Math

Ideas for Math Challenges
Characteristics:
 Independent and/or flexible thinker
 Exhibits original thinking
 Understands numbers
 Possesses a keen sense of numbers
 Creates and invents ways to use numbers
 Learns math concepts and processes
 Improvises and sees unique possibilities
 Risk taker
 Resists conformity
 Recognizes critical elements
Resource: Quantiles are ways to measure math readiness the way lexiles measure reading levels.
Universal Level (Tier 1):
 Math Projects
 Math Journals
 Problembased learning
 Multiple Levels of Instruction dependent on preassessment
 Webquests and other technology including spreadsheets, databases, graphic and scientific calculators
 Sheppard Software
Games for all math topics. Great resource to enrich students as well as review skills during centers time.  Math Playground
Welcome to Math Playground, an actionpacked site for elementary and middle school students. Play a math game, solve a logic puzzle and have some fun.  Science Buddies
Click on the Project Ideas tab and go to the Math and Computer Science Section.  Math Goodies Webquest
 Calculation Nation Sign on and get yourself a username. It's free. The games of Calculation Nation^{Â®} are organized around content from the upper elementary and middle grades math curriculum. By becoming a citizen of Calculation Nation^{Â®}, your child or student will play online math strategy games that allow them to learn about fractions, factors, multiples, symmetry and more, as well as practice important skills like basic multiplication and calculating area â€” all while having fun.
 Build a Prezi Ideas matter! Have your students develop a prezi to organize, present and share ideas.
 ToonDoo The world's fastest way to build a cartoon. Unique way to make a different kind of presentation.
 Differentiated strategies
 Math Interactive Games Websites Listed by RIT Score
 A+ Click Math and Logic Problems for all grade levels
 Illuminations  Resources for teaching Math
 Math Clubs
 Competitions
 Math Olympiad
Math competition for middle school students. Resources for math teams and clubs.  Math Meet Math competition sponsored by Whitewater TAG Network.
 Specialized math curriculum
 Origo Think Tank Series Think Tank Series materials must be ordered in bundles of 10 but will challenge students to use a variety of problem solving strategies.
 Math Forum Check out this Table of Contents for Math Extra Challenges
 M3 Math Units These are great, but need a lot of teacher direction.
 Advanced Programs
 Online Classes
 IXL
It's easy to find the right skills to practice. All IXL games are aligned to Common Core State Standards. IXL assesses your students performance on each skill instantly. Click on your standard to view skills and start practicing.  Early Entrance to courses
 Radical acceleration
 Kahn Academy
Check out this library of over 3000 videos to explain anything from arithmetic to physics.  Aleks K12
ALEKS is a webbased, artificially intelligent assessment and learning system. ALEKS uses adaptive questioning to quickly and accurately determine exactly what a student knows and doesn't know in a course. ALEKS then instructs the student on the topics she is most ready to learn. There is a free trial available.
 Authentic work production
 Early Entrance to a class (ie. Algebra in Gr. 6)
Other Ideas: Math Activities
 Link Lists
 King's list of Math Activities Huge list of math activities. Contains some problemsolving, but focuses more on skill development practice.
Math activities that focus on problemsolving
National Library of Virtual Manipulatives
 K12 The problems are divided into the 5 mathematical strands. A variety of activities to choose from.
Figure This! Math Challenges for Families K12. Reallife math problems that the family can solve together. Supported by the National Council of Mathematics.
Education.com K12 A comprehensive list of math activities.
Math Project List K12 list of student projects.
Elementary
K5 Real world math challenges provided that have 2 levels of difficulty to them.
K5 Math mysteries that require logical thinking
Math Stars ProblemSolving Newsletter 18 Periodic newsletter with some interesting problems.
 Math Doodles K5 Fun little games that challenge thinking.
Primary Games K4 Lots of fun math games that kids will enjoy... adults too!
Math Playground K5 You can spend hours with the variety of math activities on this site.
Mathzone K5 Tons of games organized by subject.
 Middle School/High School
 Openended math problems
68 The problems are divided into 5 mathematical strands, which makes it easy to search for an exact type of problem that you are looking for.  The Math Problem Site
 312 Interesting math puzzles that seem easy, but can be quite tricky.
 Enriching Mathematics
612 A batch of great math puzzles that will drive you crazy.
Word Problems for Kids 512 Nice selection of word problems broken down by grade. Hint and solutions provided.
Math Challenges 712 Math problems organizaed by difficulty.
BBC Education 58 Visually attractive math challenges for the Middle School student.
Curious Math 512 Neat math tricks and oddities.
Math Bank Robbery 58 Entertaining mystery that uses math.
Nick's math problems 812 Good luck with these!
Online Math Curriculum
First in Math 28 This services touts itself as "the foremost online math resource for grades 2 to 8 and beyond! The First In MathÂ® Online Program is a proven curriculum supplement that solidifies basic mathematics skills, and can significantly improve test scores." There is a small cost to the service, but looks to provide a ready to use curriculum.
BibliographyMath Rules! for 1st & 2nd by Barbara VandeCreek
Math Rules! for 3rd & 4th by Barbara VandeCreek
Dandylion Press  Math Extension Units  gr.2 & 3, 4 & 5, 57
Dandylion Pres  Enrichment Units Math  gr. 2 & 3, 4 & 5, 57
Educational Impressions  Math Clues (bks 14) gr. 34
Challenge Math  by Edward Zaccaro  gr. 45
Educational Impressions  TallTale Math (bks 14) gr. 58
Math Detictive books by Terri Husted A1 gr. 56
Multicultural Mathematics by Claudia Zaslavsky25 Real Life Math Investigations That Will Astound Teachers and Students
Becoming A Problem Solving Genius
Related Links

Kahn Academy
This is a site holding a library of over 3000 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and hundreds of skills to practice.