Category Archives: Mathematics

Study Jams

studyjams

Study Jams, by Scholastic, is a great site that has a collection of videos and lessons that address math and science content through rich media.  Students will enjoy viewing the clear and colourful animations such as the one below:

 

 

Study Jams is a great site that I will definitely be using in the classrooms I visit.  Depending on where you live, you may just need to check the videos/lessons to make sure that they are relevant to your location.  For example, I was looking through one of the fractions lessons and it was discussing distances in miles rather than kilometres.  Overall though, there are still many valuable resources that will support your curriculum and that your students should enjoy!  🙂

 

Groovy Mathematics!

Whilst finalising my term planning recently, I came across a fantastic site created by Beenleigh State School that has cut down on my interactive, digital resource searching considerably – always a bonus!!  The site is called Groovy Mathematics.

Groovy mathematics is a collection of interactive, digital resources that  is separated into levels 1 – 4, and then by strands.  Remember to review the levels with the National Curriculum in mind – although the resources are still valuable, they may not necessarily be in the correct spot, with the correct strand title. For example, the National Curriculum has the following three strands:

  1. Number and Algebra
  2. Measurement and geography
  3. Statistics and probability

I have found some wonderful resources on the site to use during my lessons, and also sites to add to my virtual classroom for the students to follow-up on a concept we have covered in class.  The students have enjoyed having these quality sites to work on ….. and I have enjoyed having the extra time I have saved by using this site! 🙂  Thank you Beenleigh State School.

Although all of these resources are linked to from the Beenleigh State School site, it is important to note that the school does not host these resources. As with every resource on the internet, ‘viewing prior to using’ is always recommended.  😉

Math Moves U!

MathMovesU is an innovative program designed to engage middle school students with math when their interest in the subject typically declines. Algebra, geometry, decimals, fractions & word problems combine with topics kids are passionate about; sports, music & fashion. MMU delivers math problems via games, polls and fun facts.

The first thing you need to do is create your avatar to work through the site.  With the popularity of creating avatars for all of the different gaming consoles out there, I’m sure this will be an area the students will have no problems with! 🙂  Registration is not required (yet offered) – which is great for use in an educational setting where students giving personal information is not prefered.  Depending on the context you use the site in, you may wish the students to join to keep track of their scores etc.  It’s nice to have a choice though! (You will need to educate the students on this, as they will be prompted to register when they complete a task such as the one below.)

 This short video http://screenr.com/Frl gives you a quick snapshot of how the site works.

Overall, students in the middle years (and maybe even some in the upper years!) should find this a fun, engaging way to reinforce the concepts taught.

 

Villainy Inc – Maths Site

Ever wanted to work as a secret agent?  To stop a criminal mastermind from taking over the world – one fast food restaurant at a time?  Then the Villiany Inc site is for you.  Introduce your students to AVU:  thwarting world supremacy through mathematics. 🙂

Villainy Inc, an innovative site for middle grade mathematics students.   The site contains activities that explore statistics and probability, algebra, geometry, decimals, percents, negative numbers, and more.   In addition, they have added reading supports to ensure that all readers can access the content.

But what is Villiany Inc all about?

Villainy, Inc is an animated story about Dr. Eugene Wick, ID, and his sidekick Platypus. Wick and “Platy” have ridiculously goofy plans to take over the world. For example, in Mission 1, Wick wants to turn the Gulf of Mexico into a golf course.

Your students will take on the role of an advisor to Dr. Wick’s company, Villainy, Inc. Outwardly, they seem to go along with Wick’s schemes. But, secretly, they are really working with the Anti-Villainy Unit (the AVU) as double agents, using their math skills to make sure Wick never succeeds.

Each story offers tongue-in-cheek dialogue along with comical animated characters and scenes that set the stage for mathematical success.

The site is extremely well done with colourful animations and fast streaming videos and sounds.  Students of varying reading levels are catered for, and they can turn on (or off) the subtitles to the videos.  The student tasks are well set out, and teachers can view all concepts being covered through the teachers section.

Using the “For Teacher’s” section:

Use the standards and connections chart to discover which Mission covers concepts in your curriculum.  Consult the “Teacher Tips”, which are practical suggestions for getting started and proceeding through the Missions.

Need an in-depth guide to the Missions? Our Mission Teacher’s Editions have everything you need — story synopsis, explanations, scripts, vocabulary lists, answer keys, and other web resources. They offer in-depth information about each activity in the Mission, the tools used, the helpers’ advice, and what you or your students should notice on-screen as your students work.

Johnnie’s Math Page – Fantastic Interactive Resources!

Johnnie’s Math Page:  Interactive math tools, math activities and math fun for kids and their teachers

Johnnie’s Math Page is the site to find fun math for kids, math games, and even a little math homework help.  Interactive math activities from across the web have been organized by topic to make math learning enjoyable and interesting. 

For parents and teachers, you will find math lessons and free math worksheets as well as links to other math teaching resources.  For those who like a challenge, you will find free math games in the math puzzles section.

 

 

This site is very well organised, and has many fantastic resources to use in the classroom on an interactive whiteboard or individual computers.  A favourite of mine is the base 10 activity where the students ‘build’  a number by dragging the base 10 blocks to the page to create their number.  It’s a great activity that shows the visual representation, the number line, and can be modified to deal with ones, tens and/or hundreds – great when differentiating for students in your class.

 

Though quite heavy on Google advertisements (that may confuse some students), the site has a great collection of resources from around the web that more than makes up for it! 

Overall?  Definitely bookmark this site and use when you plan your numeracy program 🙂 

Topmarks – Educational Search Engine

If you’re anything like me, you spend forever searching the internet for that ‘perfect’ resource to help illustrate your point on a topic, or to engage a student whilst teaching a new skill.  Hours tick by, and you end up ‘exploring’ a variety of sites you may use ‘one day’ …. but not really what you were looking for. 🙂  Wouldn’t it be great if there was one location you could go that has already screened the educational sites, and weeded out the less than useful resources?  Well …. I found just such a site called Top Marks.

Topmarks is one of the largest independent educational websites in the UK.  It was established in 1998 with the aim of making it easy to find the very best free educational resources whilst providing a safe environment for children to use the world wide web effectively for learning.

According to the site, all of the content on Topmarks is carefully reviewed by qualified teachers and regularly re-checked because of the changing nature of the web.

The site has resources for just about every learning area you could want, interactive whiteboard resources and a great parent section.

We show how you can help your child with learning to read, a vital skill for accessing knowledge and information in the modern world. Our Learning Numbers article has advice on how you can help pre-school children learn and understand numbers.

What a great inclusion to the site!  Helping guide parents to enhance their child’s learning at home.  The parent section includes:

  • Cook to Learn
  • Sand & Water Play
  • Learning Numbers
  • Learning Words
  • Homework Help
  • Learning to Read
  • Toys and Games

Take the time to have a look around.  I am sure you’ll be excited by what you can find …. and how quickly you were able to find it!!! (I know I was 😉 )

Eyeballing – How good are your eyes?

Just how good are your eyes?  Would you be able to find the exact centre of a circle?  Create a right angle?  Intersect an angle?  Eyeballing is a great (… and addictive!) site that will test your ability to do these tasks and more.

The Eyeballing site provides you with a number of short tasks that will reinforce not only mathematical language (such as parallelogram, convergence, intersection etc), but will test just how accurate your eye really is!  Think you can cheat?  The tasks are all timed, and that is taken into consideration before your overall score is calculated. 

Have a try – my lowest number was around a 3.  What was yours???

Teacher’s Pet

Teacher’s Pet launched in March 2010, and is definitely a site to watch.  With its clean, crisp design, Teacher’s Pet already has over a hundred KLA specific resources to use in your classroom.  The best thing about them is that …. you guessed it ….. they are FREE! 🙂 (although there seems to be plans to release curriculum packs you can purchase in the future)

As well as the usual free printable PDF’s. Teacher’s Pet will also house interactive resources for you computers and IWB’s as well as music. Whilst many sections still bear the ‘coming soon’ message, the quality of the resources that have been uploaded to date seems to be quite high.  Definitely one to keep an eye on 😉  Join Teacher’s Pet on Twitter or Facebook to stay up-to-date.  Don’t forget to check out Dexter’s Doghouse blog for the latest news as well.

iBoard – Fantastic IWB site for Juniors

iBoard contains hundreds of free-to-use, highly visual, interactive resources for lower primary school.  They are powerful teaching tools that can be used on any interactive whiteboard.  They are also simple enough for a child to use independently or with minimal support.

With its simple navigational structure on the left hand side, and thumbnails of each activity, the site will appeal to young students, and encourage them to explore on their own. 

Areas cover for Reception (our prep!), Year 1 and 2 include:

  • Numeracy
  • Literacy
  • New Literacy (two thumbs up for this section!!!)
  • Science
  • History
  • Geography
  • RE
  • ICT
  • Early Years

This site is a fantastic site to use in the lower year levels, but also great for use in special education and ESL (English as a Second Language) lessons.  If you are only just beginning to use your IWB, this type of site is fantastic to get you going – and seeing the real benefits of the valuable resource available to you and your students.

Math’s Clipart

Thinking about your semester one maths assessments?  Time to make up a written test for the students to demonstrate their understanding of what you have been teaching them all semester?  This fantastic, easy to use, site ‘ETC’ has some great clipart that you can use on your tests.  No more scanning pages in to crop out images, no more wasting time trying to recreate mathematical diagrams and measuring devices in publishing programs (oh boy, have I wasted hours in the past!!)  – the clipart you need is available at the click of the mouse!  Here are some examples of the types of pictures that are available:

            

When you select a picture, you can then save it in a small, medium or large size – very useful!  Note: the example pictures above are smaller than the small size.  You can either right click and ‘save picture as’, or just right click and ‘copy’ to paste the picture directly into your document. Easy!

The only issue with the site is that unfortunately it is American, and the money section is all in American currency.  Apart from that, it looks like it is going to save me a HUGE amount of time making my maths assessments from now on! 🙂

I recommend you look at the rest of the site as well.  There are lots of other categories to look at, but probably the science area is the other most useful area.  The main site can can be viewed here.