Lesson Series


  • Core Math Tools – A free software download from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics with computer algebra system capability, dynamic geometry software, and statistics operations
  • Texas Instruments – This company sells a variety of calculators for all ages and grades.  Their Nspire and TI series come with software, classroom management systems, hardware and peripherals that expand the capabilities of these graphing calculators.
  • Panther Calculator – Designed with Universal Design for Learning in mind, Panther Paper and Panther Calculator apps allow people with writing disabilities to input mathematical expressions.
  • Fluid Math –  Takes handwriting and writing gestures on a screen and turns it into rendered digital text, graphs, tables and sliders.  It is available as an app, online, and as a software download.
  • Geogebra — graphing calculator for functions, geometry, algebra, calculus, statistics, and 3D math


  • is a collection of 210 (and counting) short estimation activities created by Andrew Stadel

Figures and Shapes

  • Patch Tool (free) from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Illuminations website; allows students to explore, play, find patterns, and compose/decompose shapes using virtual pattern blocks. The app allows exploration with transformational geometry including flips and rotations. Activity instructions encourage students to notice features of their creations, and hypothesize about what would happen if they extended patterns.
  • Drawing Pad (iOS); features stickers, stamps and a variety of drawing tools to explore shapes and figures. Teachers can import photos they have taken for students to interact with. Students can also move objects to create and recreate sets.



  • Game Over Gopher for grades 2-7. Teaches the Cartesian coordinate system
  • Geogebra — graphing calculator for functions, geometry, algebra, calculus, statistics, and 3D math

Manipulatives/Visual Learning

  • Algeblocks (or Algebra Tiles, same concept, different feel) are manipulatives to teach anything from counting, to whole number/integer/algebraic operations, simplifying expressions (even quadratics and polynomials), and solving equations.
  • Algebra Tiles can be put into a blank workspace to show balancing equations, simplifying expressions, and operations on polynomials.
  • Concentration, a game from the NCTM Illuminations website, uses the classic matching game to provide children practice matching numeral, dot pattern, and ten frame representations of numbers.
  • Glencoe offers a free, user-friendly set of online virtual manipulatives.
  • Google Drawings can be used make virtual manipulatives in a collaborative, online environment, working seamlessly with a Google-tool classroom.
  • National Library of Virtual Manipulatives (NLVM) offers applets of many types of manipulatives.
  • Number Pieces, students drag and drop Base Ten Blocks onto a workspace where they can be arranged and annotated. Users can share screenshots of work via the Photos app.
  • Osmo Numbers app includes durable cardboard tiles with both dots and digits and has students constructing, deconstructing, counting, adding, and multiplying values.
  • Osmo Tangram app allows students to see digital renderings of tangrams that they are manipulating, and fill a shape that is shown on the app.
  • Sums Stacker (ages 5 – 9) allows user to practice math facts, but at the same time build understanding of numbers through composition.
  • Sushi Monster (ages 7+) allows user to practice math facts, but at the same time build understanding of numbers through composition.
  • Ten Frame presents math activities that help students relate numbers to other numbers.
  • Tiggly apps, available for iOS and Google, are free and can be used with the Tiggly math interactive toys (available for purchase): 5 rubber bars with 1 to 5 connected “circles” that can be “stamped” onto the tablet screen to match and create quantities.



  • Lure of the Labyrinth teaches middle school math in a puzzle-based game format
  • Thinking Blocks uses diagram literacy to build and support student understanding of operations and equality
  • Three-Act Math Tasks from Dan Meyer engages students in problem solving through carefully constructed mathematical stories that tap into the natural curiosity of students.
  • The What If? archive is a collection of questions people have wondered about that can be answered using math.


  • MathChat lets students work on math problems with friends.
  • ModMath is a free app for iPad, designed specifically for people with dysgraphia and dyslexia, that allows students to do basic math problem solving, use virtual graph paper to set up math problems legibly, and print/email work.
  • g(Math) is a free Google Add-on for Google Docs and Sheets that allow users to include mathematical equations, figures, graphs and statistical displays within a document or spreadsheet.