Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Math Sites

Johnnie's Math Page - Links to interactive math tools and activities.
Splat Square is a 100 grid that starts out blank. There are different "splat" colors on the right side of the screen. Choose a color and then click on the square, the number is revealed with a splatter of colored paint (Counting by 2s, 5s, 10s etc)

Math Doodles is a set of interactive math games that encourage students to think/interact with math. Students playi games like Connect the Sums, Number Jump, Polyomino Shift, Double Traits, Sums Stacker, Hydro Maze, Time Shuffle, and Angel Fish (coming soon).

Make 5 is a fun interactive tic-tac-toe type game (it actually reminds me of Connect 4). This game is a great way for students to practice math facts and to recognize relationships between numbers. Students are given a target number, they choose an equation on the grid that equals the target number. The goal of the game is to get 5 squares on the grid in a row in the least number of tries. The game has several play options; students can play the game with one or two players, set up the game to get 5 or 3 in a row, and can play to practice addition, subtraction, or multiplication.

If You Give a Teacher a Mouse....

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Can't Wait....

I am going back to the classroom to teach a unit on ELECTRICTY. I am so excited...will post my electricity wiki for a resource at a later date.
The Blobz Guide to Electric Circuits is a fun, interactive website where individuals or groups of students can learn about circuits. There are 5 sections to the Blobz Guide to Electric Circuits. Section 1 teaches students about what makes circuits work, section 2 teaches about conductors and insulators, section 3 teaches about switches, section 4 teaches about changing circuits, and section 5 teaches about circuit diagrams. This site is a fun way to teach students about circuits, conductors, insulators, switches, and diagrams. Students could work on this website individually, in small groups as a center activity during an electric circuits unit, or as a whole class using an interactive whiteboard.


Ekoloko is a virtual world for kids. In Ekoloko students discover the world, both real and virtual, through fun games and quests. As they play in Ekoloko, students learn and build values, character qualities, knowledge and skills that help them become more responsible and involved individuals. Students learn to respect each other and the environment in the safe online community. This safe virtual world is a great place for students to practice their netiquette in a controlled environment. This is a great way for students to learn how to be good online (and offline) citizens. Along the way, students can also practice being good stewards of the environment. Great site to introduce to students in preparation for Earth Day.


Illuminations Resources for Teaching Math has over 100 interactive math activities for teaching and practicing math in k-12. This site is ideal for use with an interactive whiteboard/lightsmith in the math classroom.

Math Apprentice

Math Apprentice is a site that shows kids how math is used in the real world, with real world jobs. Students can explore math through games that feature bicycle designers, biologists, artists, mechanics, inventors, doctors, engineers, astronomers, game designers, programmers, chefs, veterinarians, sportscasters, and meteorologists. Students can explore the math of these jobs as a math apprentice by selecting a character and cruising around a virtual world where they can visit places of business where math happens. The character describes how they use math and provides a fun interactive activity that gives students a chance to practice using the math.

Read, Read, Read - LEADERSHIP

Adding new books to my bookshelf!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Motivational Poster Makers

Idea: Take pictures of you class reading, writing, doing math etc....create posters and hang them in your room.

I like BigHugeLabs and AutoMotivate.


ABCya is a great site for interactive games and basic computer skills.

I have played on just about every site during my class tonight. Enjoy!

Create a Banner for your Blog/Wiki

Check out this link.

Word/Tag Clouds

Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends.
1. Poetry
2. Capturing keypoints
3. Spelling lists
4. Introducing new vocabulary
5. Reflections
6. Mother’s Day/Father’s Day
7. Famous speeches
8. Class rules
9. Ways to say things differently
10. Characters in a book (describing)
11. Artwork reflection – student reflections on a piece of artwork
12. State Reports
13. Classroom Lessons (grammar lessons)
14. Tell me About…
15. Guess the book
16. Book Review
17. Review a Historical Document
18. Information Review
19. Reflect on a holiday or special event

Tagul clouds are not toys and designed to be used on blogs, web pages or any kind of sites as a replacement of ordinary tag clouds. Each tag in Tagul cloud is linked with an URL and is “clickable” that enables visitors to use it for navigation. I can see this being a WAY COOL navigation tool on classroom wikis and blogs.


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