A Collection of Useful Internet Resources
[Introduction] [Annotated Explorations: Specific
or Broad] [Collections of Sites]
Searching through the Internet for resources for your classroom can be
very time consuming and frustrating. This page was designed to help teachers
incorporate the Internet in their Junior or Intermediate mathematics classrooms.
For those who have experience searching through the Internet for mathematics
activities please continue on below in the annotated explorations. Others
are invited to sample some specific pages that could be implemented in
your classroom tomorrow. Please click on the highlighted text to visit
the site. Directly below are 5 resource examples that may be found on the
-- Play with the Towers of Hanoi! Click on the buttons with the
angle brackets that indicate the direction and number of pegs of the move.
Change the number of disks and your number of moves will be recorded each
Plan -- Scroll down and click on See the Lesson Plan under Lesson
One (of six) regarding problem solving.
History -- Attaching a face or a story to a mathematical concept may
draw some students in. Check out Pythagoras here.
-- In the yellow window on the left, scroll down and click on X-Intercept
and watch what happens to the equations below as you manipulate the line.
Solution -- Find the area of the shaded region. Go through the solution
and enjoy the poetry!
Story and Word Problems
Tease your brain with problems! There are many concept-based
problems with a grade level suggested for each. Or, try an interactive
approach where you are walked through a problem, only you make all the
decisions like in Finding
the area of a pool deck.
A fun introduction to some simple fractals, how they are created and
where they are found in nature. This site also has a link to The
Spanky Fractal Database for some cool looking fractals.
"Colourful Mathematics is a series of educational software presenting
advanced mathematical concepts to K-12 students in a game-oriented approach.
The five games offered utilize simple colouring and/or drawing techniques
to illustrate some state of the art mathematical concepts from graph theory
and computer science." The games must be downloaded before being used.
Explanations and definitions await for hundreds of mathematical terms
and concepts. Search using keywords or explore alphabetically by clicking
the letter that your term starts with. A fantastic resource!
for J/I Students
Cynthia Lanius has put together an extensive look at fractals for elementary
students with access to printed
versions of all her on-line pages. She explains what fractals are and
why we should
be teaching them. Her Java version of the The
Sierpinski Triangle is incredible. Check it out!
& Measurement Lesson Plans from BYU
Lessons Plans for grades 6, 7, and 8 with tests and overviews. Here
is a grade
6 geometry unit with individual lessons plans.
of Mathematics: A Timeline
J. Fillmore, of the University of California San Diego, has prepared
a clickable, chronological list of important highlights in the history
of mathematics. Bring some background to your classroom with some information
on when and where the math originated! From the Origins
of Zero to Pythagoras'
Scholarly Society to Magic
Squares, there is something bound to enlighten or brighten up your
of Mathematics Archive
Another excellent resource to stimulate the math classroom. Look into
timelines and appreciate the organization of the various periods. They
also have two biography
indices, (alphabetical and chronological) to help you find who or what
your looking for
Challenge: Activities for the K-12 Classroom
Two interesting math lessons here including one on basketball
players and their statistics.
for Science Fairs
There are many ideas for students to investigate in categories such
Wow! Check out 80 different polyhedra with your students. Watch an
animation of each one choosing from a well designed Visual
Index. Line, face and edge information is also available.
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SchoolNet -- Math Department
It's Amazing Mathematical
Object Factory is really amazing! This teaching tool generates permutations,
combinations, pentomino puzzles and much more! There are also many links
and descriptions of other useful sites such as Statistics
New problems appear every month for the elementary student from all
math strands. The Replacing
Trees problem is a good example relating the communication of a problem
and environmental studies.
Miscellany and Puzzles
A wealth of text, animation and resources can be found here but leave
a lot of time for exploring for something at the elementary level. Most
deal with higher level thinking. Check out Alexander Bogomolny's collections
of puzzles and other
people's sites. His Exchange might answer some of your questions.
Browse or search for the topic of your choice. There are so many possible
connections such as Art
and Music in Math Education and Arithmetic
and each have small icons telling the viewer the grade level and additional
Browse by curriculum strand in the elementary
(K-5) and middle
(6-9) levels in their resource rooms.
This site is incredibly exhaustive! Get hooked in the Elementary
School Student Centre or stay on top of the latest as a teacher in
their Research Division.
Students can find answers to their questions by searching response archives
or they can Ask Dr. Math (elementary
their own question. The site is fully searchable
and has links to a plethora of resourceful Internet sites all compiled
in Steve's Dump. Students
can also solve challenges with MathMagic
in 4-6 and 7-9
Enjoy manipulating a line on graph paper to discover the characteristics
of slope. What happens when the line is horizontal or vertical? As
students move the line, the slope, the intercepts and the equation of the
line constantly change. Or, watch the screen appear three-dimensional when
manipulating its dodecahedron, as a net or a skeleton. Students can interactively
explore a dozen other problems including bar graphs, probability, and conversion.
Search by division (K-12) and/or content area (although I received
too many errors when searching) or browse their entire database in chart
form displaying content area, level, lesson title and author. Note that
this site from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign points you
to other URLs where the lessons actually exist.
Presently under construction, this site challenges its viewers with
problems to solve.
National Council of Teachers
articles from Mathematics Teacher and Teaching Children Mathematics
by using their own searching
tool. Also useful is the Curriculum
and Evaluation Standards for School Mathematics.
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The Internet can definitely supplement mathematics
lessons or be used to teach some specific concept or idea. The
proved to be the most useful when considering its well organized
wealth of information, opportunities and connections to other useful sites.
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Revised or reviewed: 98.05.14
(c) copyright 1998 Kevin S. Dyck