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The world seems to be divided into two kinds of people. Those who think math is fun, and those who don’t. Today’s sites are designed to entertain the first group, and convert the second.
Coolmath Karen (a college calculus teacher who doesn’t reveal her last name) has created a network of sites for kids, parents, and teachers, dedicated to the proposition that math is fun.
“When you back up from a small wall mirror, do you see more of yourself?” Figure This! is chock full of eighty printable math challenges and answer sheets for middle schoolers. You can use the challenges online by scanning the Challenge Index or Math Index for intriguing topics, or download them in batches in PDF format for printing and offline use. Parents and teachers will find tips on using the challenges in Family Corner and Teacher Corner, respectively.
Seventeen original games based on baseball, soccer, car racing and other fun things will intrigue even the most stubborn elementary-age math students. My favorites included Cookie Dough (learn to spell numbers up to 10,000 and don’t forget that compound numbers from twenty-one to ninety-nine use a dash), Change Maker (in four different currencies) and Tic-Tac-Toe Squares (not your usual Tic-Tac-Toe.) Some of the game pages were a little slow to load, but the quality of the games overshadowed this one drawback.
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