Suite of engaging elementary math activities
How I Use It
Although I don't let my students go to everything on PBSKids, I do have a direct link to the Cyberchase games, and let them self-select which activities they want to do. Their favorite games are the extended Quests.
Whichever activity they choose, I know that they are getting good practice in math skills and reasoning.
As an incentive, I offer rewards for students who correctly solve some of the puzzles like "13 Ways of Making a Half," (visualizing fractions)
"Crossing the River," (problem solving) and "Can You Fill It?" (estimating volume).
The only drawback is I can't easily
keep track of student progress, which is important when I have up to 15 classes during the week. Although I haven't done so, some of the games would work with a whole class with a smartboard or other projection device.
Although I haven't watched the show, PBS' Cyberchase website comes with a host of interactive
games, video clips and activities that cover all the strands of mathematics, including geometry, logic/problems solving and numbers sense.
Classic puzzles like the "Wolf, Goat, Cabbage"
and tangrams, are given a fresh coat of paint. I use the games in my computer lab as free choice activity, knowing that whichever game they choose, they will be developing math skills. There are also four quests in which students go on an adventure while practicing a mix of math skills. These quests combine video clips, interactive games, and a reward system
to keep students engaged. Students who create log-in accounts
(email is optional) can save their progress within the quest.