Websites to Explore

Try these websites for fun classroom activities and valuable teacher resources.

Math Professional Organizations and Standards
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics
Common Core State Standards for K-12 Mathematics
This blog presents tools for implementing the Common Core State Standards.

Resources for Teaching Mathematics
Through this website, Stanford University professor Jo Boaler and her colleagues offer tasks, resources, math apps, and research about teaching mathematics.
This site from the Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin contains a collection of math tasks categorized by grade level and standard.
This site is a collaborative project dedicated to gathering interesting images to be used as a launching point for Number Talks.
A collection of lessons and photos to enhance students’ estimation skills and generate math thinking.
A collection of standards-based videos and lessons.
Visit the National Council of Teacher’s of Mathematics’ website for lesson plans and activity ideas at all grade levels.
This site provides links to numerous math websites and is organized by categories including lesson plans, software, contest and competitions, topics in mathematics, professional organizations, and more.
This site offers lesson plans, classroom resources, links to “free stuff”, problems of the week, worksheet generators, and online tutorial assistance.
This Eisenhower National Clearinghouse website is filled with resources on Inquiry and Problem Solving.

Problem Solving
Solving Problems with Models – Use thinking blocks to model word problems and solve them.
This problem-solving site sponsored by NCTM, contains, problems, tools, blogs, and much more.
This collection of 3-act tasks, correlated to math standards, contains photos and videos to capture students’ interest and engage them in mathematical thinking.
This site contains a collection of open middle tasks, correlated to Common Core Standards, that challenge students’ mathematical thinking.
The mathematics section of this website has activities for teachers and parents related to math computation and math problem solving (problems for grades 4-5+).
The “House of Math Word Problems” contains problems at elementary and middle school levels in both English and Spanish. There is a fee to subscribe.
This website was the result of K-12 telecommunications project and contains MathMagic posted challenges intended to motivate students to use computer technology while increasing problem-solving strategies and communication skills.

Creating Math Activities
Create personalized crossword puzzles and word searches for key math vocabulary.
This website is focused on assisting students in learning their math facts through interactive games, and includes a homework helper. Teachers can use the site to create flash cards or worksheets for students.

Interactive Math Games
This site offers a variety of interactive math games featuring PBS characters.
This site of author Greg Tang hosts a variety of online math games.
Math Playground has a variety of math games, word problems, logic puzzles, and videos for grades PK-8.
Primary students explore interactive games about numbers and counting on this Sesame Street website.
This site offers lessons with clear graphics and easy-to-understand explanations, along with followup opportunities for students to try their hand at the skill. There is also a variety of games and activities including a lemonade stand simulation, tessellation demonstrations, fractals, and much more.
A variety of math skills can be reviewed through interactive games like Measure It!, Math Baseball, Shape Surveyor, Change Maker, and Fresh Baked Fractions. Activities are for grades K-12.
Go to the Math Attic to explore vocabulary or to the Explore the World section to find your exact age to the second. Compare the mass of objects (ie. the mass of 140,000 dinosaurs balanced the mass of 2 skyscrapers), or explore tiling in Tessellation Town.
This site of the Oswego City School District, in Oswego, New York, has a variety of interactive games that reinforce varied math skills.
Toon University offers a variety of interactive math games for grades 1-6.
This website of the U.S. Mint has games, cartoons, fun facts, and lesson plans for money activities K-12.
This site by author Greg Tang offers a variety of interactive math games related to elementary math skills.

Electronic Manipulatives
National Library of Virtual Manipulatives – This site provides access to a multitude of virtual manipulatives at all grade levels. There is a fee to subscribe.
Visual Fractions – This site has a variety of visuals and games related to identifying fractions, renaming fractions, comparing fractions, operations with fractions.
See the tools section of this National Council of Teacher’s of Mathematics’ website for interactive activities for students of all ages.
This web site contains Java applets that allow students to explore concepts related to money, time, and fractions.
This site contains interactive games including Math Hoops and Math Olympics. Activities focus on basic facts, logic, and problem solving.

Parent Resources

Parents might be interested in hearing about these sites in which they can find information and activities to support their students’ understanding of mathematics.
This site has a parent link with product information on educational games and toys that support students’ learning outside the classroom.
The Math Forum (NCTM) has a parents and citizens section of their website with a variety of links from resources to discussion groups.

Teacher Resources (Lesson plans, Worksheets, Etc.)

These sites provide a variety of time-saving services (i.e. the creation of bingo cards or rubrics), provide ideas for lesson plans and activity ideas.
This website allows teachers to create worksheets, and offers a variety of math games.
Visit the National Council of Teacher’s of Mathematics’ website for lesson plans and activity ideas at all grade levels.
This site offers lesson plans, classroom resources, links to “free stuff”, problems of the week, worksheet generators, and online tutorial assistance.
RubiStar assists teachers in the development of rubrics. Samples are shown and teachers are able to modify them to meet their needs.
This site provides information on a standardized format website on which teachers can post information such as homework assignments, tests, announcements, a bio, and pictures. No coding is needed so teachers with limited computer experience can participate. This is an inexpensive website alternative.
This website allows teachers to easily create bingo cards, worksheets, and games tailored to students’ levels and specific skills.

Teacher Resources (Sources to purchase resource books, manipulatives, software)
Heinemann Publishing Company (teacher books for professional development)
Hand 2Mind (manipulative-based educational and supplemental materials)
Lakeshore Learning (manipulatives and classroom supplies)
Learning Resources (manipulatives and teacher resource materials)
Scholastic (children’s literature and teacher resource materials)