (74), video (253)

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Model how to use this site safely on your projector or interactive whiteboard so students can learn how to act wisely online. Doing this also provides you with the ability to point out specific features students should not use and to spell out consequences. Some districts may filter this site. Follow district policy to see if you can request it be unblocked for educational purposes. Have students create commercials for any or all content areas. The videos are short and limited in the number of characters for text. This means they take very little time to create which makes the tool very versatile. Use this to create beginning of the year "do's and dont's" for your classes instead of rule lectures. Try one for open house to let parents know quickly what is going on in your class. Embedding results in a class wiki or web page will avoid issues with students venturing into undesirable areas of the site. Primary teachers could make quick "movies" as a class using sight words in the speech bubbles so students can practice reading them at a center.

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Not appropriate for elementary or middle school students. Options suggest or lend themselves to inappropriate content. Characters are overtly sexual and scantily clad. Editors Note: Thank you for your comment. We have raised the grade level and added a strong warning. Dwight, , Grades: 3 - 7

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EasyDefine - Prabbav Jain

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4 to 12
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Create definition lists easily and completely. Simply enter the terms, and click "generate" to create a list of words with definitions. View synonyms, download as a document, or email...more
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Create definition lists easily and completely. Simply enter the terms, and click "generate" to create a list of words with definitions. View synonyms, download as a document, or email your list to others. Be aware: there are no filters on this definition site, so ANY word (appropriate or not) can easily be searched by students. Use under teacher supervision with students likely to enter inappropriate terms for immature reactions.
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tag(s): dictionaries (56), synonyms (38), vocabulary (324), vocabulary development (126), word study (80)

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You must know where you are saving downloads on your computer to save the list as a document. Pay attention and name files with meaningful file names, such as "chapter17vocab." Enter your list with one term per line or separated by commas, etc. Click on advanced options to add other options to the search: number or alphabetize the definition results, maximum definitions, and hiding parts of speech.

Create definitions easily for word lists in any subject area. Have students enter a series of similar words to see variations in connotations. For example, enter various words that mean "fat" and discover the variability in positive and negative connotations. Follow up with a ranking or sorting activity with the same words on interactive whiteboard to build word choice options. Have students generate individualized reading vocabulary lists for content are reading chapters or literature. Click on the synonyms tab to find related words. Save as a document for easy sharing in groups. Advise students to collect definitions and compare to those they write in their own words. As with any other reference, students should be cautioned to be sure these are accurate definitions needed for the context in which they are studying the words.

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iRubric - Reazon Systems, Inc.

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K to 12
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Create your own rubric for multimedia and other projects or search the gallery from many that already exist for all grade levels. (Also use the gallery to get great ...more
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Create your own rubric for multimedia and other projects or search the gallery from many that already exist for all grade levels. (Also use the gallery to get great project ideas!) Search the type of rubric or project to find a related rubric. Use the buttons at the bottom to preview, edit (customize and save your own version from existing ones), or copy. Share by URL or embed code in a wiki, blog, or site. Keep bookmarked rubrics in your account on the site. Create free personal or group accounts (for educators). Create classes, join educator groups, and more.

tag(s): assessment (99), rubrics (32)

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To save rubrics and modify existing ones, educators must create an account. Find great project ideas, rubric examples and criteria. Build on the expertise of others to create excellent rubrics. Consider creating categories and using the advice of students to help identify criteria that is important to the project. You might even want to create differentiated rubrics to match multiple intelligences, learning styles, or varied ability levels. With such easy adaptations, you can start alter different versions very easily.

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Math Magic - Dewayne Jones

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3 to 12
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This site has many number sense tricks and methods for students from elementary school through high school. Ideas are categorized by subject such as basic memorization, fractions, geometry,...more
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This site has many number sense tricks and methods for students from elementary school through high school. Ideas are categorized by subject such as basic memorization, fractions, geometry, etc. Each section is also available to download as a pdf document. The site is browsable by difficulty level starting with multiplication tricks and goes up through advanced calculations of approximating radians to degrees. One fun portion of the site allows you to find out your age in days, hours, and minutes, to calculate their weight in quarters, bricks, and feathers, and other fun games with numbers.

tag(s): decimals (133), fractions (239), mixed numbers (14), multiplication (227), number sense (97), operations (126), puzzles (208), time (144)

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Use this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector to practice estimation with the engaging numbers portion of the site. Share tricks and tips with students to help learn basic facts and number sense activities. Share the site on your class website or blog as a resource for practice tips at home.
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Math Worksheets to Go - Math Worksheets to Go

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6 to 10
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This site offers printable worksheets for practice in Arithmetic, Algebra 1 and 2, Geometry, and Trigonometry. Each topic includes several sub-topics such as factoring, simplifying...more
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This site offers printable worksheets for practice in Arithmetic, Algebra 1 and 2, Geometry, and Trigonometry. Each topic includes several sub-topics such as factoring, simplifying equations, sum and product of roots, and more. Each worksheet offers an example problem, practice problems, and mixed-practice homework problems. Answer keys are also included. In addition to the worksheets, links are provided to web resources for each concept that include additional information and interactive images.

tag(s): angles (88), equations (155), factors (42), operations (126), worksheets (59)

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Share examples of worksheets with students then challenge them to create their own worksheets for other students to solve. Provide a link to the site through your classroom website or blog for parents who would like additional practice resources. Take advantage of the links to additional images and interactive resources as a supplement to class activities. Use worksheets to supplement practice for struggling learners.
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Multiplication Tool - Public Learning Media Laboratory

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3 to 8
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This site offers practice with multi-digit multiplication using three methods - standard, partial product, and lattice. You can choose one of the three options, generate a problem,...more
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This site offers practice with multi-digit multiplication using three methods - standard, partial product, and lattice. You can choose one of the three options, generate a problem, then work to solve. Various methods are provided for assistance, clicking on the options button allows you to get hints, work on increasing difficulty of problems, or set a level of difficulty. Also at the top of each part is a link to learn how to use that particular method of multiplying. Following that link will lead to a written explanation along with a video of how to use the multiplication tool.

tag(s): multiplication (227), number sense (97), problem solving (272)

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Display the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector to demonstrate how to use the site and the different methods for multiplication. Share the site with parents on your website or blog for parents to understand the different multiplication methods. Create a link on classroom or computer lab computers for students to use for multiplication practice. Have students explore the site then create journal entries demonstrating the different multiplication methods and describe which method works best for them.
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Math Glossary - McGraw-Hill

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6 to 12
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This site features a multi-lingual glossary for middle and high school mathematics along with a listing of mathematical formulas. Thirteen languages are included ranging from Arabic...more
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This site features a multi-lingual glossary for middle and high school mathematics along with a listing of mathematical formulas. Thirteen languages are included ranging from Arabic to Vietnamese. Upon entering the site, you select a grade level or formulas. A list of all vocabulary terms are on the left side of the page, or the initial letter of the vocabulary word can be chosen from a list at the top of the page. After choosing the word, the definition is displayed. The option is also available for an audio definition of the term. Changing language is as simple as choosing the desired language from a drop-down box at the top of the page. Formulas are available as an easy-to-print PDF document.

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

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Create a link on classroom computers to use the site as a resource for students to use as needed for vocabulary help. Share this site with the ESL/ELL teacher to use when helping students with mathematics. World language teachers may want to use this site for higher-level students to increase vocabulary skills.

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Regifting Robin - Regiftable.com

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4 to 8
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This is a simple, but highly engaging math trick that would be great for a problem-solving activity or class starter. To play, choose a 2-digit number, then subtract each of ...more
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This is a simple, but highly engaging math trick that would be great for a problem-solving activity or class starter. To play, choose a 2-digit number, then subtract each of the digits from the original number (25 - 2- 5 = 18). Once that is done, go to next, find your original number and identify the gift associated with the number, at the next screen Robin will be able to tell you what the gift is. Students will enjoy experimenting with different numbers and solving for why this will work. The key is that all answers will be multiples of 9 and all of those multiples contain the same gift item!

tag(s): critical thinking (108), multiples (35), problem solving (272), puzzles (208)

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Display on your interactive whiteboard or projector and allow students to experiment with different 2-digit choices. Ask students to explore different options on how this works, then journal their solutions.
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Algebra: The Supplement - Dan Meyer

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7 to 9
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This site offers a full year's worth of Algebra 1 lessons including slides for the interactive whiteboard. Slides are offered in Keynote (for Mac) and Powerpoint. Slides also include...more
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This site offers a full year's worth of Algebra 1 lessons including slides for the interactive whiteboard. Slides are offered in Keynote (for Mac) and Powerpoint. Slides also include teacher notes and answers to questions. The lessons are also offered in PDF form. Each week can be downloaded separately and includes handouts. Tags are included with each week's activities to make it easier to find other lessons with similar topics.

tag(s): charts and graphs (195), equations (155), exponents (42), factoring (31), problem solving (272), tutorials (47)

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Use the lessons on this site as a resource to current classroom topics. Dan Meyer is well-known for his math teaching methods and many lessons include hands-on, problem-solving activities which can be incorporated into any curriculum.
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Pi Day - 314 Solutions, Inc

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This website aims to be the online hub for everything related to Pi, and to promote fun with math! Although a portion of the site contains links to shopping for ...more
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This website aims to be the online hub for everything related to Pi, and to promote fun with math! Although a portion of the site contains links to shopping for Pi-related items, there are many valuable resources within the site to use in the classroom. Beginners can learn about Pi through the short explanation at the Learn About Pi link. While at this page, be sure to look on the right-hand side for the link of classroom ideas - this link contains many ideas sent in by classroom teachers. Suggestions include eating pie, contests for memorizing the most digits, Pi research ideas, and more. Also be sure to go to the link, Pi Stuff, here you will find videos, music, and more.
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tag(s): pi (22), puzzles (208), vocabulary (324)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Allow students to explore the site on their own or with a group. Use some of the ideas on the site when celebrating Pi Day in your classroom. Share the site with students as a resource for Pi research projects.

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MathnStuff.com - Agnes Azzolino

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This site offers several different resources and materials for learning Algebra and Pre-Calculus. There is an Arithmetic, Algebra, and Pre-Calculus dictionary which contains in-depth...more
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This site offers several different resources and materials for learning Algebra and Pre-Calculus. There is an Arithmetic, Algebra, and Pre-Calculus dictionary which contains in-depth explanation for terms found in these courses. Most explanations include images and written definitions of concepts. The link to lessons contains many Geometry and Algebra lessons including warm-ups, vocabulary, and assignments. The link to "Good Stuff" includes interactives, graph paper, and masters of activities. The site is a little difficult to navigate, especially within the lessons section; however, the material is useful and would complement any resources already being used in the classroom and are worth exploring.

tag(s): charts and graphs (195), dictionaries (56), vocabulary (324)

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Check out this site for games, activities, and lessons that can reinforce lessons already being taught. Share the dictionary portion of the site with students to use as a resource. Share a link to the site on your classroom website or blog for students and parents to access at home.

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Free Puzzles - Jimmie Dean

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This site offers many puzzles and math logic activities in an easy to use format. Puzzles are sorted by difficulty level and topic such as logic, geometry, or math. New ...more
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This site offers many puzzles and math logic activities in an easy to use format. Puzzles are sorted by difficulty level and topic such as logic, geometry, or math. New puzzles are indicated on the home page and is updated often. There is also a quiz of the day and that solution can be accessed without registration. Puzzles can be accessed without registering to the site; however, to receive solutions, you must register then solutions will be sent via email. You may want to consider setting up a separate email account (gmail) specifically for the site so that each student doesn't have to register individually.
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tag(s): logic (235), puzzles (208)

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Consider setting up a class email account so that students can use the site then have solutions emailed. If you plan to have students register individually, read tips for safely managing email registrations here. Use the problems for a problem of the week or day. Have students write problem-solving methods used in their math journals and share with other students.

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