# Math Live

What it is: In honor of World Math Day (which takes place tomorrow 3/3/10) I decided to pass on a fantastic math website that I learned about from The Techie Classroom Blog (one of the amazing blogs taking part in the edublogger alliance).  Math Live has a collection of animated cartoons that teach students math concepts.  3rd through 6th grade students can learn about numbers, patterns and relations, shape and space, and statistics and probability.  These cartoons are extremely high quality and teach key math concepts through story.  Students can watch videos on place value, multiples, factors, primes, proper fractions, equivalent fractions, comparing and ordering fractions, comparing and ordering decimals, addition and subtraction of decimals, multiplication of whole numbers, division of whole numbers, multiplication and division of decimals, patterns, area and perimeter, volume, time, triangles, polygons, sides, tessellations, ordered pairs, displaying data, probability and estimating.  The videos show students real-world applications of math concepts.  The videos are chunked really well and stop periodically so that students can think about and discuss their thoughts on the math concept.  The videos have outstanding visuals that explain the concepts succinctly.  Each video is accompanied by an Activity Sheet (read worksheet), an assessment, and Teacher/Parent Notes.  The Teacher Notes include a great section with “Common mistakes students make” to help teachers avoid common pitfalls when teaching.  They also include great ideas for additional practice of the concepts.  Math Live gives students an excellent animated, interactive math glossary.  As students are viewing a video lesson, they can access either the master glossary (with all of the sites vocabulary) or visit the lesson glossary (with only the vocabulary from the lesson).  I am really impressed with the glossary.

How to integrate Math Live into the classroom: Math is a hard subject for many students.  It can be difficult for students to understand how math relates to real life.  Math Live videos are a great way to help students break down math into manageable pieces.  It illustrates each concept very well.  Students who struggle with math are going to LOVE this site.  It allows them to pause, rewind, and revisit concepts as many times as they need to so that they can master a concept.  These videos would be an excellent way to introduce new math concepts to the whole class using a projector or interactive whiteboard.  They can also be used as a math center on classroom computers or individually in the computer lab.  Keep Math Live handy for students struggling with these concepts or to quickly access math vocabulary in the glossary.

The list of concepts covered is limited, as an extension activity, have students create their own math movie using a tool like Xtranormal or Kerpoof Movie.

Tips: Send Math Live home to parents, these videos could be a tremendous help for homework time.  Often parents struggle with explaining math to their children, this could be a big help!

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1. Fantastic site! Thanks for sharing.

2. Margaret says:

Another terrific and useful site! It has very thorough explanations of math concepts and printable assessments.

3. Every day i am astounded at how these interactive sites explain things so well. I love your idea too of sending this one to parents or posting the link on a class blog for families to use at homework time.

4. This is awesome! It is bad of me to admit that before watching the video, I never thought of division as repeated subtraction? I think the more ways you teach, the more students learn, and I hope teachers will use this site to differentiate. Another great suggestion. Thanks!

5. Not at all Denise! When I was teaching 2nd grade Every Day Math, I constantly felt like I had light bulb moments of understanding. I knew my math rules and facts but had never learned the “why” of how it all works. Love it when we learn something new like that, helps us to teach our students better!

6. I love the way you really dig into the site and go into so much more depth with your explanation, showing much more patience than I did when I originally wrote about it. Great job!!

7. Jonas Horst says:

Great site can’t wait to use it in the classroom. I liked the idea of each section being divided up to give you a moment to do things with the students. Another site similar to this with explanation that are ussually no more than 5 minutes long and easy to understand is brainpop.com. It cover a variety of subject matter not just math.

8. Brain pop is great, I just wish that it weren’t so darn expensive! I love when they offer material for free.

9. Thanks Alice, I had never seen the site before, I was excited to learn more about it and share it with my teachers! I loved your post!

10. Jonas Horst says:

Yes it can be expensive. We were able to get our local board of ed to get it for the entire county. By doing so they were able to get it at a cheaper rate. The kids love the activities and enjoy taking the quiz as a whole group or individually. I plan on trying your site this coming week after our state assesment. I’ll let you know what they think about it.

11. That is great that you were able to get a discounted rate. I love when BrainPop offers their content for free, the videos and activities that go with them are fabulous!