Logical/Mathematical Resources

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YouCubed: This site’s main goal is to inspire, educate and empower teachers of mathematics, transforming the latest research on math learning into accessible and practical forms. Great resource for number talks and inspirational math ideas. Make sure to look up Jo Boaler, a founder of the website, a Professor of Mathematics at the Stanford Graduate School of Education, and a supporter of mathematical education reform.

KhanAcademy.org: Learn for free about math, art, computer programming, economics, physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, finance, history and more.

BrainPop and BrainPop Jr: DVIA sponsored resource. BrainPop’s math movies cover different levels of computations and calculations.  Tim and Moby talk you through algebra, probability, geometry, and even data analysis.

Books (most of these resources can be found in the Educator Library):

Cognitively Guided Math: The bestselling first edition of Children’s Mathematics helped hundreds of thousands of teachers understand children’s intuitive mathematical thinking and use that knowledge to help children learn mathematics with understanding. The highly anticipated Second Edition provides new insights about Cognitively Guided Instruction based on the authors’ research and experience in CGI classrooms over the last 15 years.

Number Talks: Helping Children Build Mental Math and Computation Strategies, Grades K-5, Updated with Common Core Connections by Sharry Parrish: Whether you want to implement number talks but are not sure how to begin or have experience but want more guidance in crafting unsure of purposeful problems, this dynamic multimedia resource will support you in building mental math and computational strategies. The author explains what a classroom number talk is; how to follow students’ thinking and pose the right questions to build understanding; how to prepare for and design purposeful number talks; and how to develop grade-level specific thinking strategies for the operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Number Talks supports the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. It also includes an abundance of reference tables to help you quickly and easily locate strategies, number talks, and video clips. Includes a Facilitator’s Guide and DVD.

Bedtime Math: In the spirit of making math as beloved as the bedtime story, founder Laura Overdeck’s Bedtime Math books pair our wacky math problems with colorful, high-energy illustrations to create a book you can cuddle with.


Board Games: Sum Swamp, Farkle, Mancala, Chess, Yahtzee, Math Zingo, Phase 10, Blokus, Clue, Ocean Raiders

Card Games:Sleeping Queens, Zeus on the Loose, Blink, Skip-Bo

Online Resources:

I Can Common Core Standards: Find the common core standards written as “I can” statements.

Virtual manipulatives: This site has various virtual math manipulatives that parents can use with their learners.

NRICH: Click on the “Stages” across the top of the page to access monthly math problems.

For archived problems from the Los Angeles Math Circle (at UCLA) meetings, go to the following link. There are problems for beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels.

Illuminations: This resource is from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. It has math lessons and activity pages that parents can download.

Common Core State Standards: Parents can use this site to download the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.

Illustrative Mathematics Project: This site has examples of problems that illustrate the Common Core State Standards for Mathematical Content.

The Hunt Institute channel on YouTube: This channel has various videos providing overviews of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.

PBS Math Games

Problem of the Month:  http://www.insidemathematics.org/common-core-resources/mathematical-content-standards/standards-by-strand/operations-and-algebraic-thinking

HomeschoolMath.net is a comprehensive math resource site for homeschooling parents, parents, and teachers that includes free math worksheets, lessons, online math games lists, ebooks, a curriculum guide, reviews, and more. The resources emphasize understanding of concepts instead of mechanical memorization of rules.


ST Math: A math software program that includes game puzzles that start off simply and get more challenging as student progresses.  This is a DVIA provided resource.

Moose Math By Duck Duck Moose (free as a KhanAcademy subscriber): Moose Math engaged kids in a mathematical adventure and teachers counting, subtraction, sorting, geometry and more.

Hungry Fish: Feed your fish and play with numbers! Practice mental addition and subtraction with Motion Math.

Dragonbox: DragonBox is an award-winning series of fun and educational math games designed to make difficult math easy by bringing it to life.

Math Doodles:

Prodigy Math:

Bed Time Math:

Coding Resources:

Tynker: Learn to code and mod Minecraft with Tynker’s easy-to-learn, visual programming courses. Tynker makes it fun to learn computer programming.

Scratch: Designed by MIT students and staff in 2003, Scratch is one of the first programming languages we’ve seen that is created specifically for 8-to-16-year-olds. Originally a multi-platform download, Scratch is now web-based and more accessible. Students use a visual programming language made up of bricks that they drag to the workspace to animate sprites. Various types of bricks trigger loops, create variables, initiate interactivity, play sounds, and more. Teaching guides, communities and other resources available on the website will help instructors get started. You don’t have to be a programming expert to introduce Scratch — we learned right along with the students!http://test.davincik8.org/wp-admin/post.php?post=231&action=edit

Hopscotch: Hopscotch is an app that lets you design, code, and share your own art & games.

Daisy the Dinosaur: From the makers of Hopscotch, Daisy targets the youngest coders. The interface is similar to Hopscotch but much simpler. There is only a dinosaur to move and only basic functions to use, but for your younger students, this is an excellent introduction to programming.

Cargo-Bot: Cargo-Bot is another game that teaches coding skills. On each level, the objective is to move colored crates from one place to another by programming a claw crane to move left or right, and drop or pick up. The game was actually programmed on an iPad, using a touch-based coding app called Codea, which is based on the programming language Lua. Elementary students will learn the logical thinking required to eventually do “real” text-based programming using Lua — but Lua is not for young learners. For elementary students, stick with Cargo-Bot.

The Foos: Kids learn computer programming and have fun playing The Foos, a visual programming game designed for young learners from K to 3.