How the Market Works.com was my favorite of the online Stock Market simulations teachers can do with their class. I chose it because it has a teacher option to set-up a private game as well as monitor your students progress. I used the game for a quarter and was able to make worksheets to go along with the game. I will be glad to post the worksheets if anyone has any interest. This site has many features: it has a calculator for students to calculate how many shares they want to purchase, it is a FAQ explaining the basic questions about the stock market, you can download an excel spreadsheet that shows comparisons of your students progress, and a whole lot more. If you know of a better free site please let me know.

## Archive for April, 2009

### Free Stock Market Simulation

April 11, 2009### Algebra Help dot Com

April 5, 2009I am always looking for sites where students can help themselves. In this modern age, we need students to realize the internet is a source for information and not just video games and music. I brought my students to the computer lab to search for sites that would help them on the Algebra problems I had assigned. They came across AlgebraHelp.com, a site with a bunch of helpful resources. Our favorite item was the equation calculator. With the equation calculator a student can type in an equation with a variable and receive step-by-step instructions on how to solve the problem. Since I require my students to show their work, this is a great resource for them to check their work at home.

### Arcademic Skill Builders

April 2, 2009If you don’t know about this site yet, go visit Arcademic Skill Builders immediately then come back and read the review. Seriously look at all the multi-player games, and that isn’t the normal multi-player sense. It should be called multi-computer, because that’s right you can get up to 8 students (or 7 and 1 teacher) competing on arithmetic skills at once.

Arcademic Skill Builders is coming out of the University of Kansas, so they must be doing something right with their funding. I wish they spent some money in marketing because every teacher should know about this site. And its free!!!

### Sudoku + Arithmetic = KenKen

April 2, 2009

My wife cannot stop playing it and I have to admit I play it a bit too. Sudoku did not fully grasp by interest, but KenKen makes you practice your Arithmetic skills and makes good use of factors and multiples. You got to check it out. I have not introduced it to any Math Students yet, if you do let me know how they like it.

### NSA: Collected Learning Units

April 1, 2009- Looking for a week long Mathematics Unit? The National Security Administration has the answer. The NSA has a summer institute where Mathematics teachers of all grade levels learn about teaching and are required to write a Math Unit which is then made available for all. I highly recommend it. It is divided into three categories:
**Elementary**Arithmetic | Data Analysis | Fractions | Geometry | Measurements | Probability/Patterns**Middle Schoo**l Pre-Algebra | Algebra/Graphing/Statistics | Geometry | Number Theory | Interdisciplinary**High School**Pre-Algebra | Algebra | Geometry | Trigonometry | Statistics | Pre-Calculus | Calculus | Internet | Science| Modeling | Data Analysis.

Read a few of them, I’m sure you will be impressed. Come back to hoodamath.com and **write a review of the unit.**