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21st Century Problem Solving Grades 1 to 12 NCTM

Users will gain the advantage of a logical, consistent approach to problem solving that applies across the curriculum and at all grade levels. The problem solving methods shown in these pages rely on meaningful use of mathematics that actively engage the student, individually or in groups, directly in the problem solving process. This produces not only reliable problem solving skills but also a genuine appreciation of mathematics. This site helps students discover problem solving using a step by step process – as an enriching experience. The math problems are separated by type of math, and what equipment you may need (such as a graphing calculator).

A Fractals Unit for Elementary and Middle School Students Grades 4 to 8 Rice University

This site contains lesson plans centered around Internet researching. It can be used for cross-curricular work in Math, Art, Writing, and History. Fractals use Arithmetic and Geometry also. There are print versions of lesson plans available for classroom use. Very colorful and well designed. User friendly and has seven different awards for math and academic excellence.

A Plus Math Games Grades 4 to 8

This is a collection of on-line games suitable for drill or reinforcement of basic math concepts and operations. The site has several different game formats for each basic operation. Each game is available in Java or non-Java versions. The Java versions are self-scoring.

AAA Math Grades 3 to 12

This site offers a collection of interactive drill and practice exercises listed by grade level and topic area. The interactive features are attractive, though the drills simply give users the correct answer if they enter the wrong answer. For those who need the practice, these exercises could be useful.

AIMS Puzzle Corner Grades 4 to 12 AIMS Education Foundation

Puzzles are highly motivational tools that capture the imaginations of students. To infiltrate the classroom with a vibrant brand of problem solving, this site offers a tantalizing educational bait-and-hook in the form of a new puzzle each month. Clearly illustrates puzzles and solutions.

ArithmAttack Grades 3 to 8

We’re not big fans of “drill” web sites, but this “how many can you answer in a minute” site would be a good one for elementary students who have the manual dexterity to quickly enter numbers and click their mouse. It handles all four basic operations with selectable number ranges.

Balanced Assessment in Mathematics Grades 1 to 12 Harvard University

Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education offers this collection of downloadable mathematics assessment tools for grades K-12. This collection includes a number of technology-based tools. Each assessment is a Word document. Users should note that these are intended for preview purposes.

Bamdad’s Math Comics Grades 4 to 12

Looking for a discussion starter? Try this international collection of popular cartoons that mention or discuss math. The utility of this material is likely more motivational than instructional, but your students will enjoy knowing that math can be both fun and useful.

Banking Games from First Southwestern Grades 3 to 5 First Southwestern Bank

Here are two shockwave games for elementary students that teach fundamental concepts about money and saving. These are simple enough for primary students, but they teach the fundamental ideas about saving and money.

Batter’s Up Baseball Grades 4 to 8

Here’s another Flash-enhanced math game built on a baseball theme. The problems (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) presented vary widely in difficulty, so the game could be used across several grades or with students of varying ability.

Be an Architect! Grades 4 to 8 Sanford

This site challenges students to use reasoning and decision-making skills. Kids will get creative as they follow a step-by-step process toward designing their own home. Combines concepts from social studies, geography, and art while fostering creativity. This is a detailed and well-planned site. Suitable for a wide range of ages.

Brain Teasers Grades 1 to 12


Can and Bottle Drive Grades 1 to 5 National Science Foundation

This unit asks students to organize a can and bottle drive in their school. The fun begins when the collecting ends and students must count the cans, formulate problems based on their data, and record the results in their journals. There are enough ideas here for a number of different lessons or a unit of significant length. This lesson won a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching.

Coolmath Grades 3 to 12

Here’s a very complete collection of games and drills to reinforce dozens of math concepts. This site includes several simulations that draw on multiple skills and require students to apply their knowledge in “real world” situations. There’s much more than drill and practice here.

CRPC GirlTECH Grades 4 to 9 Rice University

This site provides lesson plans, some which use Internet resources, to get girls interested in computers, science, and math. Dozens of lesson plans, some integrated with other subjects, are available, designed to be engaging and easy to use.

Curious and Useful Math Grades 4 to 12 Privately Published

This site provides many attention-grabbing activities for math teachers. The math tricks themselves are suitable for younger students while the explanations may require a higher level of understanding. Teachers could challenge students to figure out how these tricks work. “Curious and Useful Math” has links to books and other sites for more fun and amazing math activities.

Daily Brains Grades 3 to 6

This one is a daily math-related puzzle for elementary students. We’re particularly interested in the emphasis this site places on showing students HOW to solve the problem. These problems change daily, and there’s an archive of older problems. Additional links connect to math drill and practice games.

Developing Geometry Concepts Grades 2 to 4 NCTM

NCTM’s Illuminations collection offers this simple game – get the turtle home to his pond – for elementary students. You’ll need to try it yourself first, because the directions are minimal. Once students understand the navigation, they can experiment with lots of different solutions.

Dictionary of Units of Measurement Grades 4 to 12 University of North Carolina

No matter what you want to measure, you’ll find information on how to quantify it here. While some browsing is required, teachers will find applications for this information in science, math, geography, and other subject areas. The reference possibilities are also extensive. Add this one to your toolkit of web reference specialties.

Elementary Learning Units from the NSA Grades 1 to 5 US Government

From an unlikely source – America’s codebreakers – comes this collection of very thorough lesson plans dealing with mathematics concepts for elementary, middle school, and high school students. These lessons are all Adobe Acrobat files written by teachers, not cryptographers. Each of the three sections is subdivided into age-appropriate thematic areas, and the lessons include student activities, standards correlations, and evaluation rubrics. This one’s well worth a look.


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