Good sites for kids and parents
Games in the math class

The internet has SOOOOO much!  Sometimes it is hard to sift through things and find tools that are helpful.

Here are some really great resources:

Illuminations (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics).  This is where I start when I look for challenging games, good visual models and for parents, some information about the math..  You can click the "activities" button, then the age group you want.  I've shown your child some of the activities and games, but there is so much more.http://illuminations.nctm.org/

SET.com I have several games by this company that I play with my family.  The card game of SET has kept us busy on many a camping trip.  My daughter Phoebe always beats me, but I love playing just the same.  There is a daily puzzle challege.  If you find all of the sets, you can enter a contest to win prizes.http://www.setgame.com/set/puzzle_frame.htm

For extra practice sheets, go to commoncoresheets.com.  You can click on an area, then choose worksheets.http://www.commoncoresheets.com/Timelines.php or http://www.bigideasmath.com/students/

MPS: On the Minneapolis Public Shools website, you'll find information about math opportunities.  If your child wants some challeges to really "sink their teeth into" you can click here for the problems given to students at last year's math competition:http://studentactivities.mpls.k12.mn.us/math

Jiji

ST Math .  Our third,fourth and fifth graders work on a special program called ST Math.  It stands for Spatial Temporal Math.  It is important for students to form an idea in their minds of what they are learning, and to hold it there as they work with it.  ST Math can be worked on at home.  

http://web.stmath.com/

To log on to the site, follow the directions below

Instructions:

1. Enter stmath.com in the address line of your web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox or Safari are recommended).
2. Click on JiJi, the penguin.
3. Only if this is the first time logging in at home, you will be asked to enter this homework activation code:

HAL49X-HVW-AS-J97

4. Click “I agree.”
5. Click “Allow local data storage.”
6. Your student will then see the familiar screen with JiJi. He or she needs to click JiJi and enter the password exactly as in school. If there are no unplayed games visible, click the button at the bottom of the screen with the green cones to access games previously passed.
7. After playing, the student should always use the back-arrow button on the bottom-left of the screen (just like at school) to exit the program and ensure that progress is saved.

If you encounter technical difficulties, please contact your school or teacher for assistance. MIND Research Institute is not responsible for technical support of the home use component.