TeachersFirst - Featured Sites: Week of Mar 14, 2021

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Virtual Manipulatives - Didax

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K to 8
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This site includes a large selection of virtual manipulatives and activities to enhance math skills in various ways. Choose from 10-frames, color tiles, number lines, dice, and much...more
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This site includes a large selection of virtual manipulatives and activities to enhance math skills in various ways. Choose from 10-frames, color tiles, number lines, dice, and much more. In addition to the manipulatives, choose from several downloadable activity guides featuring each specific tool's directions and activities. If you have a website, use the embed code to add any of the manipulatives to your platform.

tag(s): addition (174), charts and graphs (177), decimals (111), fractions (201), number lines (35), number sense (79), numbers (155), patterns (73), subtraction (149)

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If you teach elementary math, this site is a must-have to include with your bookmarked sites. Include manipulatives from this site in your blended learning and remote teaching lessons to allow students to explore and practice math content. Include a link to manipulatives and other student sites using Symbaloo, reviewed here, and share with students as a resource for practicing math concepts. Items to include might be instructional videos, online games, and other practice activities. Add manipulatives within a learning system such as TES Teach Blendspace, reviewed here, to create a complete online lesson that has opportunities for students to share and discuss their learning. Enhance learning by asking students to share their findings by creating a screen recording using Free Screen Recorder Online, reviewed here. Ask students to conduct a math talk as a response to a teacher prompt after having the opportunity to explore and interact with the virtual manipulatives.
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NCTM Illuminations Geometry Resources Grades 9-12 - NCTM

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9 to 12
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This portion of the Illuminations site contains over thirty geometry interactives and games for students in grades 9-12. These resources provide activities through problem-solving and...more
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This portion of the Illuminations site contains over thirty geometry interactives and games for students in grades 9-12. These resources provide activities through problem-solving and open-ended questions. All interactives include complete instructions, an exploration, and correlation to standards.

tag(s): area (58), flips (8), geometric shapes (147), logic (193), pi (24), probability (116), problem solving (246), pythagorean theorem (25), ratios (58), turns (3), volume (42)

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Keep this site with your professional favorites to find supporting technology and lessons for teaching geometry. 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 selection can be overwhelming for most parents, so share the specific areas that fit your curriculum.
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Math Resources for Algebra - Grades 9-12 - TeachersFirst

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8 to 12
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Explore this curated list of algebra resources for grades 9-12, chosen as the BEST by our editors. Use these resources to meet the NCTM standards for Algebra. Find topics ...more
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Explore this curated list of algebra resources for grades 9-12, chosen as the BEST by our editors. Use these resources to meet the NCTM standards for Algebra. Find topics that relate to the content being taught in your classroom.

tag(s): data (137), number lines (35), percent (67), pi (24), quadratics (27), ratios (58)

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Share these resources on your class website for students to use for remediation or review. Share tools on your interactive whiteboard or in your BYOD classroom. Use these sites to differentiate.

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

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K to 2
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Illuminations offers this comprehensive library of interactives specifically for teaching the PreK through 2nd Grade Numbers and Operations strand. Scroll through to choose from interactives...more
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Illuminations offers this comprehensive library of interactives specifically for teaching the PreK through 2nd Grade Numbers and Operations strand. Scroll through to choose from interactives like Coin Box, Concentration, Five and Ten Frames, an electronic Abacus (requires Java), and several others. You'll also find Dynamic Paper (create math manipulatives, such as pentagonal pyramid, a set of pattern blocks, a number line, and so on; all these in the size and shape you need). All interactives include complete instructions, an exploration, and correlation to standards.

tag(s): number lines (35), number sense (79), numbers (155), operations (98), preK (256)

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Keep this site in your professional favorites to find supporting technology and activities 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 can be overwhelming for most parents, so share the specific areas that fit your curriculum.
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Math in Real Life - TEDed

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6 to 12
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Math in Real Life is a selection of TEDed videos all related to real life examples of math in use. Videos look at subjects such as music and math and ...more
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Math in Real Life is a selection of TEDed videos all related to real life examples of math in use. Videos look at subjects such as music and math and winning at rock, paper, scissors. In addition to the video, each selection includes questions to enhance thinking and guided discussion options. Some videos also offer a Dig Deeper link with information on related resources. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable; be sure to look at alternatives for sharing videos on classroom computers.

tag(s): estimation (38), geometric shapes (147), money (145), movies (55), pi (24), place value (46), puzzles (164), riddles (15), shakespeare (88), simple machines (26), space (216), symmetry (37), video (241)

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Math in Real Life isn't just for math class! Find videos from this series for use in all subject areas. Use the questions, additional resources, and discussion available for each video. Create your own lesson using the "Customize This Lesson" link. Use this option to personalize video lessons for your classroom. Have students dig deeper into any of the content of videos, then extend their learning by challenging them to make a mashup using ytClipper, reviewed here.

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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.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (167), equations (137), problem solving (246)

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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, replace paper and pen by having students create blogs sharing their learning and understanding using Penzu, 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.

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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.
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tag(s): charts and graphs (177), pi (24), STEM (215)

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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. 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.
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Shapes and Measures - S Riley Teacherled

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2 to 6
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Find a collection of resources for teaching and learning shapes and measures. This site works well on any web enabled device. Teaching resources include: angle measurer, grids for measuring...more
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Find a collection of resources for teaching and learning shapes and measures. This site works well on any web enabled device. Teaching resources include: angle measurer, grids for measuring areas of virtual shapes, coordinate practice, isometric grid for 3D shapes, perimeter practice, rotation, symmetry creator, rotational symmetry of shapes, translations, and a virtual mirror. Each of these tools allows demonstration and some practice. Shapes and Measures will bring your geometry class alive!
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tag(s): geometric shapes (147), measurement (149)

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Engage your students by bringing technology into geometry. Introduce the concepts of angle measurement, area, perimeter, 3D shapes, rotation, translation, and symmetry as a whole group on your interactive whiteboard. Have students practice at centers during your unit. While preparing for summative assessments, assign for homework to practice. Highlight definitions, examples, non examples, and where this is found in the real world. Enhance learning throughout any of the lessons by sharing additional resources using a curation tool such as Padlet, reviewed here. Add links to videos, articles, or online activities related to the lesson's content. As you complete lesson activities, extend learning by asking students to share their understanding of using angles or symmetry by creating digital books using Book Creator, reviewed here, flyers made with Adobe Spark for Education, reviewed here, or infographics created with Canva Infographic Creator, reviewed here. Post on your class website or blog for students to review and critique for further practice.

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Pi Day - 314 Solutions, Inc

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7 to 12
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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 upper-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): flips (8), pi (24), puzzles (164), vocabulary (246)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Allow students to explore the site on their own, with a group, or in your blended class have them explore at home. 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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The Joy of Pi - David Blatner

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7 to 12
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Math lovers have been known to celebrate the Joys of Pi, and this website offers many opportunities for celebration! The site is based on David Blatner's book of the same ...more
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Math lovers have been known to celebrate the Joys of Pi, and this website offers many opportunities for celebration! The site is based on David Blatner's book of the same name; however, it contains many links and resources for learning about Pi. The most in-depth portion is the links section which contains a long list of Pi links around the web such as Pi History, Pi Mysteries, and Fun with Pi. Who knows, you may want to follow the link to purchase a Pi tie!

Caution: there is a link to American Pi which is a spoof on the movie, American Pie, and may contain some adult themes.

tag(s): pi (24)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. A good activity for this introduction is to complete the matchstick activity as a class (you could have students or small groups of students draw their answer on an index card to show you). Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Enhance student learning by asking teams to report back on interesting Pi facts or information found using a video explanation tool like FlipGrid, reviewed here. FlipGrid provides a tool for video responses to a question along with comments from peers. Include The Joy of Pi site with your Pi Day celebrations!

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Math Interactives - Utah Education Network

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7 to 12
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Find great math resources on this free site on countless topics. Click each resource to find sites useful on individual computers or projected on a whiteboard screen. Be sure to ...more
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Find great math resources on this free site on countless topics. Click each resource to find sites useful on individual computers or projected on a whiteboard screen. Be sure to test out each interactive prior to using with a class, as some require Flash or other programs. Find great games about Numbers and Operations, Algebra, Geometry, Probability, and Money. Though these interactives are labeled for grades 7-12, several can be used by K-5 teachers i.e. the number line interactives. Be aware of the icons next to the resource for the required plug ins to use. Click on an activity and then explore the tabs above. Click the "Learner" tab to view information about the topic. Click "Help" for information on how to use the activity. Find resources in the "Instructor" tab. There is a wealth of material here, so be sure to check it out!

tag(s): data (137), money (145), numbers (155), probability (116)

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Use these resources for review and to reinforce concepts from class. Create teams of students who complete the activity taking turns on a whiteboard or with individual computers. Use the activity as a lead in to the topic of the day. Ask students what they notice about the activity and the general rules that they notice about the topic. Provide this link on your class website for students to use at home for extra practice, enrichment, or to try some new advanced topics.

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Pi Day Resources - TeachersFirst

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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!

tag(s): pi (24)

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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WebQuest: Pi - Leigh Ann Forde

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8 to 12
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Celebrate Pi Day (March 14) with this WebQuest! Allow your geometry students to go on a quest to explore 'pi' on the web. Please note: one of the activities requires ...more
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Celebrate Pi Day (March 14) with this WebQuest! Allow your geometry students to go on a quest to explore 'pi' on the web. Please note: one of the activities requires students to have access to the Geometer's Sketchpad Activity Book. However, this activity could easily be skipped. If you are interested in purchasing the book, the ISBN number is #9781559535816. Other assignments include creating a video, writing and essay, and more. One note: You will either need to print a copy of The Soda Can Activity Chart, or have students recreate it by hand or on the computer.

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Have students work in cooperative learning groups to complete this Webquest. Share the introduction on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Rather than having students use YouTube to share videos, as the WebQuest suggests, have students try an educational video sharing site such as TeacherTube, TeacherTube, reviewed here. For the Youtube video on the site, teachers whose school filters the site may not be able to access it, but there are work-arounds or alternatives. You could flip your classroom and have students watch the videos at home.

This simple website should inspire you to make your own WebQuest to invigorate learning. This one used Googlepages, but there are many other internet hosting sites that offer free or nearly free pages. Learn more about webquests at TeachersFirst's Webquest 101 and read a review of a possible tool to use, Zunal Webquest, here here.

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