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Math Resources for the SMARTBoard
Billy Bug and His Quest for the Grub
- Are your students having difficulty understand coordinate planes? Do you have a hard time getting them to plot x and y coordinates? Try this activity that challenges them by giving them the task of feeding Billy Bug. There is a Grub on the Grid and you have to move Billy Bug to the correct coordinates to feed him.
- Teaching fractions? Are the kids having a hard time understanding greater than, less than, etc...? Try this IWB tool. Students have 30 seconds to show which of a pair of fractions is greater than or less than the other by drawing on the appropriate signs. Correct answers gain a point; incorrect answers lose a point. After clicking ”Go” two fractions will appear. The blue rectangular background is a drawing canvas that will detect which of the two signs “
” or “
” has been drawn by the students.
- This engineering website has a wealth of games to hone your critical thinking skills. Great for Math or Science.
- although this game requires that students use a keyboard to answer problems, it is worth mentioning. This game allows users to compete in real time against students from around the world. Kids can select problems in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Once you have chosen a problem type, you can choose a skill level. Then the game begins. If you want to create a user account, it is free and your scores are tracked in the hall of fame. No user information is collected and everyone is anonymous.
Free Rice -
- Need to sharpen your vocabulary skills? Why not fight world hunger at the same time. Students are presented with a word. Below the word is a list of four options to choose. Students must select the word that is synonymous with the vocabulary word. For each word you guess correctly, 10 grains of rice are donated to the World Food Programme.
, and students can compete in categories such as Chemistry, Art,
, and Geography.
- For younger students who are just mastering their addition skills, Make 5 is a great way for them to get in some practice. The goal is to get 5 blocks in a row across, diagonally, or vertically by selecting single digit addition problems that sum up to the number shown at the top of the screen. The first to get five in a row wins! Students can compete with each other, or play individually to beat their own best score.
iPlay Math Games
- iPlay Math Games is a site devoted to providing fun and educational math games and activities for teachers and students. Games are available in a variety of formats. You can purchase games for the
formats, or for the
iPad or iPhone
. Games are also available in Mac or PC versions if you don't have access to an IWB. Don't feel like purchasing the games? There are
available on their site as well. Just download them and drop them onto a page in your IWB lesson. It's that easy!
Under the Sea
- This site provides a variety of interactive math activities for everything from addition & subtraction to fractions & data analysis. Some activities require a keyboard and money activities use Canadian currency.
Create a Graph
- the National Center for Education Statistics provides this web page that is definitely worth mentioning. With your IWB and your on-screen keyboard, you can create a graph (bar, line, area, pie or XY Plot) in minutes. With easy to use instructions, teachers or students can create a graph simply and easily.
- The Illuminations website from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, has a wide range of math activities that work great with an IWB. One standout is the
. With a few simple tools (vertex, edge/line, and explorer tools), this activity allows you to create and explore planar graphs, complete graphs, minimum-cost spanning trees, and Euler and Hamiltonian paths. Check out their many other great
activity at left. You can also download
for use in the classroom. There is something for everyone from K-12. Be sure you are using a Java-Enabled browser such as Internet Explorer for the online activities.
- This interactive graph lets you add your own title, change the increments on the Y-axis, and build a bar graph by clicking on labels on the X-axis. Easy to use when teaching kids about bar graphs.
- Top Marks is a British website offering interactive activities that are great for any IWB. Activities can be found for any skill level. Use the Menu on the left hand side of their site to navigate to the appropriate skill level or subject.
- Flash based math games. Invite your students to the board to test their critical thinking math skills by playing one of the many games on this site. For starters, try the
Birmingham Grid for Learning
- The resources on this site are too numerous to mention, so I provided a link to everything. You'll find resources for every level and nearly every subject. All of these items are interactive and provide a drag and drop or "click to learn" feature. Check out the link for your subject area, find something you like. There's something for everyone.
- Teach and test probability with this interactive "bag o' marbles". Select how many of each marble color you want in the bag and run a test to determine the probability of selecting a certain color.
- Harvey's Homepage has links and downloads for a variety of SMART Notebook lessons. This link takes you directly to his Algebra page, but you can link back to his homepage for lessons on Geometry, Statistics, Measurement, and more. Check out the Function Man.
- Looking for a new, dynamic way to teach math to your students? Use GeoGebra to graph lines, create tables, you name it! Use it for algebra, geometry, or statistics. It works wonderfully on a SMARTBoard and best of all its free. You can
and install the software, or use an
to run the program in your browser. This software can be used for all ages - from "elementary to university".
- This site has a handful of flash activities called mini-movies. Each one covers a different math concept, including Least Common Multiple, Greatest Common Factor, Percentage, Linear Units, and Decimals. To use them, just download a link and drag it onto your SMART Notebook page.
Fuel the Brain
- This site offers Interactives and Educational Games covering basic math skills. Interactives work great with the SMARTBoard. The Educational Games may require use of your computer's keyboard or the SMART On-Screen Keyboard. Teachers will also enjoy the 240+ printable Activities and Sheets available on the website.
- This video explains how to make an activity in which students can tear the corners off of a triangle and measure them with a protractor - on the SMARTBoard!
Scholastic Interactive Whiteboard Activities
- Scholastic's site dedicated to Interactive Whiteboards has links to several activities for Science & Math, along with Whiteboard Tips.
- Collection of Math and Science software - all FREE from NASA. Track weather patterns, use a virtual electron microscope, tap into graphing software - this site is wonderful!
- Flash based games explore basic math concepts.
Dositey has a wealth of K-8 resources available for free. Find flash based games that work great with the SMARTBoard, as well as printable worksheets.
- contains links to flash based math games as well as lesson plans and activities linked to NCTM standards.
Math Open Reference Project
This open reference project has the goal of providing high-quality math content for computers free of charge. Teach plane geometry, plot points, angles, and coordinate geometry using rich graphic content that works in realtime on the smartboard.
- This site contains Java learning activities on a wide range of math subjects.
National Library of Virtual Manipulatives
Choose your subject area & grade level and find a wonderful collection of interactive teaching components that reinforce math concepts.
- Interactive Math Resource page from the Center for Technology and Teacher Education. You'll find a ton of interactive flash resources on this site. Each lesson can be viewed on the SMARTBoard or downloaded for later use. And since they're Flash (SWF) files, you can insert them directly on a Notebook page! Check out the
page of this site for other activities and videos.
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