Mangahigh offers an interactive way to explore difficult math concepts in a comprehensible tutorial. First you'll learn the concept of equations. Then you'll be able to take a ten question quiz that increases in difficulty as you answer questions correctly. There is a section where students can compete against each other to get the classes high score.
April 15th, Tax Day, is here tomorrow! In the United States most people relate April 15th to something dreaded. Taxes affect us all. How much should each of us pay really? How should the money be spent? This website contains an elementary lesson that explores different types of taxes that are collected, what level of government collects them, and the many ways that they are spent. Learn why goods and services are taxed through this article. After completing several activities, play a tic tac toe game to test your knowledge of taxes.
Distributive property kicking your butt? This interactive resource teaches you about the distributive property of multiplication. You can watch a tutorial, check out a common mistake, and then try some practice problems to master the skill. Once you've got that down pat, you can go on to other related StudyJams that will foster your understanding of the many aspects of multiplication.
It’s never too early for students to learn how to write a check. This interactive resource teaches students how to write checks, keep a check register, fill out deposit slips, make purchases, track receipts, and read bank statements. Real-world situations help students see how these skills are necessary in their own lives. Years go by quickly and it is often a rude awakening when young ones need to learn personal finances.
Click on a fraction and match it with its equivalent picture. What great fun for those learning the beginning steps for fractions. This interactive game allows students to play in a relaxed mode or challenge their learning against a timer. Students are sure to have fun all while developing an understanding of equivalent fractions.
Practice forensics science as you
investigate an automobile crash. You’ll need to print out the crash scene document so you can record the information as you compile it. First you’ll need to gather information. Math skills are important in assessing the details you gather. You’ll also learn to interview witnesses. Figure the speed the cars were traveling after the collision based on the formula provided. After all the data have been collected, you draw conclusions as to what caused the collision, and who was at fault. This is an extensive look at how to gather and interpret evidence, a great introduction to forensics.
Get on this great interactive site that inspires algebraic thinking even in young students. Experiment by balancing weights and moving different shapes to the balance pans and achieve equilibrium! There are six sets of weights which include four shapes that can be manipulated on the pans or removed if you need a different arrangement of shapes. Reset the balance, reset the table showing the shapes you've used, and guess the weights of each shape. Related resources on the Illuminations site offer lesson plans that use this interactive.
If you're planning on home decorating then you need to be a bit knowledgeable with geometry.This interactive site shows how geometry is used in different aspects of home decorating. If you need to figure out how much carpet you’ll need, it’s not daunting task if you understand a few basic formulas. Just multiply the length times the width of the area you want to cover. If your floor plan has some circular areas, it’s a little trickier. Use the information here to calculate how much floor covering to buy.
lluminations is a website from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. You'll find terrific lesson plans for pre-K through high school. This particular one uses buttons to teach the concepts of before, after, and between for lower elementary children. It also can be used as a review of ordinal and cardinal numbers. The lesson begins with students singing and playing London Bridge practicing using positional words. You’ll need to provide bags of buttons for the students to place on a 10 Strip activity sheet which you can print off from the site. Lots of suggestions are given on different ways to use the buttons for counting, and also for color recognition.
Here's a great interactive game
from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. It's a great way for students to work with fractions by combining like pairs. Students move markers across the board based on the cards that are flipped over. The goal is to move all the markers from one side to the other using the fewest amount of cards. The instructions are clear and offer good examples. The exploration section asks questions about what the player discovers after playing several rounds. You can also find a lesson plan for using a fractional clothesline for enrichment.
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.