There are so many great websites out there for Elementary students that I decided to put together some Top 10 Lists for websites to use in the upcoming school year. For the next few weeks, I’ll be posting lists of sites to use for various subjects. Be sure to see the post I wrote about organizing websites, if you need a way to keep track of all of these. And feel free to leave a comment with any additional sites that might help everyone with this week’s subject – Math.
10. TVOKids: The math and science games on this site are wonderful for working on many different math concepts, including counting coins, addition and telling time. In addition, there are great videos that demonstrate various math concepts (click on Watch to view videos).
9. ICTGames: This great site has tons of math games, that are nicely aligned to the UK standards. The games are sorted by math concepts, and use great techniques like number lines and abacuses.
8. Math-a-Rama: This site is more than just games, it also includes manipulatives, brain teasers, an e-glossary, and a place to work on a data survey. Supported by Houghton Mifflin, this website is sorted by grade level, and is a wonderful resource for your classroom.
7. Erich’s Puzzle Place: Critical thinking and solving puzzles are such helpful skills in math. This site has almost every puzzle imaginable, from sudoku, to arithmetic puzzles, to rebus puzzles to mazes.
6. Math Playground: This site has tons and tons of really great games for tons of different math concepts. In addition, there are video tutorials that walk kids through many different math concepts. But, one of my favorite features is the interactive word problems. Students can do a series of word problems, and the site will keep track of their right and wrong answers. I love to use it as an easy problem solving center.
5. HSP Math: This site was developed by Harcourt School Publishers, so if you have a Harcourt math series at your school, it will align very well with your texts. However, no matter what your math adoption, the lessons and games are amazing reinforcements for the kids. My kids this year particularly loved the measurement games.
4. PBS Kids – Cyberchase: Although there are many great shows on PBS Kids, Cyberchase focuses in on many different math and problem solving concepts. At the PBS website, there are games and video clips that you can use in your classroom to help your students work on math concepts and problem solving.
3. Oswego Math Games: Some of the best math games I’ve ever found have come from this website. It was designed by teachers for students in their school district, so the activities are generally so much better than others I find out there. Some of my favorites are Mathmatician (for math facts) and Find the Dog’s Bone (for working on 100’s chart).
2. Cool Math: This site has so many games, it’s crazy. While not every game is completely educational, most are at least logic building games. The best games for the classroom are the number games and the logic games. Many of these games start out in my classroom as a teaching game, and then the kids like them so much, that they become a reward for completing quality work early or having a great behavior day.
1. Virtual Manipulatives: Every math manipulative that you have (or should have) in the math manipulative kit that comes with your math series can be found in virtual form on this website. In addition, there are new, different ways to manipulate these manipulatives that I have found only here. For example, this site allows you to subtract with base ten blocks, and the blocks that are “taken away” truly go away. In addition to base ten blocks, there are also number lines, clocks, money, tangrams, pattern blocks and more. It works fabulously with a projector and an interactive board, but is just as much fun at a single computer during centers.