That Will Help Your Students Practice Their Math Skills
Sarah Picard Taylor
fill up with computers and schools build more space for computer
labs, teachers are often asked to give students time to use computer
resources. Finding the appropriate games and activities for students
can be difficult and time consuming. This short list of math websites
will give your students the chance to explore safe and fun computer
time. Enjoy these websites during choice time in your classroom
or for all the students in the computer lab.
This game asks two players to take turns getting around a game board
by rolling electronic dice and setting a watch for a given time
on which they land. Children like the sound effects. When the children
set the time on the watch for a given digital time, they can see
the hands of the clock move in half hour increments.
This time telling game asks students to match the time given on
a clock with three possible digital clocks. When students answer
correctly, they move on and after answering several correct in a
row, a time clock whistle blows to signal their “time on the
clock” is over.
has plenty of math games to choose from and this race
track game pushes students to use their addition, subtraction,
multiplication and division in new ways. Students not only have
to perform an operation, but they need to play against the computer
that is also performing a calculation.
This game helps students gain visual and conceptual knowledge of
the 100 chart or grid. Many math curriculums ask children to navigate
a 10 x 10 100 chart to solve two digit addition and subtraction
problems. As a former second grade teacher, I noticed some of my
students struggling with the use of the 100 chart. It seemed as
though they were not yet comfortable with the way it was arranged
and they struggled to locate numbers on the chart. This game will
help them do that work. A little caterpillar crawls across the grid
and takes away 4 numbers and puts those four numbers off to the
right. Then the students have to put them back in the correct spot
on the grid. Students get lots of positive reinforcement as the
caterpillar congratulates them on each correct move on the board.
This website helps children learn basic math facts by comparing
the amount of blocks on a balance scale. Students who excel with
visuals and spatial support will enjoy this game.
Try some of
these sites with your students during your time in the computer
lab, or give them to parents as resources to use at home. The students
will enjoy the time with the colorful graphics and technology, and
you will be happy with their increasing mathematical knowledge.