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When you're teaching any subject, it's good to have a few tricks in your teaching hat to get your students engaged in learning. When you're looking for interactive resources, it's time-consuming work. What if all of your resources were located in the same place? Well, I'm here to provide you with an index of really awesome math resources to simplify your life.
Illuminations. Here you'll find one of my favorite places to go for lesson plans and interactive resources. If you click on Common Core Standards in the search box, you'll get to choose grade levels, then you can search for anything in the areas that you choose. So, if I click on 7th grade and then type "ratios" in the search box, I get 20 different options of lesson plans and interactives to choose from. Totally cool!
Khan Academy. I can't give high enough praise to this website. You can set up classes in Khan Academy and add your students. From there, you get to select lessons you'd like them to work on and monitor their progress. They can watch videos and get immediate feedback on the math problems they work on. If they don't understand a math problem, they can get hints that take them all the way to the answer. To move on, they must answer specified numbers of problems correctly on their own.
IXL. It's a website that aligns with the Common Core curriculum, provides progress monitoring tools, and gives students and teachers a change to use the website via iPad and Android tablets. Virtual awards and prizes keep students going as they meet milestones. You can get a 30-day free trial upon request if your school system doesn't use this program yet.
Math and the Movies. What's more fun than doing math? Watching movies as a way to learn math, of course! With this website, you can teach students math while watching movie clips from all sorts of movies, from Star Trek to Alice in Wonderland.
Illustrative Mathematics. This site provides instructional and assessment tasks, lesson plans, and other resources for teachers. You just click on the grade level, the strand you want to work on, and the objective. From there, you'll have options for tasks to complete and lesson plans, as well as detailed instructions on how to work the problems from various angles.
The National Library of Virtual Manipulatives. It does just what you think it does! Here you'll find virtual manipulatives for completing math tasks, including color chips, fraction pieces, money, percent grids, and so much more!
MathBits. Get some fun and challenging activities for secondary and college level math students. Two math teachers created the website, and while some parts of the website require a paid subscription, it also offers a plethora of free activities.
PBS Math Games. For elementary level kids, primarily, this website provides games for students to play that will teach them various math topics without them even feeling like they're learning.
Learnzillion. Create an account and then you'll get access to a TON of lesson plans on a wide range of Common Core objectives. Seriously awesome! You can even set up students with a link to videos to help facilitate learning.
MobyMax. Here's another great resource for not only providing students with online learning opportunities, but to help you monitor the progress of your students. You can sign up for a free account and access the resources from there. There are options for students to work on Language Arts, Reading, etc., but you can block anything you do not want them to access.
SumDog. Your students get the opportunity to play math games related to relevant math topics. If you can associate with a school, you get access to assessments and other materials. It's just another way to make learning fun!
Kahoot! My students LOVE to play Kahoot. You can make your own quizzes or search for quizzes for the students to take. The student with the most points at the end of a Kahoot round wins! Great for getting students to feel competitive about their learning.
If you want an interactive classroom full of options, these websites give you a place to start. If you want to be more interactive, these resources will make your life much easier.
Enjoy your exploration!