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Go Figure? [Video and edu-game software]. (1997+). WOUB Center for Public Media, 9 South College Street, Athens, Ohio 45701.  Accessed Jan. 30, 2021.  Email:

Correlations: Benchmarks for grades 5-7 Ohio Academic Achievement Tests

Tel: 800-593-1771

Grades: 5-7

Description: This is the latest version of Go Figure? that was originally distributed by WVIZ-TV in Cleveland, Ohio.

As explained on the introduction, "The purpose of the Go Figure? Interactive Multimedia Project is to help students review for the mathematics section of the Grades 5-7 Ohio Academic Achievement Tests.  Project components include a DVD with eight, 20-minute dramatic videos, a CD-ROM edu-game, print materials, and the Web site.  The CD-ROM edu-game was designed for use by students on an individual basis. The goal of the edu-game is to solve the mystery of Etna High School in Enigma, Ohio. In order to do this, a student must solve mathematics problems in the specific content areas presented by the DVD dramatic video series."

Note: CT4ME is listed among resources for differentiated instruction.


Go Math! [online]. (n.d.). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 222 Berkeley St., Boston, MA 02116.  Accessed Dec. 4, 2020.

Correlations: Common Core State Standards

Tel: 800-426-6577 (Sales Support); 800-225-5425 (Customer Service)

Grades: K-8


Go Math! from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt includes Common Core content for elementary and middle school learners.

Per the product overview, GO Math! "provides a wealth of differentiated instruction resources."  It prepares students for rigorous math assessments, and "gives equal attention to conceptual understanding, fluency and application."  It includes Personal Math Trainer providing "students personalized unlimited practice, real-time feedback, and a variety of question types and learning aids." It uses gamification, and includes formative and summative assessments.

Also see Go Math! Academy:

Go Math! was listed among best math programs and formative assessment programs in T.H.E. Journal's Readers Choice Awards 2016.


Google SketchUp [3D modeling software]. (2000+).   Accessed Dec. 4, 2020.

This software appears to be a great tool to teach geometric concepts, and principles of building, architecture.  Use it in math, graphic arts and vocational courses.

Description: Google provides SketchUp as a free 3D modeling tool.  The software can be learned in just a few hours.  "Design anything from a shoebox to a skyscraper."  Video tutorials are available.

Jim Moulton has some ideas for using SketchUp in the classroom (11/6/06):

3DVinci provides SketchUp projects, 2D and 3D project books, a free project guide for teachers, and more.  The developer also has projects for kids (ModelMetricks and GeomeTricks).

Math teacher Thomas Petra has a terrific site,, that integrates Google Earth and SketchUp into the math curriculum.  He stated,  "Within this site you will find lesson ideas, examples, and downloads for mathematics that embrace active learning, constructivism, and project-based learning while remaining true to the standards.  The initial focus will be for grades 5 and up, but teachers of younger students may be able to find some uses or inspiration from the site.  Higher level thinking skills, such as analysis, synthesis, and creativity are encouraged as well as technology skills and social learning.  The core of this site is mathematics, but many lessons lend themselves to interdisciplinary activities also." (About this site section)


HELP Math for ELL and Special Needs Students. Boulder Learning, 269 Sam Grange Ct., Carbondale, CO 81623-7716.  Accessed Dec. 4, 2020.

Correlations: Common Core State Standards, NCTM standards, ELL state content standards and assessment frameworks for mathematics (grades 3-8).

Tel: 970-704-1465

Grades: 3-8

Description: From the website:

"HELP Math is the first digital, supplemental curriculum in the U.S. to address the specific issues of teaching mathematics to English Language Learners (ELLs). Students can simultaneously see, hear and manipulate the math content. The program shelters learning and provides interactive support and feedback loops which encourage math content knowledge and math skill development, as well as math terms and general academic English acquisition."

Further, "HELP Math contains 73 lessons (over 200 hours of instruction), comprehensively covering all math domains grades 3-8 and providing strong foundations in algebra and geometry for high school students. HELP engages students through interactive multimedia lessons that break down math terms and math concepts into small learning chunks, so that students can easily understand and retain the math content. The math intervention includes hundreds of diagnostic assessment questions that are aligned to both independent state standardized assessments and HELP Math content" (Key Features section).

It is research-based and also features Spanish/English hyperlinked key terms and glossary with pictorial examples and audio reinforcement.

HELP Math was a SIIA CODiE Award finalist in 2009 and 2010.


Imagine Math [Online Supplemental Curriculum].  Imagine Learning, Inc., 382 W. Park Circle, Suite 100, Provo, UT 84604.  Accessed Mar. 2, 2021.

Correlations: Common Core and state math standards

Tel: 866-377-5071

Grades: preK-8

Description: Adapted from the website:

Three programs are available: Math PreK-2, Math 3+, and Math Facts.

Imagine Math PreK-2 provides scaffolded and differentiated instruction with adaptive, game-based diagnostic assessment.  It includes dual language support.  Concepts are reinforced by visual models, songs, and intentional vocabulary.  Tokens are awarded after each lesson.  Students engage with animated characters.  With more than 2,000 exercises per grade level, the curriculum addresses counting and cardinality, number and operations, geometry and logical reasoning, algebraic thinking, word problems with real-world applications, and measurement and data.  Teachers can generate performance reports.

Imagine Math 3+ provides differentiated math instruction.  The program was created to support Universal Design for Learning with multiple representations (e.g., models, symbols, diagrams), which also support English learners.  Examples of features include:

Imagine Math 3+ also provides high school support in Algebra 1, Geometry, High School Math I and II, and college test prep.

Imagine Math Facts is game-based, designed to build fluency in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.  There's a reward system and interactive progress reports.


Istation Math [Online software]. Istation Corporate Office, 8150 North Central Expressway, Suite 2000, Dallas, TX 75206.  Accessed Dec. 4, 2020. E-mail:

Correlations: Common Core Math Standards, state standards

Tel: 866-883-7323 (toll free)

Grades: assessments preK-8; instruction preK-5

Description: Per the website:

Istation Math "offers game-like computer-adaptive formative assessments appropriate for Pre-kindergarten to 8th grade students and adaptive online instruction appropriate for Pre-kindergarten to 5th grade."

"Istation Math assessments, known as ISIP™ Math, align to individual state standards and Common Core State Standards. ISIP Math allows a teacher to screen an entire class in about 30 minutes, while automatically adjusting for each student’s individual ability within his/her grade level. ISIP Math also provides automatic monthly progress monitoring"


LGL Math Edge [Online software]. (2012+). Let's Go Learn, 705 Wellesley Ave., Kensington, CA 94708.  Accessed Dec. 4, 2020.

Correlations: Common Core Standards

Tel: 888-618-7323

Grades: K-9

Description: See:

"LGL Math Edge provides learners with engaging, personalized K-9 math instruction across over 300 gamified and interactive lessons." It begins with a diagnostic assessment, individualized reports, and prescriptive instruction. This instructional cycle continues until students have reached full mastery.  It covers the five math strands: numbers and Operations, Algebra, Geometry, Data Analysis, and Measurement.


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