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paul reid • blog » Rainforest Maths website
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Many of you may know this website already, but in case not I wanted to share the Australian Rainforest Maths website by Jenny Eather. It has some of the best online interactive activities I have seen for kindy through to upper primary. Each year level includes the seven mathematics outcomes. One of the strategies promoted in the First Steps Mathematics course is giving students a variety of different learning opportunities to match each aspect. In particular using online activities to provide instantaneous feedback to the child as to whether they have the key understanding or not - if not the child can quickly try another strategy. This is one of the most under-rated bonuses of using interactive activities. It frees up the teacher to provide more guided feedback to students in need of specific assistance. The activities are easily aligned with the key understandings and could also be used as supplemental diagnostic tasks.

The website states that it contains:

“Over 800 interactive mathematics activities for Kindergarten to Year 6 covering the math strands of Number, Number Systems, Operations & Calculations, Strategies & Processes, Patterns & Algebra, Measurement, Space & Geometry, Chance & Probability, Data Analysis and Money.”

Paul

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8 Responses to “Rainforest Maths website”

  1. Steve Adcock Says:

    Cheers Paul Looks good I have already sent it to my Year 6/7 Community Teachers Ta.
    Steve

  2. Bryn Jones Says:

    Yes a great resource. jenny has also produced “A Maths Dictionary for Kids” - a beautiful site which provides interactive explanations of 500 key terms in Maths. All ages. Some have interactives.

    http://www.amathsdictionaryforkids.com/

  3. Judy Kealy Says:

    We have a link to Rainforest Maths on our intranet. Ed support student in our class accesses it regularly and because it covers most numeracy areas she can usually find something that mirrors what the others in class are doing but at her level. We need more good Aussie sites like this

  4. Antoinette Gatto Says:

    Jenny Eather’s Rainforest Maths is a wonderful program for prep children. My class has thoroughly enjoyed it. Jenny has generously shared her program with us and for this reason I was saddened to hear that someone has abused her trust and generosity. She has temporarily had to close the site.

  5. Jeanette Brajdic Says:

    Jenny Eather’s Rainforest Maths is a fantastic resource for children. My class and school has had the privilege of using the program for the past year.

    I contacted Jenny and I am extremely saddened to hear that such a generous educator who has supported so many students and staff has been treated in this manner.

    It would be wonderful if everyone, students included that have enjoyed Mathematics and learnt concepts through the use of her site email her letting her know how fabulous her program and site is.

  6. Richard Walker Says:

    Through the selfish and abusive self-interest of someone this fantastic site is now (temporarily I hope) unavailable to teachers and students who really appreciate the time and effort Jenny has put into this wonderful educational website that truly assists students to improve their mathematical understandings.
    May the abuser face the severest of penalties possible under the law for this travesty?

  7. Maryanne O'Sullivan Says:

    I agree with all of the above. I was the first at my school to find this site. I quickly realised it’s value and passed the word around to colleages. I am most dissapointed as the closure of this great site and have my fingers crossed that it comes back on line for all the Aussie students to learn from. Much better than anything else I have seen!

  8. Brian Legg Says:

    Yes great website. Got it last year. Now requires password etc but no details of how to subscribe. Can anyone help.

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