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Math Curriculum Sites
You may also want to see SOESD Curriculum and Assessment Math Resources at www.soesd.k12.or.us/math, particularly the virtual manipulatives at www.soesd.k12.or.us/files/manipulinks.pdf
- Geometry From the Land of the Incas
This noisy, colorful, and completely unusual site is an eclectic mix of sound, science, and Incan history intended to interest students in Euclidean geometry. Includes geometry problems, quizzes, quotations, scientific speculation, and more.
Designed to improve the teaching and learning of mathematics. Offers interactive lessons for students, lesson plans for teachers, and math applets, all arranged by grade level. Includes a large collection of Web resources, arranged by concept and grade, and the standards for teaching math. From the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).
- Polygon Angle Applet
Draw polygons and tally up the measures of their angles with this applet.
- Euclid's Elements
Discover how Java applets are used to illustrate Euclid's principles.
- Pythagorean Puzzle
This interactive proof of the Pythagorean theorem comes from the PBS Nova Web site. You'll need the Shockwave plug-in.
This series of applets explores Angles and Parallel Lines; Congruent Figures and Triangles; Quadrilaterals and Conservation of Area; Similar Figures; Circles; and the Pythagorean theorem.
What time is it? Play the game!
- The World Clock
The World Clock Find the current local time in cities around the world.
- The Official U.S. Time
What's the official time any place in the United States? Just click on a shaded time zone to see the current hour, minute, and second. Then visit Time Exhibits for a history of timekeeping from ancient to modern times; when and why we change our clocks for Daylight Saving Time; calendars through the ages; and learn what's inside a wristwatch.
- Virtual Manipulatives
DreamBox Learning offers free digital math resources for teachers to use in their kindergarten through second-grade classrooms. DreamBox Teacher Tools include a variety of lessons using virtual manipulatives, ideas for incorporating the lessons in the classroom and resources to support teachers’ professional development as they use the toolkit. The virtual manipulatives are Web-based tools that help students more easily grasp math concepts in visual terms. The lessons are designed to be successful in a wide range of classroom environments.
Lure of the Labyrinth
Lure of the Labyrinth is a digital game for middle-school pre-algebra students. It includes a wealth of intriguing math-based puzzles wrapped into an exciting narrative game in which students work to find their lost pet - and save the world from monsters! Linked to both national and state mathematics standards, the game gives students a chance to actually think like mathematicians.
- The Mathematics Across the Curriculum Project
The Mathematics Across the Curriculum project at Dartmouth College features an “electronic bookshelf” of materials for teaching math in art, history, literature and music, as well as science, engineering and other disciplines traditionally associated with math. Topics include misleading averages, bar codes, crime statistics, DNA, data analysis, gasoline, music and computers, nutrition, polls, population growth, probability, remote sensing, vaccines—and more.
- Math Open Reference
Math Open Reference is a free online reference for geometry teachers and students that features animated and interactive drawings to demonstrate geometry terms and concepts. The table of contents on Math Open Reference is divided into four basic categories; plane geometry, coordinate geometry, solid geometry and function explorer tools. Click on any subject in the first three categories to find definitions, examples and interactive drawings. In the function explorer category, users can select linear functions, quadratic functions or cubic functions to explore how changes in variables affect the graphed output.
- Yummy Math
The Yummy Math website presents mathematics problems and scenarios based on things happening in the world today. For example, an activity for January 26 has students study historical Super Bowl data to reflect on average (mean, median and mode) losing scores, winning scores and range of scores. They are asked to judge which of these central measurements seems the most meaningful and explain their reasoning. Another activity has students plot the cost of a 30-second Super Bowl ad over the past 45 Super Bowls. How has the cost of a Super Bowl ad changed over time? Has it grown linearly? exponentially? Yummy Math lists activities chronologically as well as by mathematics subject area. Two mathematics teachers, Brian Marks and Leslie Lewis, developed Yummy Math and welcome suggestions from other mathematics teachers.
Teachers who want to include the Rubik’s Cube in classroom lessons can access lesson plans and activities tied to state standards on the website YouCanDoTheCube. On the site, the cube—believed to help develop problem solving and spatial thinking skills—is used in math lessons, helping students visualize fractions, geometry and algebra problems. Download a free, PDF version of the You CAN Do The Rubik’s Cube Solution Guide in English or Spanish.
This free website helps make the connection between algebra and geometry.
In this website, math teacher Thomas Petra shares practical math lessons, lesson ideas, examples, and downloads, including how to find the volume of the Great Pyramids of Giza, converting currency, working with time zones, and tracking a storm’s progress.
The National Library of Virtual Manipulatives
Utah State University has developed this site to showcase effective visual representations of K-12 math manipulatives in geometry, algebra, measurement, data analysis, probability, and numbers and operations. Representations in English, French, and Spanish. Has interactive web-based manipulatives and concept tutorials for mathematics.
The Math Forum
This Drexel University-sponsored site has mathematics problems, puzzles, best practices, professional development, a Problem of the Week, Ask Dr. Math, and Teacher2Teacher.
Inside Math website
This free website, developed by the Noyce Foundation’s Silicon Valley Mathematics Initiative, has videos of innovative classroom practices, rich mathematical tasks, full sets of student work, and interviews with teachers and students.
Resources and tools for elementary math teachers.
How to Smile
How to Smile, an AASL best website winner for 2012, has activities for math and science. Registration is required but the site is free.