How I Use It
This website is a pure gem!! It offers full instructional videos on a range of math skills which I find perfect for my fifth grade ICT classroom. This website which would be great for a flipped classroom, blended classroom, reinforcing newly taught skills and concepts, or review and reinforcement with struggling students. It can even be used for enrichment for advanced students, if you teach third or fourth grade. The lessons truly do teach for conceptual understanding. I was so impressed by a very thorough video about multiplying and dividing decimals, as the lesson mirrored practically everything that I would have done in a lesson. It started with a review of decimal place value, discussed the concept of multiplication as being more efficient than repeated addition, included estimation as a step before solving, interactively reviewed how to regroup when adding and multiplying decimals, with and without base ten blocks ,and included checking the answer as a step. It honestly was a great lesson and is representative of the quality of the lessons on this website.
I love this website and highly recommend it. The videos are broken down into small steps, called topics, that students can go back to in order to review. The videos are very supportive, as the characters visually teach the lesson in small steps and shows several ways how to solve problems-pictorially (with manipulatives) and symbolically (procedurally). The manipulatives and numbers that represent the manipulatives are even color-coded to help students make connections. Each lesson has brief, interactive practice question throughout the steps of the video for students to monitor their comprehension, and end with a brief summary of the key instructional focus. There are assessment sheets that can be printed out, which include a scoring rubric and samples of student work at each level. The scoring rubric and samples support the teacher, but can also be shared with students to set expectations for how they should thoroughly show their mathematical thinking and to show students show their work will be assessed. There are also activity sheets with answer guides that allow students to practice and apply what they've learned in the video in new ways. I love that the site even has a glossary, which can be accessed by lesson or for all key-vocabulary across the website. The glossary is very descriptive and uses flash to emphasize key aspects of the term, which support student understanding. This website is exactly what I have been looking for as a high-quality way to support struggling students.