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Are you tired of the same old lesson plans? Are you looking for new lessons and activities that will excite students' interest, connect math to their everyday lives, and interest them in mathematics for the fun of it? Or are you simply looking for professional development resources that will rekindle your own excitement about teaching mathematics? Whatever your professional needs might be, one of these sites will be sure to meet them!

Math Activities for K-12 Teachers
Developed at California Polytechnic State University through a NASA grant, the materials at this site are designed to make mathematics more engaging and realistic for students, by using real-world applications. The activities, written in lesson plan format and based on aeronautical themes, are grouped into three grade levels: K - 4, 5 - 8, and 9 - 12. Each activity begins with information about the lesson's appropriate grade level, the mathematical topics covered, and the standards addressed. The lessons themselves contain background information describing how the activity relates to NASA projects, a list of necessary (and download-able) materials, a detailed description of how to implement the activity, as well as enrichment activities.

Math Central
This useful site, maintained by mathematics faculty and students at the University of Regina in Saskatchewan, Canada, provides quick access to online resources both for math teachers and their students. The site is arranged into five areas. The most immediately useful for the classroom teacher is the Resource Room. Here you'll find links to online resources categorized both by grade level (K-5, 6-9, 10-12) and curriculum strand (General, Geometry, Measurement, etc.). Click Middle School and Problem Solving, for example, and you'll be provided with a list of 23 Web sites offering a wide variety of lessons, activities, and projects to use with students. Or, if you're struggling with a troublesome math question, visit Quandaries and Queries, where a panel of consultants will try to solve the problem for you. You can learn about careers in mathematics at Mathematics with a Human Face, explore upcoming events posted on the Bulletin Board, or find a daily bellringer in the Problem of the Month area. It's a great place to visit!

Math Forum: Teachers' Place
Created by teachers for teachers, the Teachers' Place at The Math [email protected], provides a number of useful and unique resources for math educators. Those include ideas for the classroom (arranged by grade level) -- including lessons, activities, projects, Web sites, and virtual field trips; newsletters and listservs; and workshop announcements. You definitely won't want to miss "Ask Dr. Math," a math Q&A service, or "Teacher2Teacher," a math-ed Q&A service. In addition to the materials for K-12 teachers, this easy-to-navigate site provides resources for college math professors and adult education teachers, information about summer camps, and suggestions for math projects for science fairs, and more.

MegaMathematics
A project of the Computer Research and Applications Group of Los Alamos National Laboratory, MegaMath is intended to "bring unusual and important mathematical ideas to elementary school classrooms so young people and their teachers can think about them together." Each topic at this well-organized site follows the same format as it presents "The Big Picture": a clickable building block allows students and teachers to explore vocabulary, background, and ideas and concepts about the topic. Activities and materials, and evaluation suggestions complete the picture. Topics include graphs, knows, algorithms, logic, and infinity. Lots of interesting topics presenting in a fascinating fashion!

Illuminations
Illuminations, a site maintained by theNational Council of Teachers of Mathematics, is designed to "provide standards-based resources that improve the teaching and learning of mathematics for all studentsand to provide materials that illuminate the vision for school mathematics set forth in NCTM's Principles and Standards for School Mathematics. The site offers 90 online classroom activities (searchable by keyword and grade level), more than 500 preK-12 math lessons (searchable by grade level, subject area, and standards), as well as links to hundreds of online resources. This is an attractive, easy-to-use site with excellent resources!

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