When it comes to digital learning and practice resources, the STEM Village Content Team likes to stay “in the know” of all the resources out in the digital universe so we can provide the best learning experience for your kids or students. This is our newest list of “Top Picks” we love to use on our education platform – and it’s all about math!
These resources will help your child or student when they are stuck on a particular skill or if they want to build on a skill in order to master it. You will find resources to refresh your student’s memory or help him or her warm-up before an exam. Some of these websites will have all grade levels but others might be missing a piece or two. STEM Village will use these resources once your child has had exposure to a skill and it’s time to make the learning more dependent on them and their particular learning style. These are our favorite websites to find fun math games that are sure to engage any student:
- Explore Learning – We love Explore Learning Gizmos at STEM Village! Although they only cover grades 3 -12, they have amazing interactive resources that I’m sure your child will love. They visualize maths through engaging games, interactives and labs depending what the concept is. Most of their resources are very tactile where you child can move numbers around and watch how concepts change when other factors are altered. If your child works best through inquiry, we highly recommend this site!
- Arcademics – Arcademics uses arcade-style games that help students practise maths conceps for grades 1 – 6. Why do we have this resource so high on the list? Well, they’re really really fun! They also allow your child to improve their time each time they play – and it’s all free!
- Online Math Learning – Online Math Learning covers all grades and levels. First, find a concept your student or child are learning and a quick refresher lesson will walk them through it. Finally, they can improve their time as they master the concept through an interactive game.
- Maths Games.org – Maths Games isn’t the most high-tech site but it allows you to find a game quickly, by skill that is sure to be fun for all ages!
- Sheppard Software – Sheppard Software games are predominently flash resources but they let you practise a skill over and over again without repeating the same problem.
- Math-Play – Math-Play resources are also predominently flash resources but they have a wide range of games available in themes that will catch most students interest. Concepts are only covered up to grade 8, unfortunately.
- AAA Math – loads of free lessons that are easy to search through for particular skills. Each lesson contains a practice section which is really helpful for students who need to take their own time and figure out the mechanisms behind a particular skill
- Soft Schools – This resource is great if your student is struggling with a particular step of a problem or has trouble breaking down an overall problem. Soft Schools breaks down even the most complicated maths and allows your child to visualize each stage at their own pace. Furthermore, during each step there is usually a tactile tool in which your child can change numbers or other variables so they can see how an outcome changes. Of course there are also lots of games to choose from so they can start mastering each skill.
- Geogebra – This resource does not cover every maths concept, level or skill however, it takes large and complicated skills, like probability, graphing, and advanced functions and visualizes them for your student to manipulate, observe changes, and practise.
- Sketchometry – This resource doesn’t particularly cover a wide range of math skills or grade levels, however it made our “Top Picks” list because it helps any visual learner break down and create any geometric shape. You child or student will be able to see how particular concepts change when other factors (like perimeter) are altered.
- Math Playground – Math Playground offers fun games for kids up to grade 6 that help them practice skills like colors, counting, addition, and multiplication. Most of the resources you will find are flash and won’t be able to work on an iPad or Tablet, however they don’t stress students out with a ticking clock. All-in-all it’s a great place for beginners!
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This article was written by Erin Carmody, an experienced educator, consultant, and Content Manager at STEM Village.