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These sites are designed primarily for teacher use and full class demonstration.

Sites for Students are sites for individual student use.

BVSD Middle School Math Curriculum Support Materials

- Fractions in English and Spanish
- Expert Voices Fraction Sites
- Conceptua Math - has fraction bar tools and the like that allow the teacher to adjust the tools
- Mr. Duey - Improper Fractions (YouTube) improper --> mixed number
- Visual Fractions - fnding common denominators. This is a nice visual example of why denominators have to be the same. It uses rings that line up with equal parts.
- Motion Math is a new app for the ipone (99 cents) that combines the motion of the phone with learning fractions! This is an article about it in the Wall Street Journal

- Estimating Tetris Game (addition and subtraction)
- Expert Voices Decimal Sites
- Expert Voices on Ratios
- Expert Voices on Scale
- Expert Voices on Experimental and Theoretical Probability
- Expert Voices in Statistics and Data and Data Analysis
- Expert Voices on Venn Diagrams
- Expert Voices on Math Games
- MathVillage - has interactive applets, video tutorials and examples in categories such as integers, decimals, fractions, percents etc. Each lesson has a little talking head video to go with it and then practice problems. This would be good for students who have missed a lesson.

- Percents

- Dan the Sandwhich Man - using decimal operations - video that would need to be stopped while it runs to give kids time to do the problems. From How Stuff Works.
- Rappin Mathematician - decimal point - "line up the dot"

- Rapping Mathematician - Number Line Dance where positive and negative numbers are on the number line and an example of borrowing money as negative (YouTube)
- Witches Brew - Freudenthal application for teaching adding an subtracting integers
- Casey the Runner - this application uses a runner on a number line running forward or backward depending on whether you are adding or subtracting. For addition, the runner faces in the positive direction. For subtraction, the runner faces in the negative direction. A positive integer means the runner runs forward. A negative integer means the runner runs backwards. In this way you can demonstrate why, for example, subtracting a negative gives a larger number. Note that when you mouse over the "+" or "-" the runner switches directions.
- Don't be Negative about Negative Signs rap - good intro. Don't like the way they do some of it, but the multiplication and division part in 2nd half is fine.
- Adding Integers blues song - may appeal to boys.... ("adding integers is like a war, the one that has more wins the war....)
- Exploring the Real Number System Scroll down to the diagram of the number system - useful for showing the "nested" nature of the real number system.
- Integer links from adding through subtracting, multiplying, dividing and then order of operations review.

- Adding Integers
- Subtracting Integers
- Adding and Subtracting Integers
- Multiplying Integers
- Order of Operations

- Expert Voices on Order of Operations
- How Stuff Works OOO video uses amusement parks problems - you probably want to stop the video to ask what order of operations to do before they explain it. Whole thing is 10 minutes - probably don't need it all.
- Great idea for teaching order of operations - putting squares on the floor to step on as you do each step in an OOO problem (while rapping through it!) You Tube
- Triple O - Pretty good rap on Order of Operations - teacher led, whole class with motions You Tube
- Mr. W - Order of Operations Rap - funny white guy (You Tube )

- Expert Voices on Order of Operations

Ratio and Proportion

- Bad Math Date - Great! Math Snacks video on ratios - kids LOVE it!
- Scale Ella - also from Math Snacks - A superhero clarifies and uses scale factor.
- Golden Ratio Activities
- Demonstrating the Effect of Scale Factor on a Shape

Data and Statistics

- Shapes Videos (very simple): rectangle, squares
- Area and Perimeter Rap
- Area of rectangle, triangle and parallelogram - good review - How Stuff Works video
- Illuminations lesson on finding the area of trapezoid
- "Off the beaten track" circumference problems (Expert Voices)
- Mr. Blue and Suface Area of a Cylinder
- Rectuangular Prisms and cylinders in architecture and their surface area formulas (video from How Stuff Works)
- Which Nets are Cubes?
- Why does a cube of ice melt faster than a block of ice? Good question and it is all about surface area.
- Comparative Volume In this NVLM applet you dump liquid from one rectangular tank into another of a different size. You predict how full the second container will be. Also does cylinders, cones to tanks and cones to cones. (Downloadable version available.)
- Finding Volume of a rectangular solid by filling with cubes
- Measuring Solids Applets from Middle School Portal to help visualize volume and surface area of solids.
- Pythagorean Theorem Sites
- Video on Pythagorean Theorem - from gogeometry.com -- eclectic, but interesting
- Pythagorean Theorem - this web sites shows visual examples of all the ways you can prove the Pythag theorem. Especially fun is to let students move the shapes in #1 and #2. Best for MS classroom is #1, #2 and #3 and a very cool demonstration is Pythagoras Tree (2) at the bottom. It creates fractals from the shape of a right triangle and the squares on the sides - it is just cool!
- Illuminations demonstration of proof
- Expert Voices Pythagoras and His Theorem

- Using Geoboards from Expert Voices
- Illuminations applet to explore geometric solids, faces, vertices etc.
- Transmographer 2 - Shodor applet for online transformations - translations, rotations and reflections

- Algebra
- Function Machine - this is for simple functions and you can choose which function you want
- Pan Balance using Shapes
- Algebra Grid Puzzles
- Algebra number trick using a calendar
- "Bird in a Tree" logic problem
- Tutorials, Notes and Activities for Students
- Slope Dude See the Dude ski up and down (and fall off a cliff) to demonstrate positive, negative slope etc.
- Graphing Inequalities This is a pretty good narrated video of graphing inequalities in one variable on a number line and on a coordinate plane - good graphics for showing inequalities.
- Expert Voices Middle School Algebra Resources
- Towers of Hanoi - move the discs from the original spindle to a new spindle in the smallest number of moves possible, while never placing a larger disc on a smaller one. You can observe the pattern of number of discs as it relates to a number of moves needed, and can generalize this pattern using algebra.

- Scientific Notation
- Number Theory / History
- The Story of Numbers: Zero and One
- History of Numbers - a quick survey of the development of numbers in different cultures. Cartoonish, animated; interesting. Includes some development of fractions (7 minutes)

- Connected Math Resources
- Prentice Hall
- Michigan State CMP site
- Shodor Foundation applets to go with CMP
- Pittsuburgh Public Schools - Adapted materials for diverse learners for CMP (not lots of materials...yet...)
- Boston
Public Schools - Select

- Pi Day Resources
- Approximating Pi - from pbs.org this interactive applet uses Flash to show and approximation of pi
- Expert Voices Pi Sites
- Exploratorium Pi Day Web Site
- Pi Searcher – find any string of numbers in pi
- Wikipedia on Memorizing Pi - graph of digits memorized
- World Record Holders for Memorizing Pi
- Help in Memorizing Digits of Pi
- Pi Music - rap and a video (rap is about getting on stage and reciting the digits)

- Cool Teacher Sites
- BBC KS3 Bitesize - algebra, data,
- IXL - WOW! look at all of this math stuff!
- Learn With Math Games
- Good online warm-up activities
- NCTM Illuminations (cool math ed activities)
- Freudenthal Institute - cool applets
- National Lab of Virtual Manipulatives
- Shodor Interactive - cool applets Click on applets in the first paragraph
- Futures Channel This website features short video clips of people talking about their professions that relate to math, science and technology. The video clips all have content-based activities that go with them. (Now requires a membership for all but the current video.)
- ThinkFinity.com Lesson plans and educational activities with an excellent searching / sorting tool
- Sciene, Math, Technology, Engineering projects with real data, some collaborative with other schools. Provided by Stevens Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education (CIESE)
- Math is Fun!
- Math Tools from the Math Forum - technology and math tools, lessons, activities etc.
- Figure This! is a web site (from NCTM) with math challenges for the whole family - and is available in Spanish also.
- Lee's Summit School District online math resources
- Measure the Circumference of the Earth - work with other students around the world to measure the earth
- Expert Voices Famous Math Problems - - the Bridges of Konigsburg, approximating pi and other famous problems (mathforum)
- BBC Math Games check out Viral Vinny!
- Animated, interactive math dictionary
- Mathwords - dictionary for older elementary starting with Algebra terms
- Powers of 10
- Math for Morons Like Us - the title is insulting, but the information, in a notes style format, is good. There are also interactive quizzes at the end of each topic that would be great for a warmMMS up or exit ticket activity. The content starts with Pre-Algebra
- PBS 6-8 Math teacher resources
- How Stuff Works has some videos on how some math stuff works - like the order of operations
- Amby's Online Math Resources - quite a variety of resources, and beyond math, however some of the links are no longer active. Good order of operations tutorial. The tutorials are good because they give immediate feedback.
- Ed Helper
- Fun Math Facts - this is a cool web site from Harvey Mudd College that has interesting and challenging math facts. Facts can be searched using difficulty level and in categories such as number theory, algebra, probability, combinatorics, geometry etc.
- Download Graph Paper - including number lines!
- Education Planet Math Resources
- Math Playground
- Math Guide.com
- Math Drill.com (free worksheets)
- NCTM Middle School Resources
- NCTM
- Engineering Videos
- Interactive Math (for teachers and secondary math students)
- Visual Math Learning
- Exemplary Resources in Math History (for middle school)
- Math League
- TI Education Portal
- On This Day in Math - see what happened on this day in mathematics
- Math WebQuests
- Connecting Middle School Math and Art - exemplary sites
- Sites for Teachers .com
- Math Cartoons mostly somewhat advanced
- Math Rap.com CD for purchase with math raps
- Concord Consortium Free Software
- Get Acquainted and Name Games
- Who Needs Math? rap Don't show this without looking at it - towards the end there is a shot that is derogatory to woman, but you might want to use the first part of it.
- Math Problems - Native Alaska Style For some cultural variety in your math problems - see this site for math problems written for Native children about their own culture.
- The Fun Works is a web site where students can explore careers and can search by topic (science, math, engineering etc.)
- MathCounts Problem of the Week
- Index of various problem of the week websites

Fun Math-Related Stuff

- Abbott and Costello - 7 x 13 = 28
- Abbott and Costello - two tens for a five just the first minute or so
- Abbott and Costello - Give me my money - math tricks on pay day
- Why Math is important - did you know the dinosaurs are extinct because they didn't know math?
- Why Math is important - a guy slides down a slip-n-slide, going off a jump and lands in an 8ft child's swiming pool.
- Where can studying math take you? Youtube video
- Mike Rowe has math problems (from Dirty Jobs)

Worksheet Sites

- Kuta Software Worksheets
- Free Math Worksheets . Net
- Free Math Worksheet Creator - mostly for elementary skills
- Superkids Math Worksheet Creator
- Teach - nology .com Worksheets

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