Elementary Math: Resources for Students, Parents and Teachers
Elementary school students are just starting their journey through the world of mathematics. Elementary school math resources online have become an essential tool for students, parents and teachers, offering help from basic arithmetic to more challenging grade-level math learning exercises. The Elementary Math Web Guide provides plenty of tools to help children make sense out of (and even enjoy) math in the classroom and at home.Educators: Sign up for our education newsletter.
The following resources include elementary level reference materials, online math skill practice and even some less traditional ways of exploring math concepts to help make elementary math fun and engaging for kids.
- Many terrible-looking sites are full of good, free educational resources. Although findingDulcinea usually weeds out sites for especially poor design, we've made some exceptions here to help bring you as much useful information as possible.
- In some other English speaking countries (such as England or Australia) you’ll find that the study of math is more commonly referred to as “maths” or “arithmetic.” Using these terms when looking for resources online can unlock a whole new array of useful sites.
The Web is full of elementary math games and activities that are available for free. Use the sites below to find math games that are instructive and fun.
- Even though some online activities might be for beginners, but don’t assume your child will be able to use them alone. Some of the sites below have advertisements, and some require reading skills and direction-following just to get the programs to work. Start by exploring these sites alongside your student or child.
- We also usually avoid recommending sites that are mere directories of links to outside sources. In our education guides we make exceptions to this rule to provide teachers with more options for lesson plans and student activities. Teachers should approach each directory with caution and evaluate each outside link before using it in the classroom.
- If you’ve got your own site and want to integrate activities into it, BBC Schools’ "Bitesize Revision" section can help. Right below each activity, you’ll find its HTML code to add to your own Web site for students to use.
Enhance the learning experience with elementary math lesson plans. These sites point you to some of the best.
- Check that the lesson plans you find online are up to your (or your school's) standards and that the information is correct before you pass it along to your students. These sites are designed to be helpful time-savers, not to replace your role as a portal to reliable information.
- All of the resources listed in this section are available for free. Although there are teaching resources available by subscription, we wanted to provide a list of teaching tools that are accessible to any teacher. For evaluations of some paid sites and for additional curriculum resources, see our findingDulcinea Teaching Resources Web Guide.
A nearly unlimited supply of printable elementary math worksheets are available online.
- Looking for new ways to introduce math concepts in the classroom? Teacher Magazine has a “Curriculum Notes” section with the latest in lesson planning and curriculum ideas.
- Working from a textbook? Try the publisher’s Web site: You'll often find supplemental materials for a text online.
Learning doesn't stop at the classroom door. Find elementary math help with a bounty of online tools to get your child interested and engaged in math activities at home.