Online Manipulatives and Applets
Sites for Creating with Math
Math Games with that "Extra Something"
Sites Targeting Specific Concepts
Sites with Real-Life Connections
Math Tools and Resources
Sites with Data for Kids to Share and Use
Software for Exploring with Math
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*Online Manipulatives and Applets
Applets for exploring numerous concepts. See "What a Crowd!" (estimation), Multiplication Grid, Math Cats Balance (with items ranging from electrons to galaxies), Old Egyptian Math Cats Fractions, Tessellation Town, much more.
National Library of Virtual Manipulatives
Illuminations: Interactive Math Tools
fractals tool, shape sorter, shape tool, shape pan balance (visualizing algebra), fraction pie, and many more tools spanning all levels
NCTM's Electronic Examples (for implementing Principles and Standards)
links to applets with teaching ideas and discussion questions
a huge collection of interactive tools and simulations with supplemental materials and links to standards
Math Tools at the Math Forum
links to interactive resources and related lesson plans and other support materials, organized by grade and topic
OBBL and Math Toys
creative applets for open-ended math explorations by Maurici Carbo Jordi, who has developed many of the best activities at Math Cats
F. Permadi's homepage (Java and Flash applets)
interesting applets: Kaleidoscope Painter, moire patterns, fractal twister, more
The recursive lines project is fascinating.
Soma Blocks applet
some creative applets
*Sites for Creating with Math
Math Crafts at Math Cats
Create a variety of math crafts offline: polyhedra, hexagrams, ambigrams, string art, tessellations, designs with rotational symmetry, and more.
Also see www.mathcats.com/sitemap.html#onlinemathart for activities to create math art online and www.mathcats.com/gallery.html for a math art gallery of geometric designs, each produced with a few words of Logo code.
Construct animated "creatures" out of polygons and springs and share them online. Interact with the creations in "manual" mode and turn gravity on and off. Don't miss the Sodazoo!
Create a Geometric Creature (Geometry for my Everyday World)
Create a geometric animal and describe it on this webquest site.
William's Home Page
fascinating math crafts to make offline
Java Kali at the Geometry Center
Tessellation Tool at Boxer Math
Draw a miNIMAL aNIMAL with a 15 x 15 black and white grid.
Cut the Knot: Curriculum
interactive arithmetic logic puzzles, math magic, algebra, much more, for all levels
Math Sphere: Fun with Math
magic squares, tangrams, puzzles, and more
Button Beach Challenge
This puzzle combines logic and addition skills (elementary grades).
Java on the Brain
creative Java applets like rainbow notes, Mastermind
C. Malumphy homepage
several creative applets - Apple Find game, Color Shapes game with projects that can be shared, African stones (mancala)
PuzzleUp Hall of Fame
links to puzzle applets
*Math Games with that "Extra Something"
Jefferson Lab Games Index
combines coordinate geometry, a guessing game, and deduction (computer gives a directional clue after each guess)
Seven by One Stroke
PBS Kids - Games
*Sites Targeting Specific Concepts
Geometry Step by Step from the Land of the Incas
This site presents high school level geometry concepts so creatively and artistically that the animations appeal to all ages.
Web Math: Instant Math Help
Enter specific numbers and get help with them. (For instance, enter 8/16 in the fractions area, and the page draws this fraction with a pie and uses these numbers to explain the meaning of the fraction.)
interactive Shockwave applets and games for developing conceptual understanding, including a long division applet
Jefferson Lab Place Value Game
The user can select the highest number, number of places, and number of discards (all elementary grades).
Illuminations: Simulating Probability Situations Using Box Models
great investigation of probability, one item at a time or with 100 sets of 100 at one time
Illuminations: Developing Geometry Concepts Using Computer Programming Environments
Use buttons and sliders to program a turtle to travel to a pond using Logo commands.
Drag a number tile to the multiplication grid. If wrong, it gives a prompt. If right, it displays a portion of a puzzle (the area under the tile and its mirror image).
*Sites with Real-Life Connections
integrates math and science with interactive lessons and an online airplane design center
Mr. Pitonyak's Pyramid Puzzle
This webquest integrates reading (David Macaulay's Pyramid), online and offline resources, and several curriculum areas. It provides guidance on project management, a group project with specific roles, a press conference and a scale model.
Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site - math
This site shows how math activities can be applied with different children’s books. Includes some reviews.
Design Your Future
This site highlights math, science, and technology careers of potential interest to girls.
*Math Tools and Resources
A Maths Dictionary for Kids
an interactive math dictionary, created in Flash by an Australian teacher
David Bagley homepage
a Java abacus and other great Java programs
an abacus website
Global Schoolhouse Resource Links
links to atlases, converters for currency and measurement, and more
A Dictionary of Measures, Units, and Conversions
lots of unit conversion information and tables
Create a Graph
Make bar, line, pie graphs online.
What Are Your Chances?
Set the number of times to roll a pair of dice and see a chart of results.
Ask Dr. Math
Browse answers to already-asked questions or ask one of your own.
*Sites with Data for Kids to Share and Use
KanGIS: K12 GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Community
The Student Data Mapper is a Collaborative GIS. Create a project, contribute data, and make a map - all through the web. Classes may participate in projects initiated by other classes, analyze data, or create one of their own projects.
MetLinkInternational Weather Project of the Royal Meteorological Society
Classes can contribute weather data and study the pooled data.
How Far Is It
Find the distance between any two locations, along with their latitude and longitude and a map, with this tool from "Bali and Indonesia on the Net."
National Geographic's Map Machine
Find nearly any place on Earth and view it by population, climate, and much more.
World Almanac for Kids
lots of interesting facts and data on a wide range of topics
The Guinness Book of World Records
Useless Dates Related to Your Birthday
U.N. Cyber Schoolbus data
Compare data for up to 6 countries on several measures, with printable graphs.
Make Maps at NationalAtlas.gov
Select from a variety of features; zoom in.
Demographic Data Viewer
*Software for Exploring with Math
This multimedia version of the Logo programming language empowers students and teachers to create geometric designs, animations, simulations, and games. Exploring and applying math concepts and skills is a natural part of the process of developing projects. The MicroWorlds site includes an extensive project library and several demo versions. The MicroWorlds in Action website - http://mia.openworldlearning.org - offers theme-related demo projects, notes, and extension activities; FAQs with interactive demos; "Ask an Expert," and more.
A free multimedia authoring tool that empowers students and teachers to create their own animations, games, and other projects while exploring math in open-ended, meaningful ways.
See www.squeakland.org/school/drive_a_car/html/Drivecar12.html for a great illustrated narration of how a first "car" project might develop.
Build and run computer programs with drag-and-drop icons while exploring math concepts.
Enriched Math (by LCSI, makers of MicroWorlds)
A set of 15 modules for middle-school students, featuring games and questions that stimulate classroom conversations about math concepts and problem solving strategies. By LCSI, the makers of MicroWorlds.
A CD of 125 activities with open-ended environments for exploring patterns and relationships, designed to reveal the level of mathematical thinking of young users and to improve computing skills. Strategy games: ages 8 to adult. Most other activities: ages 4 - 10.
Spreadsheet software (Appleworks, Microsoft Works, Excel)
Use repeating patterns or formulas to create an instant multiplication table; use formulas to create money converters or magic squares; combine a formula and a repeating pattern to illustrate exponential growth, such as in the "grains of rice" story; collect and graph data.
contact K. K. Lamberty, Kristin@cc.gatech.edu -
A free math tool developed in Squeak for creating math art while exploring fractions. The beta version is available by contacting its author, a grad student at Georgia Tech.
C-cards (computation cards)
A flow-chart logic system for understanding math processes, under development by a Danish grad student. Use on the computer or print out paper playing pieces.