Figure This!

 
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Learning(i)

Complex math concepts presented as real-world examples.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Kids are encouraged to challenge themselves and try additional math problems.

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Privacy & safety

The additional resources listed for each item sometimes include links to external sites -- but most are family-friendly math sites.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that kids should enjoy the very visual, real-life examples given in Figure This' math problems. From the probably of two kids at the same school having the same initials to how far a paper airplane can fly, there are over 76 challenges in all. The challenges cover topics from algebra and geometry to statistics and probability. There's no way to interact with other users on the site, so you don't have to worry about your child interacting with strangers.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • using supporting evidence

Math

  • estimation
  • probability

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • problem solving
  • thinking critically

Self-Direction

  • academic development
  • self-assessment

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Math story problems engage kids in problem-solving as well as rich discussions.

Learning Approach

Figure This! offers fun math-inquiry activities, but responsiveness is limited to a single hint for all problems.

Support

Each activity offers solutions and opportunities to extend learning. Resources are also available in Spanish.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • using supporting evidence

Math

  • estimation
  • probability

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • problem solving
  • thinking critically

Self-Direction

  • academic development
  • self-assessment

Kids can learn how to estimate surface area, compare fractions, and perform other math calculations. The challenges use everyday examples that range from judging how far you can drive on a tank of gas, using mileage-per-gallon estimates, to how distance and angles affect mirror reflections. Problems are listed by subject and by challenge name. Figure This! has several fun problems to help teach kids a variety of math principles, plus resources for parents and teachers. 

This Learning Rating review was written by Erin Brereton

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What's it about?

Figure This! features engaging math problems that illustrate concepts like projecting salary growth, estimating percentages, and graphing information to analyze trends. However, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics-sponsored site's challenges are much more interesting than cut-and-dry number problems. Each involves a detailed example that kids can relate to, such as the probability of two people at the same school having the same initials.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why math is important -- why should kids learn more than just basic addition and subtraction? (The site has additional materials for parents to help illustrate math's many benefits.)

  • Learning math also helps kids think logically. They may find some concepts easier to understand with a visual. Ask them if any of the problems on the site seemed more clear once they formed a picture in their head or drew one on paper.

  • The site offers hints to give extra information about each math problem. Did your child find some problems easier to solve after seeing the additional clue?

Website details

Genre:Educational
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 11 years old June 18, 2013
 

Wouldn't Recommend

It only has 4 challenges, and they are not the most fun. i know they are trying to engage us kids, but i mean, it doesn't give much help unless you look at the answer. I wouldn't recommend this, and i am a 5th grader taking 7th grade math. It is not very fun, engaging, or big on learning. only memorizing.

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