Showing posts with label practice math problems. Show all posts
Showing posts with label practice math problems. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Thinking Blocks - Model Math Problems on iPads, Interactive Whiteboards, and in Your Browser

Thinking Blocks is a nice site for elementary and middle school mathematics teachers. Thinking Blocks provides interactive templates in which students use brightly colored blocks to model and solve problems. As students work through the problems they are provided with feedback as to whether or not they are using the correct sequence to solve each problem. There are templates and problems for addition, multiplication, fractions, and ratios. You can also develop your own problems using the modeling tool.

Applications for Education
I originally learned about Thinking Blocks a few years ago when James Hollis posted about it at Teachers Love SMARTBoards. James suggested that Thinking Blocks could be good site for helping students see how algebraic reasoning works. And, of course, if James is writing about it, it must be well suited to use on interactive whiteboards.

Thinking Blocks is also available as a set of four free iPad apps.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Opus - Sample Math Problems Aligned to Common Core

Opus is a new service that aims to help middle school mathematics teachers discover sample math problems aligned to Common Core standards. To find problems on Opus search by entering a topic and selecting a grade. You can also find problems by clicking the "browse the Core directly" link on the Opus homepage. Either way when you find a problem you can save it to your free Opus account where you can then generate a Word doc or Google Document of all of your saved problems. You can also create an answer sheet in your Opus account.


Applications for Education
Opus is still quite new so the collection of problems offered through it is limited, but the idea behind the service is good. If you're a middle school math teacher looking for some practice problems to use with your students, Opus could be useful to you.