# Activities for Teaching Math

January 3rd, 2022

Teaching Ideas – Maths

This UK-based website offers free ideas, activities and worksheets to help educators teach math (and science, geography, history and lots of other subjects as well).

When you get to the site, you’ll see some featured math resources and activities. The age range is in the top right corner of each box. Click ‘VIEW’ to see the worksheet. You can download each one by scrolling past the ads to the red ‘Download’ button. To find worksheets by category, roll over “Maths” in the red menu bar at the top to find choices that include:

• Maths – Learn to understand and solve word problems for a variety of math strands, learn to add and subtract numbers of varying size, get lots of resources to help kids understand fractions, decimals, percentages, ratio and proportion.

• Numbers– Practice number sequences, patterns, Fibonacci sequence, Kaprekar’s sequence, Pascal’s triangle, the 100 Square and more.

• Geometry – Learn about different shapes and properties of 2D and 3D shapes. Sort shapes, match shapes, discover polygons, triangles, quadrilaterals, tangrams and more.

• Measure – Develop estimation and practical measuring skills, learn to calculate perimeter and area as well as the volume of cubes.

There is a great deal of content beyond what’s described above and all of it can be used to supplement math studies. You’ll need to bookmark the site and make several visits to thoroughly explore it.

Note: As you explore the site, you may see comments about the resources and activities on the site that are left by visitors. You can post your comments about what you liked and/or offer suggestions for improvement too.

# Create & Print Math Worksheets & Puzzles!

September 20th, 2021

Fuel The Brain

This ad-supported website has free games, interactives, and printables to help enhance and practice elementary skills in math.

By using the easy-to-understand instructions on the website you can create, share and print your very own customized worksheets, mini-books and puzzles.

You may find a resource by navigating the menu at the top that includes:

• Games & Interactives
• Printables
• Teacher Guides & Articles
• Mini-books

Locate the most recently added and the most popular activities by scrolling down slightly on the home page. You can locate fun activities to enhance learning in specific areas of math content like:

• Subtraction
• Numbers & Counting
• Multiplication
• Measurement & Time
• Shapes & Symmetry
• And more

Click on any activity to review the student’s easy-to-understand instructions. The resources here will equip the busiest mom to be ready to have fun with math anytime!

# Interactive and Engaging Educational Activities for Language Arts & More!

September 1st, 2021

Toy Theater: Free Interactive Educational Website

Toy Theater is a free educational website with interactive activities in the areas of math, reading, art, music, puzzles, and games. The activities on Toy Theater are designed to apply new media to core curriculum concepts in a way that children will be entertained, engaged, and will absorb the concepts behind the activities

This site offers a multitude of educational activities in various key curriculum areas. Below is a brief taste of what Toy Theater has to offer:

Art

• Animation Station is a terrific art tool where you can discover the art of animation.
• Doodle Pad is a fantastic set of virtual crayons.
• Matisse’s Pieces introduces you to the world of fine artists and gives you the opportunity to create your own collage.

Math

• Feed Freddy is a fun way to learn symbols, shapes, and patterns.
• Bowling encourages you to count the pins in groups of ten.
• Fruit Fall introduces the skill of reading a bar graph.

• Road Signs is a tool where you can create and print out your own signs.
• Action Alphabet displays animations highlighting the letter being explored.

Music

• Composer is an interactive music activity where you can create your own melody.
• Drum Beats are a high energy group that allows you to create your own percussion show.

In addition, Toy Theater has a large collection of interactive puzzles and games that highlight skills such as memory building, symbol recognition, and just plain having fun. The Playset is a special place you can create your own virtual toy set using cars, planes, plants, insects, buildings, ships, and dinosaurs.

# Peruse this Visual Dictionary Reference Tool!

July 21st, 2021

The Visual Dictionary

This ad-supported website offers a free online Visual Dictionary. It’s different from a regular dictionary – instead of just word definitions, it provides colorful visual images that enhance the meaning of the words and concepts you explore. Concise textual definitions (in three languages) are included, but it’s secondary to the images.

When you get to the site, you’ll see an icon menu of the list of topics that are in The Visual Dictionary. We suggest you click on “List of Topics” on the menu tab because then you can see each topic area with a drop-down list of what it covers as follows:

• Biology Vegetal – See images (with text) that define and describe plant cell structure, structure of a leaf, leaf shapes, types of roots, flower germination, diagram of the stages of mitosis, fruits, vegetables, and much more.
• Biology Animal – Learn about the structure of a bacterial cell or an amoeba or paramecium, find out about the anatomy of an earthworm, starfish, jellyfish, snake, frog, fish, shark, fly, bee, cricket, spider, bird, bat, cat, dog, deer, gorilla and more.
• Human Body – Explore cells, muscles, skeletal system, finger nails, parts of a tooth, nervous system, eyes, ears, nasal and oral cavities, digestive system, respiratory system, human heart, reproductive system, and more.
• Music – Discover a wide variety of instruments from around the world including Europe, India, China, Africa, and South America. Get info on percussion, wind, brass, and string instruments. Learn about music notation.
• Transport – Learn all about automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, trains, boats, planes, hot air balloons, and rockets. Get details on engines, air filters, brakes, shock absorbers, tires, and more. Explore roads and bridges.
• Clothing – Everything you ever wanted to know about clothing and accessories including info on cultural differences in styles. Check out uniforms and costumes too!

This is a great reference tool. Just exploring The Visual Dictionary is sure to springboard interest in a wide variety of topics. Bookmark it to return often!

# Best of the Best Math Games & Homework Help!

July 12th, 2021

Math Game Time

This ad-supported website has “the best math games and homework help online.”

When you get to the site you can search games by grade level or subject using the left sidebar menu. Or use the top menu to go directly to:

• Math Games – There are racing games, logic games, puzzle games covering a wide variety of concepts and skills from basic addition to solving complex equations.
• Math Videos – Some of the videos feature actual math teachers providing step-by-step examples to help children solve problems. Other math videos incorporate songs, animation or favorite characters to help bring important concepts to life.
• Math Worksheets – Gives children more practice to build their skills. Some include standard equations, others use word problems and real life scenarios.
• Mobile Games – All games can be played on tablets, mobile phones and other mobile devices. Games focus on solving equations, following patterns, manipulating shapes, as well as building logic and critical thinking skills.

Back on the main page, scroll down to the “More” section on the left sidebar and check out the Math Cheat Sheet. It has some helpful visual resources by grade level.

# Connect Music to Math, Science, and Reading

April 17th, 2021

PhilTulga.com: Music Through The Curriculum

All grades, children with parental supervision

Phil Tulga is a professional musician and music instructor. He has developed educational programs that weave music through the curriculum in almost every subject.

As a complement to his music programs, Phil has developed a series of FREE, interactive language arts, math and music activities that are available on his website.

When you get to the site you will see a menu that includes Language Arts and Math and Science. In the “Language Arts” section, get Phil’s tips for how to encourage a love of reading in your child. Then, use the innovative “Cucumber Pickle Machine” to show your kids how to make rhythmic meters by combining two and three syllable words! Phil uses the musical score of “Peter and the Wolf” to teach storyline components complete with story maps!

In the “Math and Science” section, Phil takes popular math manipulatives and enhances them with rhythm and music. You’ll find:

• Unifix Cube Drum Machine – This shows students how famous composers have used repeating patterns to create music. Students can make their own rhythm or drum patterns with popular Unifix cubes.
• Pattern Block Rock – Song melodies are patterns of short and long sounds. In this activity, students compose and play their own rhythmic songs using geometric shapes.
• Musical Fraction Bars – Mathematicians like Pythagoras discovered that musical pitches are derived from fractions. In this activity, students compose and play their own songs using Musical Fraction Bars. Not only that, you’ll find instructions for how to build a homemade musical instrument that is based on these fractions.
• And more!

Don’t miss “Homemade Instruments” where you’ll find directions for making your own panpipes, water bottle xylophone, tubular Glockenspiel, and melodic tube drums!