Parents' Guide to

Figure This!

By Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Complex math concepts presented as real-world examples.

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Kids who aren't crazy about math may find a little integer, probability, and algebra inspiration on FIGURE THIS! Sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (with governmental funding from groups like the National Science Foundation), the site features dozens of math problems that can help kids visualize how principles like fractions and geometric angles work.

The challenges are listed by mathematical topic and by title. Each challenge contains a hint to help kids out, the correct answer (with an explanation), and extra questions and reading suggestions to extend learning. Adding age suggestions would make the site an even stronger learning resource. However, kids can likely gauge which math problems involve concepts they're familiar with -- or figure out new math theories using the site's detailed examples. Additional materials are also available to help teachers and parents with math instruction.

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