On 3/14 math fans all around the world celebrate Pi Day. Join the celebration by learning all about 3.14. Calculate Pi yourself and learn a cool tip for remembering it to nine decimal places.
Strong adaptive learning makes traditional math curriculum more useful
Pros: Provides tons of data to teachers and students, and competency-based progression is far better than grades.
Cons: Math content is mostly traditional, decontextualized, and dry.
Bottom Line: For kids who crave a traditional mastery-style math learning experience and have good self-regulation skills, this is a great option.
August 23th is a prime number date - with 7 and 13 both being prime numbers. Can you identify factors and multiples to determine prime numbers? Practice your skill in this super cool Mangahigh game.
Solve problems, puzzles, brain teasers while creating wacky machines
Pros: Full-featured puzzle game offers ample opportunities for building conceptual knowledge.
Cons: Teachers will need to build the bridge from fun to actual learning.
Bottom Line: Hands-on problem-solving leads to great fun and independent learning with the right curricular wraparound to connect what kids are doing with what they need to know.
Untangle robust math problems for all ages; plenty of teaching support
Pros: The site's approach to problem-solving challenges kids to think mathematically, giving them the tools to do so.
Cons: Visual presentation needs to better adapt to its audience, with less text and easier "click" targets for younger kids in particular.
Bottom Line: It's an excellent classroom companion that can be implemented quickly with little adjustment and a high probability of success.
Learn more about chance and probability with this interactive mathematics resource. The user moves their toad along the vines by exploring the outcomes resulting from tossing a coin, rolling a die, and using a spinner to perform single and double event probabilities.
Engaging supplemental resource encourages conceptual understanding
Pros: A variety of visual activities help kids gain a conceptual understanding of important K-6 math skills.
Cons: An adaptive feature could help teachers in meeting kids right at their level.
Bottom Line: A fun and engaging conceptual supplement for math lessons with easy-to-find standards-aligned activities.
Why not brush up on some critical thinking and problem solving skills by planning a party? Check out this Party Planning resource that uses tree diagrams to find possible outcomes and make predictions for who will probably come to a party.
It's National Puzzle Day on the 29th. Learn about spatial relationships and boost your understanding of numbers by customizing and assembling these cool jigsaw puzzles that display symmetry.
Title: Whooo's Reading
Summary: Innovative take on independent reading ditches multiple-choice quizzes
Pros: Questions push students to read critically; supports a shared, meaningful independent reading program.
Cons: Avatars and rewards likely not suitable for older students; auto-generated questions can be too general.
Bottom Line: A convenient, well-intentioned tool for supporting a quality, interest-driven independent reading program, but make sure to tweak the auto-generated scores and questions.
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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.