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To give you a little background on me, I like to call myself the chameleon of my school. I have pretty much had a different scenario each year I have walked into the building, which is not at all a bad thing. I have grown as an educator, and have learned to adapt to different situations while getting to know many of the kids at the school. For the last two years, I have taught reading, language arts and social studies to fifth graders as a homeroom teacher, but before that, I taught in pull out classes. They would place me wherever they felt I could most effectively assist the students. In those pull out classes, I taught third, fourth and fifth graders reading, language arts and math throughout the day. I would collaborate with the teachers and work with those students who needed the most help. I have loved every minute of it. I have pretty much worked with about 50% of the teachers at my school, and learned so much from each and every one of them. 

That now brings me to today's post. There is a very good chance that I will be teaching math and science this year, instead of just reading, language arts and social studies. In preparation, I am gathering information on websites I have used in the past, and trying to find some new ones to add to my list. So, I thought it would be great to share with you some of the websites I have used in the past, and new ones I have come across. 



First off, my very favorite (if I could only choose one website it would be) is WWW.IXL.COM.

This website is just SO ORGANIZED! It has all the information categorized by grade, AND BY STRAND. Now, this is a straight forward, let's see if you got it, type of website. It does not have frilly games, but this is definitely the website to head to, in order to give students practice questions. It even has an explanation for questions missed, as soon as it is submitted wrong, showing them how to work the problem out. Now, this website is a subscription website, but wait! I am Your Thrifty Co-Teacher, so I am here to let you know that you get 30 FREE math problems PER DAY PER COMPUTER! Go ahead and try it out right now! I know you will NOT be disappointed.

The website covers:
practice math (Pre-K 8th; Algebra 1; Geometry; Algebra 2) 

Ideas for use
Daily Morning Work
Individualized Instruction during Math groups
Tutoring



Another website I use with the students, particularly for practice with multiplication facts in the computer lab is WWW.MATHPLAYGROUND.COM. What I love most about this website, is that they have arcade style games like car racing, where students can play against other students in a race to the finish line. To get there, students have to answer a variety of facts. They can play with students on the world wide web, or they can play with classmates by setting up a private room. (This is how we usually do it in class.) It is a hit with the kids.

The website covers:


multiplication and division
math manipulatives
fractions and decimals
addition and subtraction
geometry
ratio and percents



One that I just found, which I feel could be a bit of a life saver when working with intervention groups, tutoring or even in a homeroom class is WWW.APLUSMATH.COM. I have sometimes found myself in a situation where I need a quick math worksheet to assess students understanding and have had to make one on my own on the spot. This is not the ideal situation, so now I can go to A+ math and generate a worksheet.  How cool is that? 

The website includes:
math worksheets that can be generated by the teacher
Games such as Bingo for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division

Ideas for use:
great for last minute, or on-the-go practice


I will continue to "add" to the list as I continue my research, but I would LOVE if you shared some of your "Go to" math websites with me. I will be sure look them up, add them on and of course, give you credit on my blog.

Looking forward to reading your suggestions.


Your Thrifty Co-Teacher,

~Cristy








8 comments

  1. Your blog is looking great ad I am loving your posts! One of my favorite websites is ictgames.com. There are a bunch of great games for early numeracy and additive reasoning. I have reviewed some of them on my blog but there are many good things there that I use on a daily basis.

    Tara
    The Math Maniac


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  2. Thank you so much!!! I will definitely look into it.

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  3. What an interesting position you have! What is your job title? The Aplus Math website looks especially interesting to me- I love that you can go to it to generate a quick worksheet! I am loving Xtra Math- I learned about it this summer from another Technology Thursday link, and I'm having my daughters practice their math facts every day this summer. I love that it includes a graph that shows the progress they are making in memorizing their facts!

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    1. Deb, I use to be an hourly teacher that would do interventions. Now I am a classroom teacher for fifth grade, however, our fifth grade classes are departmentalized. I have done reading and language arts for the past two years. This year there may be a change. Only time will tell, so I am getting myself ready. :) I will definitely look into Xtra Math. I love the idea that you can track their progress on it. Thank you.

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  4. The start of a great resources. Have you thought about making a page with just those links?

    Sarah
    Kovescence of the Mind

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    1. Sarah, I am so glad you love the idea. I separated it because I wanted to introduce the two I love, and a new one I found. I was hoping (and it happened...yay!) that teachers would refer me some of their favorite sites, so I left it open to be able to post them. I think I may 'link' the second one to the first one so we can get to them easily. Thanks so much for the suggestion, and I am so glad you like the resource.

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  5. These are really great resources! I used IXL and Math Playground with my special needs kids all the time. If you are looking for fluency practice, try xtramath.com. It is free and only practices those basic math fluency skills.
    Stephanie
    Technology Timeout

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    1. Stephanie, thank you for the resource. I am DEFINITELY going to look into that resource. You are now the second referral, so I know there must be something to it. I look forward to checking out this new resource. Thanks again!

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