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Website with activities for CCSS-M.

Moursund, D. (July 2012) Using brain/mind science and computers to improve elementary school math education). Eugene, OR: Information Age Education. Download the PDF file from and the Microsoft Word file from This 95-page book is specifically designed for use in the preservice and inservice education of elementary school teachers whose duties include teaching math. It provides an introduction to brain/mind science and computers as they relate to teaching and learning math. The goal of the book is to improve the quality of math education that elementary school students are receiving. The book contains a large number of links to materials currently available on the Web and an extensive index.

Moursund, David (March 2012). Good math lesson planning and implementation. Eugene, OR: Information Age Education. Download the PDF file from and the Microsoft Word file from The book draws heavily on the IAE-pedia document Good Math Lesson Plans available at That page is by far the most popular of the content pages in the IAE-pedia. It had had over 73,500 visits as of 3/26/2012, the date when the book first became available. This 81-pagebook is designed to help preservice and inservice teachers of math become better math teachers. Both elementary school and secondary school teachers of math should find the content useful.

Sylwester, R. and Moursund, D. (August 2012). Creating an appropriate 21st century education. Eugene, OR: Information Age Education. Download the PDF file from and the Microsoft Word file from This free 98-page book contains a series of 19 Information Age Education Newsletters that explore various elements of the educational issues that will confront our society during the 21st century. The principal focus of the series is on the dramatic developments currently occurring in the cognitive neurosciences and computer technology. These promise to play an especially significant role in reshaping educational policy and practice. The authors of the articles are all widely known and respected for their work in the areas in which they wrote. They were asked to select a general issue that they consider important to 21st century education and to discuss the elements of it that they consider especially significant to educators. Some authors focus on simply exploring the issue itself and others also suggest educational applications.

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Submitted by Steve Caron

PowerPoint about the origin of arabic numerals 0-9

Submitted by Sheila McQuade

Free internet graph paper generator
You can choose dimensions other than the standard 8 Ĺ x 11 to define the size of the graph (3 in x 3 in) as well as how many lines per inch (or cm).  It builds the graph and then displays it as a pdf file.  You can then save or take a snapshot of it and paste into your worksheet/test/quiz.

Most of you will remember the tv series Wonder Years and Winni. The actress Danica McKellar left acting to go to college and major guessed it....math. She has written a few books about math anxiety and doing well in math. She was on a tv show recently talking about how it is socially acceptable to be bad in math (something we've discussed before) when it shouldn't be. Her website is:

Recommended by Samra Trask

Math Playground  presents all things math in this interactive site. There are collections of math activities, games, problems solving videos and of course - a lot of practice opportunities!

Math Frog developed by the University of Waterloo, specifically to address the Ontario Math curriculum [gd 4-6], but of course, there is something for all math teachers there too!

Submitted by Bill Gripentrog:

Make and Take activity for nets:

Math Songs:


Only Math:

Carnegie learning: 
(Although it is a
vendor site, it does have some research on it.)

Math Pro press:

This is a nice applet for doing percentages. It will calculate either the whole amount, the partial amount, or the percentage if given two of the three.

An applet showing the relationship between the sides of a right triangle.

This is a virtual applet for attribute blocks. I think that this a more an elementary site.

Bill's math links:

A collection of simple, yet really neat geometric designs and activities

A tutor site that has free registration

Submitted by Cindy Kroon

Math and multimedia blog--a treasure trove!

Nature by the numbers: Fibanocci in nature--beautiful!

Calculus Rhapsody: Awesome! Makes me wish I taught calculus so I would have an excuse the play this video!

Square root video from worldbookonline:

Plotting the graph of a linear equation:

Pascalís triangle

Pi Dye is a great resource for Pi Day! This is where I ordered the fabulous pi cookie cutter. There are also many other pi products, all priced in multiples of pi.

The TeachEngineering digital library provides teacher-tested, standards-based engineering content for K-12 teachers engineering content for K12 teachers to use in science and math classrooms. Engineering lessons connect real-world experiences with curricular content already taught in K-12 classrooms. Mapped to educational content standards, TeachEngineering's comprehensive curricula are hands-on, inexpensive, and relevant to children's daily lives.

Sports Club Math is a gold mine for math teachers looking for a sports angle. There is data for MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, NCAA BB, Soccer, and Auto racing. .

 Convert the first 10,000 digits of pi into a musical sequence. Select ten notes and the notes corresponding to each digit of pi will play.

National Library of Virtual Manipulatives from Utah State University sorts interactive applets by grade level and strand

Kennesaw State University interactive math manipulatives
My personal favorite is which allows the user to investigate the effect of changing constants in quadratic graphs

Larry Green's Homepage of virtual math manipulatives provides interactive applets for students to explore mathematics.

Math Cartoon Archives by Carolina Biological

Math Work is an on-line math worksheet generator. (Free!) This web site will allow you to create printable math worksheets from your browser. (Elementary and Middle School level math)

Math animations: includes songs, animations, and many interesting mathematical distractions. Don't miss this guy's version of the quadratic equation song!

Cindy's math links:


Submitted by Brenda Danielson

The MegaPenny Project aims to help by taking one small everyday item, the U.S. penny, and building on that to answer the question: "What would a billion (or a trillion) pennies look like?"

The Aunty Math website presents math challenges for K-5 learners.


Submitted by Marcia Torgrude:

Within the MarcoPolo website are totally free lessons and activities either focused on math or integrating math into other curricular areas. Real-world use of math! Click the search MarcoPolo button at the top left and type in your particular math content to find all the resources available to you within MarcoPolo.


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