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September 10, 2009

Four Awesome Math Websites Featured on Zoodles

Filed under: Family Activities,Schools and Learning — Erin @ 2:09 pm

It’s our job to find the best educational content on the web.  Period.  For a lot of parents it can be a struggle to sift through everything that’s out there and come back with fun, engaging games that – to top it all off – are at their child’s grade level.  Since we’ve already been doing that work, we thought we’d share some of the best stuff we’ve found.  While Zoodles features hundreds of math games from across the Internet, we’ve highlighted four of the best websites for teaching math.  Our hope is not only to clue you in on what kinds of games your child’s been playing on Zoodles, but to give you a chance to explore them on your own.  Each of these sites have tremendously beneficial sections that for security or technical reasons can’t be featured within the Zoodles browser.  Read about them below and see why they’re worth checking out yourself!

1) FactMonster

factmonster The best thing about FactMonster is that it creates animated storylines and characters that give context around each of the math concepts being taught. For budding mathematicians just learning to count, Big Count Bayou features a fox, a moose, and some frogs who recruit your child’s help in counting, adding, and grouping animals in the bayou. For higher grade levels, Cowboy Math teaches kids how to crack codes on vaults using complex addition and multiplication. Fraction Cafe asks kids to help build pizzas for Frenchy using different amounts of toppings. Baseball Geometry motivates kids to listen to the Coach as he draws up a game plan involving angles, and then to answer some geometry questions to earn at-bats! Each of the animated storylines have distinct sections that teach progressively harder math concepts.

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Why you should check it out:
Because the games are designed by the popular curriculum publisher Pearson Digital Learning, the math concepts are also paired with printable flashcards and activities for parents to supplement the activities with.

2) Arcademic Skill Builders

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Arcademic Skill Builders focuses less on teaching math concepts and more on improving the speed and ease of doing mental math. What’s great about Arcademic Skill Builders is that they situate this practice in highly engaging arcade-like games that involve racing or some other form of competition. Each of the games can also be tailored specifically to your child’s level, as you can set the range of numbers to be used in the problems.

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Why you should check it out:
They have the unique quality of embedding math problems into online Multi-Player games, which further engages kids who are motivated by competition. While Zoodles does allow kids to play the single-player games, we have blocked access to the multi-player games for safety purposes. If you don’t mind having your child interact with others online, the multi-player games are definitely worth checking out!

3) Funschool

Picture 26Funschool is an amazing website if only for the high quality of animation used in their games. While Funschool also features games in other subjects, their math games are extremely popular with Zoodles users. Among the most popular are games you might recognize: Addition Attack, Fishin Mission, and Cannon Math!


Why you should check it out:
Of the 34 math games that Funschool offers, Zoodles only includes 7 in the Zoodles browser because of technical incompatibilities.

4) School Time Games

gamesi11Last but not least is School Time Games. What makes School Time Games unique from the other sites is that its games focus more on the abstract concepts involved in mathematical thinking, rather than the procedural concepts more commonly taught in school. Its games – listed both under Mathematics and Puzzles – hone skills like spatial reasoning, logical thinking, strategy, and memory. The graphics aren’t as great as some of the other sites, but the games can keep you going for hours!


Why you should check it out:
Like the others, School Time Games focuses not just on fun games, but on fun educational games, and brands itself as “wholesome learning fun for kids.” What we’ve found is that many of its games are wholesome learning fun for adults too!

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  1. Your blog is excellent I will have to read it all, thank you for the diversion from my classwork!

    Comment by Anya Panama — March 20, 2010 @ 10:05 am

  2. I really enjoyed the funschool website, especially the games. It is a great way in teaching math to our kids. The animation was totally awesome, and we all know we need to use things like animation to make our kids learn. This way they find learning fun, and when our kids are having fun at something they will learn the easiest.

    Comment by Vidal Aponte — July 5, 2010 @ 3:49 pm

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