We as teachers are always searching to make learning in general more hands-on, student-friendly and interactive. Math is an especially challenging subject to find interactive math materials, lessons, resources and activities. I’ve spent the past few weeks really crawling through websites and digging deep into the Internet to bring you the best in free printable and free use math activities. Recently, I went looking specifically for hands-on algebra materials and games. I was looking for free math games and printable manipulatives that you could use in the classroom or homeschool.
Some of the websites are older and have been on the Internet for sometime. I’ve tried to weed out dead links, websites that have moved and those math activities websites that require the installation of special software to operate. Some websites are free trial websites which will require payment at some point as well as a download. Many of the websites had software that Microsoft does not recognize. I’ve purged out those sites, so if you find any problems with any of the math activity websites, please let me know so that I can remove them and warn readers.
Vector Kids seems to be safe and user-friendly. This site offers lots of math tutorials, and interactive games in a math style arcade. Most of the games are technology-based games that are played online. You’ll want to explore Vector Kids for use in your classroom and technology lab.
Mr. Nussbaum is a comprehensive educational game and activity site. The layout is older, but the games are excellent. Mr. Nussbaum has interactive games for fractions, decimals, per cents, algebra, money math, telling time, geometry, plus all the basic math computations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Mr. Nussbaum’s games are very kid-friendly: fraction pizzas, soda fountain making change games and more of the same style. These are the kids of math games that kids love.
Teaching Treasures is a cute educational website from Australia with a crocodile theme. This site specializes in online and internet games across the curriculum. I’m particularly fond of the math and science game choices.Nothing to download, except Adobe Shockwave and Flashplayer which are pre-installed on most computers already. The site is decorated with animals from down under, that students will love.
Although these sites are primarily interactive online gaming sites, there are some free printable activities for your homeschool and classroom. I recommend that you book mark these sites and add them to your school approved websites list. You may want to add links to your classroom homepage for students; several teachers that I know have added links to educational game sites on their classroom websites and students really enjoy this.