Websites that support the SMS Curriculum
Additional Practice Websites
- AAA Math — many games and activities to reinforce math concepts
- Khan Academy — thousands of video clips students can watch to reinforce concepts taught in school
- Math Forum — features “Ask Dr. Math” which can be used for Homework Help
- National Library of Virtual Manipulatives — practice math concepts using online manipulatives
- Xtra Math Fact Practice — allows students to practice their addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts. Many teachers in the district are using this site.
- Penny Williams Multiplication Facts Part 1 — first in a two part series which gives strategies for accessing math facts
- Penny Williams Multiplication Facts Part 2 — second in a two part series which gives strategies for accessing math facts
- Parent Resources through Everyday Math — several links that parents may find useful. Some are mentioned above, but there are also games and challenge problem links available appropriate for middle school students.
- Math Playground — math games from first grade through geometry
- Greg Tang Math — a variety of math games
- Math Antics — videos for various math topics
- Moby Max — free online resource for math facts and other math practice. Students can take a diagnostic test and get practice based on need. There is also content for other subject areas.
- IXL — practice problems arranged by grade level. Students can use this to practice skills that need reinforcement
- Desmos — online graphing calculator
Common Core Resources
- Illinois State Board of Education — many resources for Common Core
- Common Core State Standards Initiative — a great place to learn about the initiative and look at the standards for various grade levels
- Math On Call by Great Source Publishing – This book can be thought of as the SRB (Student Reference Book) for middle school.
- Math on Hand by Great Source Publishing – This book is from the same publisher as the above mentioned book, but focuses more on topics unique to 5th and 6th grade.
- Math Doesn’t Suck by Danica McKellar – This book is geared toward a female audience, but the content is appropriate for any middle schooler.
- Kiss My Math by Danica McKellar – Second in the series, this book focuses more on prealgebra concepts.
- Hot X: Algebra Exposed by Danica McKellar – Third in the series with an emphasis on algebra concepts.
- Spark Charts– Math Basics and Algebra I – we’ve noticed some of the students have these and find them helpful.
- Help Your Kids with Math by DK Books – a very comprehensive guide with examples and definition – covers topics from basic computation to trigonometry.
- Quick Math – There is Quick Math, Quick Math+, Quick Math Fractions, Quick Math Time. They can be purchased separately or in a bundle. $1.99 each or $3.99 bundle.
- Kakooma – This is a great way to practice math facts. This app allows students to practice addition, subtraction or multiplication.
- Math Facts – Students can practice facts for all 4 operations. There is also an integer version.
- Alge-bingo – Students solve one and two step equations to try and get bingo. $.99
- Tan Zen/Zentominoes Free – Students work on puzzles fitting shapes to create a new shape. There is a free version of these or a bundle available for $5.99 that also includes TriZen puzzles.
- iTooch Middle School – There is a free version of this with in app purchases in which students can practice middle school math topics.
- Candy Factory by Virginia Tech – A free game, in which students need to pack orders using fractions. This helps with recognizing fraction sizes and portioning.
Free Apps by National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
- Coop Fractions by NCTM – An equivalence games for fractions and percents.
- Pick a Path – Problem solving using all 4 operations.
- Equivalent Fractions – Students create equivalent fractions using models and number lines.