Tools for Making Math Cool!
Best for Multiplication
Digitz features include five multiplication skill games, multiples, memorization, finding factors, factor pairs, and sequencing. Students enter answers to problems. $49.99.
Best for Bingo Lovers
Carson-Dellosa’s Math Bingo Games support NCTM standards, and are perfect for small groups or the entire class. 100 double-sided calling cards, 36 game cards, six sheets of bingo tokens, and answer mats are included. $14.99.
Best for Math Strugglers
Scholastic’s Do The Math is a new Marilyn Burns product specifically created for students struggling with math. It focuses on basic arithmetic—computation, number sense, and problem solving. $500–$1,250.
Best New Math Reads
Sylvan Dell Publishing has beautifully illustrated math and science picture books in hard cover, and as eBooks with Flipviewer technology for computers. $6.95 each.
Best Math Hands-on Calendar
The Lakeshore Math Center customizable calendar includes a write-and-wipe number sentence board and hundreds chart, and double-sided problem cards. An activity guide is included. $79.50.
BEST How-to Guides Trevor Romain DVD s give strategies for dealing with life as a kid. Topics include bullies, facing fear, understanding cliques, and coping when someone dies. Spanish editions and ELL workbooks are available. $45.
BEST for Evaluating Readers
Scholastic’s WiggleWorks is available in PreK–1 and grades 2–3 editions, has 84 interactive e-books, with 24 Spanish-language titles, 12 for each edition. Students read them on the computer, or read aloud and record themselves. $2,350 and up.
BEST Vocabulary In A Box
Lakeshore’s 6 thematic photo libraries help students build vocabulary one word at a time in English and 13 other languages, including Spanish and Vietnamese. Each theme contains 50 cards. $99.50.
BEST ELL Gadget
Smart Talk Español Station teaches beginning language learners Spanish vocabulary words by using photo-vocabulary cards on an interactive device, which has three modes—Word, Learn, and Quiz. Three card sets are available—Home & Family, School & Community, and Animals & People. $194.99.
BEST Early Childhood Game
Carson-Dellosa’s Where Do I Live? game requires no reading. It’s perfect for ELL and ESL learners, because it strengthens classification, visual discrimination, and visual recall skills. $14.99.