This month we bring you a selection of sites where students can practice basic math skills. Learn math facts, practice mental math or visualize the multiplication tables with these interactive sites. Try several out and choose your favorite, or let students use a different site each time they practice to add variety to the task.
That’s a Fact from Harcourt School Publishers provides practice with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. You can control which numbers to use, whether you are timed or not and how the problems appear. Answer each problem by typing or clicking on the number, then press the Enter key or click OK. At the end you’ll see your time and the number of correct and incorrect problems.
Callum’s Addition Pyramid helps you practice addition of three numbers by adding each pair and then adding the sums together.
Numeracy Games from the BBC to help you remember math facts like addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, number ordering, place value, and more.
These math practice machines were made by students at Ambleside Primary School in Great Britain:
Fridge Magnet Multiplication enables students to practice finding the product and writing multiplication math sentences. This online interactive from the BBC can be used with your whole class on an interactive white board or students can use it during independent learning practice!
Times Tables Game from the BBC asks you to find the product of two numbers by clicking on the square on the hundreds table. You can play timed or not timed, and choose which numbers to use.
The Table Trees lets you practice multiplication facts by number family.
Practice math facts with online games at Academic Skill Builders. Play alone or against other players. For example, in “Jet Ski Addition,” the faster you answer the addition problems, the faster your jet ski goes around the course. At the end of the race, you see how many problems you answered correctly and which problems you got wrong.
Mathmagician from the Oswego City School District provides timed math fact practice. Choose addition, subtraction, multiplication or division and practice one number at a time or do mixed problems. Each round gives you 20 questions in one minute. Answer by typing in numbers and pressing the Return key. At the end you’ll see your time and percentage score.
Math facts for younger students
Count Your Chickens from the PBS Curious George site encourages young kids to practice counting. In Juggling George, users give George the correct nu
Little Animals Activity Center from the BBC provides addition and subtraction practice for younger students. Click on the ladybug with the correct number of dots to finish the addition problem.
Count Us In from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation lets you put kids on a bus to add up to a given number.
Students created The Totally Mental Machine for mental math practice on topics such as adding decimals, solving story problems, converting measurements and much more!
Give the Dog a Bone by finding hidden numbers on this interactive hundreds table from Oswego City Schools.
Sum Stacker from Carsten Studios’ Math Doodles lets you click and drag coins or dice until each stack adds up to the number shown.
Connect Sums by clicking on a series of dice or coins to add up to the number shown in another Math Doodle.
Add or subtract along a number line to make the ball smash the flies in Number Jump from Math Doodles.
In Powerlines from Oswego City Schools, all the numbers in any straight line must add up to the given number.
Use logical and problem solving skills to figure out the missing numbers in the Button Beach Challenge puzzle.
Practice Algebraic Reasoning using virtual scales and icons. Your goal is to determine the weight of objects based on other objects in the equation.
In Poddle Weigh-in from Cyberchase, figure out the creature's number by placing it on a scale and adding weights to balance.
Speed Grid Addition challenges you to find the numbers that add up to a given number – fast. Subtraction, multiplication and other levels are also available from the Oswego City Schools.
In Sum Sense, drag the numbers to the right places to make the equations correct. Available for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division from Oswego City Schools.
This Mental Maths machine from the BBC asks you to figure out what rule the machine is using. The Function Machine from the National Library of Virtual Manipulatives does the same thing.
Geometry, Fractions & Decimals
Learn about points, lines, angles, perimeter, triangles and more in Geometry Applications, a series of online videos for fifth to tenth grade students made available from the Wisconsin Media Lab.
Introduction to Fractions Activities from the BBC helps you display fractions and see them in different ways (pieces of pizza, people in a group, filling a jug, dividing a bar of chocolate). You can also see fractions side by side to help understand simplifying fractions.
Help put Melvin's potions back in order by matching equivalent fractions in Melvin's Make a Match from PBS Cyberchase.
Play this matching game from the BBC to practice Comparing Fractions and Percentages.
The Fractotron from Ambleside School makes you quickly decide whether fractions are more than or less than one-half.
Choose the biggest fraction each time to win the Dolphin Racing Game from the BBC.
Factors and Multiples
Play the Factor Game from Illuminations with another player or against the computer. Choose a number, then your opponent has to find all the factors.
See patterns by removing all the multiples of any number with the Sieve of Eratosthenes from the National Library of Virtual Manipulatives.
The Factor Tree lets you construct factor trees for two numbers, then identify the Least Common Multiple and Greatest Common Factor of the two numbers..
Story Problems/Problem SolvingProblem Solving with Addition and Subtraction encourages you to practice easy story problems; the story problems use British money: £ stands for pounds and p stands for pence. You can also practice Problem Solving with Multiplication and Division.
Nrich Maths publishes fifteen new interactive problems and a number of games each month. All are tagged with curriculum content links and challenge levels. Search the archives of for lots of great problems designed for use by students aged 5 - 19.
The National Library of Virtual Manipulatives from Utah State University features interactive practice with Number and Operations, Algebra, Geometry, Measurement, and Data Analysis and Probability for grades K-2, 3-5, 608 and 9-12.
Interactives allow students to practice things like creating a bar chart, adding and subtracting decimal values using base blocks, view the results of dilation, rotation and reflection transformations, use geoboards to illustrate angles and degrees, work with spinners to learn about numbers and probabilities, and much, much more.
PBS Cyberchase's Games Central features lots of games for math practice. Use the Web Games page on the Parents and Teachers area to locate games by math topic or standard.
Last updated 4/1/13