Interactive Math Websites for Students
Why Interactive Math Websites Are A Great Tool for Students
Say goodbye to boring worksheets and drill and practice on paper. Times have changed and technology is everywhere. It is in our homes, libraries, schools, and virtually every public place we go to. Adults access technology daily and many of us use it at work on a constant basis. Children today know how to use technology surprisingly well. Hand a child a laptop, and she will be accessing a website within minutes, probably playing a game.
For this reason, interactive websites are a fantastic tool for students. They hold their attention, provide meaningful reinforcement, are abundantly available, and in most cases, cost nothing. While these websites may not provide the teaching component needed to promote conceptual understanding of new math skills and concepts, they do provide the practice component that students need after they have been introduced to a new math skill or concept.
Below is a list of interactive math websites, categorized by concept. I selected 5 concepts that I feel are important for understanding. Math builds on previous skills and concepts, and without a good sense of these concepts, harder math will cause much frustration. The concepts below are math facts, place value, rounding, fractions, and decimals. These interactive math websites can be used with elementary and middle school students.
Math Skills That Need Practice
What math skill does your child need the most practice with?
Interactive Websites for Math Facts
Interactive Math Websites for Recalling Facts
Most students do not realize the importance of knowing their basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts. Teachers nowadays are emphasizing their importance in the earlier grades, so that students will be more successful when learning more difficult concepts that require quick recall. When students are required to understand equivalent fractions, create like denominators, complete long division problems, and solve algebraic equations, they can easily become frustrated if they are not able to quickly recall their basic facts. The sites below will help students get the practice they need to learn their basic facts.
Math Facts - Play Kids Games PlayKidsGames.com. Practice your math facts timed with dynamic difficulty levels.
Interactive Websites for Place Value and Rounding
- Place Value Games Online & Math Place Value Activities Lessons - 2nd Grade Math Games
Ships and Boats - Place Value (up to 10000). Math Course.
- Rounding Games - Online Math Rounding Numbers Games
A rounding game - round to the nearest hunderd. Math Online Classes.
Practice, Practice, Practice...Interactive Math Websites for Place Value and Rounding
Place value and rounding require a lot of repetition. They also are most easily understood when taught in a progressive fashion. For these two reasons, the interactive math websites below, are very effective. The games get progressively harder, and they are engaging and just plain fun for students. Students will want to play them over and over again and will get the practice they need while doing so.
Interactive Websites for Fractions
Interactive Math Websites for Fractions, A Very Abstract Concept
Students seem very comfortable with name basic fractions. However, when it comes time to add or subtract fractions with unlike denominators, the understanding can quickly become blurry to a child. That is why children need a ton of conceptual practice before getting to this point. The interactive websites below will help to reinforce those skills required for success with the abstract concept of fractions.
Math Is Fun.com This site explains mixed fractions and then asks questions to check for understanding. It also includes many other links to more difficult fraction concepts.
Interactive Websites for Decimals
Interactive Math Websites for Moving on to Decimals
It makes sense to move from fractions to decimals, teaching students the relationship between the two concepts. Students who have a thorough understanding of fractions, more easily learn the new concept of decimals. They've been learning about whole numbers for a few years, they've just learned about partial numbers and mixed numbers (fractions), and now it's time to introduce another way to name partial numbers and mixed numbers. The interactive math websites below will help students transition smoothly from one concept to the next.
Interactive Science and Reading Websites
- Social Studies Interactive Websites for Students
Social studies can be overwhelming with an enormous amount of facts and events that are expected to be remembered. Here are some excellent interactive social studies websites that will make remembering everything much easier.
- Interactive Science Websites for Students
Does your child need help with science? Whether you are a parent or teacher, these interactive websites will help your children understand abstract science concepts.
- Interactive Reading Websites for Students
Interactive websites are not hard to find, but there are so many that it is difficult and time-consuming to weed through them and find the best ones. Below is a list of 4 sites that I have found to be very useful for students who need help with...
Math Bookmarks to Color
- Bookmarks to Color - Home
Students love to color. These 'bookmarks to color' inspire reading. They can be used as a ready-made center, rewards, holiday-themed activities and time-fillers.