Finding educational and helpful math websites used to be a challenge for teachers. Now, the problem is finding the best ones.
That’s because — although many websites have games, interactive activities and resources such as worksheets — they vary in quality and usability.
Along with a condensed list for download, here are 15 helpful and mostly-free math websites for teachers and five you can share with students:
Try Prodigy — a free, curriculum-aligned math video game — as a platform to engage your students.
The game is aligned with CCSS, TEKS, MAFS and Ontario curricula for grades 1 to 8. You can customize in-game content to reinforce and supplement your lesson plans. But Prodigy will also automatically differentiate to address each student’s trouble spots. Plus, it accommodates diverse learning styles by presenting questions through words, images and graphs as well as numbers. To inform in-class lessons, you can access reports to examine player progress and issues.
Consider joining TES if you haven’t already — it’s the largest online teaching community, at more than 7 million users.
TES provides access to resources such as worksheets and report templates, submitted and rated by educators. As well as those standard materials, the website compiles blog posts that share useful tips. These include lesson ideas and niche topics, such as teaching math to students with different skill levels. You should find the website easy to navigate, too. Resources are divided by grade level and trending searches appear on the homepage.
Load TeacherVision’s math page to access resources that, among other uses, connect math with other subjects.
These include art, history and geography. For example, you can download an activity for grades 3 to 5 that applies long division and multiplication to the Great Wall of China. The resources target students from kindergarten to grade 12, including printable rulers and measurement conversion tables. You can pair them with TeacherVision’s lesson plans, but you must be a registered user to access them.
You can search for a specific topic or browse by category. Quickly, you’ll find videos to use during the core parts of a lesson or as a learning station. For example, searching for “middle school algebra” will load a results page containing study guides, specific lessons and exam reviews. You can also direct students and parents to TeacherTube, as some videos are targeted to them.
5. Math TV
Register with Math TV to view videos that explore, step-by-step, how to solve a range of equations.
After introducing a concept, you can supplement your lessons by playing videos that cover relevant example problems. For example, selecting “Rates and Unit Pricing” will display questions that vary in difficulty. Whereas one requires basic division, another involves converting measurements through multiplication. As Math TV started as a textbook, you can register for the videos by purchasing one.
6. National Library of Virtual Manipulatives
Visit the National Library of Virtual Manipulatives to access a range of online activities for students, each involving digital objects such as coins and blocks.
Created by Utah State University, the online library’s goal is purely to engage students. Specifically, it’s to help teachers provide students with more activities. The library contains manipulation tasks targeted to students from pre-kindergarten to grade 12. For example, a grade 6 geometry activity involves using geoboards to illustrate area, perimeter and rational number concepts.
Use SuperKids to create custom worksheets, allowing you to effectively preview, review and supplement your lessons.
The creation process isn’t complicated. The website lists skills, such as telling time and the order of operations. After selecting one, you can set the lowest and highest numbers to appear in the questions, as well as the number of questions on the worksheet. It takes a click to generate an accompanying answer sheet.
8. Math Goodies
Try Math Goodies for interactive tasks and lessons.
Students can, for example, read an example-filled walkthrough about how to order decimals. At the end of the walkthrough, they’ll be able to complete exercises to test how well they processed the content. Math Goodies also appeals to diverse learners by featuring free puzzles, articles and word problems to complement the lessons. You can use the website to create custom worksheets, too.
Use Math-Aids as an alternative to SuperKids, accessing free worksheets to use in class or give as homework.
Focusing on almost 100 topics, there are 1,200 unique worksheets. Although the customization options aren’t as robust as SuperKids’, there are more skills appropriate for higher grade levels. For example, there are worksheets dealing with Pythagorean theorem. You can also generate word games and problems, helping accommodate diverse learning styles.
10. Khan Academy
Search the math section of Khan Academy to access free practice resources and video lessons.
You can browse the website’s content by grade and subject, quickly finding material to supplement in-class instruction. For example, there are articles you can share or print to review skills before tests. These skills are rooted in algebra, geometry, statistics and other topics. In total, the online academy has more than 20,000 closed-captioned videos and material covering more than 5,000 topics.
11. Wolfram MathWorld
Visit Wolfram MathWorld for nearly 13,000 resource entries — the product of almost a decade of assembly.
The website’s administrators upload new entries on a daily basis, adding to the library of problems, examples and definitions. Many of these resources are suited to high school students, whereas others form a knowledgebase for educators to study and reference when needed. You can also download many of the resources for offline use.
Access almost 900 math and science lesson plans dating back to 1997 through SMILE (Science and Mathematics Initiative for Learning Enhancement).
The website clearly looks like it’s from the 1990s, but stopped uploading content in 2006. Regardless, you can access relevant lessons from teachers across the United States. They range from elementary to high school content, and each states the objective and strategy you should take when teaching it. For these reasons, SMILE is still an ideal resource for finding lesson ideas.
13. Online Chart Tool
Target visual learners by creating charts using this online tool, embedding them in worksheets, presentations and other material.
To streamline the process of creating charts, the website takes you through steps to input data, adjust labels and modify your design. You can upload a CSV file with your data to further speed up the process. Currently, the tool allows you to create common charts — such as line graphs — and uncommon ones, such as radar charts.
14. Daily Starters
Visit Scholastic’s Daily Starters page each day to help you create entry tickets for solo or group work.
The content levels range from pre-kindergarten to grade 8. They generally include math and English questions, as well as facts related to other subjects. Many teachers either print the Daily Starters or project them onto a whiteboard. Aside from entry tickets, there different ways to use them in lessons — such as including them in learning stations.
15. Get the Math
Check out Get the Math with your students to teach them about applying math in different careers and real-world situations.
Aimed at middle school and high school students, the website features videos with young professionals who explain how they use algebra. They then pose job-related challenges to two teams of students in the video. Encouraging your class to take the challenges will expose them to the same algebraic concepts. It’s a straightforward way to vary your lesson content.
5 Helpful Math Websites for Kids
The site divides resources by UK key stages and US grade levels, sharing content that’s explicitly linked to standard curricula content. For example, grade 3 students can find information related to telling time and complete subsequent equations. Students can also take advantage of the “Ask NRICH” feature — they submit questions, and a mathematician will help solve them.
2. WolframAlpha Math
Share WolframAlpha Math with students in higher grades, as the tool acts like a scientific calculator that shows each step to solving a given equation.
When applicable, it will provide answers using graphs, images and written explanations. Keep in mind, there is currently no functionality to input your own equations. So, students cannot use WolframAlpha Math to solve specific questions. But you can take equations from the website to solve in class, using it to review answers.
3. AAA Math
Tell students up to grade 8 about AAA Math if they want an online practice resource.
No form of registration is required, letting students easily access questions ranging from counting to evaluating exponents of negative numbers. The website gives immediate feedback, letting students know if they answered correctly or incorrectly. In the latter case, it will reveal the right answer. As well as number problems, there are word- and graph-based questions.
4. Math Is Fun
Engage students in elementary and middle school by directing them to Math Is Fun.
Throughout the website, there are concise sentences and cartoon characters, making content easier for young students to process. In addition to providing exercises that cover essential math skills, there are games and puzzles. Math Is Fun may also appeal to teachers, as it has a section of lesson ideas.
5. Math Open Reference
Think of Math Open Reference as a less-developed version of Wolfram MathWorld, filled with examples and explanations suited to younger students.
For example, visitors can access a page about angle measurement. It covers topics such as degrees, radians and minutes while featuring an interactive protractor tool. Further down, the page covers related topics and common questions. Math Open Reference also has tools such as graphing and scientific calculators.
Click here to download a condensed list of helpful math websites for teachers and students, which you can keep on your desk for quick reference.
Final Thoughts About these Helpful Math Websites for Teachers and Kids
Using this list, you should find math websites that appeal to the wants and needs of you and your students.
They differ in terms of content — you can use some in lessons, whereas others offer stand-alone activities.
But each one can help you establish a more engaged classroom.
>>Create or log into your teacher account on Prodigy — a free, adaptive math game that adjusts content to accommodate player trouble spots and learning speeds. Aligned to US and Canadian curricula, it’s loved by more than 300,000 teachers and 10 million students.