Symbaloo Webmixes are such a great way of keeping a catalogue of useful websites. You can see other ones for Maths, English, Irish, Music and Coding HERE.
Symbaloo is a great time saving curating tool.
I heard about it first from @MariaMernagh who sang its praises.
— Maria O Sullivan (@MariaMernagh) November 8, 2014
Currently I teach mostly maths to children aged 6 – 12.
Instead of setting up the links to maths websites on tabs
each day before school now all I have to do is open a webmix
that I have prepared of the online maths activities
I use most frequently in class. Scroll to the right to see more.
Symbaloo is a great discovery.
Thank you @MariaMernagh for some great advice!
UPDATE: Click here for a Symbaloo of useful websites for teaching English 1st Class – 4th approximately.
We learned about tessellations here.
Tessellations are where shapes are arranged
in such a way that they fit closely together
in a pattern without gaps or overlaps.
When we had finished learning
about tessellations we went
to experiment with them in
First class have asked me for some useful websites
so that they can practise their maths at home, so here we are:
A very popular game for practising addition
and take away tables is called ‘The Balloon Game’.
Click on this link to find it.
Another one the children enjoy that helps them
with their learning is Crossing the Swamp .
It is also useful for practising addition and subtraction.
are like gymnastics for the brain.
The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment
have a number of videos online
to help parents help their child with maths.
Scroll down to view them here.
First and Second class is a window of opportunity
for learning tables.
Knowing one’s tables is a skill which one will call upon
through out one’s life.
Read about the importance of tables here.
You can find other maths websites for students from 1st-6th class here.
1. Very simple interactive calendar for this month,
a useful visual aid when teaching 1st/2nd
2. Simple calendar activity for 2nd-4th
3. From a menu of resources on Softschools.com
click HERE for a useful game for 2nd-4th approximately.
Interesting to see how well the students comprehend the instructions.
1. Graded Resources for Teaching Fractions from www.bgfl.org
2. More from Sheppard Software.com
3. Comprehensive selection of activites
4. Tony Fraction’s Pizza Shop from MrNussbaum.com
5. Pizza Fractions Game from Soft Schools.com
6. More fraction games from Maths Games.org
7. And if you get tired of pizza …
there are other activities here Classroom.JC-schools.net
1. Resources for the whiteboard from Topmarks.co.uk
2. Learning about Place Value on Kids Math Games Online.com
Games to practice Place Value on
4. Toon University.com (Hundreds, Tens and Units)
5. Toon University again (Thousands, Hundreds, Tens and Units)
6. Mr.Nussbaum.com – Place Value Pirates (includes decimals)
1. Revising tables and factors on the 100 square
2. Learning about Factor Trees
3. Four useful activities from
5. Scroll down to the bottom of this link
to find an activity to practice
or composite numbers
from AAA Maths.com
6. From Sheppard Software.com
7. A Treasure Trove of ideas here from Edutopia.org
A number of parents have asked for more details
than was contained in the end of year report
about how parents can help their child’s learning over the Summer.
I have already posted some suggestions about reading
This post relates to Maths.
There will be a third post about using higher order questions
to develop your child’s learning.
The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment
have several short videos for parents
about working on maths with your child.
They appear to be still compiling resources for 3rd/4th class
This post relates specifically to
students in 2nd Class going into 3rd.
It is a long post and you will find
the contents will help you
over the next school year.
In many reports I wrote that;
‘3rd+4th Class is the window of opportunity
for learning multiplication+division tables.
They are easier to learn than
the addition/subtraction tables from this year
because of the number patterns apparent in them.
Prioritizing these tables next year will
give your child a very useful life skill.
Tables are gymnastics for the brain.
Knowing them well is confidence building
and allows your child to concentrate on methodology’.
Multiplication is introduced as repeated addition.
Towards the end of 2nd class, we did this in class.
You may find the following websites helpful.
The two introductory videos here are useful;
This is a useful follow up game;
with which your child is very familiar will also be helpful.
Other online games that practice multiplication can be found here;
It may be that your child finds it hard to learn by rote.
So you may find this site useful;
This game also provides some gymnastics for the brain;
Problem Solving is a skill that all students would benefit from practising.
I suggest an inexpensive purchase Mad 4 Maths – 3rd Class
To start with your child could do a few of these with you
perhaps using the 3-step strategy highlighted below.
Once they master these steps they can continue on, independently.
How can you help your child with problem solving in Maths?
The following strategies are useful in relation to problem solving
• Discussing the problem
• Rephrasing to make the meaning clearer
• Using concrete materials where possible
• Using smaller numbers
• Setting out problem on paper using diagrams, drawings etc.
Some teachers use the mnemonic RUDE
to remind the children of problem solving strategies.
So the children are encouraged to
Underline key words,
This is the simplest approach.
‘Drawing’ the problem can be very effective.
It gives the child time to think and process the information.
Another approach is
We LUV 2 C word stories!
Underline (the key word),
In tandem with these approaches you could ask your child:
1. What do I have? (what info is given?)
2. What do I want to have at the end? (What am I being asked to do?)
3. How do I get there? (add/subtract/multiply/divide or a combination)
The additional website may be useful for some.
It teaches a visual strategy for problem solving:
I have checked out all these websites,
but please supervise your child online.
Here are a dozen links to Maths Activities
that you might like to try:
Many of these games were sourced from
This is easy; practising ‘counting on’ with
As an alternative to the
you can practice addition tables on Circus Climber
These are more challenging:
Practising computation with
Reading measure with Javelin Throwing
estimating or using an online protractor with Sailing
Practicing Addition using ‘Who Wants To Be A Mathionaire?’
This is a more challenging game;
Like the game Mastermind this is an online game
called Code Breaker