Barbara J. Feldman

My seventh-grade daughter has a tee shirt that says “Pre-Algebra: the beginning of the end!” And if high-school math is the end objective, then pre-algebra certainly is the beginning. Here are my picks for sites that both explain pre-algebra, and provide an opportunity for practice.

  • Glencoe: WebQuest Projects Pre-Algebra5 stars

    Textbook publisher Glencoe has created five WebQuests that can be enjoyed by all pre-algebra students, even those using a different pre-algebra text. Each Internet project includes a task that requires online research, and suggested websites are included. For example, Unit 1 involves creating a website or a brochure promoting three seven-day vacation packages for a family of four. Each package must include transportation, lodging and entertainment, and cost between $2500 to $5500.

  • Pre-Algebra5 stars

    Just like a textbook, the pre-algebra section of is divided into chapters that explain concepts, include lots of examples, and conclude with a quiz. The only difference is that the quiz is interactive and self-scoring. Chapters are Numbers, Ratios, Factoring and Fractions. For fun with puzzles, jump over to the Games section (you'll find it on the horizontal menu.) Other notable clicks are the math glossary, and the specialized calculators (such as percent and square root) found in Calculators & Tools.

  • Math Forum: Pre-Algebra Problem of the Week4 stars

    Looking for something special for extra credit? Click on over to Math Forum for the Pre-Algebra Problem of the Week. When you've got it licked, you can submit your answer online by choosing your school from the state list. If your school isn't listed yet, go ahead and add it. As you submit your answer, you'll have the option of asking for free (or paid) mentoring, And finally, you'll be able to check your answer (i.e. see the solution.)

  • By March 23,2005

  • Honorable Mentions

    The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!

    Basic Math and Pre-Algebra Workbook For Dummies
    Basic Math and Pre-Algebra Workbook For Dummies
    by Mark Zegarelli
    - Usually ships in 24 hours
    Price: $8.93

    Kiss My Math: Showing Pre-Algebra Who s Boss
    Kiss My Math: Showing Pre-Algebra Who's Boss
    by Danica McKellar
    - Usually ships in 24 hours
    Price: $7.81

    Kumon Pre-Algebra Workbook I (Kumon Math Workbooks)
    Kumon Pre-Algebra Workbook I (Kumon Math Workbooks)
    by Jean-Paul Le Du, Kumon Publishing
    - Not yet published
    Price: $8.96