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Ideal for grades 3-8, this site is hosted by the University of Cambridge, UK, and offers a variety of activities to build Math Fact Skills that are updated on a monthly basis. This site provides games, articles, and interactive resources for both students and teachers.

The Math Forum @ Drexel:

The Math Forum is a resource for challenging Math Problems across all grade levels. They offer a wealth of problems and puzzles; online mentoring; research; team problem solving; collaborations; and professional development. Students have fun and learn a lot. Educators share ideas and acquire new skills. This is a subscription-based site, but a trial version is available.

NCTM illuminations:
Great for grades K-12, this site provides online activities for students and lessons for teachers. Also provided on this site is over 700 web links to other online math resources.

Illustrative Mathematics:
Illustrative Mathematics provides guidance to states, assessment consortia, testing companies, and curriculum developers by illustrating the range and types of mathematical work that students experience in a faithful implementation of the Common Core State Standards, and by publishing other tools that support implementation of the standards.

Virginia State Standards Interactive Test: This site has a variety of practice tests for K-8th grades. All of the questions on this site come from test materials released by the Virginia Department of Education.

Visit the National Library of Virtual Manipulatives:
This site is a library of uniquely interactive, web-based virtual manipulatives or concept tutorials, mostly in the form of Java applets, for mathematics instruction (K-12 emphasis). It is very user friendly, because the well-organized format allows users to find resources for a specific strand at a specific grade band.

Math Playground:
Geared for elementary and middle school students, Math Playground has grown to include a wide variety of math topics, from problem solving and mathematical art to real world math. There is also a well-developed library of helpful videos addressing many of the basic math facts. Love to play?  Check out this playground full of MATH!!!

Basic Math Facts:
For students who need extra support learning and retaining basic math facts, this program is a great way to get that student the extra help they need for free. It also provides friendly progress reports for teachers and students to monitor progress. This would make a great supplement to the classroom or at home.

Interactive Math Games:
DimensionU is a video game-based learning resource for K–12 students. In DimensionU, students can access 3D multiplayer educational video games that help them hone their math and literacy skills, connect with friends, and compete and collaborate while learning.

Math Worksheets and Printable Aids (K-8th):
The math worksheets, the printable multiplication tables, the math charts, the multiplication games, and other resources are completely free and easy to use. All these resources are free and are formatted for easy printing and are categorized by type and by grade level. (K through 8th Grade)

POLYA’S Problem Solving Techniques
In 1945 George Polya published the book, How To Solve It,  which quickly became his most prized publication. It sold over one million copies and has been translated into 17 languages. In this book he identifies four basic principles of problem solving.  Read this article to learn about these four basic principles.

Show Me Center
The Show-Me Center, in partnership with four NSF-sponsored middle grades mathematics curriculum development Satellite Centers (University of Wisconsin, Michigan State University, University of Montana, and Educational Development Center) provides information and resources needed to support selection and implementation of standards-based middle grades mathematics curricula.

Living Worksheets (some 4600 interactive math teaching applications)
Interactive mathematical exercises, puzzles and tools. The site contains sample interactive downloads needing Excel, information and UK teacher common.

WolframAlpha is an interesting website and an important educational tool. It’s a computational knowledge engine generating output by doing computations from its own internal knowledge base, instead of searching the web and returning links. Put in an equation, and it will show you step-by-step guide on how to solve the problem.

What Works Clearing House: This review, which looks at the evidence of effectiveness of curriculum-basedinterventions and instructional programs that are designed to organize and deliver content and monitor student progress, focuses on math content and skills.

Math Flix is an educational website devoted to effective mathematics instruction.  The site features over 800 instructional math video clips and printable worksheets, categorized by NCTM standards. The 4-7 minute clips are from the television show, originally broadcast in Chicago.  The off-camera voices you hear in the movies are elementary school students who phoned in to help solve math problems.

ASSISTments is a generic system for any subject from math to english.  It is designed to ASSIST student learning and give teachers an assessment of their students’ progress.

The Teaching Channel is a multi-platform service, delivering high-quality video via the web, public television, cable, video-on-demand and other digital outlets. It showcases innovative and effective teaching practices in America’s public schools. Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, this new national non-profit will elevate and celebrate great teaching that has had proven and positive impact in grades K-12. Teaching Channel will launch fully in the fall of 2011. Teaching Channel programming will be targeted to America’s three million K-12 educators, as well as to the general public. Documentary-style videos shot in the classroom will connect viewers to teachers’ struggles and successes. Nothing will be staged or rehearsed. These videos will show real classrooms with real teachers. For more information download the following document.

www.teachersdomain.orgTeachers’ Domain is a free digital media service for educational use from public broadcasting and its partners. You’ll find thousands of media resources, support materials, and tools for classroom lessons, individualized learning programs, and teacher professional learning communities.

www.getthemath.orgGet the Math is about algebra in the real world. See how professionals use math in music, fashion, videogames, restaurants, basketball, and special effects. Then take on interactive challenges related to those careers. Watch this intro video before trying one of the challenges below.

Figure This!:
Figure This! challenges families to provide interesting math challenges that middle-school students can do at home with their families. Each challenge features a description of the important math involved, a note on where the math is used in the real world, a hint to get started, complete solutions, a “Try This” section, additional related problems with answers, questions to think about, fun facts related to the math, resources for further exploration. Cartoon characters named Polygon, Tessellation, Exponent, Tangent, and Axis illustrate the challenge features.

The Singapore Math:
The main objective of this site is to provide students with an effective learning tool to assist them in mastering the art of problem solving. It covers a wide range of topics and methods so that every lesson is a journey of discovery. This also provides teachers with ready-to-run math lessons for the classroom.

Khan Academy:
Students can make use of an extensive video library, practice exercises, and assessments from any computer with access to the web. Coaches, parents, and teachers can have visibility into what their students are learning and doing on the Khan Academy. With a library of over 2700 videos, students can get a visual tutorial on K-12 mathematics.

Math Vocabulary:
Vocabulary Spelling City has compiled comprehensive math vocabulary lists to make those tricky math words, a snap! Math Vocabulary words help students understand the foundational principles taught in each math concept. Of course, students need to know the meaning of basic math terms before they can learn how to apply them to math principles. From addition words and elementary math to geometry vocabulary and every type of number word in between (algebra vocabulary and statistics definitions are introduced in almost every grade), students can find the right list right here with all the math definitions they need to be successful in math.

The TIMSS and PIRLS International Study Center is dedicated to conducting comparative studies in educational achievement. It serves as the international hub for the IEA’s mathematics, science and reading assessments.

Art of Problem Solving:
As you surf around the site, you’ll see that they have found a number of ways to deliver their material with modern technology—the online schoolstreaming video lessonsan adaptive learning systema thriving virtual community, and more.

Bits of Smith:
A Bibliography of Origami in Education and Therapy

Study Island:



Inside Mathematics
This site features classroom examples of innovative teaching methods and insights into student learning, tools for mathematics instruction that teachers can use immediately, and video tours of the ideas and materials on the site.

Pedagogy in Action:

This site is a resource for creating mini-units for standards that are missing or too shallow in your texts.

This site houses lesson ideas and actual lesson plans to implement immediately.

A digital space to help teachers get to the heart of the matter in implementing the new Common Core State Standards. The Common Core Implementation Center is designed by teachers for teacher with free teaching resources ready to use in the classroom. Innovative classroom projects weave multiple Common Core ELA Standards into authentic learning experiences. A searchable, growing library of ready-to-go projects, teaching tools and lessons engages students and improves CCSS learning. A self-directed learning community offers direct access to experts through forums, blogs and articles, research-based teaching technique tutorials and a teaching strategy index. And open forums and galleries make it easy for teachers to share and connect to classrooms.

Unit Plans and Instructional guides:  and
These sites provide the classroom teacher with models of quality instructional design that include authentic performance or project-based assessments.


Common Core Big Idea Series: A New Blueprint

Curriculum experts Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins share big ideas for implementing common core in this five-part series. They also clear up misunderstandings and offer recommendations for designing a coherent curriculum and assessment system for realizing the standards’ promise.

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