Common Sense Review
Updated May 2014

NRICH: Lower Secondary -- Topics in Secondary Mathematics

Provokes mathematical thinking, but leaves organization behind
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This module is part of the Website NRICH.
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating (1 Teacher Review) 4
  • The teacher homepage offers a variety to starting points to support mathematical thinking.
  • Students are met with a complex homepage offering many activities to build conceptual understanding.
  • Searching by topic can be daunting.
  • Be aware: topics are not aligned to U.S. grade levels or Common Core standards.
  • Here's an example of an NRICH Weekly Problem.
Jason Shiroff
Common Sense Reviewer
Classroom teacher
Common Sense Rating 3
How Can Teachers Use It?

NRICH offers thought-provoking, high-quality resources aimed at deepening kids' conceptual understanding of math. However, the site's scattered organization can make it challenging for kids to navigate. Further complicating things, NRICH is designed primarily as a resource for teachers and students in the U.K. -– the content here isn't Common Core-aligned. With that said, many of the site's mathematical concepts correlate, and there are some great resources to be found. Teachers can use NRICH for two main purposes: to increase their own mathematical knowledge and to find thought-provoking assignments for their students.

Students can benefit from many of the games and problem-solving activities catalogued on the site. Teachers should research, select, and point kids toward activities that best fit their individual needs. While this could be a time-consuming process, the sheer variety of resources can serve to seriously enliven your classroom.

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