TeachersFirst - Featured Sites: Week of Mar 11, 2018
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Grades3 to 12
In the ClassroomIf you or your students participate in math competitions, this site is worth bookmarking for the many included resources. Even if you don't compete, use links included on the site to help build problem-solving and critical thinking skills with all students or to find math competitions. Make the sites from this article easy to find by sharing with your students using a bookmarking tool like Surfmark, reviewed here. Add additional sites and comments to your Search Team link. Have students create a portfolio of their math work using WeLearnedIt, reviewed here. WeLearnedIt is a digital portfolio tool providing motivation through feedback in the form of digital badges.
GradesK to 5
In the ClassroomBookmark this site as a resource for finding instructional content when teaching elementary math. Then find additional standards-based assessments, or create your own, using a tool like Edulastic, reviewed here. Edulastic includes a database of over 20,000 standards-based math questions. Have students use a voice recording tool like Vocaroo, reviewed here, to share problem-solving solutions with fellow students. As a culminating activity to your math unit, have students create a book including images of their work using Write Reader, reviewed here. Write Reader is perfect for use with young students and includes an option to share their writing along with corrected spelling underneath.
GradesK to 6
In the ClassroomTake advantage of these free lessons and videos to teach financial literacy in your classroom. Collect student ideas on how to save and earn money onto an online bulletin board like Lino, reviewed here. Lino offers the ability to include images, videos, and comments. Have students take pictures of different ways financial situations were faced over the course of a month then create a collage for your class using an image editor like Fotor, reviewed here. Have students use their imagination to create a financial adventure game using Scratch, reviewed here. Scratch is an easy to use program that brings adventures to life through interactive stories, animations, and games.
GradesK to 12
tag(s): charts and graphs (200), data (156), equations (154), geometric shapes (168), measurement (181), number lines (33), number sense (97), numbers (192), operations (119), order of operations (40), probability (136)
In the ClassroomSave this list for when teaching any math class in grades K-12. Many of the resources would work in a BYOD environment. Share these lists on your class website for students to access for additional practice.
Grades6 to 8
tag(s): data (156), equations (154), exponents (44), factoring (32), factors (40), fractions (230), geometric shapes (168), measurement (181), percent (80), probability (136), pythagorean theorem (33), ratios (64), transformations (19), volume (53)
In the ClassroomInclude this site to supplement your current grade 6-8 math curriculum. Use the resources to differentiate instruction for gifted students in lower grades or as remediation for struggling students in older grades. Be sure to take advantage of the family materials providing explanations of math content and strategies for problem-solving. Use the student materials for differentiating instruction or as homework. Have students share their math explanations and strategies with video explanations using a tool like FlipGrid, reviewed here. FlipGrid provides a tool for video responses to a question along with comments from peers. Take student learning a step further and ask them to create and share their own math problems along with suggestions for learning. Use a tool like Sway, reviewed here. Sway is a presentation tool that offers multimedia options including text, video, and images.
Grades4 to 12
In the ClassroomShare problems on your interactive whiteboard or with a projector for use as class starters, or provide a link on your class website for homework. Use the sample sheet provided on this site as an example to create your own student response template using Google Forms, reviewed here. After collecting responses, create a 2-column Padlet, reviewed here, and ask students to share their solution in the appropriate column. Padlet allows users to add comments; turn this feature on and ask students to respond to the solutions provided by their peers. Have students use Flipgrid, reviewed here, to create their own Would You Rather...? question and collect video responses from peers.
GradesK to 2
In the ClassroomKeep this site in your professional favorites to find supporting technology and lessons for teaching numbers and operations. As you find practice or extension ideas for student use or at home reinforcement, share specific links on your class web page or classroom computer center for students to access independently or as you assign them for needed practice. The full site is overwhelming for most parents, so share the specific areas that fit your curriculum.
Grades5 to 12
In the ClassroomMathPapa is an excellent addition to any Algebra classroom. Provide a link on classroom computers for students to use to solve problems and view the step-by-step process. Share on an interactive whiteboard as you discuss steps for solving Algebra problems. Share a link to MathPapa on your class web page for student use at home. If you are beginning the process of integrating technology, replace paper and pen by having students create blogs sharing their learning and understanding using Loose Leaves, reviewed here. Take this a step further enhancing students' learning, and challenge pairs or small groups to create a screencast with audio for how they solved the "problem of the week." Use a tool like Free Screen Recorder, reviewed here. Share MathPapa with younger students who have mastered basic math facts and are ready to learn basic Algebra.
GradesK to 12
tag(s): angles (89), animation (61), brain (67), coding (73), fractions (230), geometric shapes (168), india (32), multiples (31), music theory (45), musical instruments (50), musical notation (39), numbers (192), patterns (87), preK (282), ratios (64), sound (105)
In the ClassroomShare activities from MathScienceMusic on your interactive whiteboard with students, then let them explore independently. Scratch Jazz is perfect for teaching basic coding; students interested in music will enjoy creating their own jazz-themed project using the site's tutorial. Add interest to math lessons by taking advantage of the free lesson plans. Be sure to check out the link to Math and Music Standards found on the music and math curriculum page. Have students modify their learning by creating videos of their music creations using My Simpleshow, reviewed here, and share them on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here. Be sure to have them discuss their journey from the beginning through the final creation of their project. Team up with your school's music teacher to collaborate on the many activities provided on this site.
GradesK to 5
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In the ClassroomCreate a classroom display with all of your students' Pi Day Skylines. Take this idea and apply it to other number series. Have students take pictures of their creations. Then show them how to embed media transforming their work into a true digital story using Ourboox, reviewed here. Ourboox creates beautiful page-flipping digital books in minutes, and you can embed video, music, animation, games, maps and more.
Grades5 to 12
In the ClassroomStash this site in your bag of tricks for when you need an easy to teach lesson for a teacher in training or a substitute teacher. Use the videos as inspiration for finding math in other news stories. Stretch learning and have students find videos and create their own math and statistics questions for classmates to answer. Have students use Vizia, reviewed here, where students can embed questions, comments, and polls into videos
GradesK to 7
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In the ClassroomBookmark and save this tool for use throughout the school year when teaching and practicing math lessons. Share this tool on your class website for students to practice math skills. View Instructional Videos together on your interactive whiteboard or projector to show how to solve the Math problems. Students can work on Math skills independently, working from the easy skills to more challenging ones. This is an excellent site to use to differentiate your math class. Offer your gifted students the opportunity to work on new skills. Your learning support students can use this tool to review skills not yet mastered. This is a perfect addition to your 1-1/BYOD classroom. Use this site with or without creating a login. Consider pairing students who excel at math skills with those who struggle.
GradesK to 8
tag(s): addition (224), charts and graphs (200), DAT device agnostic tool (179), differentiation (50), division (157), equations (154), estimation (47), fractions (230), game based learning (140), geometric shapes (168), measurement (181), mental math (27), multiples (31), multiplication (210), patterns (87), preK (282), ratios (64), statistics (127), subtraction (186), time (140)
In the ClassroomMathGames is perfect for practice with many different math concepts. Include a link to games on your class website or classroom computers. Be sure to share games with parents for play at home. Take advantage of the free registration to register your class to follow student progress and challenge students to increase scores. Ask students to write blog entries replacing pen and paper and sharing their learning and understanding for each game using Telegra.ph, reviewed here. This blog creator requires no registration. If you are teaching younger students and looking for an easy way to integrate technology and check for understanding, challenge your students to create a blog using Edublog, reviewed here. Take this a step further enhance students' learning by to picking the game they learned the most from and make a feature video about it using Biteable, reviewed here. Biteable claims to be "the world's simplest video maker," and they may be right. If you teach using Common Core Standards, this site is excellent for finding practice activities aligned to the standards. Measure student growth for Common Core Standards using Edulastic, reviewed here.
GradesK to 12
tag(s): pi (27)