Math is such a wonderful and fascinating discipline! Whether you find math polarizing or discombobulating, math is interwoven throughout our lives. Helping students foster a respect and foundational understanding of key math concepts is central to building a lifetime of what I like to call “math usefulness through confidence.” In other words, laying the groundwork early will help students develop the “I can try” mantra instead of the “I don’t get it” mantra while realizing that math skills are serviceable.
Since there are so many wonderful math resources out there, I couldn’t just pick one. Instead I have selected the top three that I have used in my own classroom. These resources have helped build math fluency and increase student confidence in my students, and it is my hope they will in yours as well.
At math playground there is truly something for all students regardless of age or ability level. From all of the math and thinking games pictured above to all of the instructional step-by-step videos that can used for reteaching, self-guided instruction, or differentiation, this resource has many different opportunities that can impact student learning. In addition, there is a wide host of problem solving activities aligned to Common Core State Standards which will instantly add substance to previously mastered computation skills.
Even for those students who have IEPs and need work on more basic skills, math playground has opportunities to practice algorithm skills. There is a flash card section, blog, and worksheet section. Regardless of student need, math playground is a mainstay in my classroom. Try it!
The next resource I want to share is Sheppard Math. What’s great about this resource is the incredible amount of core applied to its content. We hear all of the time, we as teachers need to strengthen the “core” of our lessons. This resource is a wonderful option to beefing up that core!
As you can see here, there is a wide variety of computational supports in place ready to assist your students. However, that is just the website in “simplest form” – let’s expand this content exponentially (aren’t math puns great?!). Fractions, decimals, integers, geometry are just a few of the other concepts covered in-depth here. In fact, resources range up to Algebra! Give it a try!
Along the same lines as the previous two resources, let’s say you have students who need reteaching regarding computational skills. Let’s also say, they view math as a hindrance instead of a benefit. Sumdog may be the answer you have been looking for! Not only do students work on highly engaging activities at their skill level, but they do so in a competition format – in other words they are competing against other students at their level, on the same game, at the same time with students across the globe. Set up your free teacher log in, upload a class roster, and off your students will go – to math proficiency and fluency!
Honorable Mention Resources
Math Computation – http://digitwhiz.com/
Math Games for K-5 – http://www.abcya.com/
A games-based math teaching resource – http://www.mangahigh.com
I think in today’s school we hear the terms “differentiation”, “intervention”, “remediation” and so on constantly. If you were to take one of the resources above, how could you use it to differentiate for your students while building math fluency, competence, and ultimately math confidence? If you have used one of the resources mentioned above with fidelity, comment on its effectiveness in your own classroom. Please enumerate as to how it what used and in what capacity!
Remember, even if you don’t teach “Math” you are challenged to share ways that you could integrate at least one math resource in your classroom.
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