13 Great Geometry Apps, Games, and Websites for Pi Day

March 14, 2014
Ellen Holderman
Common Sense Education

CATEGORIES In the Classroom, Out-of-School Learning, Tools, Technology Integration

For this week's Top Picks List Friday, we are featuring great geometry apps, games, and websites in honor of Pi Day. For those not familiar, PI Day is an annual celebration commemorating the mathematical constant π and is observed on March 14th because 3, 1, and 4 are the three significant digits in the decimal form of π. This list is a collection of great tools to use with your geometry students. Whether you're teaching explicit skills or encouraging exploration and play for conceptual development, these tools can help your students' geometric knowledge really take shape.

To see the rating of each app, game, or website, visit the Top-Picks List, Great Games, Apps, and Sites for Geometry.


Moose Math by Duck Duck Moose
In Moose Math - by Duck Duck Moose, five math mini-games come together in a little town that kids get to help build by choosing building facades and accessories to place in the town. Kids enter Moose Juice, the smoothie shop, to practice counting, addition, and subtraction. Read full review.

Math Central
Math Central is an incredibly deep, ad-free, and kid safe mathematics resource maintained by faculty and students at the University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Kids can get help with math questions multiple ways, first by searching or browsing more than 7,800 question-answers organized A to Z, or second by asking directly, via email, snail mail, or fax. Read full review.

iTooch 6th Grade Math
iTooch 6th Grade Math is a comprehensive tool for practicing and assessing a range of sixth grade math topics. The five main areas of content include Numbers and Operations, Algebraic Structures, Data Analysis, Graphs, and Geometry. Read full review.

It's terrific for teaching basic physics since it removes some of the complexity and confusion of 3D, and offers useful tutorials for new users. Less computer saavy students don't have to worry about awkward camera angles or other 3D snags, making it easier for them to control and set up simple experiments. Read full review.

Slice It!
Slice It! delivers 200 brain-teasing puzzles that challenge kids' understanding of core geometry concepts including shapes, symmetry, area, and measurement. Each puzzle presents a different shape, which kids must "slice" into a set number of equal parts by using a finger to make a specific number of cuts. Read full review.

TenMarks allows teachers to create practice and review-based curricula to help reinforce math concepts for students in first grade through algebra 2. The program is designed to be an individualized, customizable, and adaptable supplement to students' classroom learning. Read full review.

GeoGebra offers kids and teachers the option of using existing math explorations or building their own. The existing pool of explorations is vast, so it covers most high school Common Core math expectations, especially those involving graphing or geometry. Read full review.

NRICH is a website featuring activities to challenge and engage kids with math problems, games, and projects set in relevant contexts. Problems for younger kids involve numbers and operations, shape, position, data and measurement with algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and statistics (added as they get older). Read full review.

Brilliant is an online community of learners who share and solve physics and math problems. Aimed toward high aptitude students, it's particularly useful to kids competing in Math or Science Olympiad contests. First, students choose a topic: Algebra, Number Theory, Combinatorics, Electricity & Magnetism, Computer Science, Mechanics, Geometry, or Calculus. Read full review.

MinecraftEdu transforms Minecraft into a teacher-directed virtual learning environment. All of the open-ended possibilities of the base game still exist in MinecraftEdu, but its bundle of mods and dashboard features gives teachers more control. Read full review.

National Library of Virtual Manipulatives
Dating back to 1999, the National Library of Virtual Manipulatives (NVLM) is a collection of Java-based interactive tools that teach math concepts. On the site's home page, users find a Virtual Library containing tools under the following categories: Numbers and Operations, Algebra, Geometry, Measurement, Data Analysis and Probability. Read full review.

Khan Academy
Khan Academy is a free website with over 4,000 academic videos, covering a wide range of subjects, that are aimed at self-paced instruction. The videos are organized by course and topic, and cover upper elementary through college level math topics. There are also videos on other subjects, including things like economics, biology, and art history, just to name a few. Read full review.

In an effort to improve middle school kids’ attitudes about the subject, Mathalicous teaches math via trendy, open-ended, real-world scenarios. Companion materials like student worksheets, a teaching guide, and a multimedia slideshow guide each lesson. Read full review.


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