Ten Year Adolescent Math Study
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Supplemental Math Activities
Several parents have asked about supplemental instruction for math learning. We reviewed several programs and recommend the Peer-Assisted Learning Strategies (PALS) materials and method. Researchers at Vanderbilt University have created these activities and have scientifically demonstrated their effectiveness. These activities can help teachers or parents boost the math performance of students at any level or ability.
In the fall of 2010, the What Works Clearing House run by the Institute for Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education released a Practice Guide for teaching fractions. It is intended for teachers, but it is also useful for parents. It is free to download here.
Want more practice? Or some activities just for fun?
- Math apps for phones and tablets - click this link or scroll down
- Try The Online Math Tests Home Page, from Dr. Elias Saab at the University of Missouri Department of Mathematics. The math drills posted on the site can provide opportunities for practicing and solidifying math facts.
- Some students may find these supplemental math programs from Carnegie-Mellon useful, especially the Algebra Readiness software.
- Varsity Learning Tools - math practice, including practice for many standardized tests. Also includes practice tests for other topics (science, medicine). Subject-specific apps also available here.
- Math fun - useful practice sheets, flash cards, logic puzzles, money games, real-life math skills, and much more
- APlusMath - games, flash cards, worksheets, and an ipod/iphone/droid application for math bingo
- Multiplication games - includes tracking and assessment of mastery
- Math Q and A by topic - explanations with examples (from the Math Forum by Drexel )
- National Library of Virtual Manipulatives - visual tools to support mathematical concepts, for example, number lines, graphing, base-10 blocks.
- Caterpillar Slider - fun game for practicing ordering numbers and developing number sense. Adjust difficulty to meet your student's needs.
- Lemonade Stand - this classic computer game helps students learn the basics of running a business.
- Calculating a Car Payment - a practical use for complex fractions and large exponents
- More car-related practical math like calculating mileage and determining the best rental car package for trip planning.
- Money Resource Guide - a super useful collection of money games and resources. Thanks to K. for the suggestion! :)
- Guide to Money - MORE super useful money games and resources. Thanks to Ms. C's group for the suggestion! :)
- The Mint - saving, investing, budgeting, compound interest
- Fun Brain - math and reading games
- Science fun - physics, health, inventions, biology, engineering, animals, volcanoes, strange science, and much more
- Recommended by the American Library Association - if you are still looking for something to do, look here for MANY more potentially educational web sites for kids of all ages, categorized by subject and age group
Math apps for phones and tablets:
Note: there are so many apps coming out daily that it's hard to keep this section up to date. Do a web search for "best math apps" or read reviews in the apps store on your mobile device.
- Varsity Learning Tools - subject specific mobile apps for on-the-go studying
- List of Math apps - recommended by Commonsense Media, filter by age
- List of other educational apps - time, letter recognition, geography, more math, recommended by Commonsense Media, filter by age
- Another list of math apps - fractions, decimals, percentages, basic facts, money, time, shapes
- Math Apps - basic fact drills (games) - lists 5 free apps
- More math apps! - basic facts, column multiplication, long division