Fifth Grade Math Technology Tools

Bryant Voncannon

On-line Math Support for Students

Variety of Interactive Games and Manipulatives:

The Wall Multiply-Multiplication Game

The Wall Divide-Division Game (division practice)

Digit Work-out (addition, subtraction, multiplication), Number Balance

Ordering Fractions, Decimals, Division, Times Table Quiz, Algebra Quiz

Math Magician

Illuminations from NCTM

(Includes interactive games, math lessons, and web links)

- Equivalent fractions

- Factorize

- Fraction models

- Pan Balance – numbers and shapes

- Factor Game

- Patch Tool

- Product Game

- Times Table

National Library of Virtual Manipulatives

(interactive manipulatives and tools)
Some favorites include fraction bars, fractions, transformations, percentages

Shodor Education Foundation

(interactive manipulatives and tools)

Some favorites include Arithmetic Four, Venn Diagram Shape Sorter, the Fraction tools, Clockwise, and the Adjustable Spinner.

Cool Math

Lessons, math dictionary, games, and interactive learning tools

PBS Cyberchase (Over 40 interactive games and puzzles) (variety of math games on different concepts) (For parents and teachers)

(similar to the millionaire game show) (arranged by goal) (browse whiteboard resources) (games and worksheets) (weekly math problems for students to solve) (math plus other subjects)

Online Games and Activities for Grade 4-5: (Investigations websites)

Practice of Fifth Grade Math Skills: (look under 5th grade) (search within the different topics) (search within the different 5th grade math topics)

Math Resources: (Math Resources – search by topic) (PowerPoints, SMART interactives, PDF’s etc….) (blackline masters)

Interactive Math Dictionary: OUTSTANDING website that breaks down students virtual activities for each of the Common Core strands...Operations and Algebraic thinking, Number & Operations in Base 10, Number and Operations-Fractions, Measurement and Data, Geometry. [Electronic]

Math games aligned with the Common Core by grade levels.

Be sure to scroll down to the "Quantile Tools" section, which contains differentiation skill development activities, along with a wealth of resources that are FREE for student engaged learning opportunities that are aligned with the Common Core related to math.

Create a free account at Learn Zillion for Common Core lesson plans, video lessons and resources for English Language Arts and Mathematics.


Floyd, A. (2015). (personal communication, March 5, 2015)

Best Practices

Note: When logging into the below hyperlinks with respect to the research articles, please provide your UNCG log-in information and password.

"Tips for Teaching Math to Elementary Students"~Gary Scarpello

Scarpello (2010) acknowledged that math can be intimidating for students and even teachers alike. It is crucial that teachers dialogue with colleagues when internalizing, planning, and polishing their instructional practice with regard to math content and understanding multiple ways of problem solving. The below link will offer ten tips in teaching your students. [Electronic]

"Why the Common Core Changes Math Instruction"~Valerie Faulkner

Faulkner (2013) advised there has to be a shift in terms of explanation, application, and linking mathematical concepts in a broader sense of understanding. How do you go about this? Faulkner (2013) provided a reflective stance when defining, planning and providing rationalizations in presenting a shift in mathematical pedagogy. [Electronic]

"What Does Good Math Instruction Look Like"~Nancy Protheroe

While this research article dates back to the Pre-Common Core Era, Protheroe (2007) acknowledged key components of classroom instruction and student engagement centered upon math that coincides with sound instructional practice.

"Are You Ready for Common Core Math?"~Alan Dessoff

The Common Core places a great deal of emphasis on the component of writing. Thus, students must consistently work to craft their oral and written communication skills in preparing for assessments that surpasses multiple choice testing to open ended questions that continue to infuse multiple step problems with an added focus on real world application. Dessoff (2012) stated, open ended questions will demand students to be able to clearly define and articulate their thought processes. Be sure to check out the resources at the bottom of the article for added resources in preparing students for Common Core math assessments.

"Go Figure Math and the Common Core"~Marilyn Burns

Burns (2012) recounted the importance of mental math as a very important life-long skill that can be used on a daily basis. This article takes a closer look and the thought processes of students when solving a single math problem and the importance of understanding the thinking of all students. Burns (2012) explained the conceptual use of "The Math Reasoning Inventory" (p. 46). Burns (2012) stated, "The Math Reasoning Inventory (MRI) is an online tool that helps teachers assess their students' numerical proficiency" (p.46). Clink on the below link for more information.

At the time of this research, it appears the website for the Math Reasoning Inventory is nonexistent. However, information may be gleaned from Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the webpage under the category of Free Resources for a wealth of resources.

"Meaningful Engaged Learning"~B. Jones, G. Valdez, J. Nowakowski, C. Rasmussen

This article presents eight indicators that are needed within a classroom environment when building engaged learning for students.

"Common Core: Integrating Web 2.0 Technology"

"Ways to Keep Students Engaged"


Burns, M. (2012). "Go figure: math and the common core." Educational Leadership, 70(4), 42-46.

Dessoff, A. (2012). "Are you ready for common core math?." District Administration, 48(3), 53-60.

Faulkner, V. N. (2013). "Why the common core changes math instruction." Phi Delta Kappan, 95(2), 59-63.

Protheroe, N. (2007). What does good math instruction look like?." Principal, 87(1), 51-54.

Jones, B., Valdez, G., Nowakowski, J., & Rasmussen, C. (1994). Designing Learning and Technology for Educational Reform. Oak Brook, IL: North Central Regional Educational Laboratory.

Scarpello, G. (2010). "Tips for teaching math to elementary students." Education Digest, 76(1), 59-60.

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Structure of Support Centered on Students through Research

"Research Brief: Multi-tier System of Support (MTSS) Introduction: From RTI and PBIS to MTSS"~Orla Higgins Averill & Claudia Rinaldo

What kind of support is there for the struggling math students within a classroom? This article explains the renaming of the Response to Intervention (RtI) to the
Multi-Tier System of Support (MTSS) when providing researched based strategies to use within the classroom for students at promise who may have deficient areas that demand specific intervention in growing toward proficiency within content areas. Be sure to checkout the resources provided in developing strategic measures of meeting the needs of all students.

"Classroom Cognitive and Meta-cognitive Strategies for Teachers"-Florida Dept. of Edu.

This article provides a detailed plan of methodology in guiding students through a researched based approach to problem solving when arriving upon solutions.

Websites for Academic Interventions for Content Areas: -----Math facts

"High Quality Math Resources"

Ana Floyd, K-5 Math/Science Lead Teacher for Randolph County Schools recommended the following websites as "high quality math resources" [Electronic].

Resource Books:

· Young Mathematicians at Work Series by Fosnot & Dolk

· Teaching Student-Centered Mathematics by John Van de Walle

· Navigations Series by NCTM

· Extending Children’s Mathematics: Fractions and Decimals: Innovations in CGI by Empson & Levi

· Math by All Means Series by Marilyn Burns

· Good Questions for Math Teaching K-6 by Sullivan & Lilburn

· Good Questions for Math Teaching 5-8 by Schuster & Anderson

· Uncovering Student Thinking in Mathematics Grades K-5 by Tobey & Minton

· Uncovering Student Thinking About Mathematics in the Common Core, Grades K-2: 20 Formative Assessment Probes by Tobey & Fagan

· Uncovering Student Thinking About Mathematics in the Common Core, Grades 3-5: 25 Formative Assessment Probes by Tobey & Fagan

· NCSM Great Tasks for Mathematics K-5 by Schrock, Norris, Pugalee, Seitz, & Hollingshead

Online Resources:

DPI Math Wiki: (K-2/3-5 CCSS Assessment Tasks, AIG Problem-Based Lessons)

NCTM Illuminations Lessons:

NCTM Investigations:

NCTM Weekly Problems:

Illustrative Mathematics:

K-5 Math Teaching Resources:

Georgia Standards:

3-5 Smarter Balanced Sample Assessment Tasks:

3-5 PARRC Sample Assessment Tasks:

Inside Mathematics: (Problems of the Month)

Core Academy in Mathematics: (Teacher Created Tasks)

NYC Department of Education:

BPS K-6 Common Core Math Website:

Better Lesson:

Biting Into the Common Core:

Engage NY:

The Teaching Channel:

Common Core Resources

Essential Websites

NC Public Schools (DPI)

ACRE: Accountability and Curriculum Reform Effort

ACRE: Essential Standards

Timeline for Standards and Assessments

Common Core Standards

NC Standard Course of Study

Testing & Accountability

End-of-Grade Tests

Released Tests (2008-2009)

Sample Test Items

Assessment Briefs

DPI Curriculum and Instruction


NC FALCON (North Carolina's Formative Assessment Learning Community's Online Network)

EVAAS Log In Page


Piedmont Triad Education Consortium

Essential Math Websites


Curriculum and Instruction:

Math Curriculum

Math Instructional Resources

US Department of Education

Testing and Accountability:

Math End-of-Grade Tests

Released Tests (2008-2009)

Sample Test Items

Assessment Briefs

Investigations Websites:

Professional Development and Tutorials

State Specific Website


Professional Organizations:

NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics)

NCCTM (North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics)

NCSM (National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics)

NC Math Manipulative Kits:

Math Materials:

Pearson Investigations

Pearson (manipulatives)




Educator’s Outlet

AIMS (Activities Integrating Math & Science)

Marcy Cook Materials

Marilyn Burns Materials

Interactive Tools and Virtual Manipulatives:

Illuminations by NCTM

National Library of Virtual Manipulatives

Shodor Education Foundation, Inc.

Math & Literature Resources:

S.M.A.R.T. Books!

Math Dictionary:

Math Dictionary for Kids

Glossary of Mathematical Terms for Parents and Teachers

Resources for Parents:


Bingo template and other resources for teachers.

Create puzzles online.

Cool Math – Lessons, games, and interactive learning tools

Rainforest Math – Fun, colorful, interactive math activities

PBS Cyberchase Website – Interactive games and puzzles

Auntie Math – Offers weekly problems for students to solve

Lists of Interactive Resources for Math, Reading, Science, and more

Links to interactive sites that reinforce math skills in each math strand

Kids Know It Network

SMART Exchange – Smartboard lessons

Lisa Garrison’s Wiki Page

Math Wire – Standards-based math activities


Floyd, A. (2015). (personal communication, March 5, 2015)

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'Considerations for the Future...'


Xtramath is a free website centered upon helping students develop mastery of math facts with respect to addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. is a free/paid website that allows teachers to create student rosters, assign math content in grades 2-6 based upon Common Core State Standards that is maximized upon differentiation, provides teachers with individualized student report data, and offers incentives for students by earning certificates of achievement when they score at eighty percent proficiency. Moreover, after completing assignments successfully, they are able to unlock a game to play as a reward.

Success Maker7 is a personalized learning approach for student learning focused on the content areas of math and reading.

Renaissance Learning is a 'standards' based tool of math instruction when supporting the differentiation of student learning. Assessment tools and multiple forms of data allow for optimal results leading to student mastery of math concepts.