TeachersFirst - Featured Sites: Week of Mar 11, 2018

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Mastering the STEM Math Olympiad and other Math Competitions - Maryville University

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3 to 12
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Over 170,000 students a year participate in math competitions, many participants practice like athletes practice for their sport. This article provides a large number of resources for...more
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Over 170,000 students a year participate in math competitions, many participants practice like athletes practice for their sport. This article provides a large number of resources for competitors to get into top form for any math competition. The links offer resources for increasing problem-solving skills, practice with specific events, and strategies for competing.

tag(s): competitions (13), critical thinking (119), problem solving (297)

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If 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.

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Teacher Advisor with Watson - IBM Corporation

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K to 5
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What's Watson? It is IBM's Artificial Intelligence (AI) Platform. Use Teacher Advisor With Watson to find standards-based vetted math resources and lessons for grades K-5. Use your...more
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What's Watson? It is IBM's Artificial Intelligence (AI) Platform. Use Teacher Advisor With Watson to find standards-based vetted math resources and lessons for grades K-5. Use your email to sign up and start exploring the site. Search by grade level, standards, or browse strategies and resources recommended based on your grade level and content information. Search results also provide links to related lessons and teaching strategies.

tag(s): commoncore (89), fractions (229), measurement (178), money (187), number sense (96), time (140)

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Bookmark 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.
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Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids - Discovery Education and Jackson Charitable Foundation

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K to 6
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Cha-Ching is a financial literacy program developed for use with students in grades K-6. Animated videos provide lessons on saving and earning money, entrepreneurship, and charity....more
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Cha-Ching is a financial literacy program developed for use with students in grades K-6. Animated videos provide lessons on saving and earning money, entrepreneurship, and charity. Each lesson includes classroom activity guides and several also include family activity guides. Educator guides provide complete details for teaching with the videos and correlation to financial literacy and social studies standards.

tag(s): financial literacy (91), money (187)

In the Classroom

Take 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.
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Math Resources for All Grades - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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Find an extensive collection of resources for math. Curated lists are based on NCTM standards and divided by grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Topics include Numbers & Operations, Algebra,...more
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Find an extensive collection of resources for math. Curated lists are based on NCTM standards and divided by grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Topics include Numbers & Operations, Algebra, Geometry, Measurement, and Data & Probability. Each reviewed resource includes a description and technology integration ideas for your classroom.

tag(s): charts and graphs (199), data (162), equations (152), geometric shapes (173), measurement (178), number lines (32), number sense (96), numbers (196), operations (122), order of operations (40), probability (141)

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Save 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.

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Open Up Resources Math Curriculum - Open Up Resources

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6 to 8
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Access the Illustrated Mathematics Grades 6-8 curriculum for free through the Open Up Resources site. Register on the site to view and gain access to course materials. Select the grade...more
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Access the Illustrated Mathematics Grades 6-8 curriculum for free through the Open Up Resources site. Register on the site to view and gain access to course materials. Select the grade level and choose teacher, parent, or student materials. Content is divided into units and lessons and includes all materials except assessments. Provide additional information related to your school affiliation to gain access to assessments. Additional options include downloading resources as a print file or import into a Microsoft OneNote Class Notebook.

tag(s): data (162), equations (152), exponents (43), factoring (30), factors (40), fractions (229), geometric shapes (173), measurement (178), percent (81), probability (141), pythagorean theorem (33), ratios (63), transformations (18), volume (53)

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Include 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.
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Would You Rather...? Math Tasks - John Stevens

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4 to 12
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Choose a path and justify it with these intriguing Would You Rather...? problems. Each post presents a math question with two answer choices. Students explore the possibilities, then...more
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Choose a path and justify it with these intriguing Would You Rather...? problems. Each post presents a math question with two answer choices. Students explore the possibilities, then make their decision with an explanation through mathematical reasoning. This blog frequently updates with new dilemmas. Find questions by specific categories by choosing from tags on the right-hand side of the home page.

tag(s): decimals (124), fractions (229), geometric shapes (173), logic (248), measurement (178), money (187), place value (56), probability (141), problem solving (297), statistics (128)

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Share 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.
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NCTM Illuminations Numbers & Operations Resources PreK-2nd Grade - NCTM

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Illuminations offers this extensive library of lessons and interactives specifically for teaching the PreK through 2nd Grade Numbers and Operations strand. The large variety of activities...more
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Illuminations offers this extensive library of lessons and interactives specifically for teaching the PreK through 2nd Grade Numbers and Operations strand. The large variety of activities provides opportunities for learning content through many different methods including fact families, balancing equations, graphing, and more. Each lesson includes correlation to standards, assessments, and a complete instructional plan.

tag(s): number lines (32), number sense (96), numbers (196), operations (122), preK (286)

In the Classroom

Keep 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.
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MathPapa - Robert Ikeda and Priscilla Pham

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5 to 12
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MathPapa provides step-by-step Algebra help through practice and lessons. Use the Algebra Calculator to solve equations and view each step in solving the equation. Select the practice...more
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MathPapa provides step-by-step Algebra help through practice and lessons. Use the Algebra Calculator to solve equations and view each step in solving the equation. Select the practice page to choose from several different practice activities; use your email or Facebook to create your account and log in. Click on the Lessons link to learn Algebra with five lessons beginning with the basics. Download the free app for Apple and Android for use on any mobile device. Lesson videos reside on YouTube. 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): DAT device agnostic tool (179), equations (152), problem solving (297)

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MathPapa 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, have students create blogs sharing their learning and understanding using Loose Leaves, reviewed here. Take this a step further 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. With younger students, integrate technology and check for understanding using EasyBlog, reviewed here.

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MathScienceMusic - Theolonius Monk Institute of Jaz

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K to 12
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MathScienceMusic provides a large variety of free, engaging, resources to teach math, science, and music to students from kindergarten through college all created through a collaboration...more
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MathScienceMusic provides a large variety of free, engaging, resources to teach math, science, and music to students from kindergarten through college all created through a collaboration with Jazz legend, Herbie Hancock. Click letters on the homepage to begin your musical experience, then scroll down to view the available resources. Each group of resources includes a video introduction explaining the content. Some of the choices include Scratch Jazz (music and coding) and Groove Pizza (Shapes and Angles and Groove). All activities include a short description along with suggestions for appropriate grade level, concepts taught, and links to additional resources. Videos reside on YouTube. 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), animation (64), brain (67), coding (66), fractions (229), geometric shapes (173), india (32), multiples (32), music theory (44), musical instruments (51), musical notation (39), numbers (196), patterns (87), preK (286), ratios (63), sound (106)

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Share 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 create 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.
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Math Art for Kids: Pi Skyline - Erica (MomandKiddo)

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K to 5
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Combine math and art with this excellent Pi Day (or anytime) activity! Follow the easy instructions to draw, cut, and graph your way to represent the digits of pi. Visual ...more
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Combine math and art with this excellent Pi Day (or anytime) activity! Follow the easy instructions to draw, cut, and graph your way to represent the digits of pi. Visual learners will enjoy the video demonstrating different ways to create the skyline. If your district blocks YouTube, then the video may not be viewable. You could always view it at home and bring it to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the video from YouTube.
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tag(s): charts and graphs (199), pi (28), STEM (187)

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Create 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 and use Ourboox, reviewed here. Ourboox creates beautiful page-flipping digital books in minutes, and you can embed video, music, animation, games, maps and more.
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Celebrate Pi Day - NBC Learn

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5 to 12
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Celebrate Pi Day (or any day) with this collection of 9 video stories and accompanying activities. Taken from NBC news stories, each short video includes an opportunity to apply math...more
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Celebrate Pi Day (or any day) with this collection of 9 video stories and accompanying activities. Taken from NBC news stories, each short video includes an opportunity to apply math concepts to real world situations. Use tabs on the side of each video to view a transcript or suggested math and statistics activities relating to the topic.

tag(s): journalism (54), news (260), pi (28), problem solving (297), statistics (128), video (279)

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Stash 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. Have students find videos and create their own math and statistics questions for classmates to answer.

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MathABC - MathABC.com

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Don't miss this incredible wealth of math information! Find activities divided up by grade level, including instructional videos. Use the instructional videos to learn the skills required...more
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Don't miss this incredible wealth of math information! Find activities divided up by grade level, including instructional videos. Use the instructional videos to learn the skills required for each practice. Choose Kindergarten through sixth grade by clicking the Practice button. Then, pick a particular skill at that grade level. Each skill (such as Addition, Subtraction, Time, Fractions, Measures, etc.) has multiple practice activities that are rated by difficulty with stars. Increase the difficulty by starting with one-star items and working towards the five-star items. Click on instructional video if you get stuck to view a screencast video of how to solve the problems. These videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view the videos 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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tag(s): addition (226), decimals (124), division (160), fractions (229), measurement (178), money (187), multiplication (211), numbers (196), percent (81), subtraction (186), time (140)

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Bookmark 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.
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MathGames - TeachMe, Inc.

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K to 8
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MathGames offers a large variety of math games and interactive questions for grades preK-8 all fully aligned to Common Core Standards. Choose a grade to start, or choose by skills....more
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MathGames offers a large variety of math games and interactive questions for grades preK-8 all fully aligned to Common Core Standards. Choose a grade to start, or choose by skills. Other options allow users to choose by grade level standards. Registration isn't necessary to play individual games; however, enrollment as a teacher provides additional features. Input your class to receive detailed progress reports as well as leaderboards and student competitions.

tag(s): addition (226), charts and graphs (199), DAT device agnostic tool (179), differentiation (45), division (160), equations (152), estimation (48), fractions (229), game based learning (137), geometric shapes (173), measurement (178), mental math (30), multiples (32), multiplication (211), patterns (87), preK (286), ratios (63), statistics (128), subtraction (186), time (140)

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MathGames 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 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 EasyBlog, reviewed here. Take this a step further and challenge students to pick the game they learned the most from and make a featuer 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.
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Pi Day Resources - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students celebrate Pi Day and everything Pi through related projects and classroom activities....more
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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students celebrate Pi Day and everything Pi through related projects and classroom activities. Whether you "circle around" Pi for one class or spend an entire unit on this very special number, the ideas included within the "In the Classroom" portion of reviews will launch discussions and meaningful projects for student-centered learning. Here's Pi in your eye!

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In the Classroom

Use the resources in this collection to supplement your classroom during a lesson on Pi Day. The links here can be used for lesson plans, webqests, learning centers and the like! Make sure to save this one as a favorite if ever in need of some new ideas for Pi Day.

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