by Helen Beyne
School’s out—except for those of you teaching summer school. There’s often a lot of material to cover with your summer school students, but summer session is also a great time to try out some new tools.
Here are some resources to help get your students up to speed in math this summer.
THE WORKS: Khan Academy is a great resource. Not only does it provide self-guided instruction for your students, with instructional videos and hints that clearly explain the process for determining the answer to a question, but it is also aligned with CCSS. You can even “recommend,” or assign, lessons to your students and track their progress.
THE BELLS AND WHISTLES: If you’re looking for some real-world math problems that will engage your students, check out Get the Math. Students can use their math skills to figure out how to do things like mix music and make clothing with a high profit margin. These lessons include guidelines for teachers, aligned to CCSS, and videos and interactive activities for students. For students who need help with particular skills, the lessons include videos of students using their math skills to figure out each problem.
THE WELLSPRING: PBS LearningMedia is a huge repository of videos, lessons, and interactive activities that you can use in your classroom. You can search by subject, grade, and CCSS; create shareable folders; and even download media and related guides for classroom use.
WHAT’S IN A NAME?: For practice with addition and multiplication, share the quick-paced Sushi Monster app with your students. This app is exactly what it seems to be. Students must feed a monster the appropriately labeled pieces of sushi with numbers that can be added together or multiplied to equal the number dangling from its neck. Each level increases the number of problems and answer choices.
FOR THE VISUAL LEARNERS: For a series of apps aligned to CCSS math standards for Grades 1–5, try Splash Math, a visually engaging app with images that help students understand math concepts. The free version limits students to twenty questions per day, so this might be used to quickly reinforce or test a skill that you’ve covered.
What websites and apps do you use to teach math?
Helen Beyne is a consultant for Green Light Professional Development. She has years of experience in creating innovative curriculum materials in reading, ESL, science, and social studies. She writes about IWBs and free online resources for teachers.