Useful online mathematics resources for pupils

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Useful online mathematics resources for pupils

Whether you are confused by multiplication, need extra practice with geometry proofs, or find yourself struggling to understand logarithms, you are sure to find a website from the following list that fits your math needs.

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TEDEd Math Videos: The format lends itself to exploring educational topics in novel and entertaining ways. The TEDEd math section mixes clever graphics and occasional cultural references with key mathematical principles to give students a fun taste of concepts they may otherwise find tiresome.

Yummy Math: The website divides posts by age group, genre, and the type of math on display. For example, in the category “Operations and Fractions” for ages 3rd-6th grades, you get a challenge asking students how many pumpkin pies need to be made to feed 23 guests at a birthday lunch, complete with activity sheets you can bring into the classroom. For high school students, in the category of “Algebra,” you get an activity that uses ‘fantasy football’ as a catalyst to do calculations based on how points are awarded in the game.

The website often posts activities that relate to current holidays or something going on in pop culture, making it easy to tie in the activities with something your students are interested in. As the name suggests, they also often involve food examples in their activities, so some of these will probably play better around lunchtime.

Mathsframe: Mathsframe is a United Kingdom website with nearly 200 interactive math games for students to play. The games focus on a variety of math types and levels. Games like ‘maths invaders’ and ‘mine mayhem’ use a Star Wars-esque set up to get students interested in getting arithmetic problems right. Other games more directly tackle real-world situations. They even have a section that organises the games by common core standards.

PBS Learning Media: PBS has been providing quality-learning materials for decades. They now have a number of videos and other interactive resources available on their website that look at math in different contexts, like Math Magic and Money Math. The site lists the grade level for which each resource is appropriate. You do have to create an account to access them if you don’t already have one, but it is free and fairly quick to do so.

Absurd Math: Absurd Math is a multi-level math game that sends the player out on missions in a world where the most powerful skill is mathematical knowledge. The game presents familiar video game and movie scenarios like having to thwart the potentially catastrophic plans of an evil scientist and save an alien creature from mistreatment. The game is best for middle and high school students and tests a range of math concepts including pre-algebra, geometry, and logic.

Illuminations: The Illuminations site provides lesson plans, interactive activities, mobile games, and brainteasers that teachers can bring into their lessons. The interactive activities include games that teach basic concepts, like counting coins, up to more complicated ones for older students, like building fractals. The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics runs the website, so the resources on the site should align pretty well with your lessons. In addition to the games and activities, the site also makes available over 600 lesson plans.

Get the Math: Get the Math is another site devoted to providing videos and interactive experiences that show students the role math plays in life outside of the classroom. They have musicians talking about how they use math when it comes to things like tempo and rhythm. They talk to a fashion designer about the mathematics of affordably creating clothes for a target price range.

The curriculum highlights six different professions in which math plays a key role, and presents problem scenarios within these professions for the student to solve. The website has a section for teachers that includes lesson plans and general tips for working the material into your classes. provides a mix of free and paid material to teach kids about math. Included in the free resources are a Fact Navigator that helps students learn their multiplication tables, quizzes, and a large number of games. The games tend to play on trends or imagery that are popular with younger kids, like Math Models, Pirates II, and Monster Multiplication.

Johnnie’s Math Page: Johnnie’s Math Page collects a number of interactive math activities into a few of the main categories students encounter in school. While the website looks a little more outdated than the others on this list, the categories are all illustrated with animated animal gifs that kids are likely to get a kick out of.

The site isn’t the source of most of the games included; rather it brings many math games available elsewhere on the web into one place. The result is a wide variety of ways for students to interact with different mathematical concepts online.

MathDude Podcast: For the audial learners in your class, the Math Dude podcast covers a range of mathematical topics and lessons in a way that keeps listeners entertained. The reviews in the iTunes Store make it clear that the podcast is already in use by many educators in their courses and that it is popular with the non-mathematically inclined along with math whizzes.

AAA Math: This has numerous interactive arithmetic lessons. Topics covered include addition, counting, comparing, decimals, equations, estimations, graphs, fraction, multiplication, and more. You can also sort topics by grade level, starting in kindergarten and ending with eighth grade.

Aplus Math: This site caters to grades K-12 so you will find a wide variety of math topics here. The site has flashcards; games, homework help, and practice work sheets.

Math Reference Tables: Math tables covers general math, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and above. Its general section includes number notation, addition, multiplication, fractions, and units and measurement. This site can also be translated into Spanish!

Elementary Mathematics: This resource is organised by grade level (K-5). Each grade has different math activities specifically targeted to that age group. Grade 1, for instance, includes information on addition, subtraction, estimating sums, fractions, and much more. Grade 5, on the other hand, has info on measurements, graphs, angles, and dispersion.

KidZone Math: This site offers helpful math resources in fun, kid-appropriate formats. A range of free, printable worksheets is available, organized by grade level, activity type, and theme, allowing kids to find a worksheet that suits them best. In addition, this site provides timed quizzes on addition, subtraction, and multiplication.

Math Arcade: This has a plethora of games for kids’ kindergarten to eighth grade to practice their math skills. The site includes addition, subtraction, fractions, division, and much more.


Math is Fun!: As is evident from its name, attempts to present math to kids as an enjoyable, interactive subject. Simple explanations are supplemented by practice problems in the following topics: numbers, algebra, geometry, data (mean, median, mode, surveys, tables), and measurements. Also included are puzzles and quizzes, as well as an elaborate illustrated dictionary of basic math terms.

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