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In my search for sites to help my students with disabilities, I found this gem!
It's called A Maths Dictionary for Kids.
The site has two sections. One is an alphabetical math dictionary with colorful, interactive demonstrations or explanations of the words/skills. The other section is for math charts. Did I mention that it's FREE ??? Oh, and the charts are printable!
There are many purposes for this site!
1. A Teacher Tool!
One of the strategies in Personalized Learning is to unpack standards and re-write them into kid friendly language. Math standards can have some tricky vocabulary, especially for middle and high school.
This would be a great place to look for words and skills that students need to know depending on the topic. A colleague of mine created a template for unpacking standards if you'd like to try it out. Teachers can also use this site to help introduce a topic. You can access it on a computer or a tablet. To use the full version for free, you'd need to use an internet browser on the tablet. The app costs money, but it you use it a lot, it's worth it!
2. A Student Resource!
Let's say a student is out of school when the teacher introduces a new topic. Makeup work can be tricky if you weren't there for the initial instruction. This is an easy place for kids to go to find more information about the topic. Some of them are interactive as well, so they'll get immediate feedback to check for understanding. When I taught special education, I had 7th and 8th graders coming to me all the time for help with difficult concepts. An example of this would be a "Box and Whisker Plot". Being that math wasn't my major, I had no clue what that meant. After we searched it on this site together, we both had an understanding of the concept and the student was able to demonstrate the skill proficiently. Yes, I could "Google" it, but using this resource is user friendly without trying multiple sites to find the right one to use.
3. A Parent Resource!
When your child comes home with homework and it's been a life time since you took a math class, helping your child can be difficult and frustrating. I recommended this site in all of my IEP meetings for students who had disabilities. Often, the parents didn't have the education they needed to be able to help their child. Here, even a parent can learn something new!
I think that's enough to peak your interest. I hope you find this to be a useful resource!
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I'm an Instructional Technology Specialist for my district Special Education department. I have experience teaching K-8 special ed. and General Ed. Since I like technology more than some, I started this blog for teachers who love it too. Thanks for visiting!