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Columbus State University’s College of Education is now the home of the Problem of the Week math contest, which was started in 1996 by David Rock and Doug Brumbaugh. The math educators also supply problems and answers that are part of the current White House Math Challenge, a presidential effort to boost interest in math and foster problem-solving skills. Visit our history page for more on these and the companion problem-solving sites here — Algebra in Action, Middle School Madness and Elementary Brain Teaser.

This interactive program teaches children how to visualize and solve math word problems. Using virtual blocks and cubes, children create models that illustrate the underlying math concepts in word problems.
Each Thinking Blocks program contains six guided practice sets and three assessment tests. The addition and subtraction program features models that represent part-whole, comparison, and change situations. The multiplication and division program introduces equal parts, comparisons, and interpreting remainders.
Program features include:
• Self paced, guided instruction that shows students how to correctly model math word problems
• Independent practice sets that challenge students to apply what they’ve learned
• Interactive blocks that engage students in the problem solving process
• Randomized problem sets that create a different learning experience each time the program is accessed
• Video tutorials which help students transition from building concrete models to sketching models on paper
• Printable certificates that allow students to keep a record of the work they have completed

Mathcasts can Help students learn & review math.
Help teachers collaborate & improve their teaching.
Help parents help their children and enable them to see examples of their childrens' work. Mathcasts.org was created to give students a library of math tutorials and problem solutions and to give teachers a place to share their methods for teaching & learn from others. It's also a place where students & teachers can contribute and organize sets of movies for others or themselves to use.

The rules of the game are simple: each of the nine blocks has to contain all the numbers 1-9 within its squares. Each number can only appear once in a row, column or box. Every puzzle has just one correct solution.

With Scholastic's Global Classport, you can communicate with classrooms in 182 countries, and collaborate with teachers around the world. Note: Remember that your username must include "_scholastic" . Use to connect with other classrooms to solve Math Maven's Mysteries

This content resource is an index of links to interactive sites, challenging students to solve mysteries using a variety of math principles. Students read the stories, solve the problems, and answer the questions, using clues embedded in the stories to discover the solution. Included are links to a variety of teacher resources.http://teacher.scholastic.com/maven/tguide.htm

Absurd Math is an interactive mathematical problem solving game series. The player proceeds on missions in a strange world where the ultimate power consists of mathematical skill and knowledge.

After researching place value and numeration systems, students create a base-4 numeration system for a primitive alien tribe.

This web-based unit will introduce students to strategies and real-life practice activities for applying problem-solving skills. Students will investigate real problems through a variety of websites and group activities.

Read the word problem and choose the best strategy for solving the problem.

Variety of math and problem solving puzzles. Reading required for instructions. Some games appropriate for grade 3 with instruction

Help the farmer get the chicken, the fox, and the corn across the river without anything being eaten!

Try this...not as easy as it looks! What's your strategy??

You must follow the rules to get through the maze. Choose easy, medium, hard. Improve your mental math addition and subtraction problem-solving with this game! Demonstrate with projector for whole class in lower grades.

Try these problem solving interactive investigations. You will need to use your logic and reasoning skills to complete the activities. Teacher introduction may be needed. Some actvities may be appropriate for gr4.

This site contains activities that explore statistics and probability, algebra, geometry, decimals, percents, negative numbers, and more. Students take on the role of a secret agent and use their math skills to thwart the corporate menace, Villainy, Inc!

Middle School problem solving videos. Click Rollem'em to choose from the different episodes. Could be used for individual, small group and whole class problem-solving activities. Demonstrates the reasoning needed to solve the problem.

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