Enlightened Online Providers of Math Learning Aids Offer Word (story) Problems: _ MathStories.com is a dedicated story problems site for Grades 1 to 6. At ศ per year, it has 15ꯠ National_Council_of_Teachers_of_Mathematics_compliant story problems. You can see samples at mathstories.com/Book_17_3pigs_grades23.htm _ MathWorksheetCenter.com, อ per year has worksheets in K┨ topics including geometry and statistics. Each major section has 10 or 20 sets of worksheets and a set of word problems (which also appear in a list of their own). _ EdHelper.com has a basic subscription for Kξ at USร.ቛ per year and K┨ for ืቚ per year _ Math.about.com and syvum.com have a small number of free math word problem sheets _ SuperTeacherWorksheets.com has hundreds of math worksheets and a few dozen free math word problems on a wide range of simple subjects for younger children _ MathPlayground.com is a nice_looking free site with dozens of kμ math word problems for Kμ and Grade 7+ SAT preparation.

Have you ever noticed how many K┨ math content websites are devoted to math worksheets? There seems to be an increase in websites that cater to desperate teachers and parents by offering fast, free "worksheet generation", free fractions worksheets," etc. Now, as a former teacher I am not saying that one should never use math worksheets; however, I do believe that many teachers are using a very superficial method of instruction that relies too much on low_level math worksheets and hands_off instructional approaches. Worksheet lessons move from reading the directions aloud, to doing sample problems as a group, to completing the worksheet independently (or at home with parents), day in and day out. Teaching needs to be more than passing out worksheets. Whether you are the classroom teacher, instructional specialist, or parent, the methods you use greatly impact the level of understanding achieved by your students.

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