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The Math Issue

March 2014

Boise School District librarians offer this monthly newsletter to provide tips and information about some of the digital resources available to both teachers and students. For listings of more math resources, be sure to check the 'Websites by Subject" for either elementary or secondary students that is found at the District Library Portal.

All of these programs and tools are available at the Boise Schools Library Portal Page or on individual school library websites.

Quote of the Month

“No employment can be managed without arithmetic, no mechanical invention without geometry. ”

― Benjamin Franklin


Quizlet is a free website providing learning tools for students, including flashcards, study and game modes. It was created in 2005 and now contains over 30 million study sets. You can practice with flashcards before taking a quiz on the information.

Students or teachers can create different "sets" based on whatever subject they would like to study. Sets are also available by searching or browsing in different topics.

Click below to view a fun math example.

World Almanac for Kids Online

A natural complement to the curriculum, World Almanac for Kids Online provides resources for homework, reports, and projects. Students can explore grade-appropriate topics in a fun format while developing online research skills with a trusted source. Biographies, timelines, geography, sports, science, and reader's corner. This database can also provide data sets that are useful in the mathematics classroom.

CK-12 Foundation

CK-12 Foundation provides a library of free online textbooks, videos, exercises, flashcards, and real world applications for over 5000 concepts from arithmetic to history.

CK-12 was designed to provide open-source content and technology tools to help teachers provide learning opportunities for students globally. Free access to high-quality, customizable educational content in multiple modalities suited to multiple student learning styles and levels will allow teachers, students and others to innovate and experiment with new models of learning.

Ck-12 Foundation Quick Start Video

Math Run

Think math is boring or difficult? Then play the running game that improves your math skills! Aligned with the Common Core State Standards for Kindergarten through Grade 4, this app provides training at various levels in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Great for children or adults who want to practice arithmetic skills while playing a fun reflex-based game!

Find this app from Google Play or iTunes from the APPS for Education page by clicking here.
Math Run

Discussion Topics

Are you trying to find a new way to get your students involved in a classroom discussion? Click on the link below to watch a quick video on how to get started using discussion topics in your classroom or with small groups. You can use a question, a video clip, an image, or an audio clip to start the ball rolling. You might be amazed at what your students will have to say.