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Why do we need to know Math?

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Math in Daily Life

http://www.learner.org/exhibits/dailymath/

The first thing students need to understand about math is… IT IS USED EVERYDAY!  This is a great site for ideas to help students understand the connection from skills learned in the classroom to daily life.

 

Do We Need Mathematics?

http://www.cut-the-knot.com/manifesto/need_it.shtml

A great resource for parents and teachers to explain to students the correlation between math and why they need to know math in today’s society. 

 

Glossary of Terms

 

Math Glossary – 6th grade

http://www.harcourtschool.com/glossary/math_advantage/glossary6.html

A sixth grade interactive math glossary.  Easy to use and gives examples of many functions that are defined. 

 

Math Glossary – 7th grade

http://www.harcourtschool.com/glossary/math_advantage/glossary7.html

A seventh grade interactive math glossary.  Easy to use and gives examples of many functions that are defined. 

 

Fractions:

 

Fraction Game

http://standards.nctm.org/document/eexamples/chap5/5.1/#applet

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics created this a great interactive tool allowing students to understand size and equivalence of fractions.  The site also provides suggestions for collaborative work. 

 

Fraction Math

http://www.harcourtschool.com/activity/mmath/mmath_frac.html

Harcourt School Publishers provides this interactive tool for students to review basic fraction operations. 

 

Graphing:

 

Bar Graph
http://illuminations.nctm.org/tools/tool_detail.aspx?id=63
How do you divide your day?  Students enter the data of how they spend a 24 hours in a day.  The focus is on the input and analysis of the data in the bar graph rather than on the technical aspect of building the graph. 

 

Circle Graph
http://illuminations.nctm.org/tools/tool_detail.aspx?id=60#
How do you divide your day?  Students enter the data of how they spend a 24 hours in a day.  The focus is on the input and analysis of the data in the circle graph rather than on the technical aspect of building the graph. 

 

Spanish Resources for Math:

 

Math Lesson in Spanish:

http://math.rice.edu/~lanius/fractions/spindex.html

This site gives ideas for teaching middle school math for bilingual or ESL students.

 

Interpreting Graphs in Spanish

http://math.rice.edu/~lanius/Algebra/sphottub.html

A site written in Spanish for ESL students in middle school math to understand and decipher graphs. 

 

Spanish Math Resources

http://mathforum.org/teachers/spanish/

From the Internet Math Library, this site is provided in Spanish for ESL and bilingual teachers. 

 

Miscellaneous:

 

Pentominoes

http://www.math.clemson.edu/~rsimms/java/pentominoes/index.html

Pentominoes is the general name given to plane shapes made by joining squares together. Note that the squares must be 'properly' joined edge to edge so that they meet at the corners.

 

Cryptarithms

http://www.cut-the-knot.org/cryptarithms/st_crypto.shtml

These are brain teasers obtained when digits in numerical calculations have been replaced by letters.  Cryptarithms are a great way to reinforce or introduce concepts of problem solving while promoting group collaboration between peers.  Some of these are also available in Spanish.