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  1. 1. Rob Schupbach Web ResourcesCRIN E07: Elementary Math Curriculum and InstructionDr. Margie MasonSeptember 5, 2011Coolmath.comAddress: http://www.coolmath.comDescription of contents:Coolmath.com is bright website created for, “the frustrated, the confused, the boredstudents of the world who hate math,” and also for, “the math geeks of the worldwho love math and want more, more, more!” Specifically, Coolmath.com isdesigned to offer math lessons, math practice, and a math dictionary to studentsages 13 to 100. However, Coolmath.com also offers links to different websitessuch as FianceFREAK.com, a site for teens and grown-ups that offers personalfinance lessons, and Coolmath4kids.com, a site geared toward ages 3-12.Coolmath4kids.com includes numerous lessons on addition, subtraction,multiplication, and division. Also included are a number of “brain benders.” Billedas “an amusement park of math,” this colorful website is capable of holding achild’s attention while allowing them to conduct math drills.How you can use this source:  Navigate through the Coolmath.com site to find math lessons. At the top of each page, youll find a link for lessons. Youll also see links for practice problems.  Click on Online Calculators for a list of links that connect you to a variety of calculators from arithmetic to scientific. http://www.coolmath.com/calculators/index.html  Download and print free flash cards for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. http://www.coolmath4kids.com/free-online-math-flash- cards.htmlCoolmath.com. (1997). Retrieved September 5, 2011, from http://www.coolmath.com 1
  2. 2. Rob Schupbach Web ResourcesCRIN E07: Elementary Math Curriculum and InstructionDr. Margie MasonSeptember 5, 2011Figure This! Math Challenges for FamiliesAddress: http://www.figurethis.orgDescription of contents:Figure This! Math Challenges for Families offers a plethora of engaging challengesfor middle school students and their families to solve together. However, I believethat these challenges can be used in both the home and the classroom. With overeighty problem-solving challenges, students are forced to think outside the box, useexisting knowledge, and discover new abilities. Each challenge contains linkslabeled Getting Started, Answer, Try These, Think about This…, Did you know?,and Resources that will guide and enrich the student’s exploration. A joint projectof the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the National Action Councilfor Minorities in Engineering, and Widmeyer Communications, with support fromthe National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education, FigureThis! holds the vision that the website will challenge students to think beyond rotememory and help develop strategies for problem-solving. Included are sections forboth teachers and for families on how to use the challenges to improve students’reasoning skills.How you can use this source:  Use the Math Index to find the math concept you would like to emphasize. The links will send you to the challenge that reinforces the concepts.  Teachers can download and/or print the challenges. Also, there is a PowerPoint presentation that can be used to introduce families to the use of the challenges in the home. http://www.figurethis.org/powerpoint/presentation.htm Figure This! Math Challenges for Families. (n.d.). Retrieved September 5, 2011, from http://figurethis.org 2
  3. 3. Rob Schupbach Web ResourcesCRIN E07: Elementary Math Curriculum and InstructionDr. Margie MasonSeptember 5, 2011Mathwire.com: Standards-Based Math ActivitiesAddress: http://mathwire.comDescription of contents:Mathwire.com provides activities and worksheets for teachers that “support theconstructivist approach to learning mathematics and the NCTM standards.” Theseresources also help foster strategies for active participation. Listed are a searchableA-Z list, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics standards, and aMathwire Blog where teachers can connect and share ideas. The best resource onthis website is the Topics section that offers twenty-one topics such as MorningMath Routines, Glyphs, Discrete Math, and Instructional Strategies. A click on oneof these topics leads to a treasure trove of resources that can be used by K-12 mathteachers. Overall, this simply designed website offers helpful activities andworksheets, but most importantly it is a site with a surplus of active links toinvestigate.How you can use this source:  Click on the topic “Writing in Math Class” to read about resources on how to integrate writing into the mathematics curriculum. Numerous other online resources are listed at the bottom of the page that will directed you to examples of how writing can prompt mathematical understanding.  Under topics, click on Problem-Solving Strategies. Here you will find links divided by grades groups K-2, 3-4, and 5-8. Also available are links to Problem Solving websites and Test Preparation websites. Kawas, T. (2011). Mathwire.com: Standards-based math activities. Retrieved September 5, 2011, from http://mathwire.com 3
  4. 4. Rob Schupbach Web ResourcesCRIN E07: Elementary Math Curriculum and InstructionDr. Margie MasonSeptember 5, 2011PBS TeachersAddress: http://www.pbs.org/teachersDescription of contents:A wonderfully reliable resource for pre-K through 12 grade teachers, PBSTeachers encompasses all content areas. These high-quality resources are arrangedby both subject and grade level. Lesson plans, teaching activities, on-demandvideos, and interactive games and simulations are just of the few features availableto teachers for their classrooms. “PBS Teachers provides thousands of lessonplans, interactive games and simulations, maps, photos, essays and more on allmajor educational topics.” Other features include links to services offered by yourlocal PBS stations and PBS TeacherLine, which offers professional developmentopportunities for teachers.How you can use this source:  Click on the tab for grades 3-5 for Classroom Resources, Discussions, and Professional Development. A click on the STEM: Math Resources will open a portal to Pre-K through 5th grade resources from CyberChase, MathActive, and Count On It. Teachers can share and save these resources.  PBS Kids in the Classroom (http://www.pbs.org/teachers/kidsclassroom) can be click on to help teachers reinforce learning in the classroom. The PBS KIDS programming (both on-air and Web-original) offers supplemental material for teachers including lessons, classroom activities, and online extensions for learning. PBS Teachers. (n.d.). Retrieved September 5, 2011, from http://www.pbs.org/teachers 4
  5. 5. Rob Schupbach Web ResourcesCRIN E07: Elementary Math Curriculum and InstructionDr. Margie MasonSeptember 5, 2011United States Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor StatisticsAddress: http://www.bls.govDescription of contents:The Bureau of Labor Statistics from the United State Department of Labor givescurrent and vital details about the labor for in the United States. Students can usethe labor statistics in their career exploration and to help with their homework.Teachers can use our resources to enhance curriculums using real world examplessuch as the latest statistics on employment, prices, and wages.How you can use this source:  Links to the Career Information for Students and the Occupational Outlook Handbook will allow your students to search for a vocation by favorite subject area and search over 60 occupations by interest. You can read about the nature of the work, education and training requirements, advancement opportunities, employment, salary, and ten-year job outlook for hundreds of occupations.U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2011). Retrieved September 5, 2011, from http://www.bls.gov 5

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