“If teaching were the same as telling,
we’d all be so smart we could
hardly stand it..”
—Mark Twain

Lots of people seem to be working on fractions right about now! Here’s a website of fraction activities.  I didn’t check every activity, but the ones I looked at looked good.

Here’s a site that might be of interest to those of you in the upper grades. It’s called Mrs. Glosser’s Math Goodies and it contains a wide variety of worksheets, tutorials, demonstrations, and games. Check it out!!

Can you stand yet another example from David Sousa’s book How the Brain Learns Mathematics?  This one offers suggestions on how to show the practical and everyday use of math and science. You’ll have to search the links a bit because it includes lessons for K-12.

Some of you may be familiar with the MarcoPolo website. It has been around for awhile and has been known for its high-quality, non-commercial educational resources. It has recently merged with the Verizon Literacy Network to become Thinkfinity.

It has problems, a bibliography, and a number of other CGI resources. Problems are set up as multiple choice so kids can answer them on-line. Suggestion - change the names in the story to fit your kids and give the problems as activities for groups to solve—instead of having the kids go online. It’s Marilyn Burns’ Math Solutions site.  To get to the lessons, just click on “Books and Resources” and then on “Lessons from the Classroom. You can sign up to the get the free newsletter. It has a lot of great information, not to mention Ask Dr. Math where you can find answers to lots of our math questions—including why any number to the power of zero is 1! This website if a real “find!” It contains a variety of “routines” to use to evaluate students’ understanding in a wide variety of math concepts. If you haven’t checked out the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics website, you should. Even if you’re not a member, there are some problems and other resources there that we could all use.

It has a mix of interactive sites and printable worksheets that you can use at the different grade levels separated by math strand.  Click on red dot! A number of good problem options Here is an excellent website for CGI problems. When I checked it out, some of the links were not working, but hopefully that’s temporary. The links I looked at were the ones with CGI problems and they were great. Virtual Math Manipulatives – Thanks Sue M! Here’s yet another site listed in David Sousa’s book How the Brain Learns Mathematics.  It has word problems, games, and logic games—and it looks pretty cool, too. Lattice Multiplication Weekly math problems plus the option to look at past problems. This site allows you to create your own rubrics for any subject. This is the website belonging to the guy who wrote our Elementary and Middle School Mathematics book. Here’s where the algebra problems came from.  I gave them to you by grade level in January. This website has problems at the 3-5 grade level. It also allows students to compare their results with kids around the world. Lots of math problems that kids might enjoy. One of the websites listed in David Sousa’s book How the Brain Learns Mathematics. Activities on arithmetic operations, conversions, measurement, estimation, and geometry. This is the math dictionary site that I showed the Saturday group in January. Created by the same person as the math dictionary listed above. Heidi showed us this one. Great activities for all levels and strands.