The Internet has provided parents
and students with an avenue to get extra help with a variety of topics. Interactive math websites provide students with extra assistance in virtually every math concept and do so in a manner which is both fun and educational. Here we explore five interactive math websites that cover several key math concepts applicable across several grade levels.
One of the more popular math websites on the web. Advertised as, "An amusement park of math and more.....Lessons and games designed for fun for ages 13-100!" This site is primarily dedicated to higher level math skills and offers math lessons, math practice, a math dictionary, and a geometry/trig reference. Cool Math does offer a large variety of interactive games each attached to a specific math skill. Students will learn those skills and enjoy themselves at the same time. Cool Math also has additional networks such as CoolMath4Kids designed for kids ages 3-12. Cool Math provides resources for parents and teachers as well.
This is a terrific interactive graphing website for students of all ages. It is very user friendly and allows students to custom build their graph. There are five types of graphs which you can build including a bar graph, line graph, area graph, pie graph, and XY graph. Once you select the type of graph, then you can begin by your customization in the design tab or you can begin entering your data by clicking on the data tab. There is also a label tab that allows for further customization. Finally you can preview and print your graph when you have completed it. The website does offer a tutorial for new users as well as templates that you can use to build your graph.
Manga High Math is a wonderful interactive math website consisting of 18 math games covering a variety of math topics across all grade levels. Users have limited access to all games, but teachers may register their school which gives their students full access to all games. Each game is built around a particular skill or related skills. For example the game "Ice Ice Maybe", covers percentages, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. In this game you help penguins migrate across an ocean full of killer whales by using your math skills to position floating icebergs that allow travel from glacier to glacier safely. Each game provides a different math challenge that will entertain and build math skills at the same time.
Every math teacher will tell you that if a student has holes in the basics of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division that there is simply no way they can effectively and accurately do advanced math. Getting those simple basics down is essential. This website is the least exciting of the five on my list, but it may be the most important. This site offers users a chance to build those basic skills in all four of the operations. Users choose the operation to work on, the difficulty based on the development skill level of the user, and the length of time to complete the assessment. Once those are selected, students will be given a timed assessment to work on these skills. Users can compete against themselves as they improve their basic math skills.
Math Playground offers a large variety of math resources for parents, teachers, and students including games, lesson plans
, printable worksheets, interactive manipulates, and math videos. This site has such a wide variety of resources that you have to add it to your favorites. The games aren't quite as developed as the games at Manga High, but they still provide that combination of learning and fun. The best part of this site are the math videos. This unique feature covers a variety of math concepts that gives you step by step instructions on how to do just about anything in math.