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1 Math Website Review Chris Goulet Mathematics Curriculum and Instruction TCH 628 Mr. Michael Rospenda Marian University June 3, 2010 2 The objective of this assignment was to become familiar with math websites that could be used by students, parents, and teachers. This website review is a compilation of math websites whose topics are quite varied. These website topics include math games, learning about time, learning about the history of mathematics, aeronautical math, high school math exam practice, teaching resources, math videos, and math practice for all grades, math search engine, learning about finances, math homework help, math Standards, and math guidance for parents. Some of the websites reviewed were visually stimulating because of their vibrant colors and clip art used. Others had quite the opposite effect because they lacked color and stimulating features. Some were deceiving because they may not have been aesthetically appealing, but they contained a wealth of useful information and activities. I pointed out a couple of websites that had too many advertisements and not enough useable information on the main page. But what I later realized was that just about every website had the same amount of advertising on it, but some websites were better at making the “important/useable” information stand out from the advertisements. In some cases, you couldn’t tell the difference between useable information and advertising so it appeared as though everything on the screen was important. Those were the creative ones that were usually so visually appealing, the advertisements blended right in! There were many websites that I will save in my “favorites” file, but the one I found to be the most valuable was the very last one that I reviewed, entitled Math Links. It’s too bad I didn’t find it at the start of my searching! This website compiles most of the websites I reviewed in addition to many, many others. It is nice to have a central source that will link you to hundreds of others, just like this math website project! 3 Illuminations: Resources for Teaching Math http://illuminations.nctm.org/ This site is a wonderful reference for teachers and substitute teachers! It is a website developed by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). There is a library of 105 online activities that a teacher could use in their classroom or students could use at home; a collection of 551 lessons developed for preK-12 math educators; a wonderful section on Standards; and a link to 724 math resources on the web retrievable through Standards links. Search topics can be by grade, by math Standard (Number and Operations, Algebra, Geometry, Measurement, and Data Analysis/Probability). There is a highlighted Activity and a Highlighted Lesson on the main page as well. What is nice about these highlights is that they also give you the grade range that they are appropriate for. There are also many video reflections showing students demonstrating various mathematical concepts. This website is aesthetically appealing, is easy to maneuver around in, covers all of the math Standards, and provides a wide variety of activities and lessons for grades pre-K – 12. 4 National Library of Virtual Manipulatives http://nlvm.usu.edu/en/nav/vlibrary.html On the home page of this website is a table showing grade ranges of Pre-K - 2, 3 – 5, 6 – 8, and 9 – 12 and math Standards of Number & Operations, Algebra, Geometry, Measurement, and Data Analysis & Probability. It is very simple to understand how to find the information you are interested in based on those two variables. Once you choose the area of the table you want to enter, there will be a selection of about 20 interactive virtual manipulatives to perform based on the math standard and age range chosen. If you were to enter the link Pre-K – 2/Algebra there will be about eight algebra activities for a student to work on. For example, there will be a screen with manipulatives that the student can move around using the computer mouse while reading the instructions to a lesson about Pattern Blocks. In order to view the manipulatives, the computer must have Java software on it. This website was great for the kinesthetic learners and covers all grades as well as all math Standards. 5 The MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive http://turnbull.mcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/ This is a great reference for learning about the history of mathematics in various cultures; the history of various mathematical topics; the biographies of mathematicians; the history of each mathematical curve type; and mathematicians who were born on the current date. Each of these areas could be accessed under headings on the left side of the screen in the aqua blue section. Mathematicians can be searched by alphabetical by name or by the timeframe in which they were born. In the center of the screen there is an area which indicates “Other indexes” and “Other features”. When clicking on “Other indexes” for example, there were so many different levels in which to enter in this site that I could not cover everything during my review. Some very interesting areas I did find were under the “Other indexes” section… there was a Poster index. Under this are posters indexed by day for each month. For example, I clicked on Posters for May. The next page lists a mathematician for each day in May. For May 12th, for example, they have Jacques Binet listed. When you click on his name, you are shown a poster which you could print out for your classroom. The poster shows a photograph of the mathematician, the 6 date in which he died (which was May 12th) and how many years ago, and what mathematical theories he was famous for. This site isn’t as visually appealing as other sites might be, but it is loaded with historical information. I don’t think that students would find it to be an appealing website because it lacks bells and whistles and visual stimulation, but it is an excellent source for historical information. 7 Cool Math http://www.coolmath.com/ This website is a visually stimulating site for students, parents, and teachers. The colors on the homepage are vibrant and the computer cursor has animated numbers of 1 through 6 that follow it around on the page, which is really cute. This website is loaded with tips, games, lessons, practice, books, other resources, puzzles, math dictionary and a reference for geometry. It is very easy to maneuver around. The site is advertised for students ages 13- 100 but I was able to locate information on how to introduce math to kindergarteners under the teachers link. Also under teachers are teaching ideas, continuing education courses, and many resources. You can also search by math topic. There is so much information packed into this fun site! This is one of my favorite websites to have recently discovered! Another favorite link I obtained from this site is http://www.coolmath4kids.com. 8 Primary Games http://www.primarygames.com/math.htm This Primary Games website not only has a great math section, but other curricula as well. It is loaded with information! It is very visually stimulating because it uses vibrant colors. It is easy to maneuver around. There are some very fun math games for all ages. There are particularly a large variety of games for primary students. Some of the games require the computer to have Java software. This website also has a link entitled, The Print Zone, can be accessed to find Award Certificates, Calendars, Coloring Pages, Gift Tags, Bookmarks, Greeting Cards, and Stationery. This site is an excellent resource for elementary teachers in particular. 9 AAA Math http://www.aaamath.com/ This website contains a wide variety of interactive arithmetic lessons for kindergarten through eighth grade. Each practice session offered has an unlimited allowed time in order to help achieve mastery. The lessons can be selected by Grade Level or by Math Subject. If making a selection by Grade Level, you will be given a list of math Topics to then select. If you choose a topic, the site scrolls down for you and takes you right to the practice lessons for that math topic. Otherwise you can scroll down the page to see all of the lessons offered. If you go back to the home page and make a selection by Math Subject, you will be given a list of Topics within that subject to choose. Once you choose a topic, you will be given information to learn about that topic, as well as a practice lesson. Below the practice activity are several “games” offered which are merely other ways to do the same practice activity. 10 In addition to math practice, it also offers Spelling, Vocabulary, States of the USA, World Nations, Geography and Geographical photos, Sudoku and an interesting link to a site pertaining to Abundance. There is also an option to view AAA Math in a Spanish version. This website did not excite me. It is fairly simple with not as much information or practice lessons as other sites have offered. Visually it is not as appealing. 11 Finance Freak http://www.financefreak.com/ This site is a link that can be accessed through the Cool Math website http://www.coolmath.com/. It looks very similar with colorful displays but not as much animated clip art. It has six dollar signs ($) that chase the cursor around much like Cool Math. This website is designed for teens and adults to teach them about financing. The links that you can choose from include Banking – how banks work, types of banks, types of accounts, checking accounts, ATM, and debit cards; The Math of Money – understand how compound interest and annuities really work; Owing Money – learn about credit cards, student loans, auto loans, mortgages and more; Credit Ratings – learn about Fair Isaac Corporation (FICO) credit rating scores, how lenders decide who to loan money to, and how to get good credit; Investing – learn about stocks, mutual funds, bonds, CD’s, money market accounts, retirement accounts, and how to plan for a rich future; Be Smart & Rich – learn how to spend wisely, plan for your future, and 12 how to save money; and Financial Calculators – calculators such as for an auto loan, mortgage, compound interest, annuities, and more. There are also links that you are supposed to be able to watch television show recaps of Jim Cramer’s Mad Money (but I couldn’t access them) as well as download podcasts to your MP3 Player, and connect to Yahoo! Finance to check on your stock trades. Under the teacher’s area there are suggestions for how to use the information in this website in a classroom. I thoroughly enjoyed discovering this website and it is one I myself will visit to learn more about finances, as it is an area I do not know a lot about. 13 Time For Time http://www.time-for-time.com/ This website is a resource for teachers and students to learn everything you could want to know about the concept of time. It was created by an elementary teacher for her classroom. A visitor to the site can either choose the topic they’d like to enter from the menu along the top of the screen or scroll down and choose from similar options in a table format. I noticed that not all of the selections that are offered along the top of the page are offered in the table. Because this website is limited to “time” and the amount of material isn’t overwhelming, I would like to review each of the topic options available. Under the topic Time-for-Time you could select: About this site Glossary of time-related words 14 Useful Links which includes other time-related sites Under the topic Time-to-Learn you could select: Interactive Learning Clock Time Telling Games and Quizzes Printable Paper Clock Under the topic Time-for-Fun How old are you in…? you can determine how old you are in months, weeks, days, hours, minutes, seconds, and milliseconds; what day of the week you were born, and when you next birthday will be in days, hours, minutes, and seconds just by typing in your birth date. I noticed that you must type in a four digit year, even though there is a “19” before the spot you type, in order for it to calculate your correct age. When is my next birthday? Talking Clock Under the topic About Time A Brief History of Time is a very good chronological history of time development Types of Clocks Time Zone Information World Time Zone Map US Time Zones Under the topic Time-for-Teachers Teaching Clock is an interactive clock that will allow you to change the time in whatever minute/hour intervals that you want Lessons is a collection of 5 lessons that all contain vocabulary, objectives, background, activities and links to the corresponding worksheets and games Worksheets I thought this was a great website. It was aesthetically simple, and easy on the eyes. The colors used were shades of blue, black, and orange. I didn’t particularly like the orange used on the 15 pages as I had a harder time seeing the orange. This is a website that could be used for all ages, beginning with kindergarteners who are learning to tell time. But I think older students will find more use for this website. 16 Kids Math Games http://www.netrover.com/~kingskid/Math/math_kids.html This math website is loaded with all types of games as well worksheets. It is a link off of a main site entitled, Room 108, which is a comprehensive educational site for primary students. The main site offers educational resources for all curricula and is owned and operated by a primary teacher. Even the options for the Math link are too numerous to list! There is a table on the main page which contains the topic categories through which to find games. They are Math Worksheets, Calendar, Patterns, Fractions, Calculators, Add/Subtract, Money, Math Spelling, Measuring, Counting, Time, Graphing, Geometry, Multiplication, and Other (games like Sudoku and Who Wants to be a Mathionaire). What is cute about this site is when your cursor goes over any of the main topic categories, realistic kids voices sound out the topic. Although this is a site for primary students, most of the games are too advanced for K-2. I also found that it was difficult to figure out how to play some of the games. They should provide some simple instructions per game which would be very helpful. 17 Learn-with-math-games http://www.learn-with-math-games.com/index.html I was excited when I found this website because it appeared that it would meet the needs for students in grades K-8. But I was quickly disappointed once I started to maneuver through it. When you enter the site, you will see the top quarter of the page is advertisements. You have to scroll down in order to get to the information you were hoping to see. There are great math topics to choose from along the left hand side of the screen: Addition Games, Subtraction, Fraction Games, Multiplication, Division, Printable Games, Math Tricks, Online Games, Math Trivia, Classroom Games, Interactive Games, and Useful Math Sites. Even once you enter any of these links, you once again get a screen full of advertisements and have to scroll down to the useful information. This website offers links for kindergarten, elementary, and middle school students. Within each grade range you will find age appropriate games and activities. This site seemed a bit clumsy to maneuver through. It is also not very visually appealing. I do not think that I would access this website often. 18 WolframAlpha http://www.wolframalpha.com/ I thought this website would be an amazing discovery when I found it! Everything you would want to calculate or know about, you could enter it and it will give you the answer?! I first tried a few simple math conversions like “how many feet are in 20 miles?” Not only did the site give me the correct conversion in feet, but it also gave me conversions in other units as well as comparisons in length, height, and depth. I tried putting some advanced geometry problems in, but when the math problem had too many words in it, it seemed to get confused and didn’t give the answer that I was looking for. I also asked for it to tell me “how many lines of symmetry does a pentagon have?” and it gave me information about The Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. I tried a few more math problems, and it didn’t get it right due to the words that were part of the problem. So as a result, I do not recommend using this search engine for math problems. 19 AplusMath http://www.aplusmath.com/ This website is fairly simple with links to Flashcards, Games, Homework Helper, and Worksheets. Once inside the Flashcard link there are over one dozen selections that do not require Java to operate as well as non-Java flashcards in many mathematical topics. You can also choose Flashcard Creator and Custom Flashcards to make your own flashcards. There is even a Timed Flashcard link where you can compete with others around the world for the fastest time. In the Worksheets link, there are worksheets that are formatted for printing which also contain a sheet with the answers as well as online worksheets that can be corrected immediately upon completion. Under Games there are also Java and non-Java games such as Matho (Bingo and Math combined), Hidden Picture, Concentration, and Planet Blaster. In Homework Helper, a 20 student could choose from Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division, and Division with Remainders. What I don’t like about the homework helper is that it doesn’t give you the correct answer in the end in case you keep struggling to get the correct answer. You can write your own problem, and it will tell you if it is correct or not, but it will not give you the correct answer until you figure it out correctly on your own. There are three other links in this site entitled, Order of Operations, an Interactive Addition Table, and an Interactive Multiplication Table. I wasn’t super impressed with this website although it does have the potential to be used by students in grades K-8. The graphics weren’t very appealing, and the home page had more advertisements (albeit they were other math websites) taking up the screen than actual useable learning information. 21 Sensible Math Education http://www.sensible-math-education.com/index.html This website was developed by a math teacher/school administrator. It is meant as a site for math help and guidance for parents of college-bound students. This site also suffers from too many advertisements that interfere with the information you are trying to locate. It is very simply organized with the topics for you to choose from along the left side of the screen. The topics are: Blog/Most Recent, Pre-K & Kindergarten, First Grade, Second Grade, Third Grade, Fourth Grade, Fifth Grade, Sixth Grade, Pre-algebra, Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2, SAT Math, Math Anxiety, and YOUR Math Tips. Aside from the confusing appearance of the layout of the website and all of the advertising, I liked the information that I was able to obtain through this website. If you select one of the grade level links, it will tell you what math concepts or activities that a student at that grade level should be learning. If you select one of the math subject links, it will give you the key topics that a course in that subject should include. I enjoyed visiting the Blog link. Once in this link I was able to find a selection of Geometry jokes. This website is all informational knowledge and there are not any games, lessons, or activities. But I thought the information it provides is very beneficial, particularly for parents. 22 Logic Puzzles http://www.johnpratt.com/items/puzzles/index.html This website was fun to discover! It has some really fun Optical Illusions, Logic Puzzles, and Math Puzzles in addition to other non-math puzzles. All of the puzzles are word puzzles. The optical illusions are very fun to view! There is nothing fancy about this website. Actually it will probably be one of the least appealing from an aesthetic standpoint. It is very simply laid out. The first page lists the topic links mentioned above. They are underlined and have a brief explanation following the link title. It is hard to get lost in this website because there aren’t many links to go to. But what information it does contain, is very useful material. It is more appropriate for middle school and high school students based on the complexity of the word puzzles. Answers to the puzzles are provided on a separate page within the links. 23 PlaneMath http://www.planemath.com/planemathmain.html This website is an activity page off of the main page of PlaneMath. From here there are links to Activities for Students, Help to Get Started, Links To Other Sites, and Parent/Teacher Info. All of the lessons/activities included in PlaneMath represent five or more of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Math Standards, as well as two or more general aeronautics topics. This website was designed to be “An Internet-Based Curriculum on Math and Aeronautics for Children with Physical Disabilities” and is funded through NASA. In the Activities for Students link there are nine fun and instructional activities located under the Applying Flying link. There are also two other links, one entitled, Pioneer Plane and the other, PlaneMath Enterprises. I wasn’t able to try any of those activities because they require Shockwave, which is a “plug-in” that expands the capabilities of your computer to display interactive activities, and we don’t have that program. Under the Applying Flying link there was a lesson about flying kites. Once you enter the link, you have an opportunity to get to several links that will show you how to build your own kite. This website would probably be good for 4th grade and up. 24 Math Train TV http://www.mathtrain.tv/ This website had been introduced to me by one of the math teachers. It is a free educational “kids teaching kids” site developed by a teacher and his students. It is fairly easy to maneuver around on the website. The home page offers links to Home, Videos, Audios, Categories, Groups, Podcast Blog, and Upload along the top of the screen. Slightly further down you can choose from STUDENT-CREATED Videos, TEACHER CREATED Videos, and CAPTIONED Videos. They also give you a selection of Recently Watched Videos as well as Recently Added Videos. I thought the videos I reviewed were very well done and were instructional. Many of the videos were middle school math topics but there were a few that were age appropriate for fifth grade. The Recently Watched Videos continue to change while you are viewing the site. 25 Regents Exam Prep Center http://www.regentsprep.org/Regents/math/geometry/math-GEOMETRY.htm The Regents High School examinations are exams catered to high-potential students. Students will receive high school Regents credit through the New York State Education Department, designed and administered under the authority of the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York. The materials and sites used by students in preparation to take these tests are a great resource for any student to use to strengthen their math skills. This website, in particular, is an awesome reference for learning, reviewing, and studying Geometry. It has been developed by the Oswego City School District. There is also a similar website for Algebra located at This website has a wealth of information and practice. On the main page of the Geometry link you can access the following links that are loaded with their own math topics/concepts: Geometric Relationships, Constructions, Locus, Informal and Formal Proof, Transformational Geometry, and Coordinate Geometry. There is also a section on the main page below these links where you can access homework help, study tips, math tips, student resources, teacher resources as well as 26 old Regents exams through the following links: General Review/Formula Sheet , Regents Reference Sheet, About Exam, Study Tips, HS Ace: Math, Teaching Strategies, Geo Student, Geo Teacher, SED Links and Old Exams , and a Glossary. There are also Geometry Interactive Games and Puzzles, an Interactive Geometry Review Activity using PowerPoint, and a Geocaching Review Activity. This website is an excellent resource for high school students, adult students, parents, and teachers. It was one of my favorite websites discovered in this project! 27 Word Problems For Kids http://www.mystfx.ca/special/mathproblems/ Although this website is nothing fancy, it is an excellent resource for students for practicing math word problems. The word problems are meant for students to help improve their problem-solving skills. The links provided on the home page are simply Grade Five, Grade Six, Grade Seven, Grade Eight, Grade Nine, Grade Ten, Grade Eleven, and Grade Twelve. There are close to 50 word problems for each grade level. Once you begin working on a word problem, if you get stuck, it offers you a Hint that you could select. You may also select the Answer link to get the correct answer. The only problem I found with the Hint and Answer links was that you will not only see the hint or answer for the problem that you are working on, but you may also get a view of the questions that follow it because they are all on the same page. Otherwise I think it is a very simple website to maneuver through and offers a large amount of word problem practice for students in fifth through twelfth grades. 28 AIMS Puzzle Corner http://www.aimsedu.org/Puzzle/index.html This website contains over 100 interesting math puzzles that combine puzzle enjoyment with learning about math. The puzzles are categorized by type, and within each category the puzzles are listed in order of increasing difficulty. The puzzles are not assigned a grade level appropriateness because individuals possess varying abilities when working puzzles. The puzzle types that this website offers are: Arrangement Puzzles (Moving manipulatives or rearranging items according to specific rules) Dissection Puzzles (Assembling sets of geometric shapes to form larger figures, or breaking a geometric shape into smaller figures) Divergent Thinking Puzzles (Thinking in ways that defy the assumptions often made when approaching puzzles) Miscellaneous Puzzles 29 Number Puzzles (Arranging numbers according to specific rules, looking for patterns, or manipulating them to get different solutions) Logic Puzzles (Using logical thinking skills to make sense of paradoxes, move items safely across divides, or complete challenges according to specific rules) Toothpick Puzzles (Moving, rearranging, and / or removing toothpicks to reach desired outcomes) Topological Puzzles (Exploring geometric properties not affected by changes in size and shape) Visual Puzzles (Explaining why optical illusions and visual paradoxes work) I really enjoyed these puzzles! There is a Solutions link at the end of the list of puzzle types that you can access. You will find all of the puzzles listed in alphabetical order. I plan to make copies of some of these puzzles and carry them around with me in my substitute teaching bag! 30 Math Links http://www.suelebeau.com/math.htm I discovered this website at the end of my search for math websites! This would have been a great place to start! So I thought I would include it because it would give the reader of this project more options than the ones I provided. The Math Links site was constructed by Dr. Suzanne LeBeau who not only has over 30 years of experience teaching in elementary and middle school grades and has served as a technology advisor to help integrate technology into the curriculum, but she has also been a reviewer of educational materials for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Math Links is a link off of her main page, which also provides links to other curriculum links. From the Math Links page, there are eight math topics for you to choose from, each easily visible in rectangles in the center of the page. These topics are: Misc. Math Links, Problem Solving, On-Line Flashcards, Data and Graphing, Geometry Links, All About Fractions, About Decimals, and All About Algebra. Inside of the Misc. Math 31 Links you will find 113 more math-related websites to explore!! Almost all of the websites I reviewed in this project are on the list! The Problem Solving link has 30 links. One of them is entitled Brain Food where there are hundreds of puzzles, ranging from word games to logic problems to riddles. Under the All About Fractions and On-Line Flashcards links there were several links appropriate for third through fifth grades, but the majority of the links are more appropriate for fifth grade and older. I will be adding this website to my favorites for sure!
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