Math & the WWW


The following websites will assist the classroom teacher with adding enthusiasm and excitement to their math classes. They were "havested" from the World Wide Web by students in EDUC 4143, Spring 2000.


calculator  Math Project Center - Grades K-8

If you'd like to find or share collaborative classroom projects for use over the Internet, then this is the site for you!  The Project Center is updated each week with projects from other teachers like you. These projects come from a variety of online sources, such as the Classroom Connect mailing list. You can publicize your online project here by filling in the Project Submission Form or by sending an e-mail description to Check back each week and get your classroom involved in projects from all over the world!


disk  Math Software Suggestions

This site provides an overview of software that will support various math concepts.  Screen views are given as well.


Math Central   Math Central

Houghton Mifflin's new math program, Math Central, is math power. With Math Central students
develop a strong foundation in skills and concepts, and learn to investigate, reason, and explain.

On these pages, Math Central is supported by Internet resources directly tied to the print materials. We hope that these materials will make it easier for you to make use of the wealth of the Internet in your classroom.

Great resource for those who use this series and for those who use another series.


m&m  Learning Fractions With M&Ms

This lesson is designed to improve students understanding of fractions by using a fun manipulative (M & M candies). The students will sort their bowl of M & M's into colors and then, for each color, they will write out, both longhand and numerically, the fraction that represents how many of their M & M's are that color.


marble   Marble Game

Students will improve their counting skills by playing a simple game that requires them to be able to count to six or higher for more advanced students.


numbers   Numeral Recognition, Matching, and Writing

Most children enter the first grade able to count to twenty and many to 100; and most recognize numerals to twenty in isolation and can match one to one. However, each year there are a number of children to whom all of this is foreign. What they have learned is rote and not truly conceptualized. The following activity is designed to reinforce what many already know and to teach or reteach numeral recognition, one to one matching and the writing of numerals from 1-20.


calculator   Calculator Pattern Puzzles

This lesson was designed to allow young children to explore number patterns and relationships while introducing them to the calculator at the same time.  In mathematics education today, there is a growing awareness that the following is true: children need experience with problem-solving, math instruction can be inquiry-based, and the use of calculators should be introduced and applied at every level. This lesson was designed along these lines, and can be further adapted by individual teachers to suit their own needs and purposes.


m&m   M&M Graphing and Probability

This lesson provides students with a hands-on and cooperative learning experience in the process of
collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data, and to improve decision making skills through the use of probability.


book   CEC Lesson Plans

This site contains connections to various math lesson plans.


tooth  Taking a Tooth Count

First graders are very interested in teeth, especially losing their first tooth.   the series of activities re multidisciplinary in nature and five the children an opportunity to compute the number of teeth lost by the children in the various grade levels of their school, in conjunction with learning about related dental health issues.   Access to e-mail makes these activities manageable and serves as an introduction to e-mail as a means of communication. These activities will also help first graders become acquainted with students at other grade levels.


foor  Giant Steps

This particular activity was designed to provide students with an opportunity to utilize their knowledge of measurement in making accurate measurements and estimations, as well as to provide practice in making graphs.


3 dimensional figures   Helping Your Child with Math

An on-line book for parents of kindergarten - 8th grade students (5-13 years old) that describes activities that parents can do with their children to awaken their child's interest in math and help their child to learn. These activities are simple to do and require only household items.


snowflake   Symmetrical Snowflakes

After discussing symmetry with various shapes and objects, Evaluate your students' knowledge of the concept with this activity.


coins   Change Maker

Students need to figure out how many of each bill or coin that you expect to get back when you pay
for something. For example, if something costs $3.75 and you pay with a five dollar bill, you would expect back one quarter and one dollar bill. Change is added to piggy bank.


oddball  Oddball

Funbrain will show four pictures. Three of the pictures will be the same in some way, and one is different. Students click on the one which does not belong in the group.   If you get twenty problems correct, you can put your name on our leader board. If incorrect answer is given, the rule or category is given.


plane  Line Jumper

Funbrain will show a number line.  A math addition problem is given. Students click on the number line at the correct answer.


polar bear  Fun Match

Students are shown some cards with their faces down. They select two of the cards by clicking in the box next to the card. Topics include Dinosaurs, Colors, Bugs, Animals, Musical Instruments, Numbers, Good Food, Snack Food, Flowers and Signs.


check mark  Mathematics Problem Solving Task Centers

A site devoted to all aspects of math problem solving. Includes problems of the month for lower primary, upper primary/lower secondary and upper secondary students; also a "Challenging problem of the month." All have archived solutions.


questioning cricket   Elementary Problem of the Week

Elementary students are invited to answer weekly problems.  The goals of these problems are to challenge elementary students with non-routine problems and to encourage them to verbalize their solutions.


magician  Math Magic

MathMagic is a K-12 telecommunications project developed in El Paso, Texas. It provides strong motivation for students to use computer technology while increasing problem-solving strategies and communications skills. MathMagic posts challenges in each of four categories (k-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12) to trigger each registered team to pair up with another team and engage in a problem-solving dialog. When an agreement has been reached, one solution is posted for every pair. Hosted by the Math Forum.

This project can be used free of charge, or with registering each team for a small amount of money, students compete against students are the world.


numbers  The Most Colorful Math of All

Believe it or not, coloring is a profound mathematical topic with many multi-million-dollar industrial applications. The problem presented here has been of interest to mathematicians for over a hundred years. Some versions of the problem are easy to solve, others have yielded only recently to relentless efforts that would not have been possible without the aid of powerful computers. In all of its aspects, the basic problem is the same: How many colors do you need?


flipping calendar   About Today's Date

About Today's Date, based on Richard Phillips' book Numbers: Facts, Figures, and Fiction, provides on a daily basis the history and trivia about the numbers in today's date.


book   Math and Children's Literature

Carol Hurst's Math and Children's Literature offers a variety of ways of integrating children's literature with math. The author provides math activities from articles she wrote for the Teaching K-8 Magazine as well as from sample chapters and books. In addition, the author lists books by grade level and theme recommended for integrating math in literature. The site is suitable for grades K-8.


3 dimensional figures   Developing Spatial Sense: Some Fun Tips

Here is a small site for K-3 teachers that gives a few ideas on developing spatial sense in your students using manipulatives like shapes, angles, symmetry, and pattern blocks.


ticker tape   Stock Market Learning Project for K-12

This project revolves around an interactive stock market competition between classmates using real-time stock market data from the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ. Lessons from a variety of subject areas have been added for teacher convenience. These lessons and warm-up discussion topics are designed to give the student a better understanding of how the stock market is an integral part of their everyday life and future security.


book   Preparing our Children

A must read for all teachers and parents.
"The National Science Board (NSB), charged with advising the President and the Congress on national science policy, urges a nation-wide consensus on a core of knowledge and competency in mathematics and science. The Board believes it is both possible and imperative to develop national strategies that serve the national interest while respecting local responsibility for K-12 teaching and learning."


numbers   Mrs. Paul’s Wonderful World of Math

This site includes many interesting things: Internet Scavenger Hunt; lots of math formulas, problems to work, and a history of math; you can submit questions about math and get a personal answer back; and math comics. You can search for one to use in the classroom or students can submit their own (providing a chance to combine creativity and math).


arrow  Mrs. Dean’s Math Hotlist

There are lots of online math game resources, especially at the junior high level. This site connects to another site called Math Is Power, which explains why math is so necessary in everyday life.


Math Forum The Math Forum

This site has tons of lesson plans. You can narrow down the search for lessons by grade level and/or topic. Gives math field trip ideas for the web and real life. There are lots of problems for students, including a problem of the week. Gives professional organization information about the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and the Mathematical Association of America (MAA).


Math Central  Math Central

Has a bulletin board where teachers can look at and submit their own lesson plans. Able to ask questions about math and someone will help you solve it.  Includes Teacher Talk - a listserv to which teachers can subscribe to in order to talk to others in the profession about problems and joys encountered everyday.


Math book   Education Station

This site has an extensive list of lesson plans. It also includes grant information and computer software information.


flipping calendar  Everyday Mathematics

Chicago Math (it is also called Everyday Math). Gives teachers ideas on how to encourage students and incorporate Everyday Math into their lessons.


New Math teachers New Math Teachers

This site gives good suggestions on how to connect with students. It also includes lots of logic problems to work.


book   InQuiry Almanack

This site connects literature and math. The creators of this site took the poem "Hungry Mungry" from Where the Sidewalk Ends and used different bar graphs, pie graphs, and simple statistics to study the poem mathematically. Also gave suggestions for using this method with The Twelve Days of Christmas and Old Macdonald.  It shows the connections between two different subjects in a very unusual way.


light bulb - idea  Brain Teasers 

Whether you solve them at home or in the classroom, individually or as a group, you'll find these Brain Teasers both entertaining and mentally challenging. Each Wednesday evening the site provides a new group of Brain Teasers at each of three grade ranges. Solutions are posted on the following Wednesday. So go ahead and try one of the puzzles below. Good luck, and have fun!


sy00630_.wmf (11372 bytes)  Jumping for FUNctions

These activities take students from a real graph to a pictorial graph to a symbolic graph. Students actively engage in developing functional concepts through patterning.


number  Critical Issues in Mathematics

This site helps you to analyze the math curriculum and instruction in your school or classroom.


dice  A+ Math

This site provides games, flashcards, homework help, and other fun activities to help students  interactively improve their math skills.


idea Wonderful Ideas

The goal of this site is to "provide math activities for teachers and parents that encourage creative thinking and hands-on problem solving for children of al variety of ages and abilities. The activities enable learners to immerse themselves in mathematics in interesting and challenging ways. Many activities can to done in small groups, and discussion questions are often provided to encourage students to talk about the math they are exploring."


book  Mathematics Lesson Plans

This site includes many math lesson plans for all grade levels.


numbers  If You Hate Math  

These pages are filled with ways to change a child's experiences in math for the better - but if s/he - or you - hate math, begin there. There are good reasons. It's hard. It can be tedious. Sometimes it may seem dull and disconnected.  True enough. But there's more. Browse this site to find many interesting ways of making math fun.


rock music   Multiplication Rock

This site includes songs, videos, and text of the following songs: My Hero Zero, Elementary My Dear (Multiplying by 2), Three is a Magic Number, The Four-Legged Zoo, Ready or not, Here I Come (Multiplying by 5), I Got Six, Lucky Seven Sampson, Figure Eight, Naughty Number Nine, The Good Eleven, Little Twelvetoes.


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