Blended learning is a type of instruction that has become very popular over the recent years. Teachers create instruction that is a combination between small group learning and student-directed online learning. In order to do this, teachers often must find videos that students can watch to learn the material needed. Planet Nutshell offers animated video shorts that teach various mathematics topics. On this particular site students learn to convert rational numbers between fraction and decimal form.
Who doesn't like to eat pizza? On this site, students explore fractions through three activities using pizza. The first activity is a small assessment that gives real world word problems using pizza for students to solve. Once students have answered all ten questions, they will move on to activity number two. The second activity shows students several pizzas and they are to match up the correct fraction to the picture. After students have answered all five questions, they go on to third activity. In the third activity, students are given three questions that have them order fractions from least to greatest. Too bad they can't end class with a pizza party!
The topic of slope has so many meanings and is a vital part of advanced mathematics. From proportional relationships to linear functions to coordinate geometry, slope plays a part in so many topics. This site provides an excellent video overview on the topic of slope. The video explains all of the major components of slope-intercept form and how to calculate each of those. Students learn what slope means along with the meaning and usefulness of the y-intercept.
Teachers are always looking for good quality problems. They spend hours searching the internet looking for a problem that will not only align to the Common Core standards, but will also challenge their students. Opus does just this. On this site teachers can select the Common Core standard they desire and that will bring up a long list of problems tied to that standard. Teachers can select the problems they want and add them to their cart. When done choosing problem, teachers simply create a worksheet with their problems along with an answer key to those problems.
Are your students struggling with addition facts? This learning game is a great interactive way for students to practice such facts. Students are given a number and must select one or more numbers that add up to the given sum. Students play against a countdown timer to see how many facts they can get before the time runs out. Students remain engaged as they compete against the clock.
Learning multiplication facts can be tough for some students. One way to help struggling students is by having them practice their facts in a fun game. On this site students practice their multiplication facts in a fish shop. Students are working in a fish shop and have to help the customers buy the fish they want by selecting the fish that represents the answer to the multiplication problem. Students can choose the fact family they want to practice and then select their difficulty level. Learning multiplication facts has never been so much fun.
Need to brush up on your knowledge of math integers? Play a game of Jeopardy as a group, individual, pairs, or a group of three or four. Concepts such as adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing integers are all covered in this game. Questions vary in rigor based upon the dollar value, allowing you to practice as well as challenge your learning. Learning goes from boring to fun with this interactive game.
Connect a Million Minds highlights the science and math in team sports in this collection of videos and teaching guides. In the video introducing this section, professional football player Victor Cruz talks about the physics in a game of football. The teaching guide provides very clear descriptions and drawings of concepts such as vectors and projectile motion in the context of football. Three different games are suggested for learning these concepts. Football Bingo and Football Concentration are both table games, while Flag Football must be played while actually observing a football game.
Sometimes visual learners are left to fend for themselves, especially when learning math. This website helps
visual learners explore the topic of quadrilaterals. First you can click on a link and read about the characteristics of the various types of quadrilaterals. After learning, students can explore quadrilaterals by rotating and dragging the vertices. Students learn by doing as they discover the characteristics of each quadrilateral, including parallelograms, rhombuses, rectangles and squares
Find out how much you really know about money. This resource will help students learn effective ways how to earn, spend, invest, and save money while exploring budgets, credit cards, and interest rates. Features great interactive games, activities, and simulations that help students make informed choices about real-life money problems. This website even links to dozens of other sites about money, allowances, saving, earning, college, getting a job, and credit. There is also a teachers' guide and a parents' guide that include tips on resources and technology to help with understanding the material.
Valerie Bourbour is a certified educator and past Co-Director of The Academy of Ormond Beach. Ms. Bourbour has experience in online learning platforms and aims for student success.