Saturday, June 30, 2012

Raki's Rad Resources Review!

Hi All! I'm so excited to be participating in the big Blog Swap & Hop!  You will love Heidi Raki, who will be my guest today; and I am excited to be featured over at Marsha McGuire's super blog A Differentiated Kindergarten!  So when you have read the great ideas that Heidi posted, head on over to check out my post!  Also notice there is a blog hop linky directly below so you can check out all the Top Teacher bloggers who are participating in the hop!  Happy Blog Hopping!

Hello! I am Heidi Raki of Raki's Rad Resources, and I am super excited to be joining Dr. Penny here on Teach the Math today. Each week on my blog, I do a Wednesday Website suggestion, and so I have compiled a list of great websites that you can use when teaching math to grades K-2. I am so excited to have the opportunity to share some of them with you today!

Here are some great sites that cover a variety of teaching concepts:

1.  Virtual Manipulatives:  Every math manipulative that you have (or should have) in the kit that comes with your math series can be found in virtual form on this website. In addition, there are new, different ways to manipulate these manipulatives that I have found only here. 

For example, this site allows you to subtract with base ten blocks, and the blocks that are "taken away" truly go away. In addition to base ten blocks, there are also number lines, clocks, money, tangrams, pattern blocks and more. It works fabulously with a projector and an interactive board, but is just as much fun at a single computer during centers.

2.  Cool Math:  This site has so many games, it's crazy. While not every game is completely educational, most are at least logic building games. The best games for the classroom are the number games and the logic games

Many of these games start out in my classroom as a teaching game, and then the kids like them so much, that they become a reward for completing quality work early or having a great behavior day.

3.  HSP Math:  This site was developed by Harcourt School Publishers, so if you have a Harcourt math series at your school, it will align very well with your texts. However, no matter what your math adoption, the lessons and games are amazing reinforcements for the kids. My kids this year particularly loved the measurement games.

4.  Oswego Math Games:  These games were created by a school district for their students. The games are fabulous for working on a variety of math concepts, mainly focusing on computation, but also focuses on fractions, percentages, time and number sequences. 

My absolute favorite game on this site is Math Magician, which has made all the difference when my students (and my personal son) were practicing fast facts.

5.  ABCYa:  This site is sorted by grade level, and although they have letter and reading related games, the number games are the best part of the site. There are lots of connect the dot types of activities, as well as hundred's chart activities and games that focus specifically on addition and subtraction. 

One of my kids' favorite activities from ABCYa this year was Base 10 Bingo, which was great, because it gave them a chance to practice counting base ten blocks and matching the amounts to their corresponding numbers.

I hope some of these websites will give you some ideas for websites that will help enhance your math instruction next year and for years to come. I'd like to say thank you to Dr. Penny for giving me the opportunity to guest blog here today. I'd be honored if you stopped by Raki's Rad Resources for more ideas you can use in your classroom, including weekly website suggestions.

Biographical information:

Heidi Raki teaches at an International School in Casablanca, Morocco. In addition to being a teacher, she is also a mother of 3 young boys and the author of the blog Raki's Rad Resources. She believes in using quality teaching strategies and quality resources to create quality teaching moments that will resonate with her children, increasing understanding and a love of the learning experience. Feel free visit her blog at 

Thank you, Heidi Raki for the great post and for leading us to some great interactive websites!  Now head over to A Differentiated Kindergarten and check out my post and grab the free math game I created just for you!


  1. Thank you so much for all of the website ideas. I'm pinning your post now.
    ✰ Stacy

    Simpson Superstars

  2. I have to look at ABCYa. It could be really good for my firsties next year. Thanks!
    First Grade Found Me

  3. Thanks for sharing. I've never used ABCYa, but I think I might give it a try.

    Grade School Giggles

  4. Thanks for all of the website ideas! I have used ABCYa for reading, but not math yet. Great ideas!
    Conversations in Literacy

  5. Great websites! I love the Library of Virtual Manipulatives. I love how the base ten block (long) splits into ten ones when dragged into the ones column. I'll have to explore the Oswego Math games. Isn't this blog hopping fun?

    Sally from Elementary Matters


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