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CoolMath

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Info and games designed to boost math's fun factor.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Math can be fun and easy to understand with good instruction and practice.

Violence
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Sex
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Language
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Consumerism

The site has a lot of ads; in a "why we have ads" section the site's author asks visitors not to block ads. The site's author also sells her math books on the site.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Coolmath.com is a one-stop math shop for middle and high school students, and also has a helpful section for parents and teachers. There are a lot of ads, but other than that, it's a suitable place for kids to learn math and play educational games.

What's it about?

Launched by a math teacher in 1997, COOLMATH offers info on addition, geometry, and other math concepts for grade-school- to high-school-aged kids. They can check out algebraic property definitions, learn multiplication tricks, or test out the online graphing calculator; separate sections also offer parents and teachers math-related activities and advice. The site also links to several other sites, including a math site for younger kids, coolmath4kids.com, and sites about teen stress management and other topics.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Since 1997, math teacher "Coolmath Karen" has run this award-winning site to spark kids' interest in all things math. The online math dictionary and calculators alone are enough to teach most basic math concepts, including algebra and geometry. In addition to the main sections for math practice, games, a math dictionary, and lesson help, there are also sections for parents (how to help with math homework: crying isn't a good sign) and teachers (tricks for getting kids motivated in the classroom). It also links to a companion site for younger kids (coolmath4kids.com) and other teen-related sites (totallystressedout.com and FinanceFreak.com). If you're a mathphobe or love to play math games or are just stuck on a new math concept in school, you should add COOLMATH.COM as one of your bookmarks.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why this math clearinghouse is so popular. What elements does it have that make math fun and understandable?

  • Coolmath.com's creator writes in detail about why the site contains a lot of ads. Families can talk about what they think of ads being on an educational site. Our parent tips on selling to kids will give you some talking points.

Website details

Subjects:Language & Reading: following directions, reading
Math: algebra, arithmetic, geometry
Skills:Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, problem solving
Self-Direction: academic development, personal growth
Genre:Educational
Pricing structure:Free

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Parent of a 13 year old Written byTreeby January 7, 2010

Mrs Yglesias Earhart Middle School Review

I enjoyed using the Lemonade Stand game to teach my students about Microsoft Excel and Power Point. They played the game for 2 weeks keeping data about purchases and sales, created graphs and captured screen shots for their Power point presentation. I liked it.
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Adult Written byMiddle School T... January 9, 2010

Mancala game cheats

I saw some students playing Mancala during a studyhall one day and thought I'd give in a try. After playing hundreds of games and keeping count on my own, I can safely state that the Mancala game is rigged. The computer cheats and when you play to a draw or even win the computer wins. I don't know why they have designed the site this way but they have. Maybe they make money the more time you spend there trying to win? All I know is the game is a cheat.
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008

I love this website

You have to go on and try cofee shop and lemonade stand. I am 12 and have been going on coolmath for over a year.Some games are easy enough for an 8 year old but some may be too hard. Just be careful because you may become angry when you can not win the game.

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