Celebrate Pi Day (3.14 or March 14th) with this fun overview about Pi. Looking at the life of Pi from the early days where Pi wasn't really a known entity through getting the nickname of 22/7.
Use this interactive website to explore what defines a shape as three dimensional and what polyhedras, prisms, and pyramids are. Once you have explored what makes a shape 3D, explore polyhedras with a description alongside pictures that explain them. Then click prisms to get an up close look at different prisms as well as the nets that create those prisms. When finished with prisms, click pyramids to explore the different pyramids and their nets. You will also explore what a face, edge, and vertice of a shape is and how many of those each given shape contains.
Finding ways to make learning fun is always a key for a good teacher. Learning and practicing basic arithmetic operations are keys to success for a math student. On this site students practice those facts by playing a fun game. Students can choose from seven different levels of play. The lowest level focuses simply on subtracting single digit numbers. As the levels progress students can try multi-digit numbers, and subtraction that includes regrouping. For each level students decide if they want the fruit to move slow or fast. After that, splat away!
Division is can be a hard concept for some students to grasp. However, using this interactive website to explore how to chunk division algorithms could be a solution that eases the process of dividing. When given a problem, students use the "power of ten" buttons to multiply the given dividend to get as close to that number without going over. Then they subtract and click the equal button to see what number is left. By continuing this process until they reach a number that can not be subtracted further, students will be able to see a relationship between division and subtraction, making the whole process more clear. Students will gain confidence using chunking to divide algorithms that normally seem overwhelming.
The key to a strong math background is a having a good grasp of all of the basic operation facts. Many times students struggle with higher level math concepts simply because they don't know their basic facts. How better to learn and practice those facts than with a fun game based on the children's game Memory? Flip over two cards and try to make a match between the correct answers with the dividends and divisors. Practice different division facts and work on increasing your speed as you play this fun interactive review game.
Students often struggle with basic facts, especially the addition and subtraction of integers. Spider Match is a fun game that students can play online to practice integer addition. Students try to create a certain sum by directing their spiders to eat certain addends that add up to the number in the center of the web. Students can play against friends or just against the computer as they compete to get the high score of the day.
Have you dappled with the fact wondering if the field of engineering may be your niche? Engineers can be distinguished from other professions by their ability to solve complex problem and implement solutions in cost effective and practical ways. This ability to face a problem, work through various thoughts and abstract ideas, and then translating them into reality is what is so exciting about engineering. Most engineering specialties have their own educational requirements and each one has its own intricacies and specific knowledge required. If you are unsure of the various categories to pursue at your college or university, it will help you to figure out the right degree you need to reach your goals. Check out the following site for a list of engineering degrees and colleges offering such programs.
Understanding decimals and place value can be a struggle to learn, so why not make it more interesting and fun with this interactive website? Students can set up the length of a frog's jump. Students are then given a hundredths chart to determine how far the frog jumped using addition and subtraction of decimals. Once students pick a solution they watch the frog jump along a number line to see if their solution is correct. This is a great way to make learning how to add and subtract decimals and explore place value fun and interactive.
Basic math skill are the foundation for upper-level math. Students often struggle with advanced concepts because they simply don't know their basic addition or multiplication facts. So, what better way to ensure they know these skills than to challenge them with a fun game to practice those skills? Balloon Pop Math offers the students a way to practice their basic multiplication facts by popping the balloon with the correct answer to the problem given. Students pop the problems in order from the least to the greatest product. They can earn points for the speed of their response and their correct answers. Balloon Pop provides teachers a fun and interactive way to encourage students to learn those basic skills that are so needed for math in the Common Core.
Need an easy way to explore three dimensional shapes? Use this interactive website to explore what defines a shape as three dimensional and what are polyhedras, prisms, and pyramids. Once you have explored what makes a shape 3D, explore polyhedras with a description alongside pictures that explain them. Then click prisms to get an up close look at different prisms as well as the nets that create those prisms. When finished with prisms, click pyramids to explore the different pyramids and their nets. You will also explore what a face, edge, and vertice of a shape is and how many of those each given shape contains.
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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.