Good Sites to Explore with Your Kids
The BBC offers a variety of different pages, full of games and activities aimed at students of different ages. (Note that these are British, so games focused on money use pounds and those focused on measurement use units such as metres and litres.)
- Schools: Mathematics: Primary (ages 4-11)
- KS1 Bitesize Numeracy (age 5-7)
- KS2 Bitesize Math (age 7-11)
Calculation Nation. Games and activities from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). Free, but registration is required.
NRICH. The NRICH Project aims to enrich the mathematical experiences of all learners. This site provides “thousands of our free mathematics enrichment materials (problems, articles and games) for teachers and learners from ages 5 to 19 years.” All the resources are designed to develop subject knowledge, problem-solving and mathematical thinking skills. The website is updated with new material on the first day of every month.
PBS Kids has many games to choose from, with activities for a range of ages and abilities. Many deal with logic and decision making.
Primary Games: Math. This site has a lot of games, but also a lot of distracting ads, which can make finding the directions/actual game challenging. Some of the games are quite good mathematically while others seem less mathematical or engaging. Worthwhile games include: Fishy Count (counting), Math Lines and Number Twins (2-addend combinations of 10), Numberz and Sumz (2 or more numbers that equal 10), Shape Inlay (tangram puzzles), Pyramid Solitaire (combinations of 13), Arithmetiles (all 4 operations).
Who Wants to be a Mathonaire? An online version of the popular television show, with all math-related questions. Students start off at 100 points and work their way up to 1 million points by answering multiple choice questions correctly. They can use 3 lifelines (a calculator, ask the audience, or 50/50). Note that this is a British game, so some questions pertain to units such as pounds and metres. (From counton.org.)
Resources and Tools for Teachers and Parents
The following sites have some useful tools that could be used as you work with a child or small group. For example, two hands that you can manipulate, raising and lowering fingers, abacuses to 20 and to the thousands, calculators, number lines, 100 charts, a deck of cards you can limit and shuffle, adjustable spinners.
Other tools and resources:
- A clock face (From Oswego City School District.)
- Estimation (From Oswego City School District, this activity asks students to estimate where on a given number line, with only the two endpoints labeled with numbers, an arrow is located.)
- Turtle Geometry (Students direct (i.e. program) a turtle around the screen -- freely, through a maze, or to draw a specific shape.)
On the following sites, students can make pictures or designs with:
- Pattern blocks on a blank page
- Pattern blocks plus other shapes
- Grid paper for making shapes
The following sites are designed for fact practice for all 4 operations.
- Math Magician. Students choose which operation they want to work on (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, mixed) and which facts within an operation they'd like to focus on (e.g. + 9, x 7 or mixed). After 20 problems, the game provides the percent correct and how long it took. (Oddly, if time runs out, no data is provided.) The goal: 20 correct answers in one minute. (From Oswego City School District.)
- Sheppard Software. A page full of games where students can choose the operation they want to work on (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) and often a level. The bottom half of the page has games that involve a mix of operations.