First, let’s search out some resources for specific subjects – especially for those of you who are directly working with middle and high school grades. We’ll explore some downloadable links as well as those that can be accessed through the use of the internet. You’ll find two lists – one that is comprised of links that require internet connectivity and are interactive and one that has downloadable materials. Our intention is to give you resources to support your journey in applying the three principles of UDL in your classrooms. If you find these useful, please let us know and we can begin to expand our lists.
CAST also has a list of resources for the application of UDL in Math found here. The first document is a Word file that gives specific suggestions for presentation of material such as simplifying page content, using a larger font on the page, and placing fewer problems on the page. Additionally, math dictionaries can be developed by each child to assist them in understanding new vocabulary such as difference, sum, equation, or polynomial. Using varying methods of representation for the same concept will enhance student learning. For example, you can use Base 10 blocks, chips, and multiple media to teach a concept. Connecting new knowledge to previously learned material with understanding of how math is practically applied will develop the transfer of knowledge. Giving students choices regarding how they wish to practice and demonstrate their knowledge is essential and provides an environment for feedback.
Web Resources to Consider
Below are a list of great websites to enhance your curriculum. You can find here a list of websites for your elementary math curriculum.
These require internet access:
- Khan Academy, https://www.khanacademy.org – Khan Academy requires you to have a login. The great part of this website is that it has Kindergarten through high school and beyond tutorials in most areas. The kids get on – take a short “quiz” in an area and then the site gears the problems and lessons presented to them based on their ability. Higher math areas include Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry and Calculus. All of this is Free!
- Factoring with Yang and Mosley, http://www.geneyang.com/factoring/ – Factoring with Mr. Yang and Mosley the Alien. This is fun and free. It is a comic based lesson for Algebra Students.
- Seeing Math, http://seeingmath.concord.org/about_us.html – Seeing Math has developed interactive software Java tools to clarify key mathematical ideas in middle and high school mathematics. Each interactive provides a real-time connection between representations of the mathematics (symbolic, graphical, etc.), so that changes in one representation instantly cause changes in the other. There are activities for elementary and secondary grades.
- School Math, http://www.schoolmath.jp/3d/e/teacher/unit01/index.htm– This site, created by the Department of Mathematics Education, Faculty of Education, Shinshu University, welcomes users to the three-dimensional mathematics world described as “the world of space figures learned with the three-dimensional dynamic geometry software.”
- Math Slice, http://www.mathslice.com – These math games (including Math Jeopardy and MathMillionaire) are complemented by a wide selection of online multiple choice activities that test class knowledge of math concepts from basic counting to algebra and statistics.
- Johnny Money the Game (Manual), http://www.nfib.com/Portals/0/PDF/yef/jmog-teachers-manual.pdf – This is the link to the teacher’s manual for the Johnny Money Game. This game demonstrates real life math application. Now available from the NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation, Johnny Money Online Game is a FREE Internet-based small business simulation game that engages students as they explore the risks and rewards of business ownership. Johnny Money is the newest of the Entrepreneur-in-the-Classroom programs, which are designed to enable educators to talk about entrepreneurship in their classrooms.
These do not require internet access:
- Purple Math, http://www.purplemath.com/ – Purple Math is an online algebra resource. There are free downloadable lessons. It has links to other websites including sites with downloadable information.
- Math Forum, http://mathforum.org/teachers/ – Math Forum is a good site to get specific ideas for how to teach. This site can be searched by resource type (lesson plan), math topics, grade levels, and key sites.
- Math Slice, http://www.mathslice.com – In addition to online math activities, there are several activities which can be downloaded for use.
- Harvey Mudd College – Math, http://www.math.hmc.edu/funfacts/ – Fun math facts created by the Harvey Mudd College math department that teachers can use to enrich their lessons. These fun facts give kids some great illustrations relevant to UDL! For example, there is a lesson about a football field that illustrates the Pythagorean Theorem that is amazing!
- Mr. Duey, http://www.mrduey.com.php5-7.ord1-1.websitetestlink.com/ This is Mr. Duey who is a teacher that created a website that has various math concepts set to rap music. Check out “Fractions!”