Julie Recommends

That Quiz-Math

So often, parents forget the incredible opportunities available through the Internet because we are constantly reminded of the abuses in our open-ended age of information. I get so excited recommending truly beneficial, free websites that can help children maintain their skills, get ahead to the next grade level, and develop a love of a subject that may have proved difficult in the past.

That Quiz is a tool for teachers to help their students; however, I recommend it to parents and children who want to practice a variety of math skills in a light, positive way. That Quiz appeals to students of varying ages as the viewer can choose the level of difficulty, the amount of questions asked, and the topic of math to be reviewed. The areas covered are: arithmetic, fractions, time, triangles, inequalities, money, shapes, exponents, logarithms, measurement, geometry, algebra, simplifying, place value, points, calculus, probability, graphs, and angles.

Once a child enters an answer, the computer will keep track of the correct and incorrect answers. The problems that are answered incorrectly will reappear at the end of the session so the child has another chance to work it out. There is also a timer which I tend to ignore. However, I do have a few students who fear timed tests, and I have been using this site to desensitize them. For those working to get faster at math facts or trying to complete timed math exams at school, the ticking clock will be helpful.

Under each category, you will have an array of choices. For example, if you click on the topic called “Arithmetic,” you are able to choose on the left hand side whether you want to practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, or a combination of the four. You can also advance the level which will take you through inverted equations, double and triple digit problems, and negative numbers. In the topic titled “Identify,” the student can practice identifying what fraction of the shape is shaded, shade in the given fraction, place the fraction on the number line, or order the fraction or decimal from least to greatest.

Many parents look for ways to practice telling time with their children. Under the “Time” section, the child can practice telling time, figure out the passing of time, add and subtract hours and minutes, and convert seconds, minutes, hours, and days. My fourth grade students just finished the year studying time zones. This section is perfect for this age; for example, there is a map in which you are given the time of a city and then are asked to convert that time to the hours and minutes of a different city in another time zone.

My two favorite sections are “Geometry” and “Money.” I love the “Money” section because the coins look real, and parents are always saying that their kids are weak at counting coins. This section advances to include gold dollars and even Canadian and European coins. Another area where students find themselves struggling is geometry. My students continuously ask to practice perimeter, area, volume, and surface area of geometric figures. After choosing the topic “Geometry,” the student can click on the left hand side if he or she wants to work on perimeter or area, for example, and choose the shapes. I love a program that can work for students of multiple ages and grade levels, and this section can be used for students 3rd grade through high school.

After practicing your math, you may want to explore other subjects. Underneath the math topics are vocabulary activities in English (including SAT words), Spanish, French, and German as well as map quizzes (both countries/states and their capitals) including America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. Because of the variety of subject matter offered, this website is sure to keep you busy for the entire summer!