This past year, I taught math intervention to 6th and 7th grade students. The biggest challenge for my students was with automaticity or fact fluency. My students struggled with multiplication facts, addition fact families and the concept of subtraction. To augment the daily math skill lessons, students used a variety of sites as they worked on developing their math fluency skills.
Here is the list in order of student enthusiasm :
1. Moby Max
This affordable site offers a full differentiated and integrated K-8 math and ELA curriculum . The math component not only teaches students new skills but finds and fixes the missing math skills. in addition their is a fact fluency piece. The application has built in motivational components and students earn rewards including: math based game time, badges, and certificates. The class management piece is easy to administer and reports are easy to generate and are data rich.
2. Free Rice
This site is free. It offers questions in the following subject areas: humanities, English, math, chemistry, foreign languages, geography, human anatomy, and SAT prep. Each correctly answered question results in 10 grains of rice donated to the World Food Programme. No account is necessary to use the site, however, teachers can register a class or people can signup for individual accounts to track progress.
Created by Mark Cogen for the Oswego School District in New York, this is a fluency building application. Students build both accuracy and speed in basic math facts. Additional games are available on the Oswego District website.
The focus of this site is for teaching and learning multiplication. The site offers drill and practice, quizzes, and tests for students, along with resources for parents and teachers to teach students to multiply. The available games focus on addition, subtraction, and multiplication to enrich student fluency and motivate them.
This site offers math practice for Pre-K through Geometry and Algebra 2, and grades 2-6 Language arts skills. Each grade level has an array of skills based on standards for students to work on, and games to motivate them as a incentive. The free version limits your daily usage, but paid versions are available for families and schools. With a subscription parents and teachers have a wide variety of reports to monitor student progress.
With the exception of Math Magician, these sites offer other subjects. Occasionally we used Khan Academy, students like the videos but weren’t as thrilled with the interactive piece.
Another resource that many students benefited from was the National Library of Manipulatives